Welcome to the Killarney Mini School Webpage!

Program Goal
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The goal of the Mini School is to provide an enriched and academically challenging program to support students in achieving their full potential. Activities will be learner centred, incorporating ethics, social justice and citizenship into academic studies. Students will have opportunities to integrate learning across the curriculum and focus on in-depth enrichment.

Information Pages

Project Based Learning
Field studies
Grade 7 application process
Killarney Facebook page
Calendar of Mini School events

If you have any questions not answered by the FAQ, please email hwu@vsb.bc.ca

Course Overview

Grade 8: English, Socials, Science, Project Innovation 8

Grade 9: English, Socials, Science
(Project Innovation 9 is contained within these three courses and is not a separate course)

Grade 10: English, Socials, Science, Independent Study Project

Important dates for 2017/2018 school year:

Killarney's grade 7 Minischool applicant parent information night: 7pm Wednesday October 11th in the Killarney Secondary School auditorium.

VSB online registration for DSAP test opens: Friday, October 27th
VSB online registration for DSAP test closes: 11:59PM, Thursday, November 9th

DSAP test: from 1:00PM - 3:30PM on Tuesday, November 21st in Killarney Cafeteria (for those students in our catchment)

Application deadline to all individual Minischools: 3pm Thursday December 21st (Bring a photo along with the gr 6 final report card)

Killarney Minischool Interviews: January 30th - February 2nd, 2017
NOTE: we CANNOT accommodate changes to our interview schedule. If you apply please ensure you are available all 4 interview days as you could be assigned a 1 hour interview slot on any of those dates.

1st offers: 9AM Tuesday, February 20th
1st offer reply by deadline: Noon on Thursday, February 22nd

2nd offers: 9AM Thursday, March 1st
2nd offer reply by deadline: Noon on Friday March 2nd

Student Attributes

The Killarney Mini School is a District Program open to all students in Vancouver. Demonstrated initiative, independence in learning, and involvement outside the classroom are behavioral characteristics of students most likely to achieve success in the Mini School. Our students should have an interested in the outdoors and an enthusiasm for challenging themselves in the wilderness of BC.
All candidates must be willing to learn cooperatively as well as independently and to explore a wide range of media to express their learning both in and outside of the school.


Students who accept a placement in the Killarney Mini will have the opportunity to participate in planned activities in the classroom, on field studies and extended outdoor education trips. Mini School students are encouraged to become involved in Killarney school activities such as fine arts, clubs, athletics, student government and service. In addition, students will seek out opportunities for community volunteering in areas of personal interest or group concern.
Continued enrolment in the Killarney Mini School program will be contingent upon satisfactory ongoing performance.