Sea to Sky School District

School District #48 has a modern and progressive school system offering a full range of educational programs and services.  International students are integrated into classes with the local students.  All our schools are accredited by the British Columbia Ministry of Education and offer a government curriculum. 

For those students whose English skills need developing, most high schools offer ESL support.  The courses offered at the schools are taught by university-trained teachers certified by the British Columbia College of Teachers and dedicated to preparing students for provincial examinations and post-secondary studies.  The latest in technology is utilized in classrooms.  Schools feature high quality science labs, specialty rooms such as computer labs, art rooms, drama rooms, music rooms and well-equipped gymnasiums.  

Courses of study in all secondary schools include mathematics, English, social studies, the sciences, computer studies, fine arts, business studies, and physical education.  Vocational facilities such as an automotive shop, metalwork and woodwork shops can be found at most of our secondary schools.

Program Established: 1996

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term

Language(s) of Study: English, French

Total number of schools: 16

High schools for international students: 4

Total Students: 5042

Total International Students: 220

International Students Accepted for Grades: 8-12

Nearest Airport: Vancouver International

Squamish is a vibrant seaside community located in the Coast Mountain Range of British Columbia, at the head of Howe Sound. Home to more than 25,000 people, Squamish is a young, energetic town with 60% of the population under the age of 40. Squamish offers a high quality lifestyle, entrepreneurial opportunities, two universities and a community that prides itself as the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada.” Whistler, host of the 2010 Olympics is regarded as the best ski and snowboard area in North America and also offers excellent summer activities. Pemberton is a small, quiet community about 40 minutes north of Whistler. It has an internationally competitive dragon boat team and is also popular for its horseback riding, cross-country skiing, hiking and biking.

Our students stay in a homestay situation which provides our students with the opportunity to improve their spoken English on a daily basis. Our Homestay Services Provider makes sure students are placed with a family that is the best possible match. Our families are carefully selected and must go through a Criminal Record Check before being accepted into our program. Once accepted, our families provide a good, clean, comfortable home environment with a private bedroom for the student with facilities for studying and three healthy meals a day.

There are many opportunities for students to become involved in a variety of club and sporting activities through the school year if they so wish. There is hiking, biking, bouldering, rock climbing, wind surfing, kite boarding, horseback riding, canoe/kayaking, paddle boarding – We are Canada’s Outdoor Recreation Capital!


Entrance Dates: September & February

Application Deadlines: June 30th

Application Fee: $200

Full Year Tuition Fee: $14,500

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $7,250

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $300

Homestay Monthly Fee: $1,200 – $1,500/month

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $1100

Annual Custodianship Fee: included

Airport Transfer: $400

Formal validation of transcripts: $ 200  (as necessary for Brail, Spain, Mexico)
(for Italy) $ 700

All funds are in Canadian dollars

General Inquiries Email: international@sd48.bc.ca

Website: high-school-canada.com/

Mailing Address: PO Box 250

City: Squamish

Province: British Columbia

Postal Code: V8B 0A2

Phone: 604-892-5228

Fax: 604-892-1038

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