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Coast Mountain Academy
Coast Mountain Academy
3295 Mamquam Road, Squamish, British Columbia, V8B 0T8
Contact name:
Tracy Keeling

Phone number:
(604) 390-3262×
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Coast Mountain Academy

Coast Mountain Academy

3295 Mamquam Road, Squamish, British Columbia, V8B 0T8

Grades (Gender):
7 to 12 (Coed)
$13,550 to 15,650/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
16 to 20
Day: 96 (Gr. 7 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Tracy Keeling

Phone Number:

School Address
3295 Mamquam Road, Squamish, British Columbia, V8B 0T8

About this school:

Coast Mountain Academy is a university-preparatory school and was founded with the goal of creating a culture of curiosity while providing a world class education. We offer not only a rigorous academic program, but a well-rounded arts, athletics, and outdoor education program. Our engaging classrooms take full advantage of our rich natural environment, while fostering sound academic skills in communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration.

The Our Kids review of Coast Mountain Academy

our takeAs the name of the school suggests, place is an important aspect of the life of CMA. One of the founders, Toran Savjord, had served on the executive of Quest University, and the impetus for CMA is an expression of the same goals, namely to create a school that is an expression of the community and environment of the region. Outdoor education is understandably a part of that, though so is the approach, one based in cross-curricular instruction, making connections between the arts, sciences, and the culture of the sea-to-sky corridor. The founders have aimed high, and the school, though still young, has attracted students of a similar mindset. The ideal student is one who is looking for a different approach to learning, and who will thrive in a creative, active, cooperative learning environment.

Principal's Message


Mike Slinger, Head of School

It is such a pleasure to be a part of the Coast Mountain Academy team!



Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

What Coast Mountain Academy says: Our 21st century educational approach is informed by findings from academic research and time-tested educational practices, combined with a measure of innovation to meet the needs of 21st-century students. Simply stated, we at CMA endeavour to graduate inspired leaders with the exceptional academic, social, and emotional preparedness common to conscientious and successful global citizens.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Coast Mountain Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    • What Coast Mountain Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What Coast Mountain Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages
    • What Coast Mountain Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • What Coast Mountain Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology
    • What Coast Mountain Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Coast Mountain Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Coast Mountain Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Coast Mountain Academy says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Coast Mountain Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Social

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
    Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

    What Coast Mountain Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Moderate


    Coast Mountain Academy provides special accomodations for certain learning disabilities (moderate to severe). They do not provide specialized support for developmental disabilities, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Coast Mountain Academy does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.


    What Coast Mountain Academy says:
    • 2016 - North Shore League Champions - Mountain Biking Juvenile Boy's Division
    • 2016 - 3rd Place Team - BC Provincial Championships - Mountain Biking Juvenile Boy's Division
    • Model UN Club

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Mountain biking
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Computer Club
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid




    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment Day2%
    2nd child (sibling)Day10%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 7 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid20%
    Average aid package size$2,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid20%
    Total aid available$20,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 96
    Average enrollment per grade16
    Gender (grades)7 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview7 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay7 - 12
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Coast Mountain Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Coast Mountain Academy is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    16 - 19 (90%)10 - 13 (90%)1 - 2 (90%)0 (90%)10 - 12 (90%)7 - 9 (90%)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)


    • Federation of Independent School Associations (FISA) Associations
    • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations

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