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Mini School

VSB's Mini School programs provide enrichment opportunities for highly motivated students who are Vancouver residents, working consistently at a Proficient level and are looking for a challenge. 

Students must apply to each program separately as per each program's process. 

District Mini School General Registry open on November 14th, 2023 (9:00 a.m.) through December 21st, 2023 (3:00 p.m.).  

Each year, over 1,400 students apply for approximately 500 Grade 8 spaces in the Mini School programs. 

There is no District-wide Assessment/Test for Grade 7 students as part of the Mini School application process. However, interested students must complete both the District Registry process and apply directly to the Mini School programs through the Mini School program websites. 

VSB Mini School Brochure.pdf 

Program information nights will be held in person 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 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.

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.
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