British Columbia School Districts

Burnaby School District

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Location

  • Population: 223,220
  • Located 10 Minutes East from Burnaby
  • Weather: 
    Summer/Fall: Mild and Warm 
    Winter/Spring: Cool and Wet

Eligibility

  • Enrolment Restrictions: Grades Accepted 9-12, Limited Spaces Available in February

School Facts

  • Grades at Schools: K-12
  • Number of Schools in District: 8
  • Total Students in Schools: 10,657
  • Estimated Start Date: Early September
  • Estimated End Date: Early June

School Profile

Burnaby is a leading public school district, and is certified by the Provincial Ministry of Education. Located in the centre of Greater Vancouver, the Burnaby School District offers the exciting opportunity for students from overseas to study in one of its 8 secondary or 41 elementary schools while experiencing a beautiful part of the world. International students can begin their studies in September, January (elementary), or February (secondary). Students can enrol for a summer, a semester, a school year, or more. Burnaby is the 4th largest school district in BC. As of September 30, 2011, Burnaby School District has a K-12 student population of 23,716 full-time equivalent (FTE) students. The District continues to promote the ideals of multiculturalism through its established policies and numerous school-based initiatives which promote cultural respect and understanding.

List of Schools in District

  • Alpha Secondary School
  • Burnaby Central Secondary
  • Burnaby Mountain Secondary
  • Burnaby North Secondary
  • Burnaby South Secondary
  • Byrne Creek Secondary
  • Cariboo Hill Secondary
  • Moscrop Secondary

Facilities

Byrne Creek Secondary School has a science super lab, as well as a superb dance studio and dramatic arts studio. Their computer labs and cafeteria are state-of-the-art. Cariboo Hill has an outstanding auto mechanics shop, computer lab, library, music studio, metal- and woodworking shop and weight room. Moscrop Secondary has an amazing robotics lab where students can engineer and build hands-on robotics of their imagination.

Sports and Arts

Burnaby Mountain Secondary beams with a stellar staff in swimming, while Burnaby Central has unique program in ice hockey and soccer. Byrne Creek Secondary has a special Basketball Academy, and has won a recent championship in senior boys and girls basketball. Alpha Secondary maintains a strong boys’ rugby program and girls’ netball program.

Burnaby Central has amazing artistic programs in Fashion Design as well as a Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Connects Program, where students will work with VSO Musicians for three clinics to improve their skills and musicianship as well as increase their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a professional musician. Byrne Creek holds a one-of-a-kind Theatre Tech Program as well as a Media Arts Industry Training. Alpha Secondary School has an extensive Visual and Performing Arts Program includes Drama, Choir, Band, Dance, Ceramics and Sculpture, Drawing and Painting and Media and Graphic Arts.

Community Information

Burnaby Mountain is right on the Skytrain to Vancouver. In the winter time, students can use the ski bus to go night skiing on Grouse Mountain.

Options Available

Foreign Languages:

Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin*, Spanish

*Students meet once a week outside of regular class sessions.

Advanced Placement Courses:

Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Drawing and Painting, Economics, English Literature, Human Geography, Statistics, Physics, Psychology

Arts:

Ceramics and Sculpture, Choir, Dance, Directing and Script, Drawing, Jazz Band, Media Arts, Painting, Photography, Theatre, Writing

Athletics:

Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross-Country, Golf, Netball, Rugby, Skiing, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling, Water Polo

Extracurricular Activities:

Anime, Break Dancing, Broadcasting, Cheerleading, Chess, Christian, First Aid, Guitar, Improv Team, Latin, Outdoor, Philosophy, School Newspaper, Ski and Snowboard, Social Responsibility, Table Tennis, United Nations, Urban Farm, Weight Training

Click here to view the Burnaby website.

Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows School District

Powell River School District

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Location

  • Population: 13,165
  • Located 4 Hours 35 Minutes Northwest of Vancouver
  • Weather:
    Summer/Fall: Warm and Temperate
    Winter/Spring: Cool and Mild

Eligibility

  • Enrolment Restrictions: None

School Facts

  • Grades at School: 8-12
  • Total High Schools in District: 1
  • Total Students in School: Approximately 850
  • Estimated Start Date: Early September
  • Estimated End Date: Late June

School Profile

Powell River School District has a newly established French Immersion program. The program is currently in its fifth year of implementation and has grown to over 100 students. A CADRE program is available through Brooks Secondary school, in conjunction with SD #93. The district has many programs available that provide choice and alternatives to respond to the diversity of student need.

Sports and Arts

Powell River School District offers the Coast Mountain Academy program, a high school Outdoor Education Program. It is one semester in length during which students spend time outdoors on trails, canoeing trips and hiking. At the end of the program, students receive numerous certificates (such as First Aid, Wilderness First Aid) for their outstanding achievements.

Brooks Secondary School offers a variety of electives including woodwork, metalwork, culinary arts, textiles, drama, photography, digital media, and video game design. Other unique programs offered are excellent opportunities students may take advantage of, such as carpentry, automotive, welding, culinary arts, hair dressing, and film school.

Community Information

Stretched along the coastal shores of the Pacific Ocean just north of Vancouver, Powell River embraces the magnificent, breathtaking scenery and natural tranquil environment. Powell River offers a mix of urban and rural living in a naturally beautiful setting. Surrounded by ocean, mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, majestic trees, vast flower gar¬dens of kaleidoscopic colour and lush green rain forests, Powell River offers something for every outdoor recreation enthusiast. Powell River has a vibrant Arts and Culture community and hosts world class festivals and events. Whether you are hiking the Sun¬shine Coast Trail, taking in the International Kathaumixw Choral Festival, exploring their historic Townsite, Powell River is a great place to live, work and play.

Options Available

Foreign Languages:

French, Spanish

Arts:

Band, Chamber Choir, Concert Band, Cook Training, Dance, Drafting and Design, Drama, Guitar, Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Metalwork, Musical Theatre, Photography, Piano, Visual Arts, Woodwork

Athletics:

Archery, Badminton, Ballet, Band, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Martial Arts, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Skiing, Skating, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo

Extracurricular Activities:

Camping, Chess, Drums, Environmental Awareness and Action, Film-making, Fishing, Interact Club, Musical Council, Student Council, Whale-Watching

Click here to view the Powell River website.

Qualicum School District

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Location

  • Population: 11,977
  • Located 33 Minutes Northwest of Nanaimo
  • Weather:
    Summer/Fall: Warm and Dry
    Winter/Spring: Cool and Mild

Eligibility

  • Enrolment Restrictions: None 

School Facts

  • Grades at School: 8-12 
  • Estimated Start Date: Early September
  • Estimated End Date: Late June

School Profile

Along with academic studies, Qualicum International Student Program offers students a variety of field trip options throughout the school year. From trips to major centres like Vancouver and Victoria, we also plan group outings to other popular destinations like Long Beach & Tofino for some “cold water” surfing, Whistler BC and Washington State for world-class skiing and snowboarding adventures.

Sports and Arts

Vancouver Island beckons to take advantage of location: learn to kayak, sail, kite board, swim, scuba dive, canoe, or surf. Many outdoor activities are centred on the ocean or one of the many nearby freshwater lakes and rivers. Students can try fly fishing, experience the thrill of landing a wild Pacific salmon, learn to water-ski or wake board.

Quilting and photography are two of Qualicum’s esteemed subjects in the arts. Whether students are experienced in the arts or not, students will love what Qualicum has to offer in these courses.

Community Information

Just an hour away from Parksville is Strathcona Provincial Park, a 250,000-hectare, mountain wilderness next door to Mt. Washington Alpine Resort. The resort offers downhill and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails within an alpine village setting dotted with ski chalets, contemporary condominiums and hotels for those who’d like to stay the night. Local families create short winter holidays at the resort while a safe and convenient ski bus service regularly shuttles snow-seekers up and down the mountain throughout the season. There is even a bus that drives to Nanaimo’s shopping district, about a 20 minute ride.

The trails at Parksville are endless. The opportunities to explore are unlimited in Parks-ville-Qualicum Beach. Open the front door and you are steps away from adventure. From a stroll along the beach, or a leisurely pedal on your bicycle, to the leg-burning ascent of a mountain peak, or an adrenaline rush on downhill mountain bike track, Parksville has a range of sporting opportunities to keep students moving.

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Rocky Mountain School District

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Location

  • Population: 7,600
  • Located in Eastern British Columbia in the Rocky Mountains 
  • Weather:
    Summer/Fall: Warm and Temperate
    Winter/Spring: Cool and Temperate

Eligibility

  • Enrolment Restrictions: None 

School Facts

  • Grades at School: 8-12 
  • Total Schools in District: 3
  • Estimated Start Date: Early September
  • Estimated End Date: Late June

School Profile

Situated in the midst of a rich mountain landscape, surrounded by numerous provincial and national parks, Rocky Mountain School District strives to “Care deeply, act wisely and find joy in every day.” In their Quest for Quality, they are committed to developing responsible learners, competent professionalism, integrity and respect. Through collab¬oration and communication and with a commitment to quality results, they take an en¬thusiastic, innovative and entrepreneurial approach to education.

Sports and Arts

Students at Rocky Mountain School District can take up a number of mountain sports, such as mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, snow-mobiling, and wake¬boarding due to ideal location.

Rocky Mountain’s Music Program provides instruction in Instrumental and Choral mu¬sic. These are primarily performance courses in which students learn to sing or play a band instrument in an ensemble. The learning of performance skills as well as coop¬erative participation and teamwork are important aspects of these courses. Students rehearse and perform music in a wide variety of styles, including traditional styles, jazz and pop. Students have opportunities to participate in a variety of ensembles including concert band, jazz band, concert choir, jazz choir and various smaller ensembles. Their ensembles perform at various events in Golden and at a variety of festivals including the Okanagan Concert Band Festival, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival, and MusicFest Canada.

Community Information

Kimberley is a good place to be – with a storied past and a future full of opportunity. Surrounded by a beautiful mountain landscape, home to friendly, down-to-earth folks who appreciate the good things in life, Kimberley is a perfect place to get in touch with what’s important: the simple things.

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Vernon School District

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Location

  • Population: 40,000
  • Located 4 Hours 30 Minutes Northeast of Vancouver
  • Weather:
    Summer/Fall: Warm and Humid
    Winter/Spring: Cool and Mild

Eligibility

  • Enrolment Restrictions: None 

School Facts

  • Grades at School: 8-12 
  • Total High Schools in District: 5
  • Estimated Start Date: Early September
  • Estimated End Date: Late June

School Profile

The school district has 19 fully accredited government schools and well developed path¬ways to post secondary education in Canada and the United States. Students are sup¬ported with a quality English as a Second Language program and optional after school tutoring and English instruction.

Sports and Arts

Vernon School District has a number of sports students can participate in, such as basketball, football, soccer, swimming, rugby, and volleyball to name a few. In the arts, Vernon has an esteemed program both for their band and drama programs.

Community Information

Vernon is located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley one of Canada’s most popular year round vacation areas and most desirable places to live. Vernon School District offers high quality education programs with one of the highest graduation rates in the province of British Columbia. Vernon has the amenities of a larger city, but the friendliness and safety of a smaller community. With one of Canada’s best climates students come to Vernon to enjoy mountains, lakes and a world class Silver Star mountain ski resort. The Vancouver Whitecaps run an elite school soccer academy with professional coaching attracting students from around the world. Vernon provides a full program of activities and students receive personalized support from teaching, clerical and homestay staff. Vernon is a great choice for all students whether they are looking to prepare themselves for North America’s universities or for a Canadian cultural and recreational experience.

Click here to view the Vernon website.