North Vancouver School District
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Basketball Academy

Located at ​Argyle Secondary, Handsworth Secondary​, Mountainside Secondary and Seycove Secondary​, Grades 8-12

In partnership with Basketball BC, the North Vancouver Recreation Commission, and Vern Porter Consulting.

The Basketball Academy consists of two cohorts:

Cohort 1 - A select competitive stream at Seycove Secondary.

Cohort 2 - An academy stream that provides for the participation of all students, male and female, regardless of their basketball experience. West Stream at Mountainside Secondary (run out of Handsworth Secondary) and East Stream at Parkgate Community Centre (run out of Seycove Secondary).

Students are placed in the cohort where Basketball Canada determines they will best perform.

The program consists of a basketball curriculum as set out by Basketball BC and is in compliance with the BC Ministry of Education Prescribed Learning Outcomes for Physical Education. Students earn their grade-equivalent P.E. credit upon successful completion of the program.

Note: Registration in the Basketball Academy will not affect a player’s ability to play on their home school’s basketball team.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for an academy for the 2017-2018 year, please contact us at to request an application form. Please specify for which academy you are requesting in the email.

To be completed upon acceptance:

  • Student Medical Form
  • Personal Information Consent Form

All applicants must attend an evaluation camp for placement in the appropriate cohort.  Date and time to be announced.


Cohort 1 - Players to be selected based on try-outs

Cohort 2 - Three priority groups:

Priority 1 - Returning students

Priority 2 - Waitlisted players from previous year

Priority 3 - Lottery for remaining players, if necessary

Total spots available will be dependent on the number of applications received and the ability of schools to organize suitable timetables to meet student needs.

If necessary, student selection for the Basketball Academy will be determined by a lottery in a manner that is consistent with Board Policy 605: Admission of Students to Schools.  Note: Those players not selected via the lottery will be placed on a waitlist.


Cohort 1 - $1500 program fee per school year ($150/month)

Cohort 2 - $1300 program fee per school year (130/month).

First month payment confirms placement in the academy and is non-refundable. It is due on or before June 1, 2107. If a family chooses to pay in 10 installments, this must be set up for automatic withdrawal in September 2017 with the first payment due October 1, 2017 and then on the first of each month through June 2018. Information for payment will be included in the acceptance package. An additional course fee may apply to out-of-district students. Non-payment or late payment of fees may incur a penalty and/or result in loss of placement in the academy.


If you have questions or require more information, please contact:

Vern Porter

Deborah Wanner
District Principal