If you are interested in this program, please complete the Student Information Form.  The Academy Office will contact you to complete the registration process.

West Vancouver Schools Premier Fencing Academy is the only one of its kind in British Columbia. Launched in 2015, our Head Coach and High Performance Director for the Canadian Fencing Federation, Igor Gantsevich, welcomes students, Grades 8-12, who are registered full time at Rockridge, Ecole Sentinel, or West Vancouver Secondary.

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High Level Athletics

The primary goal of the Fencing Academy is to provide a formal fencing training program within the academic setting to allow for achievement and excellence in sport and education.

The Premier Fencing Academy is a sports program that offers students, Grades 8-12, the opportunity to complete all their course requirements, along with the ability to participate in competitive fencing skill development.

“Besides very good training at the Academy, the thing that had the biggest impact on me was the passion and dedication that Coach Igor has for the sport of fencing and it definitely rubbed off. “ – former Fencing Academy student
Read the full quote here

Program Highlights

Academic Courses

Students will receive the following courses depending on the number of hours student elect to participate & their specific grade levels:

Physical & Health Education 8

Physical & Health Education 9

Physical & Health Education 10
B/AA Theory & Principles of Competitive Fencing 10

Fitness & Conditioning 11
Active Living 11

Fitness & Conditioning 12
Active Living 12

Assessment & Evaluation

Students’ skill levels and fitness levels are continually monitored by the coaching staff. The coaches set goals and objectives with each student based on observations and progress within the training sessions. This program helps students form successful habits not only in the area of fencing, but also within their academics and relationships with others. Students are encouraged to be consistent in areas such as focus, work ethic and attitude during the training sessions.

  • Students in Grades 8-12 who are registered full time at Rockridge, Sentinel or West Vancouver Secondary are eligible to apply.
  • Full year program that takes place within the district’s linear timetable.
  • Components include fencing skill development, fencing-specific fitness training, as well as opportunities to participate in competitions within the sport.
  • State-of-the-art training facility: Dynamo Fencing 238 Fell Avenue, North Vancouver, BC.
  • One way bus transportation is provided from all three secondary schools to Dynamo Fencing.  Pick up at 3:00pm is the responsibility of parents or guardians.
  • Students may receive 1-2 courses (4-8 course credits) depending upon the number of training hours.
  • Outstanding instruction provided by experienced, qualified fencing coaches.

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Program Acceptance

The West Vancouver School District’s Premier Fencing Academy is a wonderful program for the student who wants to develop his/her potential as a high performance athlete or simply wants to enjoy developing in the sport of fencing. All students enrolled full time at Rockridge, Ecole Sentinel or West Vancouver Secondary School have the opportunity to pursue the sport of fencing, while continuing to receive an excellent education. The school district is excited to be able to offer this very unique program for students.

Registration for the Fencing Academy program is separate from the individual school registration.  The first step in the Fencing Academy registration is to complete a Student Information Form found here.  For further information on Dynamo Fencing Academy, please go to www.dynamofencing.com

Fees: Full time fees are $6000 per year divided into 10 equal payments ($600 per month x 10 months)*

Part time fees are $3250 per year divided into 10 equal payments ($325 per month x 10 months)*

*Fees may be subject to change

Requirements & Registration

  • Open to all students, Grades 8-12 who are registered full time at Rockridge, Sentinel or West Van Secondary
  • Good to excellent work habits are expected
  • Good to excellent habits are also expected in the area of social responsibility

Contact Information:

Ms. Tara Ledingham
Assistant, WVS Premier Academies

Students interested in the Premier Fencing Academy must complete an online student information form.

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Admissions for the 24/25 school year are openClick here for eligibility and timelines