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Odyssey Mini School Program

  
2019/2020 IMPORTANT DATES:
 
Parent Information Evening:
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:00 pm - in the Auditorium
Test Registration:  
District Program Entrance Testing:
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in the Cafeteria
David Thompson Odyssey Program Application Deadline:
  • Thursday, December 19, 2019 to the Main Office (no later than 3 PM)  
Personal Interviews:
  • To be announced
First Offer:
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Second Offer:
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020
 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The David Thompson Odyssey Mini-School program endeavors to promote creative achievers. The program offers acceleration in Mathematics and Science in which students complete the Grade 8-10 curricula in two years. Acceleration provides choice and flexibility which allows students to tailor their education to meet their individual needs and goals. Enrichment courses are also offered in English and Social Studies from Grade 8 - 12. Under the guidance of the program staff, students can choose from a variety of Advanced Placement courses, electives, and delivery options such as online learning.
 
At the senior level, Advanced Placement subjects are offered that include AP Human Geography, AP Calculus AB and BC, AP Psychology, and AP French Language and Culture and AP Chinese Language and Culture. Students may participate in any or all of these programs provided they meet the established criteria.
 
Students in grades 8 - 10 are required to fulfill a minimum of 20 community service hours each year. The students are required to find a suitable placement that will help them develop a sense of social responsibility.
 
SELECTION PROCESS
Students are selected through testing for entrance during their Grade 7 year. A student who wishes to enter the program after Grade 8 should contact the Odyssey Mini School coordinator to inquire if space is available. Selection will be based on student records and the results from a variety of testing instruments. A committee of representative teachers will review applications and determine the successful candidates.
 
STRENGTHS OF OUR PROGRAM
  • Historical results show impressive student success
  • Students are integrated into the whole school community in other courses
  • David Thompson offers a wide selection of elective courses and extra-curricular activities
  • This has been an established successful program since 1989
HOW TO APPLY:
 
Step 1: Complete the general online application form at http://www.vsb.bc.ca/programs/mini-school-registration The online application is available October 24 – November 7, 2019.  Completion of this application automatically registers you for the entrance testing only. 
 
Step 2: Pease complete the following Odyssey Mini-School application form. 
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Step 3: Submit a copy of your final Grade 6 and Term 1 Grade 7 report card to the main office at the David Thompson Secondary School office by Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 3PM.
 
CONTACT
Please direct any questions about this program to:  dtodyssey@vsb.bc.ca
 
 
 
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