While there are no specific course credits assigned to a student in Pursuit, students may be eligible for external course credits if they are training and competing at levels established by the BC Ministry of Education.
External credits, where applicable, are granted after students submit, to the counsellors, the necessary documentation as outlined by the Ministry of Education. (For example, External Athlete 10, 11 or 12).
Timetable accommodation allows students to manage their coursework and continue to train and compete at an elite level. Depending upon the student’s training or performing needs, either one block or two blocks are assigned. The block assignment may be fixed in the afternoon or rotating in the morning, depending upon timetable block availability.
Students requesting a timetable accommodation through Pursuit must apply each year in order to demonstrate they continue to meet the criteria. Returning students may be required to meet with the person-in-charge of applications at each school site before re-submitting their application.
Applications are reviewed by the Pursuit committee during the month of April. Selections are not confirmed until all requested documentation has been uploaded, received and verified. Applicants are contacted via email after the application review and selections have been confirmed.
Where possible, each secondary school (Rockridge, École Sentinel & WVSS) works to accommodate flexible scheduling when there are requests by students due to intense training or performance requirements. Teachers within all schools work to ensure students are able to train or perform at an elite level, yet still satisfy their school course requirements. Examples of these accommodations include:
- Providing students with assignments prior to departure, should a student anticipate that they will be absent for a period of time;
- Extending the deadline for an assignment or project;
- Permission to write a test or an exam at a later date should the teacher have adequate notice of upcoming training sessions, competitions or performances.
As well, each school’s counselling department works with students to ensure they have all the required courses for graduation. Planning 10 and Physical Education 10 are required courses for graduation. If not completed within the school timetable, students must complete these courses online with the Vancouver School Board (VSB) or at summer school.
Successful applicants may be required to attend a meeting conducted by the school’s counsellor or Vice-Principal (person-in-charge) during the first month of school start-up to review expectations, to provide information or to answer questions.