To be honest, I prefer the Canadian way of educating high schoolers better, but I also believe both education systems are some of the best in the world.
Sooke School District
School DescriptionSCHOOL PROFILE AND ACADEMICS
Founded in 1946, the Sooke School District is located on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island in the Greater Victoria Area of British Columbia. This world-class Canadian public school district offers excellent academic programs and provides students with nearby urban cities of Vancouver and Seattle, while also keeping the natural beauty of Vancouver Island. There is a wide variety of courses offered in the Sooke School District with a rigorous Advanced Placement and Pre-AP Programs for students to work towards gaining college credit. Students are also offered dual credit university level courses offered right at their High School and a French Immersion Program. In addition to this rigorous academic options, students can take electives such as woodworking, foods and nutrition, film and television studies, marketing, psychology, and environmental studies, among others.
Schools in the Sooke School District have impressive facilities with two of their schools being built in the past 5 years; one of their schools even has a rooftop basketball court. These modern, state-of-the-art schools are in amazing locations such as overlooking the Pacific Ocean or the Olympic Mountains of Washington, USA. Some of the facilities in these schools include a television studio, a theater, track and field complex, an artificial turf field, teaching kitchen, and one school has an entire grey whale skeleton in the foyer.
SPORTS AND ARTS
Sports in the Sooke School District are offered seasonally, with different sports during the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons. Popular sports in the Sooke School District include Soccer, Cheerleading, Basketball, Rugby, and more. Schools in the Sooke School District also offer specialized Academy Programs, where students can focus on developing their athletic skills during the school day. Academies included at these schools are: Equine Academy, Baseball Academy, Rugby Academy, Soccer Academy, Dance Academy, Lacrosse Academy and Ice Hockey Academy. Students also have the opportunity to join the Recreational Activity Program and do activities like skiing, climbing, surfing, rowing, curling and snowboarding.
Schools in the Sooke School District have award-winning music and arts programs with special programs and courses in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz, Drumline, Dance, Theater, and Performing Arts.
On the Southern tip of Vancouver Island, the Sooke School District is situated in the Westshore communities of Langford, Colwood, Metchosin and the seaside village Sooke, just a 25-minute drive to downtown Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. These communities are some of the fastest-growing in British Columbia and offer many amenities such as sports and recreation complexes, shopping centers, parks, and many beautiful lakes, beaches and coastlines for which western Canada is famous. The United Nations calls this region one of the world's best places to live, most likely because of the beautiful scenery and lively community. Students at Sooke School District Schools have the opportunity to travel with school supervision to Vancouver, Seattle, Whistler and Pacific Rim National Park; all in close proximity to the school.
Educatius Canada School Profile: Sooke School District Profile PDF
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Visit City Site: Victoria, British Columbia
Awards and Accomplishments Of School
One teacher is a former Olympian in Swimming
Notable Academies in the district for Dance, Soccer, Ice Hockey and Lacrosse. Their elite Ice Hockey Academy is for advanced players who aspire to play professionally, coached by former professional players.
- 9, 10, 11, 12 Grades at School
- 5% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?No
Student PopulationCoEd - School for both genders
English as Second Language (ESL) Support AvailableYes
Speciality ProgramsEquine Studies One semester Equine = $385 Full year Equine = $585, Soccer Academy, Dance Academy, Ice Hockey Academy, Golf Academy, Lacrosse Academy, Honors Courses: Accounting, Anatomy and Physiology / Biology, Calculus, English Inquiry, Marketing, Geography, Psychology, Economics, Law/Criminology, History **Subject to change each school year
Accepting Students in Grades9, 10, 11, 12
Other - Eligibility Requirements?Age limit: 18 max at school start
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