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New Westminster School District, New Westminster, British Columbia

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District Mission/Goals for International Program

The New Westminster School District's (NWSD) International Education Program is committed to providing international students with high academic standards and a strong educational foundation for success in their future endeavors.

District Profile

Type:  Public
District School Population:  7,800
# International Students:  140
# of SchoolsGrades
Elementary9K - 7
Middle26 - 8
Secondary18 - 12

Accreditation

British Columbia Ministry of Education

School Profiles

District Schools Accepting International Students

# of SchoolsGrades# International StudentsClass SizeInstruction (hrs/wk)
Elementary9K - 73025 - 3025
Middle26 - 81025 - 3025
Secondary18 - 1210025 - 3025

District Support for International Students

International Student Programs

 International Student ProgramsActivities, Events, and Field Trips (Day, Weekend, Semester Break Trips)
 International Student ProgramsCounselling, Buddy Programs, and Peer Programs
 International Student ProgramsOrientation Programs

Accommodation for International Students

 Accommodation for International StudentsHomestay Provided by District

Language Support for International Students

 Language Support for International StudentsLanguage Classes During Study Programs
 Language Support for International StudentsLanguage Testing and Placement
 Language Support for International StudentsPre-program Language Classes

Secondary Schools

About the Secondary School International Program

New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS) offers international students (grade 8 -12) opportunities to become proficient in English and to pursue, challenge and succeed in their future life goals. Students begin with ESL training (if required) and gradually become fully immersed in the academic high school program leading to grade 12 graduation.

Secondary School Highlights

  • NWSS is a public high school with a multicultural flavor common in the lower mainland of British Columbia. NWSS curriculum boasts a strong background in the areas of science, languages, and arts. Students, both local and international, are prepared for a global world with their academic and cultural experience at NWSS. NWSS features an abundance of clubs and sports teams for students to participate in. American football, basketball, swimming, band, choir, and dance are only a few of the many activities for students to explore while studying at NWSS.

Secondary School Program Options

  • Academic Academies (Science, Technology, Tourism & More)
  • Advanced Placement Courses
  • English Language Courses
  • Fine & Performing Arts Programs
  • French Language Courses
  • Homestay Programs
  • International Baccalaureate Programs
  • Online Programs
  • Other Language Courses
  • Other School Programs
  • Short Term High School Experience (Semester)
  • Summer English Language (ESL) Programs

Consideration for Secondary School Admission

Academic Grades in Country of Origin:
 Academic Grades in Country of Origin High Priority
Reference from School Principal or Official:
 Reference from School Principal or OfficialNot Required
English Language Proficiency:
 English Language ProficiencyAll Levels
Preference Given to Religious Affiliation:
 Preference Given to Religious Affiliation Not Considered

Secondary School Tuition and Fees

Application Fee Application Fee (C$): 150
Notice Date Application Deadline: June 30
Rolling Varies Application Notification of Acceptance: Varies
Total Cost of Program Total Cost of Program (excluding books): 12,000
Student Health Care Insurance Coverage Student Health Care Insurance Coverage:  Available Through District

Middle Schools

About the Middle School International Program

NWSD welcomes elementary/middle school students (kindergarten-grade 8) to study and learn in one of its elementary and middle schools. Students attend school with Canadian students and receive the full benefit of English immersion. Students will be placed in the grade that corresponds with their age.

Middle School Highlights

  • Students develop an excellent English language base at a younger than average age, which they can maintain and build on in higher grades
  • Students have a strong English background allowing them to concentrate more on other areas for high school and university entrance examinations
  • Students develop an international approach to learning and thinking
  • Students have an opportunity to make lifelong Canadian friends
  • Students develop and display confidence that comes with learning a second language and living in another country

Middle School Program Options

  • English Language Courses
  • French Language Courses
  • High School Preparation Courses
  • Other School Programs
  • Summer English Language (ESL) Programs

Consideration for Middle School Admission

Academic Grades in Country of Origin:
 Academic Grades in Country of Origin Considered
Reference from School Principal or Official:
 Reference from School Principal or Official Not Required
English Language Proficiency:
 English Language Proficiency All Levels
Preference Given to Religious Affiliation:
 Preference Given to Religious Affiliation Not Considered

Middle School Tuition and Fees

Application Fee Application Fee (C$): 150
Notice Date Application Deadline: June 30
Rolling Varies Application Notification of Acceptance: Varies
Total Cost of Program Total Cost of Program (excluding books): 12,000
Student Health Care Insurance Coverage Student Health Care Insurance Coverage:  Available Through District