The Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) is a public school division that welcomes international students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to its community, and appreciates the diverse perspectives they bring to schools and classrooms. It offers excellent and affordable educational experiences for students of all ages, with complete immersion in English or French speaking environments. In addition to full year and semester programs, LRSD also offers continuous entry short-term studies for students who wish to audit, as well as an Accredited Summer Enrichment Program.
The distinct programming provides students with meaningful and engaging experiences that foster personal, academic and social growth. Not only does LRSD offer a broad range of academic courses, but it also provides industry-led technical and vocational training with a proven track record for future employment and post-secondary education. Resources include comprehensive libraries, well-equipped computer facilities, science laboratories, theatres, gymnasiums, music/band rooms and practical arts facilities. Visit the International Student Program website at isp.lrsd.net to view a video of LRSD.
LRSD strives to provide quality education in safe, supportive and inclusive learning environments. The caring and dedicated staff will arrange medical insurance, greet students upon arrival at the airport, inform students of course selection, organize school registration, provide orientation sessions, facilitate transition with “in-class” buddies prior to arrival, transfer out-of-province credits, monitor attendance, provide ongoing communication with students’ parents and guardians, arrange for students to write exams in their first language, assist students to prepare for TOEFL exams, arrange graduation transcripts, assist with scholarship applications and university registration, assist with preparation of immigration papers and coordinate homestays.
LRSD facilitates a quality Homestay Program. Homestay families can provide excellent opportunities for international students to immerse themselves in Canadian culture, lifestyles and the English or French language. The Homestay Program is committed to ensuring that international students studying in the Division have access to homestay accommodation of the very highest standard.
Program Established: 2008
Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Enrichment
Specialized Programs: French Immersion, Advanced Placement, Accredited Technical
Vocational Programming, Accredited Post-Secondary Programs, Sports, Fine Arts, Music & More
Language(s) of Study: English, French
Total number of schools: 40
High schools for international students: 7
Total Students: 15,000
Total International Students: 280
International Students Accepted for Grades: K -12
Nearest Airport: Winnipeg James A. Richardson International Airport
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About Louis Riel School Division:
The Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) is located in south-east Winnipeg and includes both St. Vital and St. Boniface. Bordered by the Red River to the west and the Seine River to the east, the LRSD community offers many parks, trails, community centres, and playgrounds in safe neighbourhoods. LRSD is in close proximity to many universities and post-secondary institutions.
The Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) operates its own Homestay Program designed to immerse international students in Canadian culture and support their English/French language learning. Homestay families are just that – family. They are encouraged to treat international students as members of their own family. International students will participate in family activities and are expected to contribute the operation of the family household. Students can expect a private room in a secure home environment, a family that has been personally selected, and a positive atmosphere in which to study and live. LRSD works closely with both Homestay families and international students to ensure a positive experience for all.
By pursuing personal interests at school, students are able to enrich their educational experience. Louis Riel School Division International Student Program encourages students to participate in the extracurricular activities it provides in each of our high schools. All of our schools have a variety of extracurricular activities including sports teams, clubs and arts themed activities. The countless activities offered provide students with a great way to meet new friends, promote personal growth and have fun—the benefits are immeasurable. Louis Riel School Division International Student Program also has an extensive activities program to introduce to our international students to Canadian culture throughout the school year.
Entrance Dates: High School (for credit) entrance dates are September and February. Continuous entry is available to students for Elementary and Short-Term (audits/non-credit).
Application Deadlines: No deadline
Application Fee: $200
Full Year Tuition Fee: $11,000
1 Semester Tuition Fee: $5,500
Annual Homestay Placement Fee: no charge
Homestay Monthly Fee: $800
Annual Health Insurance Fee: $550
Annual Custodianship Fee: no charge
All funds are in Canadian dollars