Campbell River School District

Campbell River School District has about 5500 students. We have two high schools, with approximately 900 and 750 students each. 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.

In addition, our schools are noted for strong programs in:

  • Technology – computer programming, animation, robotics
  • Media – video production, digital photography, journalism
  • Career exploration – Co-op Placements, Work Experience, construction trades, drafting 
  • Athletics – soccer, basketball, football, racquet sports, volleyball, golf, track and field, etc.
  • Fine Arts – Acting, Musical theatre, Band, Painting and Design, Pottery, Jewelry making
  • Leadership and Enterpreneurship

Campbell River Schools International offers two basic programs:

  • Long-term (graduation)
  • One-year Language and Culture Experience

However, because we are a relatively small program, each student receives extensive personal attention, and flexible programming is possible.

Program Established: 2005

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term

Specialized Programs: French Immersion, Advanced Placement, IGNITE Sports Training, Sports Leadership, Elite Athletics, Teen Flight, Fine Arts, Digital Media, Video Production, Extreme Filming and Special Effects among others. 

Language(s) of Study: 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: Campbell River School District accepts students from grades 7-12. In addition, younger students can be accepted if they are accompanied by a parent or qualified relative, or by special permission of the principal of International Programs

Nearest Airport: Campbell River Airport (YBL)

Campbell River is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Campbell River is a community of about 35,000, with all the amenities usually found in larger centres. We have our own hospital, several museums, three recreation centres, and because we are the gateway to the North Island, we have a larger retail sector than is usual for a city of our size. Our area is renowned for its natural beauty and mild climate. With ocean on one side, and mountains on the other, recreational opportunities abound – skiing, fishing, whale-watching, golf, and dozens of other activities are available within 45 minutes of town.

Campbell River families have been welcoming international students into their homes for more than 28 years. Campbell River Schools International prides itself on offering a true Canadian cultural experience filled with new activities, new foods and a welcoming Canadian family. We believe that this provides International students with the best opportunity to learn English by speaking English in the home every day with English speaking parents, brothers and sisters. Our Homestay Program is run internally within Campbell River Schools International and is designed to maximize the student’s experience. For us, it is the single most important factor in student success while visiting Campbell River.  Our Homestay Coordinator is responsible for onboarding new Host Families including all necessary screening and orienting Host Families so we can work together as a team to provide a warm and supportive home life for our students.  Our Homestay Coordinator works to ensure that each student is matched with the best host family possible.

Campbell River Schools International Homestay Program is governed by the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Education Homestay Guidelines.  Campbell River Schools International adheres to and exceeds the expectations set out in the Ministry Homestay Guidelines. 



Twice per month, Campbell River’s High school International Students participate in the district’s Activity Program. Activities this year have included whale-watching, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, swimming, skating, kayaking, and trips to Vancouver, Victoria and Tofino.

In addition, each school has a wide variety of clubs which students can enjoy. These include:

  • Leadership
  • Global Issues
  • Outdoor Club
  • Interact (a Rotary Club)
  • Journalism
  • Youth 4 Diversity

Sports available include:

  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Track & Field
  • Golf
  • Karate
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Wrestling

Entrance Dates: Students can enter the program at any time. However, for grades 10-12, September and February are preferred; for younger students, Sept. and January are best.

Application Deadlines: November 1 & April 30

Application Fee: $300

Full Year Tuition Fee: $13,750

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $6,875

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $400

Homestay Monthly Fee: $1,100

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $1,100 per year ($550 for 5 months)

Custodianship/Activity Fee: $400 per year ($300 for 5 months)

All funds are in Canadian dollars

Prices are subject to change, please confirm fees during the application process.

General Inquiries Email: international@sd72.bc.ca

Website: www.studyincampbellriver.ca

Mailing Address: 425 Pinecrest Road

City: Campbell River

Province: British Columbia

Postal Code: V9W 3P2

Phone: 250-923-4918 ext. 2237

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