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Hamber Challenge Studio Program

APPLICATION FORM:  Gr. 8 Challenge Studio Program - Application form.pdfGr. 8 Challenge Studio Program - Application form.pdf

DUE DATE:                          December 20, 2018

Note:  Private school students will also need to complete an additional application form from the Vancouver School Board.   VSB Student Application Form.pdfVSB Student Application Form.pdf

The Hamber Challenge Studio Program is designed for highly-able students who wish to be challenged by a grade 8-12 program that encompasses both acceleration and enrichment.  This program will appeal to students who are extremely motivated to learn and respond well to a rapid pace of instruction.  Students in the program should have a keen desire to shape the direction of their own studies to suit their interests and accommodate their learning styles.  They will have opportunities to pursue areas of passion and influence the content of their academic program within educational goals set in conjunction with staff.  Creative and critical thinking, project-based learning, and student ownership are key tenets of this program.

The Challenge Studio program in grade 8 consists of four blocks:  English, Social Studies, Technology Innovation & Design, and Critical Thinking/Fine Arts.  Please note that in English, students will complete three years of study in their grade 8 and 9 years.

The program over the five years is as follows:


Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

English 8


English 10

English 11


World Lit 12


AP Lit 12



Socials 8


Socials 9


Socials 10

Law 12


Philosophy 12



Technology Innovation & Design 8

Inquiry & Innovation 9


Inquiry & Innovation 10




Critical Thinking/

Fine Arts 8





4 courses

3 courses

3 courses

2 courses


Math 8 Honours and Science 8 Honours classes are open to all students, both in the regular and Challenge Studio programs.  Students are selected based on ability and suitability.  Challenge Studio applicants should indicate their interest when applying for the program.





Thursday, October 25, 2018

Eric Hamber Challenge Studio Information Night – It will be held in the school auditorium from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  Students and parents are welcome.

Friday, October 26 to Thursday, November 8, 2018

On-line Registration for test – All applicants for any VSB mini school program are required to write a District Alternative Programs test.  Register on the VSB website.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Test for District Alternative Programs ­– 1:00-4:00pm.  You will be assigned a location when you register for the test. 

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Deadline to apply for Hamber Challenge Studio – To apply for our program, you must submit:

1) a Hamber Challenge Studio application form (with supporting documents requested on the  application form)
2) a photocopy of your Grade 6 final report card

Application forms must be delivered to the Eric Hamber main office (5025 Willow Street) by 3:00 pm.  

Download the application form here:  Gr. 8 Challenge Studio Program - Application form.pdfGr. 8 Challenge Studio Program - Application form.pdf

Private school students are required to fill out an additional form:  VSB Student Application Form.pdfVSB Student Application Form.pdf

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Hamber Challenge Studio interview – Students selected for an interview will be contacted by Friday, January 18.  They will be invited to either the morning or afternoon session, during which students will engage in a variety of activities.  Sessions last 2-3 hours.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

First Offers are made – Students will be contacted by email.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Deadline for First Offer acceptances – By 12:00 noon.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Second Offers are made – Students will be contacted by email.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Deadline for Second Offer acceptances – By 12:00 noon.