About Us

Richmond Secondary School was originally opened in 1927 in mostly rural Richmond (Lulu Island).  As the area has grown into a cosmopolitan city, the school site has been moved and restructured a number of times. For almost 90 years, Richmond High has established a proud and distinguished history of academic and extracurricular excellence and helped thousands of young people move on to successful lives.

The current school is home to 1200 students in Grades 8 to 12 and operates on a linear (Day 1/Day 2) timetable in a modern building that was completed in 2004.  RSS strives to provide an engaging learning environment for students from a variety of backgrounds. Our philosophy is that all students have the right to a safe, caring, engaging and relevant education that provides diverse opportunities to grow as learners and as responsible citizens. We offer a wide-ranging programme of studies and encourage all students to “STRIVE TO DO THEIR BEST” as they learn, develop and grow as students and as people during their time at Richmond Secondary School.

Our staff is highly qualified and committed to the rigorous standards of performance required in a challenging academic environment as well as the diverse and adaptive skills needed in the world of employment. Our academic programmes are designed to help our students self-regulate, learn how to learn, communicate, think and solve problems and to prepare them for success in all post-secondary studies. We also offer a full range of courses in Visual and Performing Arts, Technology and Industrial Education, Home Economics, Business Education, Information Technologies and Physical Education to provide opportunities for all students to explore their passions.

In addition to a wide variety of academic and elective courses of study, all RSS students are encouraged to be involved in at least one extracurricular team, club, activity or event, both as active participants as well as initiators and leaders.  We believe that well-rounded, engaged students feel a deeper sense of connectedness to the school and to the greater community, become more well-rounded and are better prepared for an ever changing future.  

Richmond Secondary School students may enrol in a variety of unique programmes:

International Baccalaureate courses are offered in major areas of study for academically motivated students in Grades 11 and 12. I.B. classes are rigorous academic courses following syllabi developed by an international panel of scholars. Most universities in Canada, the U.S. and around the world will grant admission privileges to I.B. students.  Students enter the I.B. Programme in Grade 11 and can pursue an internationally recognized and presitigious I.B. Diploma or choose a variety of courses within the program.  Interested students can contact their counsellor or the I.B. Coordinator for more information.

Global Perspectives - Richmond Secondary School has been a leader in global education for decades.  Senior students can enrol in the Global Perspectives course and every year a group of students and staff learn about, raise funds, prepare and then travel to a developing nation and work on a project to help local residents.  Over the years, RSS students have contributed to a range of very positive projects all over the world.

Making Links to the Workplace: Our Career Preparation Programme offers senior students an opportunity to attend classes in the morning and receive on-the-job and certified apprenticeship training within the community during the afternoon (for up to eight months).  See your RSS counsellor for more information.

Learning Support Programmes: The Learning Services Team at Richmond Secondary provides more intense and direct services to students who are experiencing ongoing learning difficulties.  E.L.L. support at R.S.S. prepares students learning English as an additional language for academic and communicative English. Its purpose is to create a bridge to mainstream English classes as well as to learn about Canadian society.

Richmond Secondary School also hosts several District programmes, including the Colt Program, a dedicated, educational and support structure for teen parents.  The Pre-Employment Programme is designed so students attend classes each morning and enter a work-experience programme (generally service-oriented) within the community every afternoon. The L.A.N.D. program is for older teen students who are new to Canada and helps them learn basic English language skills to prepare them for a transition to the world of work or college studies in Canada.