All High Schools in Grande Yellowhead offer a full program of core subjects and numerous options of interest. Students are well prepared for entrance to universities, colleges and technical schools following graduation.
Our students benefit from our great location, with schools in and near the magnificent Canadian Rocky Mountains, as we partner with Jasper National Park to offer a variety of Outdoor Education courses. Popular courses including Winter Travel ( skiing, cross country, snoeshoeing, avalanche safety, GPS instruction), Wild Life Studies and Stewardship of a Canadian National Park.Students receive instruction in the mountains at the Palisades Learning Center, which has excellent on site dormitories, and qualified Parks Canada Staff to assist with instruction.
Three High Schools offer French Immersion Programs, and we offer several other languages including Spanish and Japanese. Our Fine Arts programs include Drama, Concert Band, Art and one school boasts a Rock Band Program. Our High Schools have cutting edge technology with well equiped computer labs offering technology classes. All high schools have Food Studies and Fashion Labs and Industrial Education Labs. One school has an ELITE Program offering a range of training for the Trades including mechanics, welding, and fabrication studies.
Grande Yellowhead offers something unique for International Students- a chance to attend excellent ,small, safe, rural High Schools, in a beautiful location in Alberta.
Program Established: 1987
Programs Offered: Full Year, Short Term
Specialized Programs: French Immersion
Language(s) of Study: English
Total number of schools: 18
High schools for international students: 5
Total Students: 5000
Total International Students: 15 full year; 32 short term
International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12 ( Elementary aged students must come wth a parent)
Nearest Airport: Edmonton International Airport
Grande Yellowhead Public School Division is very large and diverse, and stretches from the capital city of Edmonton, west to the Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park, and north to the picturesque town of Grande Cache.We are a rural school division that features five distinct communities. Our communities range in size from towns of 1000 to 10,000 people. Evansburg, a farming area, is our smallest community of 1000 people, and is one hour from Edmonton. Edson, has 10,000 people, situated midway between Edmonton and Jasper National Park. Hinton, the Gateway to the Rockies, has a population of 10,000 and is 45 minutes from the mountains. Grande Cache has 4000 people and is situated in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies and is 5 hours from Edmonton. Jasper, a community of 5000, is located in Jasper National Park, a popular tourist destination and World Heritage Site. Our rural communities are small, safe and friendly. Students either walk to school, ride their bikes, or take school buses. Our district offers international students the opportunity to experience rural living with several options of life style from living on a farm, or in a small rural town, or in a mountain community.
Our international students enjoy making happy memories as a member of a welcoming Canadian family. Our homestay families…
• are carefully selected and screened
• are enthusiastic about receiving international students
• will include their international student in family activities
• will provide a private bedroom with study area
• will ensure nutritious meals and snacks
Grande Yellowhead Schools offer a broad range of extra-curricular activities and clubs. Popular sports include volleyball, basketball, badminton, soccer, hockey, golf, and track and field. Our location lends itself to superb recreational activities such as skiing, snowboarding, skating, swimming, canoeing, hiking and biking, all easily available. The schools facilitate clubs of interest such as student counsel, yearbook and environmental clubs. Each school has a variety of “school spirit” events and activities reflecting student leadership and interest. There are numerous field trips offered throughout the year from band trips, to excursions to Edmonton for cultural events, as well as International Trips.
Entrance Dates: Year round intake. Semesters commence September 1 and February 1
Application Deadlines: None
Application Fee: $250
Full Year Tuition Fee: $9,500
1 Semester Tuition Fee: $4,750
Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $500
Homestay Monthly Fee: $750
Annual Health Insurance Fee: $550 ( mandatory)
Annual Custodianship Fee: $250
All funds are in Canadian dollars