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.
There is not 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 7 - December 15, 2022), 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).
VSB 2023 Program Options Brochure
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 the Grade 8 level.
Contact the programs directly for information, contact information and application forms. Information Nights begin at 7:00 pm unless indicated otherwise.
- Britannia Venture Program - Information Night November 1, 2022
- Britannia Hockey Academy
- Byng Arts Mini School - Information Night November 2, 2022
- David Thompson Odyssey Program - Information Night October 19, 2022
- Gladstone Mini School - Information Night October 5, 2022
- Hamber Challenge Studio Program - Information Night October 25, 2022
- Ideal Mini School (Sir Winston Churchill Secondary) - Information Night November 3, 2022
- John Oliver Digital Immersion Mini School - Information Night October 24, 2022
- Killarney Computer Science Mini School - Information Night November 8, 2022 (6:00 pm)
- King George Mini - Information Night November 17, 2022
- Magee SPARTS - Information Night November 17, 2022
- Point Grey Mini School - Information Night October 12, 2022
- Prince of Wales Mini School Information Night October 18, 2022
- Templeton Mini School Information Night October 27, 2022
Important registration information for Mini Schools
International Baccalaureate Program
Churchill Synergy Program
Information Powerpoint - please note this is not a district program.
TREK Outdoor Education Program
- TREK is a district outdoor leadership program, based at Prince of Wales Secondary School, designed to offer integrated learning opportunities for Grade 10 Students. TREK focuses on place-based education, environmental sustainability, active citizenship and outdoor adventure and challenge.