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Senior School (Grade 8–12)

A community of engaged learners ready to make a positive impact on the world

As there is no ‘typical Crofton House girl’, we offer a wide array of electives and accelerated programs, taught using a personalized approach, allowing each girl to push her own boundaries, discover her strengths and thrive doing what she loves. 

Designed to complement the way girls learn best, the Senior School offers an intentional approach based on collaboration, curiosity and choice. It is a welcoming environment where learning is both challenging and fun, and girls are free to be themselves. 

In Grade 8, girls new to Crofton House join those who are crossing the courtyard from the Junior School to form new friendships. Working with parents, advisors, heads of grade, teachers, specialists - such as a design technician and artist-in-resident, learning strategists, and post-secondary and career counsellors, provide students with a supportive network that encourages each girl to reach her goals and aspirations while tending to her social, emotional, physical and intellectual development and well-being.

Our enriched post-secondary preparatory curriculum meets or exceeds the BC Ministry of Education graduation requirements. It spans humanities, mathematics, sciences, arts and applied skills. Students are required to continue study in the arts, languages and physical education up to Grade 11, resulting in a well-rounded education. 

Our signature program, Ivy Compass, goes beyond the curriculum by integrating enriched learning opportunities. Senior School students embrace increasing leadership and responsibility and apply their learning in the workplace, on global trips, in volunteer roles and beyond the classroom. 

Crofton House graduates continue their learning at post-secondary institutions in Canada, in the United States and around the world. Girls leave CHS with a strong sense of purpose, confident they can do anything.

View our School Profile for information about where our graduates are pursuing their studies.

Academic Handbook

The Academic Handbook describes all courses that are offered to students in Grades 8 - 12. It serves a guide for students as they make decisions about the courses that will make up their CHS  timetable.

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“The Senior School is a place where a girl finds out who she is. Each girl harnesses the many experiences she has here to cultivate a purpose, doing what matters to her and knowing what she can contribute to the world.”

Michelle Douglas | Director, Senior School

Program Features

Intake Years

While applications are accepted for all grades, Grade 8 is a major intake year, with 40 spaces available for new students.  Learn more

The CHS difference

Our signature program, Ivy Compass, fosters personal growth, leadership and engaged citizenship through real-life experiences inside and outside of the classroom 

Outstanding academic education

  • Specialist teachers in all subjects
  • 50% of our Senior School teachers hold advanced degrees
  • Advanced Placement courses offer opportunities for students to pursue learning beyond the BC Ministry of Education 
  • Unique ways of learning, such as Harkness classrooms and the Artist-in-Residence Program

Enriching learning

  • Diversity of electives: from eight electives offered in Grade 8, to 50 offered in Grade 12, including calculus, chemistry, computer science, digital film, foods and textiles, Mandarin, physical and health education and theatre performance
  • 25 clubs/programs, including Business, Chamber Choir, Debate, Gender and Sexuality Awareness (GSA), Math, Model United Nations, Robotics, Social Responsibility, Sports Captains, STEM and Studio 65 (Art)
  • The School celebrates its focus on creative arts and design technology with two major school productions, music concerts, art shows, culinary and design displays, film festivals, competitions and a year-end art showcase 

Athletics program

  • Renowned competitive athletics program includes badminton, basketball, cross-country running, field hockey, rowing, soccer, tennis, track and field and volleyball teams.
  • Opportunity to participate in local, provincial, national and international competitions. 

Learning support

  • Learning Resources provides support services for students who are experiencing academic and learning challenges or require accommodation for learning
  • Advisors, heads of grade, and teachers, along with post-secondary and career counsellors, work together to support students.


  • The One-to-One Program provides each student with a laptop equipped with the software and programs they need for class
  • Specialized technology is used to support learning throughout the Senior School, from 3-D printers to digital film-editing programs
  • Technology is seamlessly integrated to support teaching and learning

Healthy habits

  • Daily healthy, hot lunch provided to all students through our Community Dining Program
  • A well-equipped Fitness Centre, customized with girls in mind, is available to students in and out of class time 
  • Our curriculum-based Outdoor Education Program brings students into nature, challenges them, and connects learning to topics of environmental sustainability

Parent involvement

  • Parent involvement is welcomed, with parent/student/teacher conferences, volunteer opportunities and special events that involve families with the life of the School

Post-Secondary Preparation

Our extensive post-secondary research and planning programs help girls explore scholarship options and work through the application process for Canadian, American and international post-secondary schools. Guidance continues through to graduation in small group settings as well as individually. Crofton House graduates are accepted to prestigious post-secondary institutions and programs in Canada, in the United States and around the world. 

Career Counselling

Career counselling provides an opportunity for girls to discuss career goals, recognize their skills and strengths, and gain a sense of future career direction. Our counselling program offers invaluable coaching for the more practical aspects of a job search: resumes, interviews, cover letters, work experience and networking. Through alumnae connections, students receive first-hand advice on career experiences and options.

Work Experience Program

CHS graduates are required to participate in a minimum of 30 hours of work experience. This program assists girls in preparing for the transition from secondary school to post-secondary studies and the world of work. Girls gain knowledge and real-life experience in the workplace, focusing on an area of interest. CHS students have completed work experience in a range of workplaces, from law firms to companies like Hootsuite.

Pro Speaker Series Inspires Students

The Senior School is hosting a lunchtime “Pro Speaker” series in January and February. This week, Joanne Sweeney, a skilled broadcast journalist, PR practitioner, author, speaker, expert digital marketer and Google trainer, skyped in from Ireland to talk to students about her career path. She gave students advice, advising them to trust their gut instinct and persevere. “Your first lesson for today,” she said, “don’t ever worry about the ‘how-to'... you will always figure out the ‘how-to’ if you have an ambition or a dream. Hold onto it and don’t let anybody break your spirit.”

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Indigenous Storytelling from Dallas Yellowfly

Ivy 8 Day on Tuesday, October 29 welcomed Indigenous storyteller Dallas Yellowfly and his performance “Qwalena” to the theatre in the Beedie Fine Arts Centre. The piece first depicted a dramatic representation of a “Wild Woman Who Steals Children.” Yellowfly used multimedia elements of video and sound that filled the theatre with a dynamic atmosphere, followed by a presentation on the intergenerational impact of residential schools on Indigenous people. Grade 8 students had a chance to ask questions and explore the topic in depth.

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