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Comox Valley Schools

Canada’s education system continues to be ranked in the top five of all countries in the world. BC is always ranked top 3 in Canada. Our students are taught by BC Government certified teachers. We accept students of all ages – Kindergarten through to Grade 12. Our Homestay Program begins at grade six and students younger than this must live with an adult relative. In our middle and secondary schools, and like all students in British Columbia, our students have access to all courses in the curriculum plus Hockey, Golf, Outdoor Education and Tourism Academies. Furthermore, there are many courses in the arts, business, media, technical trades and physical education and athletics.

Program Established: 2004

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Winter Camp, Teacher Training

Specialized Programs: French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Sports, Fine Arts

Language(s) of Study: English, French

Total number of schools: 18

High schools for international students: 3

Total Students: 8000

Total International Students: 285

International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12

Nearest Airport: Comox Valley International Airport

The Comox Valley is nestled between a famous ski resort (Mt. Washington) and the ocean and is a well known tourist destination in Canada. It is a safe, rural community, being home to 70,000 residents with 8500 students in all elementary and secondary schools. Students are afforded best educational, recreational and cultural opportunities. There are many daily connections to the Comox Valley International Airport from Vancouver. Our friendly, welcoming, and predominantly English speaking, community enjoys the warm temperate climate of BC’s West Coast and offers all modern amenities for medical and dental care, shopping, theatres, and a multitude of community arts, sports and recreation programs.

We welcome the world and embrace multi-cultural values. Students who participate in our international education gain the perspective to be truly a part of the global community and increase their opportunities for future success.

Students are accepted into homestay from grade six through grade 12. All families are under the supervision of the District Principal and the Homestay Supervisor and each student receives treatment as if they were the natural child of the host parents. You will:

  • Be matched as best possible to your needs and per your specific requests
  • Be in an english immersion environment and speak English at all times
  • Participate in all family events
  • Have your own room
  • Have three meals a day plus snacks
  • Have access to the internet
  • Be transported to the activities and hobbies you have outside of school time
  • Have your host parents advocate for you with the school staff
  • Have your host parents help with personal banking, signing up for activities, completing forms for the school and for the international program

Secondary School Extracurricular Program information:

Cost for Sports ranges from $200 – 1000 depending on the number of tournaments a team enters.
Basketball is typically the most expensive sport.

Football is the only sport that supplies all the equipment (except boots)

Cost for Band instruments rent from $100-400 for a 10 month period depending on the instrument. The large horn instruments are typically the most expensive. The senior band trip each year ranges from $300-500.

Sport Seasons of Play:
(Where no gender is indicated, the sport is offered for both girls and boys)

Season Sport:
September – November

  • Aquatics
  • Cross Country Running
  • Field Hockey – girls
  • Soccer – boys
  • Volleyball

November – March

  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Wrestling

March – June

  • Golf
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rugby
  • Soccer – girls
  • Track and Field

Note: Our Schools also offer sport programs at the grade 8 and 9 levels.

The International Program staff also offer two special activities per month.

Entrance Dates: September, November, February & April

Application Deadlines: two months before each entrance date                  

Application Fee: $350

Full Year Tuition Fee: $12750

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $6375

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $300

Homestay Monthly Fee: $900

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $900; Activity Fee $300; Transcript Validation Fee $200

Annual Custodianship Fee: included.
All funds are in Canadian dollars

General Inquiries Email: colin.guiguet@sd71.bc.ca

Website: studyinbritishcolumbia.com/

Mailing Address: 805 Willemar Avenue

City: Courtenay

Province: British Columbia

Postal Code: V9N 3L7

Phone: 250-703-2904

Fax: 250-897-1496

Facebook Page: facebook.com/studycomoxvalley

Twitter: @studycomoxvally

Skype ID: cguiguet

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