Overview | Application Information & Criteria

West Vancouver Schools Pursuit Program

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An Update

West Vancouver Schools’ priority is to ensure all students receive the required courses needed for graduation. Pursuit is a graduation for credits course program designed for students, Grades 10-12, who are provincially and/or nationally ranked athletes or performing artists competing at the highest category or level for their specific age group.

The 2021-2022 school year will be a “transitional year” for West Vancouver Schools with the understanding that we will still be in the COVID Pandemic and will continue to abide by the Ministry of Health and Education Guidelines. However, we remain optimistic and are planning for a Semester schedule.

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Semester System: WVS Plans

West Vancouver Schools’ is planning and charting the path forward based on BC’s Restart: A Plan to Bring Us Back Together. This plan is designed based on data and guidance from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s Provincial Health Officer.

West Vancouver Schools is planning to run a Semester System for the 2021-2022 school year. Students would complete four courses in each of two semesters (September to January & February to June). X Block periods will be built into this schedule to provide students the opportunity to pursue personalized training (Tuesday & Thursday from 12:35 pm – 3:00 pm).

In the Semester System schedule, there will be the opportunity for students in Grades 10-12 to apply to the Pursuit Program, and request to use one of their four blocks for training purposes. If eligible students apply and are accepted into the Pursuit Program, the periods that would be available outside of X Block (Tuesday & Thursday afternoon) are Monday afternoon (last period), Wednesday morning (first period) & Friday afternoon (last period).

Students in Grades 8 & 9 will continue to use the X Block periods, Tuesday & Thursday, from 12:35 pm – 3:00 pm all year long.

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Quarter System: WVS Plans

West Vancouver Schools will only continue the Quarter System structure in a worst-case scenario with respect to the current pandemic.

If, in the event, that WVS should follow the Quarter System, students would complete two courses each quarter (10 weeks long) with one course scheduled in the morning and one course scheduled in the afternoon, Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. Tuesday & Thursday classes would run from 8:30 am – 12:35 pm.

Within the Quarter System, the district would continue to build-in X Block periods designed to provide opportunities for students to participate in a variety of programs. For students interested in pursuing personalized training, X Block periods would be available for this purpose and held every Tuesday & Thursday from 12:35 pm – 3:00 pm all year long. Pursuit applications would not be required as schools would not be providing additional time outside of the X Block periods for personalized training

Pursuit Applications Now Being Accepted

In anticipation of running a Semester System structure for the 2021-2022 school year, we are now accepting Pursuit applications from students Grades 10-12.

The deadline for Pursuit applications is Friday, June 11, 2021.
Please note that students must meet the WVS Pursuit criteria for the specific discipline.

School Contacts

For the 2021-2022 school year, the following administrators are responsible for the Pursuit Program at each of the school sites. For any questions, please contact:

Rockridge Secondary:
Ms. Jennifer Towers, Vice Principal

Ecole Sentinel Secondary:
Mr. Shawn Anderson, Vice Principal

West Vancouver Secondary:
Ms. Crystal Tanfara, Vice Principal

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

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

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