About Transition Program


The University Transition Program is a two year program designed to support academic excellence and promote social and emotional development of academically gifted adolescents who are committed to the goal of early entrance to university. It is an institutional partnership of the The Vancouver School Board, The University of British Columbia, and the Ministry of Education of the province of British Columbia, Canada.

Candidates must have completed Grade 7 but not Grade 10 yet. In the first year, the program will fill in the knowledge and skill gaps or deficiencies of these students. Skills required for scholarship such as organization, study, time management, would be developed. Grade 11 Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Social Studies would be taught. Social understandings and communication skills related to writing and presentations, creative and ethical problem solving, strategic planning and self-management would be enhanced. Higher level thinking skills, such as analysis, strategic planning, and self management would be developed. Students will apply skills and knowledge to practical problems, creative projects, personal educatation plan, and academic competition.

In Year Two, students would complete the high school Grade 11 and 12 curriculum under university-style conditions. Skills required for success with university level coursework would be enhanced, and intellectual and career interests would be explored. Where appropriate, students would be enrolled in concurrent studies at UBC. Students would also prepare for Grade 12 provincial examinations to achieve results that support entry to preferred faculties and related career paths.