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The STEAMX (STEAM ACCELERATED) program combines 4 days of face-to-face interdisciplinary instruction with one day of supported online learning.

Students must have completed Grade 7 and be at least 12 years of age before September. There is an in-depth application process consisting of a literacy and numeracy assessment, student learning portfolio, reference letters, and an intake interview to ensure student success in the program.

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

Surrey School District’s SAIL Academy’s STEAMX program is free and is fully accredited by the BC Ministry of Education and offers an alternative educational program compared to a traditional high school.

SAIL’s STEAM ACCELERATED program begins September 2017.

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SAIL’s STEAMX program gives students an advantage

SAIL Academy’s STEAMX 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.

How does learning happen in the STEAMX program?

  1. Students have the capacity, time & interest to complete secondary school graduation requirements in 3 years.
  2. Learning is engaging, motivating, and stimulates curiosity.
  3. Students solve real world problems using a designer mindset.
  4. Students learn through inquiry, experimentation, and reflection.
  5. Students are required to think creatively and critically.
  6. Students learn in an open collaborative classroom environment.
  7. Students learn material through an interdisciplinary approach.
  8. Students have opportunity to share their learning with an authentic and global audience.

Blended Learning in STEAMX

Students have face-to-face learning 4 days per week and have digital content accessible anywhere, anytime, 24-7.

Depending on enrolment, the cohort size is typically 20-25 students.

The gifted education team includes two BC Certified public school teachers assigned to each cohort, plus support teachers in specialized areas.


  • Students complete high school graduation requirements in 3 years through an interdisciplinary, inquiry based approach.
  • Literacy and math foundational skills are applied to all areas of learning.
  • With a focus on core competencies, students develop their intellectual, personal, social and emotional proficiencies in order to engage in deep, life-long learning.
  • Students build community connections and networks to contribute to their local and global context.
  • Aboriginal culture and perspectives are integrated throughout all areas of learning.

STEAMX program costs

No cost registration open to Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents residing in the Lower Mainland, whom are accepted into the program. Students are strongly encouraged to have their own learning devices and computer access with an Internet connection. Individual course enhancement costs may be requested based on program needs. (Please contact an administrator if there is a financial hardship.)

What type of student would enjoy STEAMX?

SAIL Academy’s STEAMX program is designed for learners who appreciate the hands-on nature of the curricula combined with online learning and flexible hours. Students will be taught how to manage their time while they learn independently and in groups in a fast paced, accelerated environment. Students
will also volunteer within their community to reinforce their real world skills.

Why you might consider STEAMX?

Many post-secondary institutions are seeking learners with diverse skill sets. This program is designed for those students with university aspirations. The STEAMX program is designed so that most students will be eligible for university by the third year of this program.

SAIL Academy’s STEAMX program helps young people to gain the necessary skills to succeed in all careers. Students learn by face-to-face instruction, online with digital content, and community volunteer opportunities that allow student choice and voice.