Why Teach at Highroad Academy?
Highroad Academy was founded in 1978 by Glad Tidings Church as a place for a high-quality education based on Christian principles. Starting from a single classroom in the church basement with 30 students and three staff, our school now enrolls over 500 and employs 60 staff on a campus with more than 30 classrooms.
From a non-accredited system to a fully accredited school that not only meets Ministry of Education standards but has distinguished itself for academic awards, in addition to accolades for athletics, music, career education, and agriculture.
Included among our over 650 Highroad grads are tradespeople, pastors, doctors, social workers, police officers, parents, missionaries, and educators.
Our goal is to equip our students with an academic and spiritual foundation that enables them to fulfill their individual calling and make a difference in their world. Highroad is a multi-generational school. Many of our current students are the children of our alumni, and the next generation is on its way. Spiritual and character development are integral to our identity. From morning devotions to Bible classes, assemblies, weekly chapels, and Biblical integration woven throughout the curriculum, our spiritual identity is what makes us who we are.
As a ministry of City Life Church, we are proud to serve families from more than 30 churches in Chilliwack. And while there may be differences in denominational beliefs, we find unity in the principles that tie us together: growing, learning, connecting, and serving, as the Body of Christ.
Our Mission, Vision and Values
The primary role of any school is to provide a solid education that will form a foundation of knowledge for lifelong learning. As a Christian school, Highroad Academy believes that education centers around three main components:
- A Biblical Foundation for Christian Education: The Bible serves as the basis for our educational endeavour, offers a solid foundation for our learning environment, and provides guidance for the spiritual development of our students. Throughout the educational process, we seek to integrate the two forms of revelation—the Word of God and his creation—and weave them into a meaningful and life-changing whole.
- An Educational Partnership: The home, church, and school should support and encourage one another as partners in Christian education. While the school focuses on education, we also complement and share in the responsibility of Christian parents to cultivate and develop a love for and knowledge of God and his world in each of our students.
- A Nurturing Atmosphere: The goal for interpersonal relationships at Highroad is a genuine concern for others that imitates the love that Christ has shown to us. Because each student is created in the image of God, children are taught the dignity and value of each individual while recognizing the overall importance of being united in Christ as a whole school community.
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Why teach at Highroad Academy?
“Highroad is more than a school, and working here is more than a job. Highroad is a community, a family. From the administration to the support staff, to the parents, this school feels like home. We grow together professionally, encourage each other in our endeavors to not only be the best teachers we can be, but to be the best people we can be in all areas of our lives” – Deana Larsson, Kindergarten teacher.
“Working at Highroad Academy has been a highlight in my career. I appreciate working closely alongside collogues, collaborating on professional development and general daily classroom activities. The community is compassionate and supportive of both staff and students alike” – Kirsten Froyland, Grade 6 teacher.
Why you’ll love it here
“I work at Highroad because of the community-centered environment in the hallways, classrooms, and staff room. I never have to compromise who I am, which means having the privilege to talk about my faith freely within an educational setting. Highroad also has high standards for professional development and ensures that the staff are given the opportunity to be life-long learners both in their subject areas and profession; in my time here I have been given countless opportunities to grow. Teaching here is a constant privilege and a joy” – Alyssa Miller, High School Humanities teacher.
Community & School Culture
A significant part of our identity is about reaching out. Through high school missions trips, over 175 students have had an opportunity to bring change and be changed in places like Brazil, Guatemala, Thailand, and Africa, and every week, our students are involved in serving the community through our partnership with groups like the Salvation Army, local elementary schools, and community services.
Our Unique Programs
Our Highroad Garden provides agricultural opportunities for our students, as well as supplying our students and local food banks with fresh produce. Through our career exploration partnerships, our students gain work experience in all types of occupations and trades, giving them a chance to better prepare for life beyond high school and allowing them to build connections with local businesses. Our international student program brings both short-term and long-term placements where students have come from all over Asia, as well as South America and Europe. These students have added diversity and cultural insights to our community.
The city of Chilliwack is located one hour east of Vancouver in the beautiful Fraser Valley. Chilliwack is a community of 90,000 people known for a wide range of outdoor recreation activities, like hiking, water sports, camping, mountain-biking and fishing. Chilliwack’s quality of life is enhanced with a variety of arts, culture, entertainment and sports options. Combined with easy access to the city of Vancouver for day and weekend getaways, there are endless entertainment opportunities to enjoy. With affordable real estate in well-planned neighbourhoods, Chilliwack provides a laidback lifestyle often associated with smaller towns while also appealing to people who are used to living in bigger cities.
Lifestyle and Recreational Opportunities
The pace of life in Chilliwack provides more opportunities to spend time with family, and a quality of life that will have you calling it home before you know it. Housing affordability and location are two of the biggest factors for people to move to Chilliwack.
Average Home Prices
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Sources: Chilliwack Median (CADREB), Fraser Valley Median (FVREB), Vancouver Benchmark (REBGV), February 2019.
Chilliwack residents have easy access to first-class healthcare, education and training
Chilliwack General Hospital (CGH) has served Chilliwack’s community since 1912. CGH today is a sophisticated, fully functional hospital that offers exceptional healthcare services to our community.
The University of the Fraser Valley is a fully accredited, public university that enrolls approximately 15,000 students per year. UFV has campuses and locations in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Hope and Agassiz, and a growing presence in Chandigarh, India. UFV offers more than 100 programs, including two master’s degrees, 15 bachelor’s degrees, majors, minors, and extended minors in more than 30 subject areas, and 15 trades and technology programs.
The Canada Education Park is a multi-agency educational partnership that brings together some of the nation’s most respected education, training and research facilities and partners including the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pacific Region Training Centre (RCMP PRTC), the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the City of Chilliwack, Canada Lands Company and the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation.
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