*Special Programs & Unique Courses

Special Programs

ADST 8: Digital Literacy and Computational Thinking
Students will rotate between Digital Literacy, Woodwork and Sewing/Cooking during the semester. In this course students will learn how to navigate, discover, regulate, and utilize technology in a digitally responsible way. Students will be introduced to software applications that will be used in other courses throughout their high school years, have an opportunity to grow their presentation skills, and enhance their computational skills, critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity with the introduction of code development.

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, 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 lunch and 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.


What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme?
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) is a rigorous and balanced two-year program of studies leading to a diploma recognized around the world. Students will complete courses in each of six groups, as well as three IB core areas:

  • Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature.
  • Group 2: Language Acquisition.
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies.
  • Group 4: Experimental Sciences.
  • Group 5: Mathematics.
  • Group 6: The Arts (students can choose to take another IB course from Groups 2-3-4 instead of an IB Arts course).
  • Theory of Knowledge (ToK)
  • Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)
  • Extended Essay (EE)

Who is the IB Diploma for?
At Richmond Secondary School, we believe that the IB Diploma is a program for all students who are curious, resilient learners; students who are genuinely interested in engaging and working with teachers and other students about ideas and concepts. Students motivated soley by marks may not enjoy the program. Students who like to learn and accept that deep learning and growth requires thought, research, hard work and collaboration, will thrive in the two-year IB learning journey. It is our experience (from direct student feedback every year) that students who do well in IB are extremely well prepared for university. Students completing the IB Diploma can also earn first year credits in many universities around the world.

IB Student Fees - students and families are required to pay IB fees in both Grade 11 and Grade 12. The IB Program fees change, but are in the $700 range, per year.

Current Richmond Secondary students wishing to enroll in the International Baccalaureate Program must complete the application process by January. The IB Diploma Programme is a district program and is also open to Grade 10 students from all other Richmond schools.  The IB Diploma Programme Coordinator can assist students individually in selecting IB courses and constructing their diploma program.  For further information please call Dave Miller, the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator at 604-668-6400 (extension 1312), or email dmiller@sd38.bc.ca

RHS IB Website: https://rhsib.wordpress.com

The Colt Young Parent Program is District program designed to meet the needs of pregnant and parentingyouth 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 at ecoblin@sd38.bc.ca

Work Experience (WEX) offers an innovative approach to education that provides realistic work placements in the community. Work Experience is designed for students who wish to graduate from high school with a career awareness and relevant experiences and skills. 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 motivating and relevant career-related learning 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 will develop their core competencies, including crucial interpersonal and communication skills, in a real work setting.  Typically, students will be expected to complete 100 hours of work experience outside of the school. See Mr. Szeto or Ms. Vi for more information about Work Experience.

SD38 Career Programs


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 additional assignments and employer evaluation.
  • The work must be in arecognized* 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 (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 acollege/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.



  • 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).