Powell River School District (PRSD) offers an International Education Program (IEP) to students from other countries who wish to study in Canada. Their separate study options give International students the opportunity to experience the Canadian educational system at varying levels of difficulty and involvement. Brooks Secondary School provides a stimulating working and social environment in which students learn English for pleasure or to gain credit towards graduation from a BC high school.
Upon arrival into Powell River, International students may be required to take the SLEP Placement exam. Following assessment, students are placed in programs based on their abilities and goals.
British Columbia graduation and university entrance program is the most popular program. The eventual goal for students in this program is to attain high school graduation and preparation for entry into a post secondary institution. Among the academic courses leading to high school graduation are mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, geography, history, English composition, English literature, French, Spanish and law. Non-academic courses are also available including band, choir, acting, cooking, art, technology, computers, drafting, physical education, mechanics, automotive, woodwork, accounting, clothing and textiles.
One-year Cultural & Language Experience Program gives students the opportunity to learn English quickly while experiencing Canadian culture. Students taking this recreational English program must be dedicated to their studies, but are also encouraged to participate in Canadian recreational and cultural activities.
Activities and Facilities
Powell River's secondary school contains a fully-equipped library, computer laboratory and gymnasium. Students are encouraged to use all school facilities.
The community of Powell River also offers recreational opportunities at ice rinks, soccer fields and community centres for International students to practice their English and socialize with members of the community.
Choral and instrumental groups give students additional opportunities to practice and improve their music abilities and English skills at the same time.