Vernon Secondary School Profile
Secondary School enrolled its first students in September, 1968. For
the next fifteen years, the school housed all of the grade 11 and 12
students from the Vernon and Coldstream areas. In 1983, Vernon School
District Secondary Schools changed to an 8 - 12 structure and Vernon
Senior Secondary School enrolled its first grade eight classes to become
Vernon Secondary School. In January, 2013 the school proudly moved into
a new $38 million dollar state of the art building on the same grounds.
The three-story LEED Gold rated building is on 184, 500 square feet and
has a natural light design with water flow reductions, a ground source
heat exchanger, and a geothermal field that makes VSS a carbon neutral success story.
Secondary has approximately 930 students, with thirty of these students
being from various countries around the world as part of our district
international program. The majority of our students come from our three
elementary feeder schools; Silver Star, BX, and Hillview. In addition
VSS regularly attracts at least 30 more students per year from outside
these three schools. English is the primary language spoken in the homes
of 97% of our students. VSS offers three language programs French,
German, and Spanish. Ten percent of our students are Aboriginal and
these students are serviced by our Aboriginal Support Worker. Ten
percent of our students are also coded with a special education
category. Ten of these students belong to our district Resource Room
program for students with significant physical and/or intellectual
challenges. VSS also offers a school based Life Skills program designed
for students with mild intellectual, social and behavioural challenges.
This program provides basic academic, job readiness, and life skills
that they will need after high school. The majority of these students
will be pursuing an “Evergreen” School Leaving Certificate. All our
students have access to our School Support Services Team that includes 4
Learning Resource Teachers, 2 School Based Counsellors, a team of
certified Educational Assistants, a North Okanagan Youth & Family
Support Services Worker, a District Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, a
Mental Health Worker, and an RCMP School Liaison Officer.
Secondary School has a proud history of achievements in athletics, fine
arts, and academics. VSS athletes are recognized provincial contenders
in football, volleyball, basketball, and cross-country running. Our Fine
Arts and Applied Skills programs have earned a reputation for
excellence in musical theatre productions, artwork, metalwork, woodwork,
and automotive. Academically, VSS students have been recognized among
the best in British Columbia in economics in the past few years. Most
recently, VSS has received recognition for a variety of strong career
education programs and its High Performance Program to support elite
performers in Athletics and Fine Arts. The academic awards presented at
our graduation ceremony regularly exceed $150,000 through scholarships,
grants, and bursaries. We proudly offer a number of ACE-IT
Apprenticeship opportunities through our district coordinator.
Specifically, Professional Cook Training Level 1 is offered on site
through our cafeteria program’s partnership with Camosun College.