Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School

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Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School
Acrss logo.jpg
"Christ is the center of all endeavours"
1335 Dominion Avenue
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, V3B 8G7
Coordinates 49°15′30″N 122°44′51″W / 49.258404°N 122.747617°W / 49.258404; -122.747617Coordinates: 49°15′30″N 122°44′51″W / 49.258404°N 122.747617°W / 49.258404; -122.747617
School type Independent
Founded 1994
School board CISVA
Superintendent Doug Lauson
Principal Lorraine Paruzzolo
Vice principal Bill Anderson
Jo-Anna Nicolato
Grades 8-12
Enrollment 500+ Co-Ed
Language English
Colour(s) Blue, Green, Yellow
Mascot Star Fox
Team name Carney Stars

Archbishop Carney Secondary School (ACRSS, commonly referred to as Carney) is a private Roman Catholic independent secondary school in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. It is under charge of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver and is the newest Roman Catholic high school in the Lower Mainland with just under 600 registered students for the fall semester of September 2013.


Founded in 1994 by eight Roman Catholic parishes in the cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows, ACRSS had humble beginnings. In its first year, the school operated from portable classrooms on the parking lot of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic elementary school in Port Coquitlam with only 87 students.

The first wing of the permanent school was opened in September, 1995. A second wing of classrooms, expanded gymnasium and multi-purpose room were added two years later. Today, construction is underway to add the next phase; a Fine Arts wing. Eventually the school plans to add an athletic Field House as well. The school is continuously growing, particularly in the areas of Fine Arts and Athletics. These facilities are needed to address these growing needs and provide an inspiring quality of education for Archbishop Carney's students. Approval from the Archdiocese of the field house is still required and will need the full support of the entire community in order to be achieved.

As of 2009, SMART boards have been incorporated into the classroom curriculum.

Independent school status[edit]

Archbishop Carney is classified as a Group 1 school under British Columbia's Independent School Act. It receives 50% funding from the Ministry of Education. The school receives no funding for capital costs.[1] It is under charge of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver. Ultimately, this funding model means the school must rely on tutition and the generosity of its community.

Feeder Parishes City
All Saints Coquitlam
Assumption Church Port Coquitlam
Our Lady of Fatima Coquitlam
Our Lady of Lourdes Coquitlam
St. Clare of Assisi Coquitlam
St. Joseph’s Port Moody
St. Luke’s Maple Ridge
St. Patrick’s Maple Ridge

Academic performance[edit]

Archbishop Carney is ranked by the Fraser Institute. In 2012, it was ranked 35 out of 279 Vancouver, lower mainland schools.[2]

Student Life - Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Aerial View of Archbishop Carney Secondary School

Student Council (Starliament)[edit]

The 1999 Constitution explains the purpose of this group:
Starliament has the responsibility to represent the interests of the student body of Archbishop Carney. They organize student activities, represents the student body to the community, promote school spirit, liaison with the staff, and promote the philosophy of the school. The leaders of Starliament are students, they are elected by their peers. (Leader - Prime Minister)


There are a wide range of clubs too choose from. At the beginning of each year students have a chance to find what clubs they choose to join for that year.

The Tech Crew[edit]

The Tech Crew is responsible for the setup of the school's sound, lighting, and video equipment at events such as concerts, talent shows, and the monthly school masses.

Fine Arts[edit]

Carney has an excellent music program. Large performances include Christmas Concert and a Spring Concert. Others include the "Kiwanis Music Festival". In late February the Jazz Band I, Senior Concert Band and Senior Concert Choir will be traveling to Disneyland to participate in "Magic Music Days".In the year of 2011/12 this program entered a one-act play into METfest and won 2nd place. In the same year a student made one-act play was also entered into another competition and won first. Carney puts on one full play and one musical in alternating years.


Vocal Instrumental
Vocal Jazz Jazz Band 1
Chamber Choir Jazz Band 2
Junior Concert Choir Beginner Concert Band
Senior Concert Choir Junior Concert Band
Vocal Jazz Senior Concert Band
Liturgy Band


The school fields teams in the following sports:

The newest additions include:


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