VSB's Mini School programs provide enrichment opportunities for highly motivated students who are Vancouver residents, consistently work at an Applying level and have excellent work habits. Students must apply to each program separately as per each program's process.
Each year over 1,400 students apply for approximately 500 grade 8 spaces in the Mini School programs.
As a result of the COVID-19 Health and Safety protocols for schools, there have been changes made to the application process for VSB Mini School Programs for 2022-2023.
This year there will not be a District-wide Assessment/Test for Grade 7 students as part of the Mini School application process. Interested students need to complete both the District Registry process (available here from November 8 - December 16, 2021), and then apply directly to the Mini School programs through Mini School program websites. When applying to the District Registry, students will have the opportunity to upload up to five documents (PDF, JPEG, DOC).
District Registry Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are now closed.
Program information nights will be held online or through digital platforms. Information about each information night will be posted on the program websites (see below).
All Vancouver School District secondary schools have a variety of challenging and exciting programs and courses. Many schools have also developed their own school-based enrichment program for a wide variety of interests and abilities.
Mini-school programs begin at grade 8.
The 2021-2022 Secondary Programs Brochure provides a synopsis of each Mini School Program.
Contact the programs directly for information, contact information and application forms.
Important registration information for Mini Schools
Grade 10-12 Programs
International Baccalaureate Program
TREK Outdoor Education Program