The High Performers’ Program
strives to provide select students, in grades 8 to 12, a quality core
educational program while accommodating the demands of their
involvement in a high level performance or competition schedule. This
will be accomplished by providing student support and flexibility
through a combination of traditional classroom and on-line computer
learning as well as the possibility of gaining credit for their
learning outside school. A teacher advocate will be available to
facilitate learning and counsel the student. This program will be
offered at Vernon Secondary School, and students must transfer to VSS
if they are successful in their application. In most cases, existing
school bus routes will accommodate transportation of students to VSS.
If this is not available, parents are responsible to provide
transportation. Students should register with their home school while
they wait for acceptance into this program.
Criteria for Selection
To be considered for this program the student
must complete the HPP application (below). We will be looking for: Provincial
level of competition as a minimum, but National or International levels
will be given priority.
- A minimum of 20 hours per week of direct involvement within a high level of program.
- A strong commitment to long term goals.
- A high reading proficiency and writing ability to accommodate on-line learning as indicated by the student’s mark in English.
- Strong evidence of good work habits and attitude.
- An ability to work independently.
How does it work?
with the HPP teacher, students set up a schedule of courses that allows
them to have a full, traditional highschool experience, yet creates
flexibility in their timetables to allow for their training and
competition schedules. This is done through a combination of regular
in-class course work, challenging course work that the students are
already proficient in, and by taking self-paced online courses through
VLearn or thorugh a school district in BC.
Read Personalizing School for our High Performers by Malcolm Reid
So when a student is at school where do they go?
attend regular classes each semester. If possible a study block may be
provided where attendance is taken in the HPP room. Students are
expected to be working on their school work - either on their online
courses, or getting ahead, or just catching up. The study blocks are not
"spares", but rather, are focused, independent study time with the
guidance of the HPP teacher.
What else does the HPP teacher do?
HPP teacher functions very much like a guidance councelor, helping to
set-up the student's program, teaching online courses or facilitating
the contact with online teachers, and acting as a messenger/mediator for
students, parents, and teachers.
Who qualifies?How do I apply?
students must be strong academically, and must be achieving at a
provincial, regional, national, or international level that requires
time and energy be taken out of the traditional school schedule. Please refer to the Criteria for Selection (above).
Applications are due February 1st
for the following school year. Only complete applications will be
considered. Coaches and teacher references is highly regarded.