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: 7-12
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 17,181 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.
Entrance Dates: September & February
Application Deadlines: June 30th
Application Fee: $200
Full Year Tuition Fee: $13,000
1 Semester Tuition Fee: $6,500
Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $300
Homestay Monthly Fee: $1,100-$1,200/month
Annual Health Insurance Fee: $1100
Annual Custodianship Fee: included
All funds are in Canadian dollars