English Enrichment Program

Where are the Honours Classes? Why Integrate Junior Students into Inclusive Classrooms? 

BC has one curriculum for all students. École Alpha Secondary is a progressive educational institution where junior students are integrated into inclusive classrooms and instruction is differentiated to meet the needs of all learners. We want to foster a strong sense of belonging at Alpha. Inclusive classrooms are essential for encouraging an appreciation for and acceptance of individual differences and strengths. This inclusive model promotes the development of meaningful friendships within grade cohorts and creates a vibrant Alpha community that reflects the true diversity of our society. 

Enrichment opportunities designed to inspire, challenge, and stretch students who demonstrate strong work ethic, passion, and ability exist in each English classroom and also in the school at large. In the senior grades, as students become mature and sure of their interests, they may elect to challenge themselves with specific enrichment (pre-AP and AP) courses. 

Extra-Curricular School-Wide Enrichment:

  1. Alpha Reads
  2. Debate Club and Alpha Photojournalism Club
  3. Writing Contests: Burnaby School District’s WORDS contest, BCTELA Writing CompetitionPoetry and Voice 
  4. Field Experiences/Workshops/Visiting Speakers:
    • Bard on the Beach
    • Pacific Cinematheque Film Workshop
    • Vancouver International Writers Festival
    • Vancouver Poetry House – Hullaballoo
    • Slam poetry competition
    • Visiting authors, poets, university professors, etc.

Post-Secondary Preparation 

Universities base their admissions policies on more than student marks. They are looking for well-rounded individuals who pursue their passions in extra-curricular settings, cultivate meaningful experiences, collaborate with peers, and take on leadership roles in their community.

Senior students who wish to challenge themselves with enriched courses are encouraged to consider English Literature 11 (Pre AP) and Advanced Placement English Literature & Composition.  The literature studied in these courses is more challenging than in regular classes, as are some of the assignments. AP English Literature & Composition 12 builds on the content of English Literature 11, the recommended pre-requisite course, and incorporates topics and literary texts which reflect the potential content of first year college/university English courses. Therefore, enriched senior students prepare for university level studies as well as for the possible granting of advanced university credit.