Building on twenty-five years of experience, research and success, the Greater Victoria School District Challenge program for Gifted, Creative and Talented students offers a unique, dynamic and fulfilling educational opportunity. The program is based upon the cohort model: students take Challenge courses in the core subject areas of Math, Science, Social Studies and English while exploring their individual passions in integrated elective subjects. This ability group cohort model enables students to undertake a rigorous and enriched Renaissance style education. The award winning teaching staff fosters a love of learning built around the foundation of creative problem solving and real world applications of curriculum, with a strong commitment to developing each student’s limitless academic and creative potential.
The Challenge program works to facilitate the transfer of school-based curriculum to the world at large by fostering relationships with the University of Victoria, with all levels of government and with a wide variety of provincial, national and international education institutions. Students in the program are exposed to a number of leadership options within the school and the greater Victoria community.
Students are able to pursue their studies in both the French immersion and English tracks.
The Greater Victoria School District’s Challenge Program for Gifted, Creative and Talented learners is offered at:
Esquimalt High Rugby Academy
The Esquimalt High Rugby Academy (EHRA) focusses on high caliber athletic participation, academic excellence and character development. The EHRA will provide a quality program that develops all athletes both physically and mentally to create active and well-rounded citizens. We will make an exceptional effort to include all athletes who want to be part of this program. By providing a supportive and challenging environment with the help from Rugby Canada’s elite athletes, the EHRA will help all athletes to achieve their full potential.
Flexible Studies: Leadership in Learning
Flexible Studies: Leadership in Learning is comprised of four key program components. These four are Academic Excellence, Character Development through Leadership, Enrichment and Challenge through Experiential Learning, and Support for Individualized, Flexible Programs.
The program’s goal is to support the growth of the whole person through a rigorous and creative academic program and a comprehensive program of character development and service opportunities. Each student’s growth will be measured by the development of skills and attributes that we believe support learning beyond the curriculum. The Flex program is unique in its team approach to teaching. The teachers work together to support students beyond the specific subject areas being taught.
The Flex program supports elite athletes and performers who require a flexible program due to training, competition, rehearsal and performance; students are provided individualized academic programs to accommodate their commitments away from school.
This program is offered at Reynolds Secondary for students in Grades 9 – 12 and students are selected by application.
Flexible Studies: Leadership in Learning is offered at: École Reynolds Secondary School
Reynolds Centre of Soccer Excellence
The Centre for Soccer Excellence provides a formal training program within the academic setting of the school with a commitment to excellence in student achievement. The program is integrated into the regular school program and is designed to develop the individual skills of the participants. Students receive on field and classroom instruction in sports science, nutrition and fitness, strength training, sport physiology, time management, goal setting, leadership skills, coaching philosophy and the laws of the game.
This program is offered at Reynolds Secondary for students in Grade 9 – 12 and students are selected by application.
Reynolds Centre of Soccer Excellence is offered at: École Reynolds Secondary School
Lambrick Park Diamond for Excellence Baseball and Softball Academy
The Diamond for Excellence Baseball and Softball Academy offers a baseball/softball program for boys and girls that is developmental in nature. With a strong focus on academic preparation and life skills, the program provides on-the-field instruction in baseball and softball skills and in-the-classroom instruction in five specific areas to enhance the student athletes’ knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the science of sport and training as it applies to baseball and softball.
This Program is offered at: Lambrick Park Secondary School
Spectrum Hockey Skills Academy
Since the inception of the Spectrum Hockey Skills Academy in 2005, participation has grown to over 90 male and female student-athletes in grades 9 – 12. It is structured and dedicated to training and developing players to reach the next level in the sport of hockey, and to support the academic and citizenship potential of every athlete. Both on-ice and off-ice programs are intensive in their design in developing hockey skills and tactics, physical strength, speed, endurance and mental performance.
Educators are passionate about supporting each athlete in meeting their potential in academics and developing healthy and strong citizenship and leadership skills. Students selected to participate in Spectrum Hockey Skills Academy must provide evidence of good progress in their academic subject areas, socially responsible behaviour, along with a good work ethic and a positive attitude.
This program is offered at: Spectrum Community School