OUR LEARNING PROGRAM FEATURES AND HIGHLIGHTS
Chilliwack School District follows the Graduation Program requirements of the Ministry of Education of the province of British Columbia. Graduates from our high schools receive the British Columbia Graduation Certificate (Dogwood Diploma). Furthermore, our research has led us to believe that Howard Gardner’s concept of “multiple intelligences” is a valuable framework for viewing human development and curriculum. We know that we can learn to be more intelligent in more ways than we ever thought possible, in fact there are at least eight different ways of being “intelligent”. Our purpose in the Chilliwack School District is to help students develop their full potential, to be intelligent in as many ways as possible, and to synthesize their “intelligences” to produce creative, productive, and meaningful thinking.
High School Highlights
- excellent science and mathematics programs featuring Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Mathematics, and Advanced Placement Calculus (first year university credit calculus).
- our high schools have several cutting edge computer labs and numerous computers in classrooms and libraries for student access. All computers in the schools are internet connected. Wi-Fi is also readily available. Students participate in sophisticated computer applications, programming, and business and accounting simulations. It is also possible to obtain the much sought after Cisco Systems Engineer Certificate which allows students to be employed to design, build, and maintain small to medium-size computer networks.
- a strong Humanities program featuring History, Comparative Civilizations, Geography, Creative Writing, Journalism, Literature, Advanced Placement English, and of course English and Social Studies. Humanities students consistently perform very well on provincial examinations, and regularly students are published in provincial journals, and local newspapers.
- a focus on second language development with programs in French as a Second Language, French Immersion, Spanish, Japanese, and German.
- a very sophisticated and challenging art program, acknowledged by some to be among the strongest in the province, providing classes in painting (including with oil and acrylics), photography, ceramics, graphics, metal art and jewelry making, and art history. Many students earn entrance to highly regarded post-secondary institutes of art. A number of Chilliwack School District alumni are now well-known artists.
- a highly successful music program which includes Concert Band, Jazz band, Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Beginning and Advanced Guitar, music composition and technology, our unique handbell choir and the only high school steel drum band in western Canada. Our groups consistently earn high honours in local, regional, and national music presentations and competitions.
- a critically acclaimed performing arts program which features Drama, Theatre Performance, Film and Television, Broadcast Media Productions and Dance Performance classes. A major musical production is performed each year.
- Career Preparation Programs where students get an opportunity to focus in on a program that requires a student to take a group of related courses in a specific field such Computer Science, Business, Human Services, Trades and Technology, or Home Economics. Students are found 100 hours of related work experience in the businesses of the community or sometimes beyond the confines of Chilliwack. This is an excellent opportunity for students to “test drive” careers that they think they may be wishing to get post-secondary training in and/or make as their career choice.
- unique learning opportunities in Peer Counseling, Teacher Training, and Leadership Training.
- many club and special event school activities, often organized by students, invite participation by all students.
- an extensive athletic program featuring many recreational and team sports including basketball, volleyball, soccer, swimming, rugby, field hockey, tennis, golf, track and field, cross country, curling, and snow skiing and snowboarding. Over the years Chilliwack’s high school teams have certainly won their share of regional and provincial championships, and we are always competitive but respectful participants.
Middle School Highlights
- focus on academic achievement with a strong degree of accountability. The core academic classes are: English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Physical Education, and French.
- offer an excellent cross-section of exploratory classes. Elective course options include: AVID, Band, Art, Computer Studies, Drama, Journalism, Leadership, Photography, Broadcast Media, Food and Nutrition, Woodwork, Metalwork, Clothing and Textiles, Design and Technology, and Outdoor Education.
- young, energetic, committed, and professional staff.
- small class sizes with an average of well under 30 students per class.
- relatively small schools where a friendly, welcoming atmosphere prevails.
- safe environment in which to learn and enjoy all that the schools have to offer.
- numerous team sports offered including: volleyball, soccer, basketball, cross-country, rugby, field hockey, and track and field. As well there are many clubs to enjoy such as the ski and snowboard club, outdoor club, computer club, drama club, chess club, art club, and others.
- Camping trips of two or three days, or in some schools even a week in length, which encourage appreciation of the outdoors, school spirit, bonding and friendship, and memories to last a lifetime.
Elementary School Highlights
- enthusiastic teachers who welcome an international student in their classes.
- average class sizes of well under 30 students per class.
- local students who value the opportunity to get to know someone from another country.
- excellent ESL instruction on a daily basis. A tremendous ratio where there are no more than 10 students per ESL class and in some cases as few as 3 or fewer students in an ESL class.
- high quality of instruction in all subject areas.
- opportunities to develop friendships through specially planned field trips and social times.
- family atmosphere in elementary schools means that international students are encouraged to feel safe and happy.
- a number of school sports teams including soccer, volleyball, cross-country, basketball, and track and field.