Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School is centered in Christ. This school’s primary commitment is to educate students in a Catholic environment, to challenge them to excel in all virtuous aspects of life, and to encourage them to use their gifts in the service of the community.
Archbishop Carney is a Catholic Independent school of the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA). The school is co-ed and has students from Grades 8
to 12. The total enrollment is approximately 600 students.
The purpose of Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School, being a school of the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese, is to provide Catholic education for the students of our regional parishes. These are St. Joseph’s (Port Moody), Our Lady of the Assumption (Port Coquitlam), St. Luke’s (Pitt Meadows), St. Patrick’s (Maple Ridge), Our Lady of Lourdes (Coquitlam), All Saints (Coquitlam), Our Lady of Fatima (Coquitlam) and St. Clare of Assisi (Coquitlam).
The core curriculum is outlined by the BC Ministry of Education, and various co-curricular and extra-curricular programs exist at all levels. In Grades 8-10, all students must take Mathematics, Science, English, French or Spanish, Social Studies, Physical Education, Christian Education and one elective. In Grades 11 and 12, students design a program of study that best meets their individual interests and post-secondary goals.
Archbishop Carney students exceed graduation requirements. Students are required to have 80 credits to graduate; most students at Carney have 90 credits. All students require credit in English 10, 11 and 12, Mathematics 10 and 11, Science 10, a Science 11, Social Studies 11, a Second Language 11, a Applied Skills or Fine Arts 11 and Graduation Transitions. We encourage students to take three Grade 12 provincially examinable courses for university eligibility. Students must write five compulsory government exams: English 10, Science 10, Mathematics 10, a Social Studies 11 and an English 12. The calculation of the final mark for these courses consists of the school mark and the exam mark with different percent-weights for each course.
Currently, we offer accelerated programs in our Mathematics and Modern Languages Departments. In Math, students are able to complete five years of Math by the end of their Grade 11 year so that they are able to take elective courses such as Calculus and/or Advanced Placement Math during Grade 12. A similar situation occurs within our Modern Languages (French) courses where students are able to accelerate through the program and complete French 12 by Grade 11 so that they are able to take Advanced Placement French in their Grade 12 year. Our Social Studies department also offers Advanced Placement Art History.
Competitive sports at Archbishop Carney include basketball, soccer, swimming, cross-country, golf, volleyball (girls) and track and field. Other sports are offered during our lunch period as part of an intramural program. The Performing Arts department is very strong in our school with over half the students participating in one of the many nationally recognized bands and choirs. We have several student-led service initiatives that promote social justice advocacy and outreach.
Archbishop Carney is accredited by the BC Inspector of Independent Schools and is a member of the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA). The school is administered by a Regional Education Committee, with Ken D'Sena as elected chairperson. The Principal is Len De Julius.