Welcome to North Surrey Secondary School!
When you enter our school, you'll immediately sense the warm embrace of a community that thrives on diversity, inclusion, and kindness. 61 different languages are spoken in the homes of our students. Here, every individual is valued, and every heart is welcomed into our community. We strive to create a deep sense of belonging for all Spartans.
Our school is located on the unceded ancestral lands of the Katzie, Kwanten, Semiahmoo, and other Coast Salish Peoples. We value being part of the Truth and Reconciliation process and work to integrate the First Peoples Principles of Learning into our school.
Academics matter at North Surrey, reflecting our dedication to nurturing intellectual curiosity. Our English, Science, Math, and Social Studies departments all focus on equipping students with the competencies that enable students think critically and creatively within each subject. We want students to be able think like historians, writers, scientists, and mathematicians in preparation for their transition into an everchanging world of complexity.
Artistry is thriving in our Fine Arts program, where music, dance, visual arts, and drama flourish. This creative haven provides a platform for self-expression, allowing students to explore their passions and talents. Come visit our school to see our students shine through beautiful art displays, engaging concerts, dynamic dance performances, and powerful plays.
In our well-equipped workshops, innovation and craftsmanship come alive. The robust Technology Education program offers hands-on experiences in various fields, from woodwork and metalwork to robotics and automotive technology, empowering students to translate imaginative ideas into tangible realities.
The culinary, foods and textiles programs provide students with opportunities to develop life skills needed to prepare food and clothing. These programs also help students become socially responsible consumers. They help students understand how their choices as consumers can be more sustainable, can contribute positively to the environment and can work to help combat some social issues.
Our Business Education, Information Technology, and Career programs equip students with vital skills for the professional world. Students learn about computer programming, video game design, economics, and entrepreneurship, while also gaining insights into personal finance, marketing, photography, and video production. Our career education programs guide students in exploring careers, future education opportunities, and developing skills.
Physical activity plays an integral role in promoting well-being and teamwork. Students build skills in a wide variety of athletic pursuits in their Physical Health Education classes to build life-long habits of staying active. Our extensive array of sports teams allows students to engage in healthy competition, develop discipline, and embrace the values of perseverance and collaboration. Come watch our Spartans compete.
Our Modern Languages department offers students the opportunity to count themselves amongst the hundreds of millions of French and Spanish speakers globally. Throughout their years of study, students express themselves verbally and in writing with ever increasing fluency and confidence, all while learning about the world in which these languages are spoken, and finding their place in it.
The Library Learning Commons is a welcoming space for all our learners to embrace and explore their passions, interests, and needs. With a carefully curated collection of diverse resources the LLC strives to engage all members of our school community.
We focus on the Core-Competencies of communication, thinking and personal/social through thoughtfully planned activities and celebrations with subsequent reflections through out the year.
We have four caring counsellors to help students with course planning, and any personal issues that may arise.
We work hard to foster an inclusive learning community that ensures all students have the opportunity to grow and thrive at NSS. We support all students and their unique learning needs by tailoring their educational experience to individual needs.
As we walk through the halls of our diverse high school each student and staff member contributes a unique thread to the tapestry of our collective identity, and together, we form a dynamic and harmonious community.
North Surrey Secondary is a vibrant school community placing students and their growth at the centre of our learning agenda. We are diverse in every sense of that word and deeply value belonging for all. Together we are working towards strengthening disciplinary literacy, problem solving through the design process, and nurturing creative expression and participation. As we work together we are guided through evidence and the belief that:
In our school, students are engaged and developing competencies across curricula and learning areas and developing communication, thinking, and personal and social competencies.
The following two documents outline our big picture goals and the focus emerging from it. The first shows the four interdependent goal of belonging and inclusion, core competencies, curricular competencies, and standards based assessment. The second provides detailed inquiry questions from each school department outlining their focus with respect to curricular competencies.
Teachers in our various learning areas continue to collaboratively work on their inquiry questions (see "Our Focus") to help our students make meaning out of text, solve problems through the design process, and nurture creative expression and participation.
Students are engaged in a variety of different strategies to making meaning of their reading and viewing. Students will be learning a variety of strategies for comprehension, analysis and synthesis and students will create evidence and artifacts of learning across learning areas. Some examples of evidence of making meaning of text and data are:
Throughout the school year, teachers will be explicitly teaching these meaning making strategies and monitoring student progress.
Students are purposefully thinking and creating artifacts of learning designed and created with their content knowledge and disciplinary skills, such as:
Students are engaged in the creative process in order to express their ideas and to put their ideas into action. At North Surrey we have many amazing examples of this in action.
Our staff will continue to plan, collaborate, and collect evidence of learning in each area of "Our Focus" for the 2023-2024 school year. Read our bi-weekly sway (sent via email to all parents) where we'll share our progress and learning.