What kind of students qualify for our program?

To qualify for our program, international applicants require average to above average marks on academic report cards and they must also have positive comments from teachers on their oral character and work ethic. All of our students are also required to attend an orientation program shortly after their arrival. At this time, each student is given formal instruction as to the home and school expectations and responsibilities while they are enrolled in our program.

Academic Program – Full Year

Our academic program enrolls students from grades 4 to 12. Students enrolled in this program will take the required courses prescribed by the British Columbia Ministry of Education in order to lead to a Dogwood Graduation Diploma. Students may choose their length of stay beginning with a full year registration. To qualify for our program, the applicant needs to have average marks on his or her academic report card and must have positive comments from teachers on his or her moral character and work ethic. For course selection and more specific school information, please visit the school’s website.

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Half Year Academic Program

Our half year program is modeled after our academic full year program, however, students enrolled in this program have the option of following the academic program or they may choose courses designed to build up their functional oral and technical English Language skills for 5 months.

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Two or Three Month Winter Program

This internationally, popular program is one in which the student is immersed into regular academic classes for the entire day as prescribed by the BC Ministry of Education. To compliment this program we add English As A Second Language support during the school day and outdoor pursuits at each of our schools such as downhill skiing, skating, curling, hockey, snowboarding, and cross country skiing. This program fills up very quickly so interested agencies or students should apply early (by November 1st of each school year).

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Three Month Fall Program

The 3 month fall program is an academic program in which students are immersed in the regular classroom with Canadian students. All students start the year at the same time which gives everyone the opportunity to make friends and join school teams and activities. Students finish the first reporting period and are issued a report card for the term. This introductory program gives students the opportunity to extend their stay to half a year or a full year in the district after the completion of the 3 months.

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Valhalla Wilderness Program

This award winning program is the only one of its kind operating in British Columbia. The VWP follows the curriculum guidelines for grades nine and ten, and integrates classroom studies with self-propelled wilderness activities. The VWP provides challenges for students who have a keen interest in the outdoors and are capable of achieving high academic standards. Academic curriculum is integrated with wilderness studies as much as possible. Outdoor activities include backpacking, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, ski touring, winter camping, and rock climbing. Students spend approximately 60% of school time in classrooms and 40% in the field. For more information on this program and to view a slide show of the program pictures, visit the WE Graham School website.

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Kootenay Lake Skill Academies

This excellent, flexible program is designed for the athletic/academic student. This program allows students to focus on skill development during traditional school hours thus allowing the flexibility to explore the high performance environment of sport or performing arts. Components of the program include specific skill training in the academy area and additional academic support. Teacher support for catching up on missed academic classes is built into each student’s timetable. Character education will be integrated into each Skill Academy curriculum. Short or long term programs are available in the following areas but this will vary somewhat from year to year: Ice Hockey, Curling, Rowing, Competitive Swimming, Alpine Skiing, Gold, Mountain Biking, Dance (Ballet, Modern, Jazz) and golf. For more information and specific program photos, please visit the Trafalgar Middle School website.

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Ashram Program

Types of Short Term Programs Offered:
One month immersion – January or February
Two months immersion – January and February
Three months immersion – January, February, March
Program Costs:
One month – $4,650 (This includes tuition, Ashram accommodation fee for the parent and student, medical insurance for the student only, placement fee for the student and parent, application fee for the student and school tuition fee, airport fee and yoga lessons.)
Two months – $7800
Three months – $10,840

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