Vancouver school district, Vancouver, British Columbia


The Vancouver school district welcomes international students to apply to study in one of our schools for: an academic year, several years to graduate from high school, or summer school in July and August. Live in the beautiful coastal city of Vancouver, Canada and study in one of our excellent schools offering courses in academics, visual art, music, dance, film, technology, languages, and athletics.

Enjoy homestay with welcoming local families. Our schools offer high quality programs, dedicated teachers and excellent facilities. Credentials earned in the Vancouver school district are recognized worldwide.

The Vancouver School Board (VSB) is a large, urban and multicultural school district providing programs to 55,500 students in kindergarten to Grade 12, and to over 3,000 adult students in adult education centres. The Vancouver School Board has 18 secondary schools and 91 elementary schools. It is our collective responsibility as a school district to ensure the highest quality of learning experiences for all students, with a focus on student engagement, learning and development in a safe, inclusive environment. The VSB offers a great variety of educational programs to students in a number of elementary, secondary, and adult settings. In addition, summer school is available to VSB students.

Vancouver is located in British Columbia province, on Canada's Pacific Ocean coast. Students have the chance to live in one of the most progressive, safe and beautiful cities in the world. Whistler ski resort is just one and a half hours away. Vancouver students enjoy outdoor sports at 3 local mountain resorts.


International students may choose to participate in homestay with a local family while enrolled in a Vancouver public school. Students experience Canadian culture, customs, expectations in a safe, friendly host family program provided for over 20 years. There is a orientation information session. And custodianship is available, if requested. Students are supported and supervisised by homestay coordinator. Airport pickup is possible upon request

Host families provide:

  • welcoming, friendly environment
  • caring host parents
  • private bedroom
  • study area with window
  • three meals a day

Vancouver School Board Homestay prices 2020-2021:
CAN$   1,000 per month homestay
CAN$      550 homestay application fee (CAN$ 300 yearly fee)

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Study at the Vancouver school district

Year-long Study

Vancouver secondary schools offer a wide variety of excellent academic, fine arts, advanced placement, language and computer studies courses. Foundation (required) courses follow British Columbia provincial graduation requirements:

  • English, English literature, communications
  • social studies, history, geography
  • mathematics
  • biology, chemistry, physics, earth science

Elective courses include:

  • band, strings orchestra, chorus, drama, dance, graphic arts, fashion design and more!
  • French, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin credit courses
  • information technology, accounting, drafting and CAD credit courses

Students with strong academic achievement may study Advanced Placement courses in calculus, computer studies, literature, history and sciences at some schools. Students aged 18 and over may complete high school requirements at an adult school which offers academic credit courses leading to graduation.

Short term study

Vancouver schools are pleased to offer short study options, depending on available space and appropriate programs.

  • minimum 3 months; must include either September or June
  • fees are pro-rated per month
  • limited spaces available during the school year
  • students normally will not achieve academic credits because a full academic school year cannot be completed.

Summer Programme

The 2020 summer programme was only offered online. Please check regularly to get information on the 2021 summer programme at the Vancouver School District.

Enjoy a beautiful summer and meet new friends in Vancouver! Vancouver School Board's summer program welcomes international students! A full-day program is offered for 2-week or 4-week sessions at Magee Summer School located at 6360 Maple Street. Secondary students aged 13 to 18 and elementary students aged 8 to 12 are invited to join our program in July and August. All courses are taught by experienced B.C. certified teachers. Students will develop English skills in classes and discover Canadian culture on field trips accompanied by local university students. Homestay is available upon request so that students aged 13 and over can stay with Canadian host family to experience life in Vancouver.

Vancouver School Board Tuition Fees 2021 - 2022

CAN$ 15,500 per year (secondary and elementary)
CAN$   1,000 per month homestay
CAN$      550 homestay application fee (CAN$ 300 yearly fee)
CAN$      200 application fee
CAN$   1,100 per year medical insurance

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