Academics

All high schools in the Nechako Lakes School District are accredited by the Ministry of Education and offer a world-class academic program that prepares students for a variety of post secondary options.  All of our classrooms offer the latest in technology resulting in high quality classrooms of all types ranging from science and technology classrooms to fine arts studio facilities to state of the art gymnasiums.

 

Our students have access to a broad range of courses in multiple fields.  All of our courses are taught by professional teachers who are accredited by the BC government’s Teacher Regulation Branch.

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Our Schools

As each of our schools is relatively small we pride ourselves on offering a personalized program for each of our students.   Our International Education department maintains close communication with schools to ensure that our students are being successful.  Unlike many programs in the country, we know every one of our international students by name and will frequently touch base with them to ensure that they are having an outstanding experience.  Academic accomplishments in our high schools will assist International Students with their acceptance into some of the best Canadian university programs.

When compared to systems across the world, our class sizes are small and thus individual attention is offered to all students.  ESL support is available in each of our schools and is available either as a support for students pursuing a regular course load or as an intensive language class.  Students are provided with personalized counseling services to accurately navigate the BC graduation program as well as to transition from high school to post-secondary. Our International Department has created customized pathway agreements with the University of Northern British Columbia and the College of New Caledonia and we are continuing to confirm these types of post secondary pathways with other institutions.

Prospective students and their families are encouraged to browse the website of each of our high schools:

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Our Programs

Full Year Academic Program

  • Our full year academic programs are targeted to International Students from grades 8 – 12 (ages 13 – 18).   Students in this program take a full academic course load as prescribed by the British Columbia Ministry of Education leading up to a Dogwood Graduation Diploma.  Qualification for this program is dependent on a students academic history as well as references towards the moral character and work ethic of the student.
  • Students are able to choose from four distinct high schools which each offer strong academic and athletic opportunities.
  • Tuition Fee:  $12,900 per year with one time application fee of $200
  • Full year tuition fees include:
    • Full courses in English for one school year at one of four Nechako Lakes School District high schools.
    • British Columbia Ministry of Education approved report cards.
    • ESL assessments and supports as required.
    • Course planning for post-secondary education.
    • Access to variety of extra curricular school based activities.
    • All required textbooks, learning resources and Internet access provided at our schools.
    • Guardianship / Custodianship as required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Start Dates:  September 1 or February 1

Half-Year Academic Program

  • Our half-year academic program is modeled after our full year program, but may include more specific English Language Learning courses to help student build their English Language proficiency in a shorter period of time.  This shorter program is also ideally suited for younger students that are not yet ready to commit to a full year of academic study abroad.
  • Tuition Fee:  $6,500 per year with one time application fee of $200
  • Tuition fees include:
    • Full courses in English for one semester (five months) at one of four Nechako Lakes School District high schools.
    • British Columbia Ministry of Education approved report cards.
    • ESL assessments and supports as required.
    • Course planning for post-secondary education.
    • Access to variety of extra curricular school based activities.
    • All required textbooks, learning resources and Internet access provided at our schools.
    • Guardianship / Custodianship as required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Start Dates:  September 1 or February 1

 

Two Month (Fall, Winter, Spring) Program

  • Students enrolling in our condensed two month programs are enrolled into regular academic classes for the entire school day as prescribed by the British Columbia Ministry of Education.  English Language Learning classes are added to the student’s daily school schedule to help ensure a strong focus on English immersion during the student’s short stay in British Columbia.
  • Students in these short stay programs are targeted to participate in seasonal extra curricular activities occurring at our schools such as:
    • Cross Country Running
    • Wrestling
    • Basketball
    • Volleyball
    • Skiing / Snowboarding
    • Soccer
    • Theatrical Productions
    • Mountain Biking
    • SD 91 Project Camps (Health Sciences, Heavy Duty, Agriculture and many more …http://oldwww.sd91.bc.ca/sd91/progcareer.html)

 

  • Tuition Fee:  $2,500 with one time application fee of $200
  • Tuition fees include:
    • Full courses in English for two months at one of four Nechako Lakes School District high schools.
    • Certificate of completion
    • Extensive ESL assessments and supports as required.
    • Course planning for transitioning to half-year to full-year programs.
    • Access to variety of extra curricular school based activities.
    • All required textbooks, learning resources and Internet access provided at our schools.
    • Guardianship / Custodianship as required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Start Dates:  September 1, November 1, February 1, May 1

Summer / Winter Camps

  • Nechako Lakes School District provides annual Summer and Winter Camp opportunities for international students.  Both of these 10 day camp opportunities are ideal for prospective international students to enhance their English language abilities through Nechako Lakes English language Learning (ELL) curriculum while being immersed in an outstanding rural Canadian environment.
  • In addition to English Language Learning, student are provided a variety of excursion opportunities intended to enhance classroom learning while enjoying local and provincial attractions and activities.  Many of the students that have participated in our Summer and Winter Camp opportunities have returned to Nechako Lakes School District to experience a full year of study at one of our four high schools.
  • Information on upcoming Summer or Winter Camps will be posted to this page.
  • If you would like to receive regular updates on Summer and Winter camps, please sign up here.

Post Secondary Partners

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We recognize that grades 8 – 12 are a foundation for both our regular and international students.  We know that many international students will choose to attend a post-secondary institution in North America, most likely in British Columbia, Canada.  Our post secondary schools are world class institutions that will provides students with the skills and credentials to succeed in Canada or anywhere in the world.

We are actively working with post-secondary partners in our region (specifically the University of Northern British Columbia and the College of New Caledonia) to reach “Pathway” agreements that simplify the transitions between our high schools and these institutions.

In addition to these two world class schools, here is a list of some other BC post secondary schools that have exemplary international programs.

Next Enrollment Starts September 1, 2018

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  • Full Year Academic Program
  • Half-Year Academic Program
  • Two Month Program
  • Summer/Winter Camps
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