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Application Process

Important Dates
Challenge Studio Information

To find out more about our program, please view the video below. At the end of the video, details are provided about the application process. Note, though, that the dates are from last year. For this year's dates, please consult the rest of this webpage.

Mini School registration opens – Monday, November 7 to Thursday, December 15, 2022

To be considered by any mini school program, students must register with the VSB District Mini School General Registry. Please note that students are still required to apply to each mini school program separately.

Challenge Studio Program Application – Monday, November 7 to Thursday, December 15, 2022

We are requesting the following items to help determine the suitability of applicants.

  • The Challenge Studio Application Form with five questions answered.
  • A copy of your grade 6 term 2 (or mid-year) report card and your grade 6 final report card. If you are interviewed, please send your mid-year grade 7 report card when you receive it in January.
  • A sample of your work which showcases something magnificent that you’ve completed.
  • A 1-minute video sharing your passion(s). You must appear and speak in the video.

Please submit a link to your video here. All other documents should be dropped off to Hamber’s main office. If you currently attend a VSB elementary school, you could request that the staff there send your application package through the VSB’s internal mail service (“blue bag”).  Applications close on Thursday, December 15 at 3:00pm.

Challenge Studio assessment – Wednesday, January 11, 2023

As the District is no longer conducting an assessment, we will be administering our own as part of the application process. This test will be held in person at our school on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 between 3:30 and 6:15pm. There will be two sittings. To take part in this assessment, please register here. Parents of registrants will be contacted the evening of Friday, January  6 with further details. This is the only date that the assessment will be available, so we kindly ask that you make any necessary arrangements to ensure your child's participation.

The assessment consists of a written response to a poem and a logical reasoning component. Advanced preparation is not required.

Hamber Challenge Studio interview – Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Group interviews will be conducted in person this year. Shortlisted applicants will receive an invitation, via parent email, the evening of Wednesday, February 1. Interviews will be conducted during the school day. Applicants should expect to spend either the morning or afternoon with us. More details will be provided in the email.

First Round offers – Wednesday, February 22, 2023 @ 9:00am

Students being offered a spot in the program will be contacted via parent email.

Deadline for First Round acceptances – Friday, February 24, 2023 @ 12:00pm

Acceptances must be emailed to by 12:00 noon.

Second Round offers – Wednesday, March 1, 2023 @ 9:00am

Students being offered a spot in the program will be contacted via parent email.


Deadline for Second Round acceptances – Thursday, March 2, 2023 @ 12:00pm

 Acceptances must be emailed to by 12:00 noon.


If you have any questions, please contact Ms. M. Poon (Program Coordinator) at
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