Secondary 8-12

Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning (SAIL) is a blended interdisciplinary school where students learn through inquiry and project based learning using a variety of digital tools. In a changing world, students need to be independent learners, critical thinkers, collaborators, innovators & contributors. SAIL students embrace an innovator mind-set.

All instruction is fully accredited by the BC Ministry of Education and offers an enriched and flexible educational program.

For a complete list of courses offered at SAIL, please refer to the Course Description Handbook 2015-16.


Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics

SAIL’s STEAM Program explores the STEM curriculum through the lens of the arts and design. Students develop a designer and maker mindset through a MakerSpace – a creative synergy of tools and projects at all levels of expertise. Through inquiry and project based learning, in an interdisciplinary program, students explore real world topics that foster independent learning and critical thought.

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Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Accelerated

SAIL Academy’s STEM ACCELERATED program offers a special focus on creating, inventing, and learning through a Makerspace – a creative synergy. Students explore real world topics of interest that foster independent learning and critical thought and community engagement.

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SAIL Academy’s COMPASS program embraces the idea that every child is unique and learns in his or her own way. Your child will explore their passions and develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills to help them become highly successful adults and prepare them for success in the ever-changing local and global workplace.

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SAIL Online

SAIL Online is part of the Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning (SAIL). We use inquiry and project based learning as a foundation for our online courses. SAIL Online offers over 80 online courses at the Grade 10 – 12 level.

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Elementary K-7

SAIL Academy’s Elementary STEAM program welcomes learners who appreciate hands-on, interdisciplinary curriculum experiences combined with flexible hours and pacing that allows time to explore and access learning through a variety of digital platforms, and to connect to the community in powerful, unique ways.

STEAM K-7 focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to prepare elementary students for a rapidly changing world.

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SAIL Online Springboard

SAIL’s SPRINGBOARD program offers a limited number of courses that run from April to August. Students have the convenience and flexibility to combine their spring/summer learning with other activities they may take on. They can study and work when they are at their peak energy times and allows for a balance of school, work and family commitments.

SPRINGBOARD registration begins March 2017.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does SAIL stand for?

SAIL stands for Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning, a K-12 blended learning school offering flexibility in school programming needs.

What does Blended Learning mean?

A bended learning model integrates classroom face-to-face instruction with on-line learning experiences. Full time students attend school 2-4 days/week depending on their program of choice.

Why would I choose SAIL over a regular school?

In a changing world, students need to be independent learners, critical thinkers, collaborators and innovators. SAIL students are taught to embrace the innovator mind-set and learn diverse skill sets that many post-secondary institutions and employers are seeking.

What sort of programs do you offer at SAIL?

For K-7 we offer a full time STEAM program. For Grade 8 & 9 students we offer full time programs and for Grade 10-12 students as well as non-graduated adults, we offer both full and part time program options.

Are SAIL courses the same courses students take in mainstream high schools?

Yes. All instruction is fully accredited by the BC Ministry of Education and all teachers hold BC Teaching Certificates and are Surrey School District teachers. In addition, courses meet the BC Education Core Competencies for each subject area.

What are the school fees at SAIL?

SAIL is a public school that is part of the Surrey School District (SD36). There are NO tuition costs to Canadian citizens and Landed immigrants residing in the lower mainland.

Is attendance mandatory?

All students are expected to maintain regular communication with their teachers. Full time STEAM and STEM-X students attend scheduled classes 4 days per week, whereas Compass students usually attend 2 days per week. Flexibility and personalization, however are key components of all of our SAIL programs.

How are courses designed?

Students in our STEAM and STEM-X programs focus on inquiry and project based learning, through an interdisciplinary program. Students explore real world topics that foster independent learning and critical thinking. Courses have a online digital resource so that students can work on their assignments anytime, anywhere.

What is a Makerspace?

Our Makerspace offers a place for students to create, invent and tinker through a variety of advanced technological tools. Students have access to tools such as 3-D printers, iPads and robotics to deepen their learning.

Can students be enrolled in a regular high- school and SAIL simultaneously?

Students in grades 10-12 may be cross enrolled at both SAIL and a regular mainstream school (SAIL Online). Students in K-9 must be registered full time with SAIL but may participate in extra- curricular activities at their catchment school.