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Prelude Program

February 15, 2022

Attention Prelude Applicants:

Admission letters will be distributed from the main office on Friday, February 25th between 8:00am and 3:30pm.  Please make sure that you pick up your letter on that day.  Please socially distance when you arrive and while you wait.  If you need to be absent for health reasons, please contact the school to make arrangements.   A big thank you to all applicants! We thoroughly enjoyed all of your efforts and wish you the best for next year.  




January 6, 2022

Good morning!  Welcome potential applicants!  Please carefully review the information slides provided here for a program overview and key dates: Prelude Information Night 2022-2023.pptx

Once you have finished reviewing the slides, if you feel that the program is a good fit for you, the application form and Learner Profile are below.  Please ensure that you read the application form carefully and that you include everything required in an organized manner.  Start soon: some creative thinking is required :-).  

Prelude Learner Profile B&W.pdf

Prelude - Application Form 2022 .pdf

Please email wdeschner@vsb.bc.ca if you have any questions, but note that students are expected to show some independence in responding to the tasks outlined in the application form--especially with the creative assignment.  

FAQ about the program can be found at the bottom of this page.  



September 29, 2021

Prelude is a school-based program focused on international and local community and independent inquiry.  It is not a district program. Only students in the Churchill catchment may be admitted to the Prelude Program.

Prelude has never been affiliated with IB--it is not a Middle Years or Pre-IB program.  For details about IB, please visit the IB page

I lieu of an information night, this year program details will be posted here on January 6, 2022.   The application form for the program will be made available the day  after the information session to allow for questions.  

Applications will be due on Monday, January 17th, 2022 by 3:30pm in the Main Office.  

Prelude Learner Profile: Prelude Learner Profile B&W.pdf


FAQs

1. Can International Students apply to the Prelude program?

Yes!  International students can apply to Prelude so long as they, like all students, live in the Churchill catchment at the time of application.  Please be aware that International students may not, at this time, apply to the IB program, even if they are in the Prelude program.  This is a district mandate.  

2. Can a student who lives in the Churchill catchment but does not currently attend Churchill apply for the Prelude Program?

Yes!  So long as a student lives in the Churchill catchment at the time of application he, she, or they may apply to the program.  

3. Do students in Prelude still have to apply to IB if they wish to enter the IB program?

Yes.  Prelude is not an IB program.  All students who wish to enrol in the IB program for grade 11 (Year 1) must apply in grade 10.  No student is given preference over another based on the student's grade 10 program choice.

4. If my child's sibling was in Prelude, does that mean that my other child will get in as well?

No.  All applicants are considered on an individual basis.  

5. What kind of supports might a Prelude student need at home?

Students most often, but not always, need support in managing time and ensuring healthy practices such as sleep, time with friends, and play.  They also need support in focusing more on feedback and goals than on grades. 

6. What makes Prelude different from other program options?

Prelude has two unique courses--International Studies and Leadership--that are focused on citizenship, empathy-building, collaboration, communication, and independent learning.  Prelude courses move at a faster pace and the assignments are larger in terms of scope and depth.  Students, as well, benefit from working in a consistent cohort of folks.  They also receive mentorship from senior students--many of whom have been through the Prelude program as well.    

7. Are references required or considered?

No.  A survey is sent out to the current teachers of the applicant.  If we have further questions, we may ask to speak with the applicant or the grade counsellor.  

8. Can a current Churchill student who does not live in catchment still apply to the Prelude Program?

Yes!  But, these students must fill out a cross-boundary application form (found here: https://www.vsb.bc.ca/School/S... ).  Successful applicants to the Prelude Program will only be accepted if their cross-boundary request is approved.  Further information can be found on page 13 of the following document: https://www.vsb.bc.ca/District...







 

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