Our School Plan Progress 2019-2020

Improving Student Learning

The Abbotsford School District’s Strategic Plan reflects our public commitment to BC’s new curriculum by working together to continuously improve learning for each student.

School Goals

Under the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning, all Abbotsford School District schools are required to develop a long term plan to improve student achievement, one that maintains a balance on the intellectual, social and career development of students. Each year, each school develops an annual plan and sets individual goals to improve student achievement. 

Yale Secondary School Goals

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Yale Teachers go to High Tech High in San Diego!

February 2019, Yale teachers tour High Tech High - Point Loma and Chula Vista Campuses to learn more about inquiry and project-based learning!

Going From Library to Learning Commons. . .

During 2019 our Learning Commons has continued to expand opportunities for staff and students.  This year we have added a small sound studio in the back room, as well as a 3D printer.  Mr. Jung has worked in cooperation with our Learning Commons instructor (Mr. Dekleva) to develop a 3D board game design unit.  Students designed and printed dice and game pieces for this collaborative learning project.

We are also beginning to offer professional development opportunities for teachers!  This year we have offered several unique opportunities for teachers to drop by on their prep blocks to take advantage of workshops and further their learning and professional development.  The workshops have been a huge success! 

This year we have offered the following thus far:

February--Open Source Software with Tony Dekleva
More to be announced. . .


Our students will learn key academic skills - like reading, writing and math - to encompass the knowledge and processes associated with intellectual development. As learners and meaning-makers, students take subject-specific concepts and content and transform them into a new understanding. 

Our celebrations of learning

2020 Art Show!

A new course being offered, Environmental Science 11, is a lab based course where the content is pulled from the headlines.  Students investigate different issues facing the planet today such as climate change, single use plastics, air pollution and acidification of our oceans.  Through exploration and inquiry, students build a better understanding of the challenges facing the planet and learn about sustainability. 

Yale Art Show 2019!

At the end of each semester,  Yale's senior art students celebrate their accomplishments with an art show.  The entire school, as well as parents are invited to come and see students' best two and three dimensional work.  The show is catered by our very own foods classes.  

Ceramics 12 & Art 11

In ceramics class students get an in depth study into clay and its properties.  Student learn hand building techniques as well as get to use the potters wheel to throw bowls, mugs, and vases. 

In Art class students engage in a variety of wet and dry medium as a vessel to express their creativity.

Human & Social

Our students will study personal and human social skills and as they relate to students' identity in the world - both as individuals and as members of their community. We are learning that personal and human social skills encompass the abilities students needs to thrive as individuals, to understand and care about themselves and others, and to find and achieve their purposes in the world. 

Our celebrations of learning

Live to Give 2019 Huge Success!

Students raised over $25,000 this year!

Yale 2019 Peter Pan Musical Production!

Yale Staff 2019!

2018 Pep Rally!


Our students will succeed in a much different future from the one we envisioned 10 or 15 years ago. It is our responsibility to prepare all children for success in whatever life path they choose, connecting learning opportunities with future career possibilities. We know that real-life experiences - like community involvement, gaining business knowledge, and hands-on-learning - build better students and life-long citizens. 

Our celebrations of learning

Yale Secondary Careers Programs!

Yale Secondary Careers Program is a resource that supports Yale students with a variety of career opportunities and experiences within the District and the Community.  We have 15 tuition-free District Career Program Options that include Residential Electrician, Heavy Equipment Operator, Refrigeration Mechanic, Hairstylist, and others (https://careers.abbyschools.ca/).  Other opportunities that Yale students have access to are the Abbotsford Junior Police Academy (http://www.abbypd.ca/junior-police-academy), Abbotsford Secondary School Fire Academy (https://www.afrsbc.ca/sfa), as well as opportunities in the Health and Veterinary fields (https://careers.abbyschools.ca/work-experience/hospital-volunteen), (https://careers.abbyschools.ca/VeternarianAssistantRotation).  

Chris Strauss - Automotive Service Technician (Yale Grad 2015)
Chris is currently working as a 3rd year Automotive Service Technician Apprentice at Magnusson Ford in Abbotsford.   Click here for a short video about Chris's path... https://youtu.be/i2gcJTc75v4  

Jacob Dececco - Residential Electrician (Yale Grad 2014)
Jake is currently working as a 4th year Residential Electrician Apprentice for Dueck Electrical in Abbotsford. Click here for a short video about Jake's path...  https://vimeo.com/149348917

Brooke Rideout - Production Horticulturalist  (Yale Grad 2013)
Brooke is currently the Horticulture Manager at Devan Nursery in
Aldergrove, BC. Click here for a short video about
Brooke's path...  https://youtu.be/bVOnsPzgutA 

Mitch Coers - Heavy Equipment Operator (Yale Grad 2013)
Mitch is currently an owner/operator of "Over the Edge Industrial" (http://overtheedgeind.ca/), a company that specializes in environmentally sensitive and limited access excavating jobs.  Click here to see Mitch's path... https://youtu.be/sfgH60OCgyQ