Join CMA’s Senior School

Contrary to popular belief, it is never too late to join CMA! Are you a grade 11 or 12 student (or a parent of one) who is looking for more from your high school? CMA’s senior school is located in new facilities and our programming focuses on academic resilience, as well as character and confidence development. Did you know that 94% of all of our graduates have gotten into their first choice post-secondary program?

Spaces are still available for grade 11 and 12 students to start this September. Bursaries and scholarships are also available. Email [email protected] for more details.

Gambier Island Adventuring

Submitted by Mr. Ketcheson
The trip to Gambier Island / Cha7elkwnetch was like two worlds colliding for me. I’ve spent, on and off, the last 7 summers living on Halkett bay at Camp Fircom – just a short 30 minute walk from our campsite. Exploring the forests and beaches there with campers was, in fact, how I realized I wanted to be a teacher! Going back with CMA students and seeing all the energy and curiosity they have was truly a pleasure and a privilege.
Gambier Island / Cha7elkwnetch is such an excellent place for learning experiences. While it’s nearby, it’s removed enough to feel disconnected from civilization and give a sense of self-sufficiency. Without any bears on the island, it’s a relatively safe spot to camp and build up some outdoorsy confidence. The hike up to Mount Artaban is short enough not to take up an entire day, but challenging enough to feel a sense of accomplishment for having finished. The camp is near an old village site and has a large intertidal zone perfect for mucking about and finding all sorts of creatures and critters. I have no doubt that each and every student took some unique learning away from this trip.
Some of the experiences and learnings I had the chance to be a part of included many excited students running up to me to tell me about birds they had seen, learning about crabs and starfish and all kinds of other creatures in the intertidal, as well as the names and stories connected with many of the plants and trees in the forest. While many LEAD trips focus on preparing students socially and physically for expeditions, it was rewarding to slow down and see a different way to be in nature – not just as a teacher sharing my knowledge, but to see the ways students brought their own experiences and understanding forward as well. As an erstwhile marine biologist, it was great to see the excitement and playfulness students brought to exploring the beach. Not to play favourites, but the best find of the trip was a small octopus beak.
This trip was also a rare opportunity for students of all grades to come together and get to know each other a bit more. About 100 students in one camp site is quite a few, but the space is very accommodating to large numbers. It was interesting to watch as a teacher to see how different grades helped each other and the spontaneous play and games that took place. The grade 9 students had shared some important camping skills with the grade 7s previously, and the results of their efforts were clear!
What more I can say about the experience of camping among the maple trees I’ll leave to this song about Gambier by Said The Whale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd-kl_J5Ea8

Meet a CMA student

Meet CMA grade 12 student Eric! As a member of Coast Mountain Academy’s High-Performance Program, Eric has a unique perspective and set of experiences. Hear what he has to say about learning within a smaller classroom and how CMA has supported him in reaching for his academic and competitive goals. Watch here: https://youtu.be/IUhyf_5mjsE

Interested in CMA for your child next year?

A great way to learn about CMA and our admissions process is to join in one of our virtual Coffee Talk events with Head of School, Mr. Logan, and Director of Admissions, Tracy Keeling. Our next event is Feb 17, 2022 from 10:30 – 11:30 am. For more information and to register please call CMA at 604-390-3262.

Book a Campus Tour

Are you interested in CMA for your child? The best way to learn about our school is to book a private campus tour with our Director of Admissions, Tracy Keeling. Tracy is happy to tour you and your family around the middle school campus, senior school campus, or both! Tours are available from 9 am to 4 pm, and in the evenings upon request. Please call the CMA office at 604-390-3262, or email [email protected] to book your tour.

CMA Holiday Auction – Open to Everyone

Did you know that CMA’s silent auction is open to everyone?
The CMA Holiday Social Fundraiser is a great way to complete your holiday shopping. Please go to our website and make your bid today. Winners can pick up items at CMA and in some cases, vouchers can be emailed.
https://trellis.org/2021cmawintersocial

Interested in CMA for your child next year?

A great way to learn about CMA and our admissions process is to join in one of our virtual Coffee Talk events with Head of School, Mr. Logan, and Director of Admissions, Tracy Keeling. Our next event is Nov 25, 2021 from 10:30 – 11:30 am. For more information and to register please call CMA at 604-390-3262.

CMA Is Growing Even More

A few months ago we announced the exciting news that CMA would be adding a second grade 7 class starting September 2021. Due to the ever-increasing demand for our middle school, we have decided to add a second grade 8 class as well!

Our students will continue to benefit from smaller class sizes but now get to enjoy a larger social group of kids their age as well.

We are now accepting new student applications to join our second grade 8 class starting in September 2021. If you are interested in applying please contact Tracy Keeling, Director of Admissions & Communications at [email protected] You can also learn more about the admissions process and start an online application by visiting coastmountainacademy.ca/apply.

 

CMA is Growing

After an incredible year of growth and increased interest, we are thrilled to announce that Coast Mountain Academy will have two grade 7 classes for the first time ever this coming September. Big thanks to all of our families who continue to tell their friends, and friends of friends about our school.

Our teachers are already busy planning our programming for next year. We may be growing but we are all committed to delivering the same high-quality education that our families and students value. If you are interested in joining our school we still have room in our grade 7 classes for September 2021, we are currently on waitlist only for grade 8 & 9, we are close to full in grade 10, but have space in grade 11 & 12. For more information please call our Director of Admissions, Tracy Keeling at 604-390-3262 or email [email protected]