Mini Schools FAQs

What are the Mini School Programs?

The Vancouver School District Mini School programs provide opportunities for enrichment for students who are residents of Vancouver, are able to work at an above average or Applying level, are highly motivated and who would benefit from a learning environment with highly motivated peers.

What are the requirements for application to the Mini School program in Grade 8?

Students must apply to each program separately.  See each program's website for details as some application forms are available online and others must be picked up at the school where the program is offered.  All students who apply must also register online for the District Assessment. 

By registering for the district assessment am I registered for the program(s) of my choice?

No. The online test registration is only for the test. You MUST ALSO register for each program at the school.

When will I know where and when to take the test?

After you have successfully registered online for the test you will receive a confirmation of your registration that tells you where you will take the test. Print the confirmation and keep it. The test will take approximately 3 hours to write.  

 What is on the test?

There are three components to the Test, an English component, a Math component, and Cognitive Skills component.  If the student has a Ministry designation and an IEP indicating required adaptations please indicate this on the registration site as necessary.

There is nothing to study beforehand and no test examples from previous years are provided. The test is part of the process that also includes applications, report cards and interviews.  Not all Mini School programs use the test for their application process.

Once the test has been written will I find out the marks?

NO. Test results are NOT given out to the students or parents. The test is only used for placement of students.

When will I hear if I am accepted?

First offers of acceptance will be emailed or telephoned at the end of  February .

What should I do if I am offered a placement in a program?

If you are offered a placement in a program you will be given a deadline to reply with your acceptance of that offer.  It is also courteous to inform the program if you decide not to accept.

What should I do if I am not offered a placement in a program?

If you have not received an offer on the first offer date you may still be offered a placement in the second offers. You must reply then by the given deadline with your acceptance. It is also courteous to inform the program if you decide not to accept.

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