North Vancouver School District
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Outdoor Education Academy

​​​​​​​Beginning in September 2018 OBC_Colour_Vertical.png

Located at Sutherland Secondary, Grade 10​


Beginning this September 2018, the North Vancouver School District is pleased to announce a partnership with Outward Bound Canada (OBC) to offer the North Vancouver School District (NVSD) Outdoor Education Academy at Sutherland Secondary School. This Academy is open to all students who will be in grade 10 for the 2018-2019 school year.

OBC_Colour_Vertical.pngThe program consists of an Outdoor Learning and Environmental Stewardship curriculum as set out by Outward Bound Canada and the North Vancouver School District and is in compliance with the BC Ministry of Education Prescribed Learning Outcomes for Physical Education 10, Outdoor Education 10 and 11 and the required curricular competences and standards of English 10 and Socials Studies 10. Some cross curricular Science and Math will also be included.

Application to the program requires students to transfer to Sutherland Secondary for the full year.

The OEA will take students out of the classroom and into nature. It will provide hands-on experiential learning that will erode the traditional boundaries between subject areas and offer interdisciplinary learning in the outdoors. Throughout the school-year, students will take part in a wide variety of outdoor endeavours that are both day trips and overnight stays. One Integrated Semester of extensive outdoor learning will occur.

Approximately half of this semester will be in the field and half will be classroom based. Overnight excursions will take place during this semester. The other semester called the Block Semester will provide Science 10, Math 10, a Language 10 and Outdoor Learning 11.

Click here to view the 2018 Outdoor Education Academy brochure.

Click here to visit the Outdoor Education Academy website.

Please note: transportation to and from the Academy is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Selection Criteria:

Two cohorts of up to 28 students are available. The Integrated and Block semesters will be completed by both cohorts of students. Contingent on enrollment, the program may run with only one group of up to 28 students.

Priority for placement will be given to students who attend a North Vancouver School District school. Transportation to and from the Academy site is the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian. OBC-OEA_01112018_1.jpg

How to apply

Academy registration for the 2018-2019 school year has closed and many academies are full to capacity for this school year.

If your student is interested in enrolling in an academy, please email to inquire as to whether or not there are any spaces available. We are not accepting wait-list candidates at this point in the school year.

Registration information for the 2019-2020 school year will be posted on the website prior to the Enhanced Programs Night, which will take place at Sutherland Secondary School on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019  from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


The cost for Outdoor Education Academy is $2,500, which covers most transportation, accommodation and large equipment. Food, clothing, bus fare for local trips, and personal items must be supplied by OEA students and their parent/guardian. Please note the $2,500 includes a $250 non-refundable commitment fee.
Due to the need to purchase equipment and book field excursions in advance, the fee for this academy is due in full by August 1st, 2018. Payment must be set up in School Cash Online by March 15th, 2018, with the option of payment in full or by equal monthly installments. The monthly installments will be scheduled April 1st, May 1st, June 1st, July 1st and August 1st, 2018.


If you have questions about the Outdoor Education Academy or require further information, please contact:


Michael Kee
District Principal