VSB's Mini School programs provide enrichment opportunities for highly motivated students who are Vancouver residents and consistently work at an above average or Applying level and have excellent work habits (achieve B averages or higher). Students must apply to each program separately by picking up an application package at the school where the program is offered.
Each year over 1,400 students apply for approximately 600 grade 8 spaces in the Mini School programs. Acceptance is based on test marks, grade 6 and grade 7 report cards, applications and interviews.
Please remember that all VSB secondary schools have a variety of challenging and exciting programs and courses, and that many students who take the regular programs graduate, receive scholarships and attend the university of their choice. Many schools have also developed their own school-based enrichment program for a wide variety of interests and abilities.
Test date and time
Online registration for the 2019 Mini School Test opens on October 24, 2019 and closes on November 7, 2019. Late registrations are not permitted.
November 19 at 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., 2019
(Students with a designated Special Need and IEP may choose to register to take the test
at 9 a.m. at VSB Education Centre)
Test marks are not given to parents or students.
First Offers: February 19, 2020 (Acceptances by February 21, 2019 noon)
Second Offers: February 26, 2020
Mini-school programs beginning at grade 8
Choice Programs in Secondary School Brochure
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