About The High School at VIU

Canadian Community, Global Reflections

An Invitation from The High School at Vancouver Island University:

Discover a school where students from Canada and nations from around the world converge to learn, to imagine, to think, to act. 

Discover a school where youth are supported to evaluate and challenge their own world views and learn to understand other cultural perspectives.

Discover a school where students learn to live responsibly through understanding how individual choices have impact on self and others.

Discover a school where personal academic excellence is expected, nurtured and supported. 

Discover a school where enthusiasm reigns, where each student matters and where a safe, caring environment is the norm.

Discover The High School at Vancouver Island University.

Who We Are:

The High School at Vancouver Island University is a BC certified, independent school offering Grades 10, 11 and 12 to students from the greater Nanaimo area and from around the world.  Students spend up to 3 years completing requirements for obtaining the BC Dogwood Diploma.

International students who enter The High School at VIU needing English Language Learning (ELL) support can expect their academic journey to the Dogwood Diploma to take upwards of 4 years.

Students and families can expect to find small class sizes (maximum 15 per class), personalized attention, exploration of ideas and passions that are relevant to youth, and an environment that is welcoming, supportive and safe. 

The High School at VIU operates on a semester system with students taking 4 courses from September to January and a further 4 courses from February to June. Students may start their studies in September or February, however a September start is preferred and highly encouraged.

The program at The High School at VIU is academically focused with an emphasis on 21st Century Learning Skills. These skills encompass the following:

  • Interdisciplinary teaching and learning
  • Project and inquiry based learning for deep understanding
  • Development of effective communication skills
  • Intercultural awareness
  • Service, social justice and leadership competencies

What We Do:

The High School at Vancouver Island University offers a unique opportunity for Canadian and international students in Grades 10 to 12 to complete the BC Dogwood Diploma from an intercultural perspective.  Bringing together students from Canada and around the world, The High School at VIU seeks to develop in students a heightened sense of responsibility and respect for their academic, physical, emotional, ethical and personal leadership growth. 

This is done through the interconnected learning pathways of Studies in Knowledge and Understanding, Studies in Global and Local Citizenship, Studies in Leadership and Capacity Building and Deep Learning Capstone Studies.  Infused within these pathways is an expectation that students critically examine their personal world views and deepen their understanding of what it means to be an action-oriented global citizen.

Deep Learning Capstone Studies is a particularly important foundational element of the program at The High School at VIU.  This required component is a year-long research project that allows students to explore an area of interest and passion in depth.  In the first year of Deep Learning Capstone, students work in collaborative teams of 3 or 4 on a project of mutual concern.  In their second year, students will have the option of working in a team or individually.  Third year Deep Learning Capstone projects are individual research endeavours.  At the end of each school year students present their results at the Deep Learning Exposition.

The High School at VIU prepares students from around the world for entry into Vancouver Island University and other North American universities. Graduates of The High School at Vancouver Island University are guaranteed admission to Vancouver Island University programs upon satisfactory completion of course requirements. Students receive assistance in planning post-secondary admissions to university and have opportunities to take university courses in their Grade 12 year.

Where We Are:

The High School at VIU is located on the campus of Vancouver Island University in beautiful Nanaimo, British Columbia. The High School has access to all the amenities and resources of the university.

Vancouver Island has been rated one of the most popular island destinations in the world to live and visit. The climate is mild year-round and the city of Nanaimo is centrally located for easy access to Vancouver and the provincial capital of Victoria. Being a smaller city, Nanaimo is a friendly and caring place to live.

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