You are here

New Student Registration

Welcome to all artists!

REGISTRATION is closed FOR 2021/22 

We are no longer accepting applications for ASIA Sumas for this school year.

Please watch for the Open House in January 2022 and the opening of registration for 2022/23 February 1st, 2022.

If you have applied to the school this year, we do not hold applications from year to year. We encourage you to reapply for next year. 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our admin. 

For Secondary school (gr 9-12) inquires, contact karen.bennett [at] abbyschools.ca (Mrs. Bennett) (principal)

For Middle school  (gr 6-8) inquiries, contactsuzanne.dallas [at] abbyschools.ca ( )tyler.horner [at] abbyschools.ca (M)suzanne.dallas [at] abbyschools.ca (rs. Dallas )(vice-principal)

During the months of February to June, our administration team will look at the availability of seats for the following year and contact families about interviews/tours. 

Our catchment school is ASIA North Poplar Elementary for Grade 5 students coming to Grade 6. Students who are currently attending North Poplar do not need to apply or re-register. 

We do not hold applications from previous years. If you have registered for our waitlist for 2021/22, you will need to re-register for 2022/23.

Students from other schools in the Abbotsford District must apply online through our registration form that will open on February 1st

Students from out of the Abbotsford district may apply but the availability of seats will be dependent on District approval, please see the information below.

Consider reading this blog for some in-depth insight into who we are, and why we believe so firmly in the arts-integrated model of education, and look to our School Context page for many examples of our students in action.

Frequently Asked Questions for attending ASIA Sumas Mountain

1. Do we have to be in a particular catchment to attend ASIA Sumas? 

No, ASIA Sumas is a District Program. This means that we are a publically-funded school in the district of Abbotsford but we do not have a boundary catchment. If your address is in the Abbotsford district and your child is passionate about the arts, we encourage you to apply at ASIA Sumas.

2. We currently have a student in Grade 5 at ASIA North Poplar and would like to continue on at ASIA Sumas Mountain for Grade 6. Do we need to register?

No, you are already registered! We do ask that you let the office at North Poplar know that you are continuing on at ASIA Sumas Mountain. We have many students wanting to attend ASIA Sumas from other schools but priority is given to students currently enrolled in the program at North Poplar.

3. Is the curriculum different at ASIA Sumas?

No to the difference in curriculum, yes to the delivery. As a BC public school, we are required to teach the same curriculum as prescribed by the Ministry of Education. We pride ourselves on teaching the curriculum in a more exploratory, creative, and arts-focused way. Students are challenged to express their learning in different ways and will be asked to do presentations, group work, projects, and use other means to visually, musically, digitally, and dramatically demonstrate their learning.

4. Will my child have access to all of the arts?

In grades 6 – 7, students explore all of the arts, drama, dance, music, visual art, and digital art. Students work with teachers to learn new skills in each of the arts as well as integrating the arts into each of the academic classes. As students enter Grade 8, they start to design their own timetables. Here they choose between Drama/Dance and Band/Choir. They also take Digital Media Art and Visual Art. Once students reach secondary school, grade 9, they can then choose to focus on one or more of the arts as it fits into their timetable. Often students will take art electives they are most interested in that will help to balance out the required classes they need for graduation.

5. Are all classes taught at ASIA Sumas?

We are a small campus, with around 400+ students from grades 6 – 12. Students in middle school work in PODs with 2 teachers who share academic instruction. All curriculum from the Ministry of Education is taught. When students transition to secondary school, grade 9, students begin working with the school counselor to determine the best pathway of classes for each individual student not just for the year, but for the span of grades 9 – 12. Course selections are carefully and intentionally planned to make sure students get exactly what they want and need for graduation.

6. I’ve heard that senior sciences are hard to get at ASIA Sumas?

Not at all. We offer all of the senior science classes like Biology, Physics & Chemistry. In saying that, they may not be offered every semester. This is where careful planning and course selection is undertaken by our counselor to ensure that students get the classes they need. We also have a strong partnership with the Abbotsford Virtual School to help students who are looking for classes that don’t fit into their timetable. We do what we can to make sure all student needs are met! 

7. Can we just show up and register at ASIA Sumas?

If you are interested in attending ASIA Sumas, our registration will open on February 1st. A link will be made available at this time that allows you to connect with us and leave your contact information/provide a little information about your interest in the program.  We then contact you back to arrange an interview and school tour based on availability and suitability for the program.  As a district program, we do have a waiting list for each of the grades. This is not a first-come-first-serve waiting list but instead a working list that makes sure the needs of students are met and that each of the classes is balanced. We suggest you look through our website for examples of our Art Integration and our student work.  Students thrive at ASIA Sumas if they have a passion for the arts. Students do their best here when they are connected to the arts and need the creative outlet to demonstrate their learning. We have found students with a strong portfolio, a passion for the arts, and a curiosity for learning to connect the best with our school. 

8. Do you have sports teams at ASIA Sumas?

We do! Our students are involved in swimming, cross country running, and track & field. We try to field a basketball and volleyball team for each grade where possible.  

9. Are there any extracurricular activities my children can be involved in?

Yes! We have afterschool programs like our drama productions, jazz choir (secondary), and jazz band (secondary).

How do we get there?

Due to COVID 19 restrictions, bussing is not available at this time in our District. We are very close to the City bus line and a search on the website using our address, 36232 Lower Sumas Mountain Road will help you to determine if public transportation will work for you. 

OUT OF DISTRICT PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

 

 Are you coming from outside the Abbotsford District? Please fill in the  Out-of-District Form and email to sumasmountain [at] abbyschools.ca after you have completed your online application/registration. The School District (not the school) will make a decision on acceptance of a student based on:  

(1) the school's population,

(2) the student's interest and aptitude of the arts, and 

(3) the school's ability to provide a suitable educational plan for the student.