Secondary Schools / Programs of Choice

Challenge Program

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.

This program is offered at:

Mount Douglas Secondary School

L’Ecole Esquimalt Secondaire/Secondary

Challenge Program Information Session: Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 7:00 p.m., Mount Douglas Secondary gym

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.

This program is offered at: Esquimalt High School

Program Fees

Rugby Academy Information Session: Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 7:00 p.m., Esquimalt High gym

Flexible Studies: Leadership in Learning

Nationally recognized by the Canadian Education Association for innovation in teaching and learning, the Flexible Studies program is a two-year program designed for students interested in a structured, experiential learning approach to education, where students engage with their peers, teachers, community and environment as they aspire for academic and personal growth.

A foundational aspect of the Flexible Studies Program is learning in, with, and from our community.

Students in the Flexible Studies program complete their grade nine and ten curricular competencies for English, Social Studies, Science, Environmental Science, Career Life Education, and an Independent Directed Study in a structured inquiry-driven model of learning. Mathematics is completed in a grade specific, semestered class.

Students experience a wide variety of learning environments. Some of examples of the variety of learning environments students have experience in the past few years include:

  • direct instruction from a teacher in a classroom environment
  • listening to members of the community share their stories
  • author talks and writing workshops
  • week-long Poet-In-Residence workshops
  • month-long projects working with the Royal BC Museum
  • individual time to explore a Passion Project of students’ choosing
  • exploring local ecosystems (i.e., partnering with Swan Lake Nature Sancturary) and restoring the Garry Oak ecosystem at Reynolds as part of our Environmental Science course
  • overnight camping trips (i.e., a weekend trip to Saturna Island Marine Research & Education Society)

This Program is offered at: École Reynolds Secondary School

Flexible Studies: Leadership in Learning Program Information Session: Thursday, January 5, 2023, 7:00 p.m., Reynolds Secondary gym

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.

This program is offered at: École Reynolds Secondary School

Program Fees

Centre of Soccer Excellence Information Session: Thursday, January 5, 2023, 7:45 p.m., Reynolds Secondary gym

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

Program Fees

Baseball and Softball Academy Information Session: Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 7:00 p.m., Lambrick Park Secondary library

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

Program Fees

Hockey Skills Academy Information Session: Thursday, January 12, 2023, 7:00 p.m., Spectrum Secondary library

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