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BC Christian Academy

  • Program Established: 2000
  • Programs Offered: Long-Term, Short-Term, Summer, Winter
  • Special Programs: Academics, Sports, Fine Arts
  • Educational Programs offered in: English
  • Total number of schools: 1
  • High schools for international students: 1
  • Total Students: 325
  • Total International Students: 45
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
  • Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

British Columbia Christian Academy (BCCA) is a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 Interdenominational private Christian school in the Greater Vancouver area drawing students from many different churches from the Tri-Cities area and throughout the Lower Mainland. BCCA is certified as a Group 1 school by the Ministry of Education, Independent Schools Branch and offers many benefits to our families such as our strong academic, athletic and artistic programs. Our students are well prepared for post-secondary education with more than 90% of our students going on to university or college. We have an all-Christian, dedicated, passionate B.C. certified teaching staff, smaller class sizes as compared to public schools. BCCA has open communication between parents and administration and places a high priority on parent involvement and a safe environment.

Campbell River School District No.72

  • Program Established: 2005
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Summer Camp
  • Special Programs: French Immersion, Advanced Placement
  • Educational Programs offered in: English, French
  • Total number of schools: 18
  • High schools for international students: 2
  • Total Students: 5500
  • Total International Students: 35
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: 7-12
  • Nearest Airport: Campbell River Airport (YBL)

School District 72 is dedicated to the achievement of personal excellence for all members of its learning community; staff, students, and parents alike. Our core values of learning is central; collegiality is essential; and respect is fundamental, driving how we operate and make decisions. Each day our district strives for students who are literate, numerate and socially responsible.. Both high schools have strong academic focuses, with graduates going to a wide variety of universities, some even receiving scholarships to prestigious universities, such as Harvard and Brown. Our graduation rate is in the top 20% of British Columbia. We have a partnership with North Island College, and have an articulation agreement which allows high school students some access to college courses. Our schools are noted for strong programs in: Tech - computer programming, animation, robotics, Media - video production, photography, journalism, Career Exploration - co-op placements, work experience, construction trades, drafting, Athletics - soccer, basketball, football, racquet sports, volleyball, golf, track and field, Fine Arts - acting, musical theatre, band, painting & design, pottery, jewelry making, Leadership and Entrepreneurship. School District 72 is located on the east coast of central Vancouver Island, extending north to Sayward and south to Oyster River. The district also includes the outer islands of Read, Cortes, and Quadra.

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Delta School District No.37

  • Program Established: 1995
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Winter Camp, Teacher Training
  • Special Programs: French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Sports, Fine Arts
  • Educational Programs offered in: English, French
  • Total number of schools: 33
  • High schools for international students: 7
  • Total Students: 18000
  • Total International Students: 650
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
  • Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Just 30 minutes south of Vancouver, Delta is surrounded by water on three sides, comprised of three communities – Ladner, Tsawwassen and North Delta. Delta has beautiful beaches, golf courses, and many paddling and boating opportunities on the river and bays surrounding the city. Some international students have obtained their pilot licenses at the local Boundary Bay Airport and Training facility. Others enjoy horseback riding and mountain biking through our parks. Just minutes from the USA border, international students often join their host families for a quick trip to the US for shopping, camping, or exploring. Delta is an extremely safe residential community with one of the lowest crime rates in the whole Vancouver area. Delta residents enjoy a high quality of life with well kept modern homes and incomes 30% higher than the Canadian average. The residents are mostly college and university educated. Most enjoy an active lifestyle and are open minded and globally conscious.

Greater Victoria School District No. 61

  • Program Established: 1991
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Teacher Training
  • Special Programs: French Immersion and Sports Academies
  • Educational Programs offered in: English
  • Total number of schools: 45
  • High schools for international students: 7
  • Total Students: 19000
  • Total International Students: 900
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: 7-12
  • Nearest Airport: Victoria International Airport (YYJ)

Victoria International High School programs have a long-standing reputation for offering high-quality academic and short-term programs to students from around the world. Our programs are accredited by the BC Ministry of Education and include the following: Academic High School Program - strong ESL support, and a broad range of elective subjects. The Uplands Academic Transition Program supports international students transitioning into the Canadian public school environment. The Short-Term High School Experience Program allows students to experience high school classes with Canadian students, make Canadian friends, and improve their English skills in less formal settings. Academic subjects are also available to those students who want an extra challenge. Camp Victoria ESL Summer Program is an opportunity for international students to improve their English in a fun supportive environment, make new friends and discover exciting cultural, sports and tourist activities in beautiful Victoria.

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Maple Ridge School District No.42

  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Summer Camp
  • Special Programs: French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Academies (Basketball, Dance, Digital Arts, Equestrian, Hockey, Interdisciplinary Arts, Microsoft IT, Soccer)
  • Educational Programs offered in: English, French
  • Total number of schools: 26
  • High schools for international students: 6
  • Total Students: 15346
  • Total International Students: 600
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
  • Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

School District 42 serves the cities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows: safe, family-oriented communities situated just 44 kilometers east of Vancouver (a 45 minute drive). The area has a population of approximately 90,000. Nestled between the Thompson Mountain Range and the mighty Fraser River, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows offers a variety of activities for all interests, from hiking trails and outdoor sports fields, to multi-plex movie theatres, libraries and recreation centres. Our vision is for every individual to feel valued and for all learners to reach their full potential. At School District 42, we warmly welcome international students from Elementary to High School age, and full immerse them in school alongside their Canadian peers. This immersion allows students to improve their English language proficiency, make new friends, and experience a Canadian education and the Canadian culture. Our high schools offer a wide range of programs from International Baccalaureate (Middle years and Senior) Advanced Placement, Independent Studies, Sports and Arts academies. We welcome full and half year students. All schools provide ELL support for students who need it. All high schools have one teacher who is the International Liaison. Their role is to oversee the student’s academic progress. Monthly activities such as skiing, hockey game, Victoria trip (activities are optional). Our experienced SD42 homestay families welcome students into their homes as another family member.

Qualicum School District No. 69

  • Program Established: 1995
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Winter Camp
  • Special Programs: French Immersion
  • Educational Programs offered in: English, French
  • Total number of schools: 2
  • High schools for international students: 2
  • Total Students: 4000
  • Total International Students: 230
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: 6-12
  • Nearest Airport: Victoria International Airport (YYJ)

Our programs are designed to assist international students gain acceptance into Canadian and American universities. We offer a comprehensive ESL program with specially trained and experienced instructors to ensure International Students have the best instruction possible. Qualicum School District has an abundance of athletic, arts and cultural organizations. There are many opportunities for our children and youth to participate in Music, Dance, Theatre and Fine Arts. Athletes have the opportunity to pursue their passions and excel at many team sports including basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, ice hockey, rugby and American football. Individual sports include tennis, golf, swimming, hand ball, skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, karate, and taekwondo. Our Academy Programs include Golf, Soccer, Music and Hockey.

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Sea to Sky School District No. 48

  • Program Established: 1996
  • Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Winter Camp, Teacher Training
  • Special Programs: Sea to Sky School District 48 The Sea to Sky School District is located 30 minutes north of Vancouver and stretches from the North Shore of Vancouver up the east side of Howe Sound to Squamish, the gateway to BC's magnificent alpine country of forests, lakes, and year round world class outdoor activities.
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12

Vancouver Island West School District No. 84

  • Programs Offered: Year Long, Short Term (1-4 weeks), Summer Program (2-4 weeks)
  • Special Programs: Outdoor Education program
  • Educational Programs offered in: English
  • Total number of schools: 5
  • Total Students: 445
  • International Students Accepted for Grades: 10-12
  • Nearest Airport: Victoria International Airport (YYJ)

In the Nootka Sound region, home of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht, you can meet direct descendants and experience the culture of a people who trace their roots back into the mists of time. You can visit the site of a 4300 year old village and walk the beach where Captain Cook first met Chief Maquinna in 1778. Some 200 years later the Mowachaht/Muchalaht joined other western Vancouver Island Indigenous people, and became known as the Nuu-chah-nulth, meaning “all along the Mountains.” International students have full access to participate in the popular Nootka Sound Outdoor Program (NSOP) at no additional cost. Through experiential and outdoor learning, NSOP allows students to earn credits toward graduation while engaging in wilderness adventures. This unique, certified program, offered during school and weekends, provides students the flexibility to choose activities that interest them at their comfort level. Vancouver Island West School District No.84 covers the northwest corner of Vancouver Island. This includes the major center of Gold River and the remote communities of Tahsis, Zeballos and Kyuquot.

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