Details about the Canadian Sport School Program

The Canadian Sport School Victoria is looking for the most talented, hardworking and motivated young athletes who are driven to one day represent Canada at national team level in their sport. The Canadian Sport School program is designed to support the most dedicated individuals who strive to find daily balance through their pursuit of excellence in the classroom, in their sport and in the community.

Read more on the page below for detailed information about courses, transportation logistics, academic credits and more.

Weekly Timetable

The Canadian Sport School follows a schedule in which students attend their regular high school for half of the day, taking academic classes to earn core graduation requirements, and the remainder of the day is spent at the CSS in one of the following blocks:

  • IGNITE™ Athlete Development Program
  • Independent Study Block
  • Sport Performance Seminar
CSS Victoria Timetable

A sample timetable is shown above, however please check your local campus for more details about each individual CSS Campus’ weekly timetable.

IGNITE™ Athlete Development Program

The physical component of the Canadian Sport School is called the IGNITE™ Athlete Development program. This same program is run at all 3 Canadian Sport Institute Campuses and at our 5 PacificSport Regional Centres. This program is strictly monitored by the Canadian Sport Institute to uphold high consistent standards in program delivery as well as testing and reporting methods.

The goal of the IGNITE™ Athlete Development program is to provide training and foundational movement skills for future elite Canadian athletes in the Train to Train stage of Canada`s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD). These skills have been deemed important for long term athlete development as they provide the building blocks for future movement development and physical preparation. The curriculum is divided into three main movement streams consisting of strength training, gymnastics and sprint training.

This curriculum is laid out to provide key skills within each of the three movement streams that athletes must look to develop over the course of their participation in the IGNITE™ program. Along with these key skills, trouble shooting tips to common movement problems and variations of each skill are provided. This curriculum looks to serve as an endpoint to the athlete’s developmental process while allowing each centre to create its own path to that point.

Sport Performance Seminars

Our seminars are held every Monday and cover a wide range of topics relating to high performance sport. Experts in their field are brought in to give information seminars on topics such as Nutrition, Mental Training, Recovery Methods, Injury Prevention and more, while Olympic/ elite athletes are brought in to give motivational speeches to help educate the student-athletes on their journey to the top of the podium. All seminars are web streamed for athletes who are travelling or are unable to attend.

Assignments are given out following each seminars which contribute to the grades for the Human/Sport Performance 10, 11, 12 courses. Assignments are designed to help the students gain an applied understanding of the seminar material in order to implement it into their own daily training environment.

CSS Victoria - Seminar

Academic Credit

By participating in the Canadian Sport School, as well as in their competitive high performance sports, student-athletes are able to maximize their daily schedules while earning credit for a variety of courses as shown below.

The Canadian Sport School teachers liaises with the athletes’ regular high schools and teachers and supports students with their academics, providing the resources and tools needed to be successful in the classroom.

The Sport School curriculum is delivered in partnership with the local School Districts and help to fulfill graduation requirements.

Canadian Sport School - Academic Credit

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Online English 10/11/12

As student-athletes will only have space at their regular high schools for 4 core academic courses per school year, individuals who are in French immersion or who want to take additional courses (generally sciences or electives) may free up an additional block in their timetable by taking English online through the Canadian Sport School Victoria. Student-athletes who enrol in English online through the Canadian Sport School Victoria will have access to the online English teacher who will visit the CSS once per week to help provide individual support in English 10, 11 or 12.

Academic Standards

At the CSS, we believe that student-athletes should endeavor to pursue excellence in all areas of life, including academics. While we understand that student-athletes may have different academic abilities, we believe that all student-athletes have the potential to demonstrate excellent work habits at both CSS and at their regular schools. Therefore our academic standards require that our student-athletes earn all “Excellent” (E) and/or “Good” (G) for work habit marks on their report cards. Student-athletes who earn a “Satisfactory” (S) or a “Needs Improvement” (N) would be placed on academic probation for one term to give them an opportunity to improve the work habit mark. A progressive disciplinary action would follow should students not be able to improve their work habit marks, including suspension and potential dismissal from the CSS program.

CSS Applicants may apply with deficient work habit standards, however applicants will not be admitted until their final report card in June shows all E’s and G’s.

Student-Athletes are encouraged to be proactive and speak with their teachers to gain a clear understanding of what each of their teachers require to meet “Excellent” or “Good” work habit marks in each class. We encourage athletes to check-in regularly with their teachers for personal feedback and to ensure that there are no surprises on report card day.

Academic Planning

Student-athletes, particularly those who are in French Immersion or who would elect to take more than the required science graduation requirements, may need to be strategic about how they make their course selections or graduation plans. Student-athletes who have academic concerns or would like support in planning their timetables should contact their local Canadian Sport School Teacher to discuss their academic goals and plans.

Mid-Day Transportation

The Canadian Sport School provides transportation during the middle part of the day for students who chose to opt-in to this fee for service. AM students are transported to their high schools and PM students are transported to the Canadian Sport School from their high schools.

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Eligibility

The Canadian Sport School – Victoria is open to eligible high performance athletes in grades 10-12 who have met their provincial sport organization’s targeted athlete eligibility criteria. Discretion may be given to athletes, especially those entering Grade 10, who have demonstrated a commitment to high performance sport and the potential to move through the athlete development pathway, as indicated by their coach. Please see our the Eligibility section for more information.

Application

The application process for the Canadian Sport School Victoria is a thorough process that allows us to select the most driven and dedicated student-athletes. For more information about this process including important dates and application deadlines, please visit our Application page.