Omnis Anima Volet
Let Every Spirit Soar
|Surrey, British Columbia, Canada|
|Head of School||Drew Stephens|
|Heads of School||Doug Palm (Senior School), Laurel Middleaer (Junior School)|
Southridge School is a K-12 private school in South Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. It is a regional school, serving from as far away as Richmond and Ladner, though most students are from the White Rock, South Surrey area.
The school has two permanent buildings, two gymnasiums, two libraries, two computer labs, science labs, an auditorium, and four athletic fields (including one FieldTurf field). The construction of Southridge was funded by private donations, largely from parents. Although construction was initially opposed by abutters, amidst claims of potential property devaluation, it was eventually approved by the town board in 1993.
Southridge School has a typical K-12 curriculum, including for the Senior school students: Physics, Chemistry and Biology (taught with British Columbia standards), and AP courses in these fields as well as in History, Literature and Calculus.
The School Arts program includes Music, Fine Arts, Media Arts, and Drama. Achievements by the school in these fields include multiple Zoomfest winners, and multiple Concert Band Festival Awards. The school also hosts an annual Arts Auction.
Southridge is classified as a "Single A" sized school. Southridge has won several Fraser Valley Championships in Basketball, Soccer and Field Hockey. In 2006, Southridge won the Provincial Championship for Tennis as well as 6th place in Senior Boys and Girls Soccer. The Junior Girls (Grades 8-9) CAIS soccer team also won 1st place in the CAIS tournaments in 2006 and 2008. In 2013, the senior boys soccer team accomplished a 5th place finish in AA provincials.
Annually, in the month of November, a Gala is held to showcase the school, for many of its parents and staff. The event also produces income for charitable uses within the School. As well, an annual Concert and Play are organized by the Arts department. During the Spring, a golf tournament is held at nearby Morgan Creek Golf Course to raise funds in support of organizations. Summer camps provide summer activities for youth, including computers and hiking. Surrey Model UN is a new project being undertaken by students to start up a Model United Nations for the Surrey Area. Until 2006 the Southridge Senior School had "Spirit Week" consisting of five days where the students were to dress up in costumes related to the theme of the day.
The School is involved with Free the Children and "Leaders Today". Southridge also partners with Semiahmoo House a local charity that supports the disabled in the vicinity. In 2005, TREK (Teens Running for Every Kid) was created; a 5 km run for youth ages 13–19 with 100% of the proceeds donated to building a school in Kenya with the organization Free the Children. In the past, the school has been heavily involved with the Guildford Family Place, and various shelters for women.
The school consistently places high in the Provincial Championships, as well as at smaller tournaments. Along with sending many contenders for debating in the Provincial Level, many students have placed at the National and International level. It has participated in the UBC debating tournament, Surrey Speech Meet, and the International Independent School's Public Speaking Competition.