On Thursday evening approximately 140 parents and children came to Kalamalka Secondary School to learn about the various specialized learning opportunities for students in School District No. 22. The academies and specialized programs include Swimming, and Baseball Academies, as well as Apprenticeship and Forestry Programs.
New in 2018 is the Rowing Academy, a partnership with Vernon Rowing and Dragon Boat Club. The goal of the rowing academy is to give academic athletes an opportunity to use a wide range of boat sizes, develop teamwork, trust, personal challenge and discipline while providing a mechanism that facilitates weekday rowing training that does not disrupt class schedules.
One parent said “My son has been rowing for a year and half. We’re here to see how he can do something he really enjoys, and still get an education.”
Superintendent Joe Rogers, welcomed the parents in attendance telling them we were pleased to “share some of the innovative programs we are offering around the District.” He went on to say, “We are able to offer many of these programs thanks to great partnerships with community organizations, such as The Vancouver Whitecaps, Vernon Golf & Country Club, the RCMP, Sovereign Nordic, Vernon Ski Club and Silverstar Freestyle Club.”
School District No. 22 Academies enhance the traditional curriculum for students motivated to strengthen their skills and improve their abilities in specialized programs. Students participating in Academies will receive specialized instruction and learning opportunities that increase student engagement and success.
For more information on the academies and specialized programs, and the application process and deadlines, please visit the School District website.