Evening Information Session will be in February, 2020. 

Exact date and time and location to be confirmed soon

To attend the Evening Information Session, please complete the Student Information Form.

West Vancouver Schools, in partnership with the Hollyburn Country Club and the West Van Warriors, are accredited as a Hockey Canada Sports School. Ecole Sentinel Secondary is the academic setting and the Hollyburn Country Club, the athletic facility, working together to assist student-athletes who will compete in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL).

Program Overview

Mission Statement
This academy is designed to develop the next generation of values-driven leaders in an inspiring environment of excellence in sport and education.

At Sentinel Secondary, we set high expectations for our students, who thrive in an innovative and academically enriched educational environment. Our caring and supportive school community values family involvement and fosters clear values that build confidence, character, and good citizenship every day. We encourage our students to participate in a wide array of activities and to look for opportunities to follow their passions. Caring members of our staff strive consistently to motivate each student to reach his or her individual potential.

This environment of excellence has four pillars to support a strong foundation of growth:

Leadership Culture
Leadership culture will be developed throughout the academy program, both on and off the ice.

Performance Excellence
Performance excellence will be expected, with accountability in results.

Student-athletes will receive an academic timetable that provides all course credits required for graduation. Students will be closely monitored and provided with the assistance they require for ongoing success.

For the 2019-20 operating season, the objective of the athletic program is to ice four male hockey teams which would include a Bantam Prep, Bantam Varsity, E 15 and Midget Prep team.

Sample Daily Timetable


Warning bell - 1st Period
8:30 - 9:491st period (79 minutes)
9:49 - 9:55Recess #1
9:55Warning Bell - 2nd Period
10:01 - 11:202nd Period (79 minutes)
11:20 - 11:27Recess #2
11:27Warning Bell
11:32 - 12:503rd Period (80 minutes) Includes announcements
12:50- 1:33Lunch
1:33Warning Bell - 4th Period
1:38 - 2:574th Period (79 minutes)

Typical Block Rotation


MondayDay 1 - 1 2 34
TuesdayDay 2 - 1 2 34
WednesdayDay 1 - 2 3 14
ThursdayDay 2 - 2 3 14
FridayDay 1 - 3 1 44
MondayDay 2 - 3 1 44

The morning blocks rotate while the afternoon blocks remain static, allowing students the opportunity to participate in the hockey program.

Course Credits

Physical & Health Education (Grades 8-10) and Fitness & Conditioning (Grades 11 & 12)

Students who would be registered in any one of the Hockey Canada Sport School programs (Grades 8-10) would receive 4 credits for Physical & Health Education and Fitness & Conditioning (Grades 11 & 12). Students are assessed and evaluated within the hockey program by a qualified and certified teacher and provided with letter grades and effort marks each of 3 terms.

BAA Theory and Principles of Ice Hockey (Grades 10-12)

The Ministry allows school districts to write locally developed courses at the (Grades 10-12 level) to accommodate the needs of students within the school or local community. The following BAA (Board Authority Authorized) courses have been written specifically for the students in the Hockey Academy and would be excellent for the Hockey Canada Sport School programs. Students (Grades 10-12) would receive 4 credits & marks by a qualified, certified teacher each year for the following courses: Theory & Principles of Ice Hockey Hockey 10, 11, or 12.

Career Education 8 & 9

Students (Grades 8 & 9) complete the Health & Career Education (HCE) courses. The aim of HCE is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will assist them in making informed decisions related to their health, their education, and their future careers. The students will be looking at such key elements as healthy living, healthy relationships, safety and injury prevention, substance misuse prevention and such topics as relating personal attributes to potential career options and transferable/employability skills (personal management skills, academic skills, teamwork skills).


Personal Development

We have a vested interest in the personal development of each and every student-athlete involved in the academy program as the experiences and environment will have a tremendously positive impact in the student’s overall life skills, basic personal responsibility, including taking care of personal possessions, and basic etiquette. We feel it is important that students also learn basic financial concepts, budgeting, bill payments, savings, investments and generally, the value of money. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of topics that include goal-setting, self-awareness and self-reflection.

Hollyburn Country Club

Ecole Sentinel Secondary School

Contact Information


Nathan Fischer –nf@westvanwarriors.com

Diane Nelson
Director of Instruction
West Vancouver Schools Premier Academy

Office Direct Line: 604-981-1150
Cell: 604-786-3575
Email: dnelson@wvschools.ca

Hollyburn Country Club

Hollyburn has a 52 year history and was established on Vancouver’s North Shore in 1963. In 2014, Hollyburn completed a $15 million dollar capital upgrade and expansion. This club is situated on 42 acres overlooking the Burrard Inlet and downtown Vancouver, housing dedicated facilities for 9 sporting activities, including 2 ice sheets for hockey. The hockey program has grown from a small, single-A (A3) association to a competitive AAA (A1) association producing a number of notable alumni players, coaches, and officials throughout the BCHL, WHL, NCAA, AHL, NHL, and international leagues. These alumni include, but are not limited to: Morgan Rielly, Sam Reinhart, Max Reinhart, Griffin Reinhart, Bracken Kearns, and Ryan Gibbons.

Ecole Sentinel Secondary School

Sentinel is located approximately 300 meters from Hollyburn and currently enrolls more than 1,200 students in grades 8 through 12. Ecole Sentinel Secondary is consistently one of the top ranked schools in the province of British Columbia and its Advanced Placement (“AP”) program is recognized internationally. In addition to this new partnership, West Vancouver Schools has a history operating 15 successful academy programs (Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Dance, Engineering, Environmental Science, Fencing, Field Hockey, Kickboxing, Hockey, Mechatronic Robotics, Rugby, Soccer, Table Tennis and Tennis, with more specialty programs to be launched for September, 2020.

Students interested in attending the Premier Hockey Academy must submit the Student Information Form.