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Secondary Programs of Choice

Registration is in February for priority placement for the following school year for most programs – exceptions are marked with an asterisk *. Note that students who would like to attend a program at a school other than their home school may need to apply for a cross-district transfer. Contact a Career Education Advisor or counsellor to learn more about the Programs of Choice below.

Learn more about student planning for Fall 2021.

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EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT

Advanced Placement Courses
Attend any secondary school
AP courses offered to Grades 10-12 students provide motivated learners with the opportunity to take university-level academic courses. *Note later application deadline. Learn more.

AP Capstone
Attend Burnaby North or Burnaby South
The AP Capstone™ program provides students in Grades 11 & 12 with rigorous development of the skills that are critical for post-secondary success. *Note later application deadline. Learn more.

BETA Mini School
Attend Alpha
Highly able learners in Grades 8 and 9 are challenged in an inclusive environment of intellectual peers. *Note earlier application deadline. Learn more.

Business Summit
Attend any secondary school
In partnership with the BCIT School of Business, students in Grades 9-12 explore the world of business, while fulfilling graduation requirements. Learn more.

Engineering Summit
Attend Cariboo Hill
Students in Grades 10-12 explore the world of engineering while fulfilling graduation requirements. Learn more.

French Immersion
Attend Alpha, Cariboo Hill or Moscrop
Graduates receive a bilingual designation on their high school diploma. Learn more.

Health Sciences
Attend any secondary school
Grades 11 & 12 students are supported in their transition to post-secondary education in the field of health care through simulations and program-specific labs. Travel to Moscrop Secondary is required. Learn more.

Independent Directed Studies
Attend any secondary school
Students in Grades 10, 11 or 12 can pursue a specific interest in greater depth and receive credit towards graduation. Learn more.

Rethink
Attend Burnaby North
Students engage in learning opportunities with community partners to create projects, research, and develop solutions to large challenges, issues, or problems beyond the walls of the school. Learn more.

STEAM
Attend Byrne Creek
A multi-disciplinary project-based exploration in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics for Grade 8 students. Learn more.

CAREER TRAINING

Film & Broadcast
Attend any secondary school
Grade 11 & 12 students gain experience and connect with industry employers, all while receiving comprehensive training and developing a portfolio that supports post-secondary application or employment. Travel to Burnaby North is required. Academic requirements are met at the student’s home school. Learn more.

Fitness Instructor
Attend any secondary school
Training for Grade 11 & 12 students interested in careers in kinesiology, physiotherapy, sports medicine, or becoming a personal fitness coach. Options are available to take certifications through Canadian Fitness Education Services (CFES) and/or easy transition to Douglas College diploma or degree programs. Travel to Burnaby South Secondary is required. Academic requirements are met at the student’s home school. Learn more.

Graphics & Media Arts
Attend any secondary school
Grade 11 & 12 students select courses in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign, After Effects, Flash, Final Cut Pro, and ProTools. Travel to Byrne Creek Secondary is required. Academic requirements are met at the student’s home school. Learn more.

Music Production & Technology
Attend any secondary school
Aspiring musicians, singers, and producers in Grades 11 & 12 compose, perform and produce professional quality recordings. Travel to Burnaby North Secondary is required. Academic requirements are met at the student’s home school. Learn more.

Tourism & Event Management
Attend any secondary school
Grade 11 and 12 students receive globally recognized certification and training in the hospitality industry through partnership with the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Work practicums and field trips provide experience to multiple facets of the industry, including adventure tourism, banquet and convention planning, food and guest services. Other certifications offered are Food Safe Level 1, Serving it Right and SuperHost. Travel to Burnaby Mountain is required. Academic requirements are met at the student’s home school. Learn more.

TECHNOLOGY

Cisco Networking Academy
Attend any secondary school
Students in Grades 11 & 12 work toward industry certification while learning about computer hardware and software. Travel to Burnaby South Secondary is required. Academic requirements are met at the student’s home school. Learn more.

DigiPen Game Development Academy
Attend Cariboo Hill
In partnership with the Digipen Institute of Technology, students in Grades 8-12 gain valuable hands-on experience in game design and production. Learn more.

Microsoft Office Specialist
Attend Cariboo Hill
Students in Grades 8-12 receive globally recognized certification in this office standard desktop publishing suite. Learn more.

Palo Alto Cyber Security Academy
Attend any secondary school
In partnership with Palo Alto Networks, a leading cybersecurity company, Grades 10-12 students receive globally recognized industry certification. Travel to Cariboo Hill Secondary is required. Academic requirements are met at the student’s home school. Learn more.

Robotics (Mechatronics)
Attend any secondary school
This project-based technology program is open to students in Grades 10, 11 & 12 who aspire to become programmers, designers, or engineers. Travel to Alpha Secondary is required. Academic requirements are met at the student’s home school. Learn more.

TRADES

Trades & Technologies Exploration
Various Secondary Schools
Students in Grades 9 & 10 explore various industry sectors through hands-on projects. Areas of study include Mechanics, Robotics, Electronics, Electrical, Carpentry, Metal Fabrication, Plumbing, CNC Machining, 3D Printing, Cooking, Baking, Tourism, and Textiles. Learn more.

Youth Work in Trades
All Secondary Schools
Students in Grades 10-12 have the opportunity for on-the-job training as a Youth Apprentice in any of 100+ designated trades in BC. Take a paycheque home and earn up to 16 credits toward your high school diploma and a $1000 award. Academic requirements are met at the student’s home school. Apprenticeship training may be done during regular school time, school holiday breaks, and/or weekends. Learn more.

Auto Body & Collision Technician
Attend any secondary school
In partnership with Vancouver Community College, students earn Level 1 Post-Secondary Technical certification. The work involves motor vehicle body repair (interior and exterior), ranging from scratches to major structural damage and auxiliary system repair and replacement. Students attend the program at VCC and their home school to meet academic requirements. The program starts in September and runs for 7 months (Monday to Thursday). Learn more.

Auto Service Technician
Attend any secondary school
Students achieve ITA accredited Level 1 Certificate of Qualification. An Auto Service Technician repairs, adjusts, and replaces mechanical or electrical parts on cars and light trucks. Academic requirements are met at the student’s home school. Travel may be required. Learn more.

Baker (Pastry Arts)
Attend any secondary school
In partnership with VCC, bakers prepare and produce items such as bread, buns, cakes, pies, cookies, and other baked goods. The majority of work takes place in specialty bakeries, restaurants, hotels, and supermarkets. Students attend the program at VCC and their home school to meet academic requirements. The program starts in July and runs for 6 months (Monday to Thursday). Learn more.

CNC Machinist Technician
Attend any secondary school
In partnership with BCIT, a CNC Machinist utilizes innovative technologies, including sophisticated Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software and specialty aerospace industry materials to develop and build products. This program is the first year of a two-year foundation program, which includes an industry-sponsored internship between Level 1 and 2. The program starts full time in January and runs for 8 months. Talk to the Career Advisor at your school for more information.

Cabinetmaker/Joiner (Furniture Designer)
Attend any secondary school
Students achieve ITA accredited Level 1 Technical training. Joiners design, build, repair, install and re-style wooden furniture, cabinets, fixtures and other products. Cabinetmakers operate woodworking machines to cut and form parts, which they then assemble into finished products. The program runs from February to June. Academic requirements are met at the student’s home school. Travel may be required. Talk to the Career Advisor at your school for more information.

Carpenter
Attend any secondary school
Students achieve ITA accredited Level 1 technical training. Carpenters build and repair a vast array of structures made of wood, wood-substitutes and erect forms in concrete. Carpenters also use plans and instruments to prepare for excavating and shoring. Construction companies, contractors and maintenance departments are the main employers while others are self-employed. Academic requirements are met at the student’s home school. Travel may be required. Learn more.

Construction Electrician
Attend any secondary school
This foundation program is in partnership with Camosun College. Construction Electricians plan, design, assemble and install electrical systems that provide heat, light, power, alarm, security, communication, and control in residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, transportation, marine, and entertainment environments. Academic requirements are met at the student’s home school. Travel may be required. Learn more.

Hairstylist
Attend any secondary school
This is an ITA accredited Level 1 foundation program with 300 hours of practicum. Hairstylists shampoo, design, cut, colour, style, and chemically treat hair. They also provide other services such as scalp treatments and hairpiece services. This one-year program starts in February. Academic requirements are met at the student’s home school. Travel may be required. Learn more.

Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
Attend any secondary school
HDE Technicians maintain, manufacture, overhaul, recondition and repair equipment powered by internal combustion engines or electricity including graders, loaders, shovels, off-highway tractors, off-highway trucks, forklifts, wheeled and tracked vehicles of all types. This program is in partnership with Vancouver Community College and starts in September running for 9 months (Monday to Thursday). Talk to the Career Advisor at your school for more information.

Horticulturist, Landscape
Attend any secondary school
This is an ITA apprenticeship program. Landscape Horticulturists identify, propagate, cultivate, grow and maintain plants, managing injured and diseased trees and plants. They create and modify landscapes by measuring, designing, and interpreting plans. They construct and maintain gardens, parks, golf courses and other landscape environments. An ITA sponsored employer is required to enrol in this 6-week program. Talk to the Career Advisor at your school for more information.

Metal Fabricator
Attend any secondary school
Metal Fabricators deal with the selection, layout, shearing, cutting, drilling, and welding of metal plates and structural steel shapes into products. Projects involve the construction of bridges, buildings, hoppers, conveyors, cranes, heavy mining equipment, logging equipment, ship parts and equipment, and aviation parts and equipment. This program is put on in partnership with BCIT, starts full time in February and runs for 6 months. Learn more.

Millwright
Attend any secondary school
Millwrights install, repair, overhaul, and maintain machinery and heavy mechanical equipment, such as conveyor systems in diverse settings, including repair shops, plants, construction sites, mines, logging operations, ski hills, and most production and manufacturing facilities. This program is put on in partnership with BCIT, starts full time in September or February and runs for 6 months. Talk to the Career Advisor at your school for more information.

Motorcycle Mechanic
Attend any secondary school
Motorcycle & Power Equipment Technicians diagnose, repair, adjust and replace engines, drive trains, suspension, and electrical systems on small to medium-sized power products. This program is put on in partnership with BCIT, starts full time in February and runs for 5 months. Talk to the Career Advisor at your school for more information.

Painter & Decorator
Attend any secondary school
Put on in partnership with the Finishing Trades Institute, this 6-week Level 1 Technical Training Program runs from mid-June through July. Painter/Decorators prepare and apply paint, install all wall coverings on buildings or structure surfaces, sand/hydro blast concrete or wood cleaning for decorative or preparatory purposes. Learn more.

Plumber
Attend any secondary school
Put on in partnership with the Piping Industry College on Annacis Island, students take the Plumber Apprenticeship Technical Training Level 1 Certification for 7 weeks, starting in mid-June. Apprentices may move forward to Pipefitting, Steamfitting, Gasfitting, or Sprinkler Installation or continue apprenticeship in Plumbing. Learn more.

Professional Cook
Attend any secondary school
This program earns an ITA accredited Level 1 Certificate of Qualification. Students develop understanding of the major professional techniques and principles used in cooking, baking, and other aspects of food preparation. Academic requirements are met at the student’s home school. Travel may be required. Learn more.

Welder
Attend any secondary school
This foundation program is in partnership with the Piping Industry College on Annacis Island. Students learn how to weld ferrous and non-ferrous metals in all positions on both plate and/or pipe using various welding processes. This 7-month full time program starts at various times during the year. Talk to the Career Advisor at your school for more information.

ONLINE LEARNING

Burnaby Online
Attend any secondary school or exclusively online
Students engage in flexible learning opportunities at their own pace choosing core and elective courses at all grade levels. Learn more.

SPORTS ACADEMIES

Hockey Academy at Burnaby North
Attend any secondary school
High-performance hockey training for students in Grades 8-12 with academic requirements met at their home school. Learn more.

Hockey Academy in partnership with Burnaby Winter Club
Attend Burnaby Central
Elite level hockey training in partnership with the Burnaby Winter Club for students in Grades 8-12 with academic requirements met at the school. Acceptance is contingent on qualifying for the hockey academy team. Learn more.

SFU Lacrosse Academy
Attend any secondary school
Students in Grades 8-12 participate in high-performance field lacrosse training held at SFU, with academic requirements met at their home school. Learn more.

Soccer Academy in partnership with Simon Fraser University
Attend any secondary school
In partnership with Simon Fraser University, this program offers high-performance soccer training held at SFU. This is an option for any student in Grades 8-12 with academic requirements met at their home school. Learn more.

Soccer Academy in partnership with the Vancouver Whitecaps
Attend Burnaby Central
Elite soccer training in partnership with the Vancouver Whitecaps for girls in Grades 9-12 with academic requirements met at the school. Acceptance is contingent on qualifying for the Whitecaps Girls Elite REX Academy. Learn more.

Volleyball Academy
Attend any secondary school
In partnership with Volleyball Canada, this individualized program focuses on an overall skill set, positional training, strength and conditioning at école Cariboo Hill Secondary. This is an option for any student in Grades 8-12 with academic requirements met at their home school. Learn more.

ARTS & ATHLETICS

Athletics and Visual & Performing Arts (AVPA)
Attend any secondary school
Artistic performers and athletes are given the ability to balance their practice and performance schedules with academics.

 


Updated January 15, 2021