Our schools are very modern complete with cutting edge computer labs, science labs, theatres, chef training kitchens, full gymnasiums, weight/fitness rooms, numerous outdoor sports fields, tennis courts, tracks, and other specialized facilities. We offer a compehensive curriculum ranging from core academic classes to myriad electives. For the highly academic who wish to be challenged and pick up first year university credits while in high school our high schools offer numerous Advanced Placement (AP) courses. AP course offerings include AP Calculus, AP English, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP Computer Science, AP Psychology, AP European History, and AP United States History. We also offer the world recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.
All of our elective courses are too numerous to mention but include interesting and sometimes unique classes such as Entrepreneurship, Eco Adventure Tourism, Computer Animation, Game Programming with Adobe Flash 12, Web Design, Cisco, First Nations Studies, History of Film, Theatre Production, Vocal Jazz, Guitar, Handbell, Music Composition, Directing and Script Development, Automotive Technology, Strength and Conditioniong, Sustainable Resources Agriculture, Marketing, Carpentry and Joinery, Culinary Arts Cook Training, Japanese, Mandarin, and many Career Prep Work Experience Programs. We also offer Soccer, Ice Hockey and Baseball Academies for students wanting to focus strongly in one of those sports.
Program Established: 1995
Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Winter Camp
Specialized Programs: French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement
Language(s) of Study: English, French
Total number of schools: 28
High schools for international students: 3
Total Students: 14,500
Total International Students: 125
International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12 accepted into the International Student Program. Grades 5 – 12 accepted into the homestay component of our Program.
Nearest Airport: Abbotsford (30 minutes) Vancouver (80 – 90 minutes)
Chilliwack is a friendly, rapidly growing community of 80,000 people on the West Coast of Canada. It enjoys the warmest year-round climate of any city in Canada and has a magnificent setting in the Fraser Valley surrounded by magnificent mountains, forests, rivers, and lakes. Not big enough to have to deal with the many big city challenges and distractions for students, it is big enough to offer a full range of shopping, dining, and recreational facilities and opportunities. Furthermore, the big city attractions of cosmopolitan Vancouver are just one hour away by car and are easily visited on weekend excursions. There are endless recreational opportunities available in Chilliwack’s three glacier-fed lakes, streams, waterfalls, hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails which are all only minutes from any point in the community. It’s also the location of world-class salmon fishing in its two rivers, as well as eleven golf courses, four skating rinks, numerous tennis courts, whitewater rafting and and there are five ski resorts all within one and a half hours of the city.
Chilliwack also has a rich cultural history and there are numerous live performances and exhibits at our local university and brand new Arts Centre. Furthermore we are situated only 20 minutes from the United States border and just one hour by car from the Pacific Ocean making for endles possibilities. All this coupled with a population that is comprised of almost 98% native English speakers makes for a wonderful place to perfect your English, excel in school, play, and make new friends!
Chilliwack School District manages its own Homestay Program and it does not contract out its homestay to any private homestay companies. Homestay is a very important component of our Program — just as important to us as the school side of the Program. There is no better way for international students to learn about the ways and lyfestyles of Canadians, to learn and use English speaking skills, and to form close friendships than in a homestay. English language acquisition is further enhanced because nearly 100% of our hometay families are native English speakers and those very few that aren’t have lived in Canada for much of their lives. We have a full-time Homestay Coordinator who is available at all times to meet the needs of our students and has regular contact with both the students and their homestay families. Homestay families are carefully screened, chosen, and supervised to ensure the comforts and well-being of our international students. Every effort is made to match the individual needs of each student with the homestay family that can meet those needs.
Our schools offer many clubs, sport teams, and activities and international students are strongly encouraged to participate in them. Various club offerings include a Ski Club, Computer Club, Drama Club, Library Club, Environment Club, Chess Club, Philosophy Club, Global Awareness Club, Multicultural Club, and Games Club.
We also have some very unique offerings. We have a Small Performance Ensemble which specializes in jazz music.This band is the only high school band invited to perform (and with all expenses paid) at the world famous Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, California. We also have a Drumline-Percussion band that was the only high school band anywhere to perform and star on a daily basis at Whistler during the Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Winter Olympics. Another unique opportunity is to perform with our Carribbean Steel Drum Band, the only one of its kind in Western Canada. School sports teams include volleyball, cross-country running, field hockey, basketball, rugby, curling, wrestling, soccer, golf, and track and field. Furthermore, there are many community teams international students can join which include ice hockey and Canadian football and baseball. Each school also offers a number of activities and fun and educational field trips for international students.
Entrance Dates: September and February are the best entry points but will accept entry at other times of the year
Application Deadlines: Normally May for a September start and November for a February start but exceptions MAY be made if space is available
Application Fee: $200
Full Year Tuition Fee: $11,500
1 Semester Tuition Fee: $6000
Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $350
Homestay Monthly Fee: $800/month plus $25/extra night