Surrey High School on Campus: Aboriginal Stream

Get a Head Start on your University Studies!

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and the Surrey School District have partnered together to create the High School On-Campus (HSOC): Aboriginal Stream - an exciting opportunity for Aboriginal students in Surrey secondary schools.  This option will allow students to take up to two university courses (6 credits) during their Grade 12 year at KPU's Surrey campus. HSOC provides exciting opportunities to get a head start on your university studies while earning high school graduation credits. 

Program Highlights

  • Tuition is FREE! ($400 per course)
  • Take up to two courses (6 credits) during your senior year
  • Course credits apply toward high school graduation and university
  • Courses offered during Fall (Sept – Dec) and Spring (Jan – April) semesters at KPU’s Surrey campus
  • Experience university in a supportive cohort
  • High School On-Campus offers support service to help you transition from high school to university, and to plan your future career

Course Options

IDEA 1100 Aboriginal: Personal Development and Ancient Knowledge

This course explores interdisciplinary inquiry, creativity and personal purpose from the perspective of ancient, Aboriginal, and non-Western ways of knowing. We examine what it means to learn, how to learn and the process of evaluating and creating knowledge. Storytelling, musical expression, physical expression, meditation, and many other practices support our ability to think and act in multi-dimensional ways. The course helps learners explore potential academic and career directions, among various other learning objectives.

How to Apply

To be admitted into the program students will need:

  • To be enrolled in the Surrey School District
  • Recommendation to the program from a school administrator
  • References from either a counsellor or teacher


These courses will be considered part of the students Grade 12 curriculum. Tuition is free ($400 per course) and KPU will waive the application fee (subsequent applications will require an application fee). The only costs to students will be for textbooks, which are approximately $100 per course.Textbooks are available through the KPU bookstore at the Surrey campus.

Time and Location

Each semester, courses will be offered from 1:00 - 4:00pm, on Thursday afternoons at KPU Surrey. Students should also know that this does not include the necessary homework and study time that will be required for a university course. Each university course usually requires 6-9 hours per week of study and homework time.

When registering/registered in a KPU course, you are subject to policies and practices related to course registration and student conduct.

Details & Questions

For students who have met the above admission requirements, the first step is to contact their Aboriginal Secondary Teacher Advocates for an application package.

Join us for a KPU Dual Credit Information Session on Thursday April 28 from 6:00-7:00pm at KPU Surrey. Parents and families are welcome to attend to learn more about the program.

The Fall 2016 application will be sent to high schools on April 11. The deadline is May 13, 2016.

More information

Student inquiries: Nicole Poole at or 604.599.2525.

Teacher, Counsellor or Administrative inquiries: Contact Nicole Poole or call 604.599.2525