The Burnaby School District offers many programs for advanced learners that offer support from early elementary through the end of high school.


The primary rationale of the Challenge Program is to assist in fostering the potential of the highly able learner by supporting their cognitive, social and emotional development. In addition, Challenge Programs provide students with opportunities to interact with like-minded peers. These programs supplement existing classroom and school supports. The programs are for students in Grade 2-7 who are nominated by their elementary school. For more information, please see our Challenge Programs  page.


MACC is an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based program for high-ability learners seeking heightened cognitive and creative challenge in an inclusive and supportive community of intellectual peers. It serves students in grades 4-7 and these students attend full-time at Capitol Hill Elementary or Suncrest Elementary. MACC provides enrichment for high-ability learners whose cognitive, personal and social skills may be developing at varying rates. For more information, please see our MACC information page.


The Mini School is an alternative, academic program for grade and nine students, and its location is Alpha Secondary. It is designed to enrich, challenge and support students who have demonstrated high potential, talent and ability by providing them with complex cognitive and creative challenge in an inclusive and supportive environment of intellectual peers. This differentiated program offers an exciting and engaging learning environment designed to support students of high ability to reach their intellectual, personal and social potential. For more information about this program, please see the Mini School information page.


The AP Capstone program, located at Burnaby North and Burnaby South Secondary Schools, was developed in response to feedback from higher education faculty and college admission officers. The program complements the in-depth, subject-specific rigor of AP courses and exams, allowing students to engage in the rigorous development of skills critical for success in college: inquiry, research, collaboration, and writing. For students in Grade 11 and Grade 12. For more information on this program please click here.