Gleneagle Secondary School

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Gleneagle Secondary School
Once a Talon, Always a Talon
1195 Lansdowne Drive
Coquitlam, British Columbia, V3B 7Y8, Canada
Coordinates 49°17′03″N 122°48′24″W / 49.28417°N 122.80667°W / 49.28417; -122.80667Coordinates: 49°17′03″N 122°48′24″W / 49.28417°N 122.80667°W / 49.28417; -122.80667
School number 125
School board School District 43 Coquitlam
Superintendent Tom Grant
Principal Mr. Gerald Shong
Vice principal Mr. Andrew Lloyd, Mr. Mike Parkins
Staff 80
School type Co-educational Public Secondary
Grades 9 to 12
Language English
Area Coquitlam
Mascot Eagle
Team name Talons
Colours Black, White & Gold               
Founded 1997
Enrollment 1,200
Newspaper The Edge
Theatre Group Broken Wing Theatre
Outdoor Education Program C.O.A.S.T.

Gleneagle Secondary School, or simply Gleneagle, is a public coeducational high school located in Coquitlam, British Columbia, established in 1997. It is run by School District 43 Coquitlam. Gleneagle serves grades 9-12 and has an enrollment of about 1,300 students.[1] In addition to academic programs, Gleneagle offers specialty programs such as ACE-IT Culinary Arts and Hairdressing, the COAST outdoor education program, the grade 9 JumpstART art program, and the school district's TALONS gifted program.

As of 2013 Gleneagle ranked 44 out of 293 by the Fraser Institute with rating of 7.7.[2] Gleneagle has one of the highest rates of student acceptance to post secondary education among BC's high schools.

Gleneagle's Model United Nations team is particularly successful, with 75% of its participants winning awards at the Canadian International Model United Nations 2012. Gleneagle student Kasra Vahidi won a competition gold medal in architecture at the Skills Canada B.C. competition in April 2012. Vahidi subsequently competed in the Canadian National Competition in May 2012 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.[3]


The site for Gleneagle had been set aside for more than 15 years and the school had been expected to open in 1993, yet had been postponed for several years due to funding shortfalls.[4] In 1995, for a second year in a row, provincial funds from the education ministry were not allocated for the $25 million construction, potentially resulting in 3000 high school students being relegated to portable classrooms within two years. Protests from local parents resulted in signs being affixed to the chain link fence surrounding the site and parents and children waving posters and placards at passing motorists on one of the busiest intersections serving Coquitlam's northwest neighborhoods.[5] In October, 1995, a local parent group, P.E.A.C.E. (Parents Expecting Adequate Funding for Construction and Education), began selling imaginary bricks for $2 each in a fundraiser that was supported unanimously in a vote by the school board.[6] By the end of 1995 they had raised over $10,000 towards the $25 million cost.[7] The "Buy a Brick - Build a School" campaign resulted in funds being released in the 1996/97 capital budget for education in April 1996 with an announcement by Port Coquiltam MLA, Mike Farnsworth.[8] Gleneagle Secondary School was officially opened on September 2, 1997 with 1200 students from grades 9 - 11.

Notable Programs[edit]

Several notable programs are offered that are either unique only to Gleneagle or only at select schools in the district.

T.A.L.O.N.S Program[edit]

The T.A.L.O.N.S. Program (The Academy of Learning for Outstanding Notable Students) is a two-year program for gifted students in grades 9 and 10 focusing on interdisciplinary and autonomous learning. Application to the program is only available for district identified gifted students currently in grade 8 with application beginning in December of each year.[9][10]

JumpstART 9[edit]

JumpstART 9 is a thematic program integrating Humanities (English 9 and Social Studies 9) and the Fine Arts in yearlong morning program.[11]

C.O.A.S.T Program[edit]

A section of the wall for the 'Buy a Brick - Build a School" campaign.

The C.O.A.S.T Program (Coquitlam Outdoor Academic School Term) consists of one semester of regular classes where students take Math, Science 10, and two electves. The secondary semester the students meet as a single group that study English 10, Social Studies 10 with integrated Field Studies, Planning 10 Online, Physical Education 10 and 11, and Leadership 11 while gaining certifications in St. John's First Aid, Flatwater Level One from the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia, and Rock Climbing Belay. Students participate in various outings during the semester and on weekends including back country snowshoeing and camping, cross country skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, and canoeing.[12]

ACE-IT Programs[edit]

Gleneagle Offers two apprenticeship programs of technical training under the format of an ACE-IT program (Accelerated Credit Enrollment in Industry Training)[13] in Cook Training and Hairdressing that provide Level I certification.[14]

Headstart to Art[edit]

In conjunction with the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Gleneagle functions as a satellite campus offering courses in Foundations courses.

Performing Arts[edit]

Gleneagle has a music and theatre program that have won several awards and put on several performance throughout the year.

Drama & Musical Theatre[edit]

Broken Wing Theatre was the name given to the theatre program at Gleneagle by Richard Dixon. The school has presented more than 300 scripted plays and musicals since it opened in 1997. In addition to a number of plays performed by acting classes, extracurricular plays are presented in the fall and spring; as well as the annual school musical also presented in the spring. Broken Wing Theatre often practiced Black Box Theatre with minimal basic sets, music, and lighting for the acting classes, so as to speed up the rate of production and to focus resources on actor training and learning by participating, rather than reading about it or spending time creating sets. The use of scripts is a constant in Broken Wing Theatre's approach to acting: at any given point, all actors in the program are either rehearsing or performing scripted plays, musicals, scenes, or monologues.

The theatre at Gleneagle is no longer known as Broken Wing Theatre, since Richard Dixon retired in 2009 and was succeeded by Ashley Freeborn. Freeborn's productions have drifted far from the black box theatre approach and Gleneagle is now known for its set design and visually appealing big productions. Notable productions of the past include: The Grapes of Wrath (play), Parfumerie (play), The Actor's Nightmare (play), The Wizard Of Oz, Seussical (musical), Thoroughly Modern Millie as well as a number of student-written and director-written/adapted plays. Notable alumni of the theatre program at Gleneagle Secondary have gone on to attend widely well-regarded theatre schools all around the world such as Studio 58 in Vancouver and Circle In The Square Theatre School in New York City.

Sports & Athletics[edit]

Gleneagle's athletic program has resulted in over 150 championships with 110 Coquitlam District Championships, 26 Fraser Valley Championships, 16 Provincial Championships, and the first school in District 43 to win the BC School Sports Outstanding School Achievement Award from BC School Sports in 2005.[15][16][17]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ British Columbia Ministry of Education. "British Columbia Ministry of Education: Student Statistics 2012-13". Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  2. ^ Fraser Institute: "Report Card for Gleneagle Secondary School". Retrieved: 2014-11-05.
  3. ^ McKenna, Gary. (April 26, 2012). "Tri-City students headed to Skills Canada national competition". Tri-City News.
  4. ^ Poole, Kate. (June 14, 1995) "Parents launch campaign for Gleneagle" The Tri-City News.
  5. ^ Posta, Hazel.(May, 1995). "Signs at school site" Tri-City News.
  6. ^ Simpson, Scott. (October 25, 1995). "Parents to sell bricks for new school". The Vancouver Sun.
  7. ^ Tri-City News: 10 for 95: The News' Top 10 List of Stories. December 31, 1995.
  8. ^ Balcom, Susan. (April 12, 1996). "Coquitlam gets go-ahead: Construction of a secondary school at the base of Eagle Ridge has been approved". The Vancouver Sun.
  9. ^ "T.A.L.O.N.S.". Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  10. ^ School District 43. "Secondary Program Overview". Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  11. ^ "JumpstART 9". Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  12. ^ "C.O.A.S.T.". Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  13. ^ British Columbia Ministry of Education. "Questions & Answers - ACE IT (Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training"). Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  14. ^ School District No. 43 (Coquitlam). "Programs". Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  15. ^ (May 28, 2005.) "Gleneagle top school". The Tri-City News.
  16. ^ "Athletics: Once a Talon, Always a Talon". Retrieved: 2013-08-03.
  17. ^ Bartels, Nolan & Rashid, Mahin. (May 28, 2005). "Gleneagle collects BC prize". Coquitlam Now.

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