West Vancouver Schools


West Vancouver International Programs offer:

  • world-class British Columbia course work leading to graduation with a Dogwood Diploma
  • intensive English for students from non-English speaking countries
  • an excellent homestay program for secondary school students
  • counseling and assistance services for students seeking further educational opportunities after attending our program
  • vocational and technical courses 
  • English Language Learner (ELL; formerly called ESL) programs at elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels
  • short term summer programs for groups of students

Program Established: 1982

Programs Offered: Full Year, 5 months

Specialized Programs: International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement

Language(s) of Study: English, French

Total number of schools: 17

High schools for international students: 3; Elementary schools for international students: 10

Total Students: 7,000

Total International Students: 400

International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12

Nearest Airport: Vancouver International

West Vancouver is a safe, family-oriented community of 45,000 residents in one of Canada’s most beautiful settings, just ten minutes from downtown Vancouver at the base of the North Shore mountains. Our city boasts spectacular views of the ocean, beaches and Stanley Park.

A homestay with a Canadian Family can be an enriching cultural experience and is an important component of our program. Canadian families share their homes with students and students participate in the everyday activities of their host family. This is an excellent opportunity for students to improve their English and to establish many close friendships.

West Vancouver Schools has many fine homes and families interested in hosting our International Students. The way to make the most of your Canadian living experience is to come with an open mind. Come prepared to participate in family life and share in the responsibilities of being a family member. The homestay experience you will have will largely depend on you and your attitude and your friendliness.

West Vancouver is an unparalleled place to live! With one of the best climates in all of Canada and bordered by the Pacific Ocean, we are lined with beaches and have ski hills in our backyard.

Students can explore the community on their own with summer and winter activities such as swimming, sailing, cycling, snowboarding and skiing. We also provide guided tours throughout the school year to some of the best Canada has to offer.

In addition to academic courses, schools offer much in the way of extracurricular clubs for all tastes such art, drama, sports, and technology.

Entrance Dates: September and February

Applications Open: October 15 and February 2

Application Fee: $300

Full Year Tuition Fee: $16,300

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $8,150

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: included

Homestay Monthly Fee: $1,100 plus extra fees for special cases

Annual Health Insurance Fee: included

Annual Custodianship Fee: included

All funds are in Canadian dollars

General Inquiries Email: international.reception@wvschools.ca

Website: westvancouverschools.ca/international

Mailing Address: 1075 21 Street

City: West Vancouver

Province: British Columbia

Postal Code: V7V 4A9

Phone: 604-981-1158

Fax: 604-925-2033

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