Academic Support

Study Skills

When it comes to studying in high school, you will be expected to think for yourself almost all the time – your teachers will help — but YOU will have to take control of your own learning.

Use this Study Skills Workbook to assist you with studying.

Other study suggestions and strategies for coping with test anxiety are discussed in AnxietyBC’s guide on Test Anxiety.

Peer Tutoring

At Esquimalt High School we offer tutoring help in a variety of subjects at lunch, after school and during class times.  Peer Tutors strive to bring out the best in others. As a result, we continue to foster the positive attitudes and traditions of excellence which are hallmarks of the Esquimalt High School community.

The goal of the EHS Peer Tutoring Program is to provide academic learning support for students of all abilities. Student tutors volunteer their spare time to assist with:

  • homework
  • notebook organization
  • study skills and
  • exam preparation

Peer tutors help to increase self-confidence while also improving attitudes about academics. A weekly meeting is encouraged to gain the support and encouragement which are key elements to academic success.

For more information check out the ESQ HelpHub.  In the  Request a Peer Tutor section, you can find information on how to be promptly paired with a Peer Tutor who will meet with you at your convenience.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Mrs. Bjornson.  She can be reached through email at, or at school at 250-382-9226.

Academic Support

All Esquimalt students are eligible for academic support in one of the school’s Resource Rooms. Preferential placement is given to students with Ministry learning designations. Students are referred for Resource Room support by counsellors, classroom teachers, administration, parents and the middle school they attended before enrolling at Esquimalt High School.

Resource Rooms provide students with additional instruction and support to complete assignments in core subjects. Students enrolled in Resource Rooms do not receive a letter grade. An effort mark is issued: good (G), satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U). Student effort, attendance, preparedness and behaviour will be considered when assigning an effort mark.

Resource II Program

Students in this program have been designated by the Ministry of Education as having a MID, SLD, MSPID or a PDCH designation. Placement in the program is on the recommendation of Middle Schools or referral by Esquimalt’s School-Based Team. Students in this program are on a School Leaving Certificate Program. All academic courses have been modified to meet individual academic needs.

The focus of the program is to teach students skills that will assist them in their everyday lives. This includes skills necessary for successful home and work environments.

Students will be given instruction in math, language arts, social studies and some science. These subjects will be complemented with recreational activities and life-skills training. Students of the Resource II program will receive direction from the teacher and Education assistant, however, students are encouraged to study courses outside of the Resource II classroom (primarily electives).
All age appropriate students will complete work experience placements in the community. Students will develop skills and talents that will assist them as they enter the work force. Work experience is a requirement of the program. It will be the job of the teacher and assistants to provide a program which allows the student to experience success, develop a positive work ethic and build confidence.

Detailed course descriptions can be found in our course guide.