The Peak Performance Program is a non-credit timetabling option for elite-level student athletes and performers in Grades 8 to 12. Recognizing the need to balance education with demanding competition and training schedules, the Peak Performance Program enables students to pursue their athletic and performing arts goals without compromising their education. It is appropriate for athletes competing at the regional, provincial, or national level or for students highly involved in intensive fine arts or performing arts programs.
The Peak Performance Program is available at Argyle, Carson Graham, Handsworth, Seycove, Sutherland, and Windsor Secondary Schools.
Students must meet the entrance criteria established for the Peak Performance Program and are accepted through an application process. Students may be able to receive credit(s) toward Graduation through their sport/performing arts organization where the sport or program is recognized within the BC Ministry of Education's External Credential process. Students will be required to re-apply to the Peak Performance Program on a yearly basis in order to demonstrate that their program and level of competition are at the standard required to be part of the program.
- Minimum of 15 hours per week of specific training in their discipline year-round
- Minimum of C+ average and satisfactory work habits based on previous year's report card. A student may not have any failing grades or "Needs Improvement" work habits. Special circumstances may be considered in consultation with the Principal of the student's school
- Competition and/or performance at the regional, provincial, or national level in a sport or program which is recognized within the BC Ministry of Education's External Credential process
- Recommendation of coach or person responsible for training program indicating that the applicant is training a minimum of 15 hours per week under their supervision. The letter must also detail the specific training and activities undertaken by the applicant
- A completed Peak Performance Application Form and all necessary documents
- Approval of application by the Principal at the student's school.
For students involved in individual sports such as gymnastics, dance, rowing, or mountain biking, or students involved in the fine arts or performing arts, the assessment of eligibility will consider:
The level of sport/activity competition or performance
The student's selection to a regional, provincial, or national program
Feedback from the student's coach or instructor.
For students involved with team sports such as soccer, hockey, basketball, or volleyball, the assessment of eligibility will consider:
- Inclusion in the provincial sports governing body program established for elite player development in the student's sport
- The regional, provincial, or national level for which the student has been selected to compete
- Recognition of the sport/activity with the BC Ministry of Education's External Credential list.
For more information, students should contact their high school counsellor. The Peak Performance Application Form is available at each school or by clicking here.