North Vancouver School District
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Volleyball Academy / Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence

Located at Sutherland Secondary School and Mountainside Secondary School​, Grades​ 8-12

In partnership with Volleyball Canada, the Volleyball Academy consists of two cohorts:

Competitive Cohort – Two Volleyball Canada selected streams at 6:30–8:00 a.m. or 1:40-3:00 p.m.

Academy Stream - Available to all students, regardless of volleyball experience at 6:30–8:00 a.m.

Students will be placed in the cohort where Volleyball Canada determines they would perform best.

This unique program replaces a student's regular Physical Education (P.E.) course and offers 100+ hours of volleyball instruction, combining on-court and physical training.  The program consists of a volleyball curriculum as set out by Volleyball Canada and in compliance with the BC Ministry of Education's Prescribed Learning Outcomes for Physical Education.  Students earn their grade-equivalent P.E. credit upon successful completion of the program.

Note: Registration in the Volleyball Academy will not affect a player's ability to play on their home school's volleyball 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 a tryout.  The date and time will be announced.


Priority 1 - Returning students

Priority 2 - Waitlisted players from previous years

Priority 3 - Lottery for remaining spaces.

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.

Elite Stream - Players to be selected based on try-outs as determined by Volleyball Canada.

Academy Stream - Players not selected to the Elite Stream will be selected in a manner consistent with Board Policy 605: Admission of Students to School.  Note: Those players not selected via the lottery will be placed on a waitlist. 


Total cost for the Volleyball Academy will be as follows per school year:

  • Elite Stream - $2,500 program fee per school year ($250/month)
  • Academy Stream - $2,000 program fee per school year ($200/month)
  • Except for North Vancouver (SD #44) and West Vancouver (SD #45) students, a $900 course fee will apply per school year.

Students must supply their own equipment including shoes, shorts, kneepads, and other volleyball related supplies. 



If you have questions about the Volleyball Academy or require more information, please contact:

Dan Huzar
Volleyball Academy Teacher

Deborah Wanner
District Principal