Powell River School District


Stretched along the coastal shores of the Pacific Ocean, Powell River is known for its breathtaking, magnificent scenery and naturally peaceful environment. Surrounded by ocean, mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, lush rain forests and wildlife, Powell River is the ideal location for our innovative, unique Eco-Education programs – where learning comes naturally!

Since 1985, Powell River School District, has provided the highest standards in International education to students from around the world. With a limited International student enrollment, International students enjoy small class sizes along with 25 Canadian students. Immersed in a community of 100 percent English speaking people, teachers, host families and Canadian classmates, International students excel at all levels of academic studies at a rapid pace. 

International students can attend high school to earn the British Columbia Graduation Diploma, or they can attend middle school or elementary school to gain cultural experience and improve English proficiency. Powell River is recognized for offering outstanding Specialized Programs such as:

High School Graduation and University Credits in a Single Program
University Entrance Prep courses
Powell River Academy of Music/University Prep
Culinary Arts – Professional Chef’s Training
Powell River Film School
On-Campus Career & Technical Training Facility

Powell River’s unique student-centered English Immersion program combined with state of the art, fully equipped, technologically advanced schools provide the highest level of successful educational experience. 

Our vibrant Canadian student population, highly trained professional teaching staff, strong academic foundation and social nurturing guarantee students will be well prepared to compete with the best in the world.

Program Established: 1985

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

Language(s) of Study: English

Total number of schools: 9

High schools for international students: 2

Total Students: 3,300

Total International Students: 25

International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12

Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport/Powell River Airport

Powell River is home to a unique costal community of peaceful people with a strong passion for ecological sustainability, environmental awareness and a genuine respect and appreciation for nature.

Powell River is a safe, quiet, small city with a population of 20,000 welcoming and friendly English-speaking Canadians.

Located on the west coast of the Pacific Ocean just north of Vancouver, Powell River boasts some of the most magnificent breathtaking scenery in all of Canada.

Known as Canada’s Scuba Diving Capital, Powell River is surrounded by a spectacular ocean filled with some of the worlds most awe inspiring coral reef and wild marine life such as mammoth yet graceful Orca whales, seals, sea lions, dolphins and vibrant coloured star fish.

With warm summers, mild winters, endless mountain views, miles of hiking nature trails, freshwater lakes, rivers, waterfalls and lush green rain forests home to an untouched world of wildlife such as bald eagles, deer and bears, Powell River is an ideal location to live, study and experience Canadian lifestyle at it’s finest.

Powell River is an ideal International study destination for any student who wants to experience true Canadian living where Learning Comes Naturally!


In Powell River we believe the homestay family is the most important aspect of the International program. In order for International students to succeed and excel in their studies, and have a truly enriching experience, they must feel welcome, safe, comfortable, content and secure in their homestay environment.

All International students are placed with 100 percent English speaking Canadian families in single-family homes carefully selected, screened, interviewed, registered and monitored by our Homestay Coordinator.

The Coordinator is responsible for finding the best possible homestay match for all international students. It is the Coordinator’s role to ensure all students are secure and content.

All students are provided with their own private bedroom, bedding, closet, chest of drawers, desk, Internet access, shared laundry, kitchen and bathroom facilities, with 3 meals and snacks each day.

In Powell River our International students are treated with the utmost respect, consideration, care and attention, as an equal member of the homestay family.

Our homestay families provide a ‘home-away-from-home’ for all International students with the security and care of a loving family and a cultural education in a home setting which will allows students to experience “true” Canadian living at it’s best!


Due to Powell River’s mild climate, many activities are available year round. Clubs, sports and activities are offered after school hours. Activities take place at school and within the community of Powell River at sports fields, gymnasiums, fitness/athletic clubs, recreation facilities, forest/mountain trails, lakes, ocean, beaches, theatres and community centres.

Powell River has one of the world’s most magnificent coral reefs with spectacular ocean marine life and is known as Canada’s Scuba Diving Capital and winter diving HOT SPOT. Powell River hosts world-renowned International Music Festivals, International Art Exhibits, International boating and outdoor sports events, and is home to Powell River Music Academy, Performing Arts Centre, 18-hole championship golf course, regulation hockey arenas and Olympic swimming pool

Extra curricular activities, clubs and sports available in Powell River are: Archery, Badminton, Ballet, Band, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Camping, Choir, Chess, Cross Country running, Curling, Dance, Drama, Drums / Drumming, Environmental awareness / action, Film-making, Fishing, Football, Golf, Grad committee, Guitar, Gymnastics, Hockey, Horseback riding, Interact club, Jazz, Martial Arts, Mountain biking, Musical council, Kayaking, Peer tutoring, Piano, Photography, Rock climbing, Sailing, Skiing, Skating, Soccer, Student council, Swimming, Tennis, Theatre, Track and field, Trips to other countries, Volleyball, Water Polo, Whale-watching and more!

Entrance Dates: September & February

Application Deadlines: No deadline

Application Fee: $0

Full Year Tuition Fee: $15,000

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $8,000

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $900

Homestay Monthly Fee: $1100

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $900

Annual Custodianship Fee: $900

All funds are in Canadian dollars

General Inquiries Email: Brin.L.Bymin@sd47.bc.ca

Website: sd47.bc.ca

Mailing Address: 4351 Ontario Avenue

City: Powell River

Province: British Columbia

Postal Code: V8A 1V3

Phone: 1-604-414-7701

Fax: 604-485-6435

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