Special Programs & Unique Courses


Recommended: Teacher Permission.  

This course is intended for students in Grades 11 and 12 who are interested in taking on a leadership role in athletics and special events at Richmond Secondary School. Students in Grade 10 may be considered, but must meet with the teacher before selecting this course. Students in Athletic Leadership will develop the self-confidence, leadership, interpersonal, collaboration and project-management skills that are relevant and applicable to almost every career. Students will also develop and self-assess their communication, thinking and personal and social core competencies. This course runs outside of the 1-2-3-4 timetable and students must commit to weekly meeting times and will be required to plan, organize, facilitate and lead a wide variety of athletics events, games, tournaments, the Colts athletic banquet, intramurals, as well as school-wide special events. Working under the supervision of the Athletic Director, students will work with others on designated teams/committees and the majority of course hours will be met outside of the regular bell schedule, including after school, some evenings and weekends. 


This course is part of the Learning Services department and provides learners with practical understanding and insight into how other people learn and how they, as individuals, learn. Peer Tutoring 11 is specifically designed for those who enjoy working with and helping people. This course has both an instructional and tutoring experience component. Course work will build students’ understanding of the skills and dispositions necessary to achieve success as an effective tutor. The course content includes learning about, and practical application for, different learning styles, reading for learning, understanding the needs of exceptional learners, communication skills, planning and presenting lessons and instructional approaches and strategies. Tutors also have the opportunity to actively model and set the pace for involved social responsibility and to increase their success with building a caring community within their school. Tutors are assigned to work with students throughout the school in learning services, ELL and regular classroom programs. Tutors are required to attend theory classes, complete projects, assignments and practical applications in face-to-face tutoring activities under the directions of various classroom teachers throughout the school.

This course is part of the Learning Services department and follows Peer Tutor 11 and provides further theory and application of in-depth knowledge and practical experience in face-to-face tutoring activities under the directions of various classroom teachers throughout the school. Peer Tutor 12 is specifically designed for those who are interested in pursuing careers that involve working in the “helping professions”. This course has both an instructional and tutoring experience component. Peer Tutoring 12 students are expected to provide a strong leadership role in the community, to support students and provide guidance and role modelling for Peer Tutoring 11 students.

COLT YOUNG PARENT PROGRAM - Education With Daycare

The Colt Young Parent Program is District program designed to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting youth and young adults. The program is staffed by a Richmond School District teacher and a Family Support Worker. It also has a licensed daycare on-site.  To accommodate the needs of young parents, the Colt program offers individualized, self-paced educational programs.  These programs are created by the teacher with each student, to meet high school graduation requirements and a variety of post-secondary prerequisites and pathways, including both academic and remedial programs. 

Along with the academic component, students receive support from a Family Support Worker.  Some examples of this support include: parenting and life skills information, counselling, crisis intervention, connecting with community professionals, advocacy for students, outreach services, community relations, and applying for post-secondary education.

Our on-site daycare is licensed for 12 children, newborn to 3-years old. Our staff is comprised of Early Childhood Educators (ECE) who are knowledgeable in all areas of childhood development. Each day is designed to provide a balance of activities, which include indoor and outdoor play in our fenced, on-site playground. Throughout the day, children are provided with healthy food. 

Email the teacher - Ms. Elaina Coblin:

ecoblin@sd38.bc.ca(link sends e-mail)


Website: https://rhsib.wordpress.com

Current Richmond Secondary students wishing to enroll in the International Baccalaureate Program must apply to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Coordinator.  Transfer students must apply when the District Transfer window opens in January.  The IB Diploma Programme Coordinator can also assist students individually in selecting IB courses and constructing their full program of study.  For further information please call Mr. Dave Miller, the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator at 604-668-6400 (extension 1312), or email dmiller@sd38.bc.ca

What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme?

  • The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) is a rigorous graduation program leading to assessment in six subject areas and 3 IB Core Courses.
  • Established in 1968, the IB Diploma Programme is a challenging curriculum noted for its depth and international perspective that requires two years of study over Grades 11 and 12.
  • Beyond completing college level courses and comprehensive examinations, IB Diploma Candidates are also required to:
    • Engage in community service (Creativity, Activity, Service – CAS). The IBO’s goal is to educate the whole person and foster responsible, compassionate citizens. The CAS Program encourages students to share their energy and special talents with others. Students may, for example, participate in theatre or musical productions, sports and community service activities.  CAS requirements are discharged under the supervision of CAS Coordinator Ms. Yasui.
    • Complete an Extended Essay (EE) of 4,000 words. Each student has the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest. The essay requirement acquaints diploma candidates with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected by universities. EE requirements are discharged under the supervision of EE Coordinator Ms. Keirn.
    • Attend a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) class which is an interdisciplinary requirement intended to stimulate critical reflection on the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. The course challenges students to question the bases of knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases and to develop the ability to analyze evidence that is expressed in rational argument. TOK is a key element in encouraging students to appreciate other cultural perspectives.
  • The IB Diploma is accepted as an admission credential at universities worldwide.
  • In addition, high scores on IB exams often earn students credit at University. In some cases students will get credit for first-year coursework.
  • The International Baccalaureate Organization currently works with 5000 schools in 146 countries to develop and offer four challenging programs to over 1,300,000 students aged 3-19 years.
  • Students currently enrolled at Richmond Secondary School may elect to pursue studies in the IB Diploma Programme as either IB Diploma Candidates or IB Course Candidates.
  • IB Diploma Candidates must enrol in all of the required elements of the IB Diploma. Upon successful completion of their coursework, IB Diploma Candidates and will receive formal recognition of their achievement from IB in the form of an IB Diploma Certificate.
  • IB Course Candidates may chose to enrol in any number of IB Courses at any level. Upon successful completion of their coursework, IB Course Candidates will receive formal recognition of their achievement from IB in the form of an IB Course Certificate, but will not receive an IB Diploma Certificate.

IB Student Fees:

Diploma Programme          To be determined.
Course Programme            Per course fee - to be determined.


For more information on the IB Program, contact our IB Diploma Programme Coordinator Mr. Dave Miller at dmiller@sd38.bc.ca


What is the Language Acquisition and New Directions (LAND) program?
It is an intensive English language program with the primary goal being acquisition of English. This program is designed for students who are 17 years and older and whose first language is not English. These students should be at a Level 1 or Level 2 English language proficiency (i.e. ELL 1 or ELL 2) Because of their age and their limited English language skills, these students will not be able to obtain a BC Dogwood graduation certificate by 19 years of age. With these considerations in mind, the LAND program offers students a unique opportunity to acquire English language skills and work experience in the short time they are enrolled in high school.

Students who complete the LAND program will:
     * become more confident and competent English language users.
     * develop English language skills so that they will be able to function in academic and social settings.
     * acquire practical/survival English for the workplace.
     * develop learning strategies, study skills and problem-solving skills pertaining to school work and everyday life.
     * experience success at school.
     * gain an awareness of Canadian employment opportunities and responsibilities.
     * explore post-secondary opportunities.
     * obtain Canadian employment training.
     * develop Canadian citizenship.

Program Structure:
The LAND program offers an academic program and during the month of May, a teacher-supervised work experience placement in the afternoon. Students receive English language learning instruction and also enroll in regular academic and/or elective courses (e.g. Math, Food Studies, ELL Drama, Business Education). Both before and during the work placement, students will receive instruction in areas such as: Decision-Making, Presentation Skills, Resume Writing, Conflict Resolution, Stress Management, Job Search Skills and Goal Setting. Upon successful completion of the LAND program, students will be awarded course credits towards high school graduation and a work experience certificate to be used when securing future employment.

Students who are interested in finding out more about the LAND program, can the LAND program Coordinator at the school at 604-668-6400 or the District ELL Curriculum Coordinator at 604-668-4011.




Work Experience offers an innovative approach to education that combines academic studies with realistic work placements in the community. Work Experience is designed for students who wish to graduation from secondary school and, at the same time, develop career awareness and relevant skills. Students may begin Work Experience as early as Grade 10, however, most courses are completed in Grades 11 and 12.

This program will lead to post-secondary education at Universities, Colleges, vocational or Technical Schools. Upon graduation, a student’s transcript will indicate completion of the Work Experience Program. In some cases, this may lead to preferential admissions to a post-secondary program.

Work Experience integrates classroom theory with practical experience in the workplace by linking the resources of secondary schools, business, industry and the community to provide young people with a highly motivating educational experience. Through contact with skilled employees, students develop an awareness of the attitudes and responsibilities (employability skills) necessary for success in the workplace. In addition, students improve their interpersonal and communication skills with the adult community. These experiences help students make decisions about their future careers and gain confidence in making the transition from secondary school to the world of work or to post-secondary education.

Work Experience requires the completion of four courses (16 credits) that directly relate to the program area:
          * Work Experience of 100 hours
          * One Focus Course
          * Two Support Course
For more information about Work Experience students should see their counsellor, or see the teacher responsible for coordinating the area of Work Experience they are interested in pursuing.

A major component of any Work Experience Program is community-based work experience (four credits). Students may choose a work experience placement from a wide variety of occupational fields based on their career goals. To receive course credit students must complete at least 100 hours of on-the-job work experience. Students must also be under the supervision of a teacher in addition to an employer who has agreed to work with the school in providing a realistic work experience, including the required workplace safety training a student must complete.

The Work Experience component will provide an opportunity for students to learn to assume responsibility, to gain knowledge and attitudes necessary for successful job performance, to acquire good work habits, to develop an understand and appreciation of the relationship between formal education and job success, to learn how to work cooperatively with fellow workers and to put into practice skills learned in school.

The time given to work experience may be within the timetable or outside of the timetable. Care will be taken to limit the loss of class time during work placements. After school, weekends, school Professional Development days, and possibly even holidays may be used for work experience.

Work Experience hours also enable students to fulfill Graduation requirements for 30 hours of work or volunteer experience. 


Work Experience (100 Hours)

One Focus Course:
IB Business & Management 11

Plus two of:
 Accounting 11
 Accounting 12
 Business Computer Applications 11
 Business Information Management 12
 Data Management 12
 Economics 12
 Financial Accounting 12
 Foundations of Math 11
 Pre-Calculus 11
 Foundations of Math 12
 Pre-Calculus 12
 English 11 or Communication 11
 English 12 or Communication 12
 IB Business & Management 12
 Information Technology Level II
 Information Technology Level III
 Keyboarding 11
 Law 12
 Marketing 11
 Marketing 12
Work Experience (100 Hours)

Focus Courses:
Culinary Arts 11
Culinary Arts 12

Plus one of:
English 11 or Communications 11
English 12 or communications 12

The Culinary Arts Career Development Program has placed students in many of Richmond’s better restaurants and hotels. They have worked, under the guidance of chefs and cooks, to enhance the culinary skills already developed during their Culinary Arts training program. Imagine, having the chance to take a catering project from start to finish, meet with clients, develop a menu, organize, prepare, use your expertise and bring a project to completion. There is no better experience than a professional kitchen environment.


 DISTRICT CAREER APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS - Open the Attachment below for more information.

Richmond School District offers several opportunities for high school students to explore and gain credentialing in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school graduation diploma. These are offered to students through two types of apprenticeship programs:

* This program consists of work-based training (up to 480 hours) (with some accompanying assignments and employer evaluations).
* The work must be in a recognized* trade and must be PAID work.
* Students must be between the ages of 15-19.
* Hours accrued can be credited with the ITA* toward your apprenticeship training requirements.
* Students may earn up to 16 high school credits for PAID WORK (480 hours)!
* Upon completion, you may be eligible to earn a $1000 scholarship (must attain a C+ average or higher in your Grade 12 courses).
* During high school, students may concurrently apply to enroll in a District ACE IT program (see below) OR, upon graduation students have an opportunity to register in a college/university technical training program for their trade.

*Refer to the Industry Training Authority (ITA) website for a list of apprenticeable trades in BC www.itabc.ca.


* The Richmond School District offers a variety of programs to Grade 11 and 12 students in many skilled trades. They involve technical (classroom) training combined with hands-on application.  The Professional Cook Training program is located at Richmond Secondary School and this requires a separate application - please speak to Ms. Jones or your counsellor to find out more.

* In some programs, there is a required work-based training component. This typically occurs after school hours or on weekends. The acquired hours may be credited toward the work-based training requirement for the trade of study (and may count toward SSA – see above).
* Students earn both high school and post-secondary school credit. (Where the program has a college/university partner, apprentices become students of that school and gain early entry into that school.)
* Four programs take place in Richmond School District high schools, and several others are offered full-time on-site at a college/university campus.
* Richmond SD38 pays the cost of tuition (a savings up to $3500). Students cover consumable costs such as textbooks, tool kit, uniform, U-pass, registration fee etc.

**Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training = an apprenticeship or foundation program for youth

For more information contact your School Counselor, Career Information Advisor or the
District Career Programs Office at 604-668-6000 (extension 6072).