Senior School Academic Program

Core Curriculum

Southpointe Academy challenges students to think inventively, preparing them for a rapidly changing world hungry for innovation. Our rigorous academic plan delves beyond the expectations of the British Columbia curriculum to equip young minds with the independent and collaborative tools that well-rounded scholars require. The enhanced and enriched nature of all our courses celebrates the responsibility of keen inquiry married to intellectual curiosity. We do not ask students to simply take a formula or a procedure and regurgitate it in different contexts. We encourage them to wrestle with underlying concepts and see how complex ideas function. Their curiosity spans classrooms, stages, laboratories, and playing fields. Enrolled in Grades 9 through 12, Senior School students build upon the analytical and conceptual foundation they received during their Junior School instruction for a truly 21st-century education. Devoted teachers empower our students to pursue their passions in order to actualize their potential. We provide students with a large selection of courses that not only build upon individual strengths and interest, but also meet the needs of their chosen post-secondary courses of study. While all courses are enhanced by means of increased teaching time and small class sizes, we also offer the opportunity for students to select enriched or accelerated courses. Enriched courses may offer students the opportunity to delve into concepts, and develop knowledge not required in a ministry prescribed course.  An enriched course may also be one that covers components of Pre-AP material in preparation for a full AP course. An accelerated course would allow strong and motivated learners the opportunity to complete an additional grade level of work during the same year. Our structured curriculum facilitates analysis, fosters problem-solving, and strengthens crucial communication skills. Consistent with our school vision, our educators provoke curiosity, inspiring learning for life. A Southpointe graduate departs ready to take their place at a top university, armed with a firm understanding of the rigours of a post-secondary education, often having earned university credits. Through the Advanced Placement (AP) program, we offer a number of courses in the humanities, math, and science enabling our students to refine their time management and study skills. Our students consistently achieve high academic standing on AP examinations, reflective of their preparedness for the next phase of their education. Over the past decade, a majority of our students have won acceptance to the university and program of their first choice. A preparation for life is a focus of our well-rounded program where students experience, on top of their academic endeavours, an extensive array of extra-curricular opportunities, including the arts, athletics, community service and experiential learning. Our students are engaged as local and global learners through trips that take them from Vancouver Island to Europe and Asia. Southpointe graduates have not only developed the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to succeed at the most selective post-secondary institutions, they have the global awareness, compassion and motivation to make a difference in the world. 

2018-2019 Programme of Studies Guide

IB MYP CANDIDATE SCHOOL: Middle Years Programme, Grades 6-9

Southpointe Academy is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**

Southpointe Academy strives to develop inquisitive and life-long learners, who ask meaningful questions, take principled actions and reflect on their experiences.  Designed for students aged 11-16, the MYP develops internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. The MYP provides a framework of academic challenge and holistic education that enhances the New British Columbia Curriculum through engaging and personalized learning.

The Grade 6-9 program at Southpointe is academically rigorous and uses concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance. Using the BC Curriculum as a springboard, the MYP at Southpointe uses student-centered, inquiry-based learning experiences that build both the breadth and depth of student disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding. The MYP at Southpointe Academy fosters the social, thinking, research, communication and self-management skills that help students learn how to learn in order to succeed in and beyond the classroom.

The academic program includes the eight subject groups of the MYP: Language and Literature (English), Language Acquisition (French/Spanish), Individuals and Societies (Social Studies), Sciences, Mathematics, Design, Physical and Health Ed. and the Arts (Visual Art, Band, Choir, Drama).

At Southpointe Academy, we believe in creating authentic learning experiences that are connected to our students lives and their experiences in the world around them. This develops an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.

The MYP program at Southpointe fosters caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Southpointe Academy is committed to supporting the International Baccalaureate philosophy from Grades 6 through 9. This is an inclusive programme with all students in grades 6 through 9 participating in the Middle Years Programme.

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

 **Mission Statement from the IB The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end
the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.  These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
For more information on the MYP, you are encouraged to visit IBO’s website at or contact our MYP Coordinator, Mr. Gabriel Kemp.

University Advising

As a university preparatory school, post-secondary advising represents a central component of our Senior School program. With support from our counseling staff, Senior School students probe the extensive domestic and international university landscape to discover potential career interests and related post-secondary programs. Students are urged to seize opportunities to attend university fairs, on-site information evenings, and presentations from visiting university representatives. As early as Grade 10, we work with students to explore their options and determine which programs and post-secondary institutions best align with their aspirations and interests. During individual and group advising sessions with our staff, Grade 11 students build upon preliminary program research and taper broad spheres of interest into possible future areas of study. Both Grade 10 and 11 students may take the PSAT examination in October, preparing them for future standardized testing procedures they may encounter, such as the SATs, ACTs, AP examinations, or other professional school entrance assessments. During their graduating year, students receive direct guidance from our staff to review their post-secondary choices and pursue relevant scholarship opportunities before commencing with the applications process. Over the past decade, our students have been offered admission to the following post-secondary institutions:

Acadia University McGill University University of Toronto
British Columbia Institute of Technology McMaster University University of Victoria
Capilano University Mount Allison University University of Waterloo
Carleton University Queen’s University University of Western Ontario
Dalhousie University Ryerson University University of Manitoba
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Simon Fraser University University of Saskatchewan
Guelph University Trent University York University
Kwantlen University University of Alberta Wilfrid Laurier University
Langara College University of British Columbia
Laurentian University University of Calgary


Art Institute of Chicago Stanford University University of Michigan
Art Institute of Maryland University of California, Davis University of Nevada, Las Vegas
California State University, Fresno University of California, Los Angeles University of North Carolina
Duke University University of California, Santa Barbara University of San Diego
Harvard University University of California, Berkeley University of Southern California
New York University University of Colorado University of Texas
Purdue University University of Delaware University of Washington
Rutgers University University of Illinois University of Wisconsin
Southern California Institute of Architecture University of Miami University of Western Washington


Australian National University Royal College of Physicians, Ireland
Bond University, Australia St. Andrew’s University
International Christian University, Tokyo The International Study Centre, Hermonceaux Castle, England
Imperial College London University College London
James Cook University, Australia University of Edinburgh
King’s College London

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