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Pursuit Information and Application

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An Overview

Pursuit is designed to assist students who are striving to meet the competing demands of their academic coursework while taking part in high-level discipline-related training programs.

Students who are new to West Vancouver Schools or new to the school of choice (e.g., Rockridge, École Sentinel or West Vancouver Secondary), must first register to the school by the registration deadline before applying online for Pursuit.

Pursuit is a non-credit timetabling option for students, in Grades 10-12, that targets provincially and nationally-ranked athletes or high-calibre performing artists who are seriously committed to their education and training. While Pursuit is designed for senior students, students in Grades 8 & 9 may apply if they meet the criteria in an eligible discipline.

Students registered at Rockridge, École Sentinel or West Vancouver Secondary School are eligible to apply for Pursuit as long as they meet the entrance criteria established.

A district committee, comprised of representatives from all three secondary schools reviews Pursuit applications and makes the selection decisions.

Students who apply for Pursuit must be affiliated with an outside agency that provides training and competition opportunities at an elite level.

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External Credits

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.

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Course Planning

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:

  1. Providing students with assignments prior to departure, should a student anticipate that they will be absent for a period of time;
  2. Extending the deadline for an assignment or project;
  3. 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.

School Contacts

Educational progress of students in Pursuit is monitored by the schools’ counsellors or school administrator responsible for it. For the 2018-2019 school year, the following knowledgeable and experienced educators are responsible for the program at each of the school sites:

Rockridge Secondary:
Mr. John Crowley, Vice-Principal
jcrowley@wvschools.ca

Ecole Sentinel Secondary:
Ms. Rebecca Rowley, Vice-Principal
rrowley@wvschools.ca

West Vancouver Secondary:
Mr. Garth Thomson, Vice-Principal
gthomson@wvschools.ca

Parents who have questions or concerns regarding the application process or required supporting documents are to contact the school’s person-in-charge.

Sentinel Secondary School
1250 Chartwell Drive,
West Vancouver B.C.
V7S 2R2
Telephone: 604-981-1130

Rockridge Secondary School
5350 Headland Drive,
West Vancouver, B.C.
V7W 3H2
Telephone: 604-981-1300

West Vancouver Secondary School
1750 Mathers Avenue,
West Vancouver, B.C.
V7V 2G7
Telephone: 604-981-1100

Application Information for both NEW and RETURNING Students »