International Student Program
School District 47 - Powell River
Our Program
  • School District #47 Powell River's International High School Programs meet the highest standards of academic rigour and provide invaluable life skills and opportunities to further a student's chances for success.
  • School District #47 has been providing quality international education experiences for the past 33 years.
  • Programs are open to all students from Elementary to Grade 12.
  • Curriculum is approved and accredited by the British Columbia Ministry of Education.
  • Academic program graduates are often accepted into top universities and colleges throughout Canada and around the world.
  • In addition to our dynamic and rigorous academic full year offerings,  School District #47 also offers a variety of short-term programs.
  • ​School District #47, Powell River is located along the brilliant and picturesque Sunshine Coast.  We are situated 90 miles north of Vancouver and easily accessibly by road, sea or air.​​


Program Options​

International students are offered several options of programs in Powell River School District #47:

  • BC Graduation Program (B.C. Government standards)

  • English Language and Canadian Cultural Experience

  • Academic Preparatory Program

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • Summer ESL Eco-Adventure Program

BC Graduation Program

International students enrolled in our academic programs are offered BC government curriculum courses along with a wide range of electives. The eventual goal for students in this program is to earn credits leading toward high school graduation and preparation for entry into a post secondary institution.

British Columbia's High School Graduation diploma is recognized by all Canadian and U.S. universities as well as colleges and universities around the world. The BC graduation and university entrance program is the most popular program offered in Powell River. One hundred percent of Powell River's International students have been accepted and have gone on to further their education in universities throughout Canada, the United States and around the world.

Engish Language & Canadian Cultural Experience

This one-year program gives International students the chance to learn English quickly while experiencing Canadian culture. Students taking this cultural experience program must be dedicated to their studies, but are also encouraged to participate in Canadian recreational and cultural activities.


A 10-month Academic Prepatory Program introduces International students to the educational format of BC secondary schools. This program serves as excellent preparation for further studies in Canada should students want to undertake the standard curriculum in the future.



English as a Second Language(ESL)

ESL or English as a Second Language, is mandatory for first year International students. Powell River's unique English Immersion program features outdoor excursions and a community awareness program which assists students in fully developing their knowledge of Canadian life while enhancing their proficiency in speaking English.

Summer ESL Eco-Adventure Program

The popular Summer ESL Eco-Adventure Program accepts International students for three weeks during the months of July and August for outdoor recreation and ESL fun. Camping, hiking, horseback riding, golfing, swimming, sailing and kayaking are a few of the outdoor activities enjoyed by our students.

Program Requirements

When applying for admission to our program, students must submit a Student Program Application form along with recent school records and recommendations from their present school if available.

Students are required to obey all program rules including attending all classes, good academic success and cooperation with homestay families. Students who do not obey all program rules will be withdrawn from the program.

Support for Students

International students living in Powell River benefit from an established support program. A team of international student advisors is available to ease the strain of adapting to a new culture and language. The advisors assist in course selection, school work, post secondary school applications and counselling for students unfamiliar with any of the procedures. Extra tutoring in any academic subject can also be arranged through the school counsellor. Classroom teachers are also available to provide additional after school or lunch hour help with course content material arranged by student appointment request.

Social events such as parties, dinners, sports competitions an​d recreational activities are arranged by program support staff along with an annual camping trip in June and a trip to the slopes to ski in January.

Homestay Program

Students in the International Education Program participate in a mandatory homestay program. Families are chosen to host students during the extent of their stay in Canada. The students benefit by staying in a safe, stable home environment while practicing their newly acquired language skills and participating in new cultural activities. A public transit system and a school bus system assist students in commuting within Powell River.

Course Selection

Upon arrival in the community, students must take the SLEP placement exam. Following assessment, students are placed in one of three programs depending on their abilities and goals. 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, or elective courses, are also available including band, choir, acting, cooking, art, technology, computers, drafting, physical education, mechanics, automotives, woodwork, accounting, clothing and textiles, digital media and business education.