Strong academic curriculum, high expectations, and a quest for excellence characterize a Christian Brother education. Vancouver College ensures that its curriculum promotes the harmonious growth of the whole person, fosters the development of higher-order thinking, and prepares its students for life-long learning. Vancouver College has an enrolment of 1060 students from Kindergarten through Grade 12.
The curricula offered at Vancouver College follow the BC Ministry of Education requirements for graduation in the Province of British Columbia. Religious Education and Physical Education are graduation requirements at Vancouver College. In addition to the Provincial curricula, some university-level courses are also offered through the Running Start Program with Corpus Christi College to those students who have successfully completed the Grade 12 course in those subject areas. These Corpus Christi courses result in dual credits, both towards the graduation requirements as well as towards students' post-secondary degrees, and are recognized as equivalent to corresponding courses at the University of British Columbia.
Typically, one hundred percent of our graduating class are offered seats in various post secondary institutes in BC, Canada, and the United States, many of whom are awarded scholarships.
Vancouver College pursues to graduate men of faith and learning - young men with a social conscience, a practical Catholic Christian faith, and with skills to live this in society and for the good of society.
Vancouver College is an educational community based on the Gospels of Jesus in the charism of Edmund Rice. Edmund Rice was an Irish businessman who used his considerable wealth to begin a system of schools and a Religious Order, the Christian Brothers, whose mission is to help the less fortunate break the cycle of their poverty through education of the heart, mind, body, and soul.
Vancouver College offers a spiritual retreat program commencing in Grade 7 and culminating in Grade 12 with the Encounter weekend. All students participate fully in the faith and learning community of the school. There are many opportunities for students to engage in the process of integrating faith, life, and culture on individual and global levels (e.g. Pro-Life, March for Life, One World One Heart, Social Justice, Edmundian Association, etc.).
Vancouver College is well known for the high level of student participation in extramural sports. Athletic teams from Vancouver College have won many Provincial Championships in basketball, football, badminton, lacrosse, and track and field, National titles in rowing, and have placed high in other sports such as golf, tennis, rugby, and soccer.
Our coaches, who are faculty members, work very hard to create an environment that supports and encourages high achievement in athletics and academic work within our Catholic faith community. Our goal is to provide our student athletes with the resources necessary to compete to the full extent of their ability and to enjoy each aspect of their experience.
The Arts flourish at Vancouver College with strong choral, theatre, band, fine arts, public speaking, and debate programs. The choir and band perform and place well at various competitions provincially and participate in festivals internationally.
There is a very full list of activities at Vancouver College.
To become involved in the school community as well as the community in which they live, many students volunteer their time and talents in one of the many academic and non-academic clubs at the school and in their communities. Vancouver College strives to graduate well-rounded lifelong learners who are willing to participate in today's complex society.