Programs of Choice

Programs of Choice are SD22 Specialty Programs that provide an opportunity to learn the provincial curriculum in a unique learning environment.  Each program follows the academic calendar and is under the supervision of the school where it is situated.

Application Form for Programs of Choice

Frequently Asked Questions for Programs of Choice Registration (FAQ)

Programs of Choice Family Information/Q&A Meetings:  We encourage anyone interested in applying for a program to attend the information meeting put on by each Program of Choice in early January 2022 to learn more about the program and answer any questions you may have.  The dates and times for these sessions can be found in the program links below.

Academy of Inquiry and Adventure Okanagan (Clarence Fulton Secondary)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Information AIAO is a diverse inquiry-based learning experience rooted in the lived curriculum and core competencies. Our program provides an approach to learning that is student-centered and experiential. At AIAO, students build respectful relationships in a trusting community of peers and teachers. Learners who are able to ask questions, take up interests and participate respectfully within the community and nature-based settings will do well in our program.

 

Please click on the following link for more information on our program website:  https://sites.google.com/sd22learns.ca/aiao

Program Goals To support learners in their growth and learning to become able to self-advocate, think creatively, problem-solve, follow passions, and share their understanding in an authentic way.
Program Grades Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Program Location Clarence Fulton Secondary School

 

2301 Fulton Road, Vernon BC

Program Schedule AIAO is a linear program that follows the start and end times of the Fulton School schedule.

 

STUDENT REGISTRATION & SELECTION PROCESS
Information Interested students already registered in SD22 must complete the standard Programs of Choice student application form.

 

Our specific program application form can be found on our website, or at the Fulton Secondary office.

 

All interested applicants are invited to spend a morning in our space to learn more about who we are and what we do. Please contact us at aiao@sd22learns.ca to schedule a visit. Upon a program visit and application submission, an interview will take place with program staff and Fulton’s principal.

 

Program Information Session:

 

2021-2022 AIAO Program Presentation Live Recording from Jan 13, 2022

 

Selection Process
  1. Book initial day with AIAO for child to visit program.  Contact AIAO at aiao@sd22learns.ca  to arrange a time.
  2. Complete entrance package and transfer document which can be picked up at our front office.  Please return to office asap.  Please include letter of recommendation from previous teacher/administrator.
  3. Participate in initial meeting with school administration, lead teacher and behaviour specialist/school psychologist to discuss program in more detail and provide opportunity to ask/answer questions.  Please contact Lynn Seed (lseed@sd22.bc.ca) or AIAO (aiao@sd22learns.ca) to book this meeting.
  4. If student is admitted into AIAO, student will have up to a 20 week probationary period to determine if this program is the best fit for student.
  5. Participate in final meeting with school administration and lead teacher at the end of probationary period to determine placement and discuss progress and /or concerns to date.
  6. In April/May, all students and families are required to re-visit the code of ethics and meet with staff of AIAO  as part of an annual review to discuss continued progress in this program.

 

TRANSPORTATION
Information Students are subject to the Approved Program of Choice Eligible Rider Fee which can be found HERE

 

CONTACT INFO
Information Caitlin Strickland

Rob Buchanan

Email: aiao@sd22learns.ca

Phone: 250-545-1348

 

Lynn Seed

Principal

Clarence Fulton Secondary

Email: lseed@sd22.bc.ca

Phone: 250-545-1348

 

Elementary French Immersion (Harwood Elementary, Alexis Park Elementary, Ecole Beairsto)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Information Elementary French Immersion (K-7)

The Elementary French Immersion Program is open to any and all students who want to learn in a second language: French. There are no fees or special requirements. Families do not need to be able to speak, read, or understand French nor do families need to have any French background. Children can be enrolled into the program either in Kindergarten or Grade one. The program from Grade 1 to 7 is single-track meaning only French Immersion classes are in the school.

 

The French Immersion program is designed to engage students both in having new learning experiences and in learning a second language. Like all public schools we follow the prescribed curriculums for students from the Ministry of Education of British Columbia. The most important difference for our students is the language of instruction and communication: French. The teachers instruct in French, the staff converse in French, the announcements from the office are in French, and the books in the classrooms and library are in French and English.

 

In the French Immersion program we take pride in learning, speaking, and living in the French language therefore we are constantly promoting the use of French with our students.

 

 

Program Goals Elementary French Immersion (K-7)

 

The Elementary Immersion Program enables students to:

  • achieve levels of learning, in French, in all subject areas equivalent to the English Program;
  • become functionally bilingual, that is to: participate comfortably in French and English conversations; be able to pursue further education appropriate to their abilities and interests, with French as the language of instruction; be qualified for employment where the working language is French;
  • gain insight into the common attitudes and values of French-speaking communities

 

Program Grades K – 7
Program Location Elementary French Immersion (K-7)

Harwood Elementary (K)

4320 20 Street, Vernon, BC

 

Alexis Park Elementary (K)

4205 35 St, Vernon, BC V1T 6C4

 

École Beairsto Elementary (1-7)

3302 27th Street Vernon BC

 

 

STUDENT REGISTRATION
Information Interested students must complete the standard Programs of Choice student application form.  Please click here.

 

Interested parents wanting to register their child in Kindergarten French Immersion must register their child through Beairsto and follow all regular district registration processes.

 

Program Information Session:

 

2021-2022 Elementary French Immersion Presentation Live Recording from Jan 11, 2022

Selection Process If the number of applicants for Kindergarten and Grade 1 exceeds the maximum number of available spaces, selection will be done by lottery.  Please click here for more information about the lottery process.

 

TRANSPORTATION
Information Students are subject to the Approved Program of Choice Eligible Rider Fee which can be found HERE

 

CONTACT INFO
Information Maxine Champion (Elementary French Coordinator K-7)

Email: mchampion@sd22.bc.ca

Phone: 250-542-1388

 

Moira Manthorne (Beairsto Elementary School Principal)

Email: mmanthorne@sd22.bc.ca

Phone: 250-542-1388

 

Secondary French Immersion (W.L. Seaton Secondary)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Information Secondary French Immersion (8-12)

 

W.L. Seaton Secondary French Immersion is a vibrant program with students coming from both the Elementary French Immersion and Late French Immersion programs.

 

Along with participating in quality courses in French that parallel the English curriculum, students in the French Immersion program have opportunities for cultural events, trips, exchanges, and visits to French immersion elementary schools to help the younger students and to build a sense of community.

Program Goals Secondary French Immersion (8-12)

The main goal of the French Immersion program is to offer the opportunity for non-francophone students to become bilingual in French and in English. At WL Seaton, we also feel that it is important that students have access to authentic French linguistic and cultural experiences, that make students feel welcome and receive the support that they need for academic success and personal development. Upon completion of the French Immersion Program, students who fulfill the BC Ministry of Education’s graduation requirements will receive a Double Dogwood, thus graduating with two diplomas.

Program Grades Grades 8 – 12
Program Location Secondary French Immersion (8-12)

 

W.L. Seaton Secondary School

2701-41 Ave Vernon BC V1T 6X3

 

STUDENT REGISTRATION
Information Interested students will follow regular district registration processes. Please contact WL Seaton for more information.

 

Program Information Session:

 

Date: Feb. 22, 2022

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Virtual Zoom

To access the Zoom link click HERE

 

More details and information regarding the format will be provided in the new year.

Selection Process New students to the district must have been previously registered in a French Immersion program (Elementary or Late) or have French as a first language to be accepted into the French Immersion program at WL Seaton.

 

TRANSPORTATION
Information Students are subject to the Approved Program of Choice Eligible Rider Fee which can be found HERE

 

CONTACT INFO
Information Yvonne Fiala ( Secondary French Coordinator Gr. 8-12)

Email: yfiala@sd22.bc.ca

Phone:

 

Jeffrey Huggins (Seaton Secondary Principal)

Email: jhuggins@sd22.bc.ca

Phone: 250-542-3361

 

Late French Immersion (Harwood Elementary)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Information Late French Immersion is a program that is available to any student who will be entering Grade 6 in September of that year. Students are taught all subjects in French and do not need to have any previous French skills. Through the immersion process, students become more fluent in French and gain a deeper understanding of French culture. Upon completion of Grade 7, students are ready to join the French Immersion program in Grades 8 through 12 at WL Seaton Secondary.

 

Late French Immersion Information Video

Program Goals The Late French Immersion program is a two-year intensive program from which students then continue on at Seaton Secondary School in the French Immersion program. Students in this program receive specialized instruction and learning opportunities in French that increase student engagement and success.
Program Grades Grade 6, Grade 7
Program Location Harwood Elementary

 

4320 20th Street Vernon BC V1T 4E3

 

STUDENT REGISTRATION
Information Interested students must complete the standard Programs of Choice student application form.  Please click here.

 

If you are new to SD22 and your child is not currently registered in the district, please contact Harwood School and follow all regular district registration processes.

 

Program Information Session:

 

2021-2022 Late French Immersion Program Presentation Live Recording from Jan 13, 2022

 

Selection Process If the number of applicants for Grade 6 exceeds the maximum number of available spaces, selection will be done by lottery.  Please click here for more information about the lottery process.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION
Information Students are subject to the Approved Program of Choice Eligible Rider Fee which can be found HERE

 

CONTACT INFO
Information Erin Chow

Email: echow@sd22.bc.ca

Phone: 250-542-5385

 

Lea Sherwood

Principal

Email: lsherwood@sd22.bc.ca

Phone: 250-542-5385

 

 

Forestry Trades Program (Charles Bloom Secondary School)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Information Do you want to learn hands-on skills? Do you love working outdoors? Would you like to earn part of your Math and Science credits in an outdoor classroom? Do you wonder what it takes to operate heavy equipment? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then the unique Forestry/Trades Program at Charles Bloom Secondary is for you.

 

Think of the Forestry/Trades program as career life development. Who are you? What are your values, skills, strengths, and areas of development? Exploring possible career paths? What types of work interests you? What types of work fits your values and skill set? This program helps students to be flexible and capable when adapting successfully in today’s rapidly changing field of careers.

 

Three days a week, students are outside at Woodlot 1908 experiencing and learning about important skills and characteristics sought by many employers in industry; from forestry, mining, construction, oil and gas, and road building. Students learn about critical team skills, safety, work ethic, initiative, reliability, problem-solving, respect, confidence, and character building. These valuable skills focus on future employment; no matter what field.

 

To partner with the unique skills that students learn in the Forestry/Trades Program, students participate in the following training opportunities: Level 1 Occupational First Aid, safety training in shop & logging practices, WorkSafe BC presentation, optional ENFORM Level 1 Chainsaw Certification, chainsaw maintenance/repairs, and operating heavy-duty equipment.

 

For more information please visit our Forestry Webpage.

Program Goals The goal of the Forestry/Trades Program is education and exposure to the essential skills of the workforce. As the career landscape changes, students need to be flexible, resilient, and adopt a willingness to learn.
Program Grades Grade 11, Grade 12
Program Location Charles Bloom Secondary School – 1894 Glencaird Street, PO BOX 220 Lumby BC V0E 2G0
Program Schedule Grade 11 students complete 4 courses for 16 credits in Semester 2

Grade 12 students complete 3 courses for 12 credits in Semester 1 (Friday’s off to work or complete Grad requirements).

Academic Credits & Assessment  Grade 11 course credits are as follows:

  • Skills Exploration 11A: Carpentry, Electrical and Plumbing modules
  • Science for Citizens 11
  • Workplace Math 11
  • Logging 11

 

Grade 12 course credits are as follows:

  • Skills Exploration 12A: Auto/ Heavy Duty and Welding modules
  • Forestry 12 – Specialized Science
  • Logging 12

 

STUDENT REGISTRATION & SELECTION PROCESS
Information Program Information Session:

 

2021-2022 Forestry Program Presentation Live Recording from Jan 10, 2022

 

2021-2022 Forestry Power Point Presentation

Selection Process Interested students already registered in SD22 must complete the standard Programs of Choice student application form. along with the Forestry Application found HERE.

Please submit all applications to the your school Career Coordinator. Contact information for your school Career Coordinator can be found HERE. Once Applications have been received Mr. Martin Tooms will contact you to set up an interview. Applicants will be notified by Mr. Martin Tooms upon selection into the program.

 

FEES
Information Costs to Consider:

  • Safety boots & additional safety gear (approx. $280)
Financial Hardship Please refer to the School District’s Financial Hardship policy.

 

TRANSPORTATION
Information Students are subject to the Approved Program of Choice Eligible Rider Fee which can be found HERE

 

CONTACT INFO
Information Martin Tooms

Email: mtooms@sd22.bc.ca

Phone: 778-212-1479

 

Ms. Melissa Yurkowski- Principal

Charles Bloom Secondary

Email: myurkowski@sd22.bc.ca

Phone: 250-547-2191

 

Montessori Program (Silver Star Elementary)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Information Montessori is a Self Guided Learning model with mixed age classrooms with 3-year groupings. It is a constructivist or “discovery” model, where students learn concepts primarily by working with specialized educational materials developed by Maria Montessori and her collaborators. This approach also builds independence as they plan their own lessons, achieving academic success within the British Columbia Curriculum.
Program Goals The goal of Montessori education is to foster a child’s natural inclination to learn and to be a self-guided learner.
Program Grades Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Program Location Silver Star Elementary School

 

1404 35th Avenue

 

STUDENT REGISTRATION & SELECTION PROCESS
Information Students are only accepted at the grade 1 level or with previous Montessori experience.

 

Interested students must complete the standard Programs of Choice student application form.  Please click here.

 

If you are new to SD22 and your child is not currently registered in the district, please contact Silver Star School and follow all regular district registration processes.

 

Program Information Session:

 

2021-2022 Montessori Program Presentation Live Recording from Jan 13, 2022

 

More details and information regarding the format will be provided in the new year.

Selection Process If the number of applicants exceeds the maximum number of available seats, selection will be done by lottery. Please click here for more information on the lottery process.
TRANSPORTATION
Information Students are subject to the Approved Program of Choice Eligible Rider Fee which can be found HERE
CONTACT INFO
Information Jacqueline Taylor

Principal

Silver Star Elementary

Email: jahtaylor@sd22.bc.ca

Phone: 250-545-4409

 

Career Programs

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Information

Career Programs Offered

Dual Credit Programs

Dual Credit students are enrolled in college programs during high school and receive both high school and college credits. SD22 has partnered with Okanagan College and Thompson Rivers University to help provide these programs. Dual Credit programs include Academic Dual Credit courses, Certificate programs and Train in Trade programs. A list of programs and courses that we sponsor can be found on our webpage HERE.

 

Work in Trades Program

Youth Work in Trades provides skill development through practical, hands-on work experience. Students enrolled in these courses go to work as trades apprentices and attend high school at the same time. Students formally register with the Industry Training Authority as Youth Apprentices and in addition to earning 16 graduation credits, some may also qualify for a $1,000.00 Youth Work in Trades Award.

 

Work Experience (WEX 12A and WEX 12B)

This program allows students who work or volunteer to receive high school credit for the employment skills they are gaining in the workplace.

 

BC Wildfire Service-Junior Firefighter Program

This is an opportunity for students to learn what it takes to be a wildland firefighter in BC. They will spend every day training, working as part of a team on work projects, and responding to wildland fires with crews.

 

Gateway to Technology

This program provides students with skills and knowledge related to the growing technology sector. Students gain hands-on skills directly related to IT Essentials and Mobile Coding.

 

PVSS Hairstylist Program

This unique program features 10 months (2 semesters) of in-class & hands-on training. The program will be taught by a Red Seal Certified Hairdresser, who is also a Certified Teacher. Students will receive 36 Grade 12 Elective Credits upon satisfactory completion of the program.

 

Trade Sampler

The Trade Sampler program is taught by an instructor from Okanagan College and runs for 12 weeks. Students have the opportunity to sample the following trades (please note this is subject to change); electrical, construction, welding, plumbing and sheet metal.

 

Other Information

Planning for these programs needs to be started in advance to ensure that prerequisites are arranged.

 

Visit our Webpage for more information.

Program Goals To provide authentic opportunities and experiences for all students to build confidence and develop skills relevant to their chosen career path and community.
Program Grades Grade 10, Grade 11 and Grade 12
Program Location Please see our Webpage for up-to-date locations for each individual program.
Program Schedule Schedules vary per program selected. Please speak with your school Career Coordinator to confirm the schedule.
Parent Communication

 

STUDENT REGISTRATION & SELECTION PROCESS
Information Maximum students: varies for each program

 

Contact your School Career Coordinator for Applications or visit our Webpage.

 

Program Information Session:

 

2021-2022 Career Programs Presentation Live Recording from Jan 10, 2022

 

2021-2022 Career Program Power Point Presentation

Selection Process The selection process varies by programs offered. Students must get through the full application and meet all requirements.

 

TRANSPORTATION
Information Students are responsible for transportation to and from their selected program.

 

CONTACT INFO
Information Melanie Jorgensen

Alternate Programs / Seaton

Email: mjorgensen@sd22.bc.ca

Phone: (250) 306-6806

 

Debbie Meyer

Charles Bloom / Fulton

Email: dmeyer@sd22.bc.ca

Phone: 250-540-1715

 

Tim Thorpe

Kal / VSS

Email: thorpe@sd22.bc.ca

Phone: 250-549-6921

 

Josh Vance

District Principal of Career Education

Email: jvance@sd22.bc.ca

Phone: 250-545-1348 x423