About the Coquitlam School District
Located just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the Coquitlam School District stands as a prominent educational institution in British Columbia, proudly holding the position as the third largest school district in the province. Nestled in a safe and affluent community, Coquitlam School District has cultivated a tradition of academic excellence spanning over 56 years, and currently maintains a student body of over 31,000 individuals distributed across 70 schools. The district’s commitment to modern education is evident in its new high-tech schools, which have been equipped with up-to-date facilities to ensure that students are well-prepared for the demands of an increasingly digitized education.
Why Coquitlam SD?
Notably, the majority of international students who graduate from Coquitlam schools proceed to enroll in college or university, a testament to the district’s commitment to guiding students toward their future goals. With a remarkable 97% graduation rate, Coquitlam continues to set a standard for educational excellence in British Columbia, boasting a network of elementary schools, middle schools and secondary schools—all of which are dedicated to helping shape the academic journeys of its diverse local and international student populations.
Coquitlam’s Secondary Schools
School Team Name: Centaurs
Established in 1967, Centennial Secondary School’s name is a reference to the Canadian Centennial, a year-long celebration that marked the 100th anniversary of Confederation. In 2017, Centennial unveiled its new campus. Engineered and designed to meet LEED Gold Standards, the school features a teaching kitchen, workshops dedicated to metal, automotive and carpentry, a 220-seat theatre, and even an outdoor amphitheatre.
Unique Programs & Courses
- Culinary arts
- Automotive and experiential studies
- Hockey Academy
Dr. Charles Best
School Team Name: Blue Devils
Dr. Charles Best Secondary School proudly upholds a tradition for its students that is rooted care, excellence and achievement. The school’s academic and extracurricular programs cover an impressive range, spanning subjects from physics and law to drama and volleyball. Students at Dr. Charles Best consistently rank among the top performers in the district, and perform at top levels in areas like music, visual and performing arts, and athletics. As one might expect, Dr. Charles Best Secondary School is where you “Discover Your Best”.
School Team Name: Talons
Once ranked as the “Best All-Around School”, Gleneagle Secondary School boasts a modern campus, with an open-concept student common area, a spacious multi-use outdoor field, a modern gym, fully-equipped weight and fitness room, and within walking distance to the nearby Town Centre Aquatic Centre.
Unique Programs, Courses & Offerings
- Honours/Advanced Placement (AP) program
- “TALONS”, a district gifted program
- “The Edge”, an award-winning student newspaper\
School Team Name: Kodiaks
Heritage Woods Secondary School has established itself as the go-to school for strong academics, fine arts, athletics and community service. Despite being tucked away in the serene urban forests of Port Moody, the school is equipped with six computer labs, with dedicated spaces for general use, film and animation, photography, computer information and technology education. Over the years, Heritage Wood’s sports teams have collected numerous Fraser Valley Championship banners and clinched provincial titles in both ice hockey and snowboarding.
School Team Name: Timberwolves
Pinetree Secondary School stands out for its distinctive partnership with both Coquitlam Parks and Leisure Services, as well as the David Lam campus of Douglas College. As such, Pinetree’s students have access to outstanding physical education facilities. The school also offers a number of AP opportunities and elective courses in fine arts, information technology, business education, home economics and digital media.
Unique Programs & Courses
- Noon hour “intramural” program
- Club offerings: board games, hiking, outdoors, technology, etc.
School Team Name: Moody Blues
Port Moody Secondary School provides its students access to two modernly equipped gyms, an extensive weight training and fitness area, spacious music rooms, a multi-use outdoor grass field, and an open-concept multifunctional common area. The school is notably recognized for its strong program offerings, including International Baccalaureate (IB), AP and Career Preparation.
School Team Name: Rapids
Widely recognized through the province as a leading technology school, Riverside Secondary offers a robust academic program, including AP and Honours courses, along with a diverse range of elective opportunities. Riverside’s students are active in the school’s 20+ clubs, leadership opportunities and athletic teams throughout the school year, and the school’s athletics program has successfully cultivated provincial championship-level teams in numerous sports.
School Team Name: Ravens
Terry Fox Secondary was named after Terry Fox, a Canadian athlete and cancer research activist who made it his mission to run across Canada with an amputated leg to raise money and awareness for cancer research. The students and faculty members of Terry Fox Secondary take great pride in aligning themselves with the ideals and compassionate spirit embodied by Terry himself.
Unique Programs & Courses
- AP courses
- Automotive service technician apprenticeship
- Carpentry apprenticeship
- Skill Development Program