Qualicum School District

Qualicum School District provides international students from all over the world the opportunity to live with a local family, study in a Canadian school and enjoy the wonderful quality of life we enjoy on Vancouver Island.

As one of the goals of many of our students is to gain acceptance into Canadian and American universities, our programs are designed to assist them in doing so. We offer a very strong and comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program with specially trained and experienced instructors to ensure International Students have the best instruction possible. 

Qualicum School District has an abundance of athletic, arts and cultural organizations. There are many opportunities for our children and youth to participate in Music, Dance, Theatre and Fine Arts. Athletes have the opportunity to pursue their passions and excel at many team sports including basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, ice hockey, rugby and American football. Individual sports include tennis, golf, swimming, hand ball, skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, karate, and taekwondo. Our Academy Programs include Golf, Soccer, Music and Hockey.

Secondary Schools (Grades 8 – 12):

Ballenas Secondary School is located in Parksville and enrolls 1000 Canadian students and 100 international Students.

Kwalikum Secondary School is located in Qualicum Beach and enrolls 750 Canadian students and 75 International Students. 

Both schools have a tradition of Academic Excellence with graduates going on to post-secondary institutions in B.C., other parts of Canada and the USA. An International Student Counselor is based at each school to provide academic counseling and assistance in adjusting to Canadian life.

Post Secondary Opportunities:

We are also in close proximity to Vancouver Island University, University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. Many of our International Students have been accepted into these excellent post secondary programs.

Program Established: 1995

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

Specialized Programs: French Immersion

Language(s) of Study: English, French, Spanish and Japanese

Total International Students: 170

Nearest Airport: Nanaimo Airport, Qualicum Beach Airport (KD Air) or Comox Valley Airport

The Qualicum School District is located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada and encompasses the charming beach front cities of Qualicum Beach and Parksville in the Oceanside region. A wonderful blend of young families and active seniors combined with the natural beauty, mild climate and a flourishing tourism sector, has created what many view as the ideal westcoast Canadian community.

Visitors come from around the globe to experience for a week or two what residents here enjoy year round. The friendly and welcoming nature of our people enhances the spectacular natural setting. Located in a sub-mediterranean zone, this area enjoys the mildest year round climate in Canada. We experience just enough of winter to enjoy an occasional snowfall and the activities of the nearby Mount Washington Ski Resort, where snow boarding, downhill and cross-country skiing can be experienced.

Weather: West Coast Marine – the mildest climate in Canada Temperature: 5 – 28 degrees Celcius Misc. Least amount of rainfall on the West Coast during the winter

We are a homestay program. Families and students are carefully matched by our according to student requests. Upon request students are placed in homes with another international student, but normally not in the same language group. The Homestay Coordinator is school based and easily accessible to our students.

In School Activities: 

  • Competitive school teams in soccer, football, golf, rugby, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, field hockey and field track. Play tennis and lacrosse.

Outside of School Activities:

  • Horseback riding
  • Martial Arts training
  • Become a certified lifeguard or scuba driver
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Surfing
  • Ice skating
  • Curling
  • Beach volleyball
  • Community soccer
  • Dance
  • Recreational hockey
  • Community baseball
  • Swimming

International Program Organized Activities and Trips:

  • Camping trips to various islands of British Columbia
  • Trips to the world-famous cities of Vancouver and Victoria
  • Trips to Professional Sporting events  
  • Alpine and Nordic Ski trips to Mount Washington, BC 
  • Surfing trips on the west coast of Vancouver Island
  • Whale watching adventures
  • Ski trips to Whistler (one of the largest ski resorts in North America) and Canadian Rocky Mountains
  • A regular calendar of weekly evening activities including indoor sports and rock climbing as well as ice skating, rock climbing, movie night and bowling


  • Golf Academy; Soccer Academy, Hockey Academy; Music Academy, Dance Academy


  • River, Ocean, and Mountain School (ROAMS) is an outdoor leadership program which focuses on career preparation, work experience, adventure education and community leadership.  The program introduces students to an outdoor experiences (rafting, surfing, climbing, fishing, kayaking, and ski/snowboarding) combined with industry recognized certifications (OFA 3, Radio Operator, Bronze Cross, Food Safe, World Host and more). 
  • Global ROAMS – This program will incorporate parts of the ROAMS program with academics such as Environmental Science and First Nations.  The academics and activities allow students to examine and compare global issues from a multi-disciplinary approach.  The activities will include skiing/snowboarding, rafting, kayaking, surfing and climbing.

Application Fee: $500 includes homestay placement, all documents, custodianship, airport pickup/drop off (Nanaimo or Comox airports)

Full Year Tuition Fee: $14,000

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $7,000

Homestay Monthly Fee: $1,100

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $1,100

Program Fee: $750 includes support services and after school tutoring program, ELL instruction, school textbooks, workbooks and school locker rental, some program/school activities.

All funds are in Canadian dollars

General Inquiries Email: isp@sd69.bc.ca

Website: schoolincanada.ca/

Mailing Address: 520 Bay Ave.

City: Parksville

Province: British Columbia

Postal Code: V9P 1C7

Phone: 250-951-0857

Fax: 250-951-0843

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