Coquitlam School District, British Columbia


Coquitlam is the third largest school district in British Columbia with 30,000 students in 66 schools. The district includes the cities of Coquitlam, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam, and the villages of Belcarra and Anmore. The total population in the Tri-Cities area is 206,000 spread over 200 square kilometers.

We are only 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver by car or Sky Train. Two major universities, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, are both a short commute from Coquitlam. The world class Whistler Mountain ski resort, the host site of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, is less than 2 hours away by car. We enjoy a mild climate with a safe environment and an affluent lifestyle. Nestled in the mountains and edged by the Pacific Ocean and Fraser River, Coquitlam truly is an ideal setting for international students with excellent year-round recreation, shopping and ethnic dining.

The Coquitlam School District's International Education Program provides an opportunity for students outside of Canada to enter our school district where they can learn English while pursuing academic and career programs. Students worldwide receive valuable learning experiences by studying abroad, not only through improving their English language skills, but also by making lifelong international friends and absorbing the Canadian culture, all in beautiful British Columbia.

The Coquitlam International program fosters the building of friendships between Canadian and international students and their families through the sharing of experiences and backgrounds. It further enhances school environments by exploring cultural diversity and broadening global understanding.

Chartered by the government of British Columbia, our schools employ government certified teachers considered to be among the best teachers in the world. We use only BC government Ministry of Education approved curriculum. All of our 66 schools, many of which are just a few years old, boast modern facilities and technology. Where English is a second language, ESL trained and certified teachers provide support to our international students. Furthermore, the high school graduation certificate, or "Dogwood Diploma", is recognized by all Canadian and US universities.

Each school offers a variety of extra-curricular activities and clubs includingdrama, band, choir, yearbook, skiing, chess and athletic activities as field hockey, basketball, soccer, wrestling, swimming, track & field and many others as well. The community also offers many service groups to participate in. Students are encouraged to join in these extra-curricular activities to experience a feeling of involvement, as this is an excellent way to improve language skills in a friendly environment. There are many community sports and performing arts programs available to students within the Coquitlam School District area.

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Many programs are available for International Students throughout the school year. Full year programs for 10 months with students integrated into regular Canadian families.

Long-Term Programs

Full Year Program for Kindergarten to Grade 12

Half Year Programs

  • Secondary - February start (five month semester)
  • Middle and Elementary - January start

Short-Term Programs

Summer Intensive English and Culture Programs

  • Summer: July and August
  • Weekly Programs. Available in 1 - 8 week options

Secondary Schools (High Schools) Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders, Today

Secondary schools serve students in Grades 9 to 12. Our 8 high schools are of the newest and most innovative in the Province of BC offering excellent academic and specialized programs such as Advanced Placement, French Immersion, and the International Baccalaureate Program. Coquitlam's secondary schools offer a wide variety of courses and options in areas such as team sports, arts, drama and music to our students. These safe schools enjoy a vibrant relationship with the entire community.

Middle Schools Transition to Global Citizens

With 13 middle schools, serving students from grades 6 to 8, the middle school acts as the transition from elementary to secondary. Middle school provides an environment where students can gradually be prepared for the requirements and demands of secondary school.

Summer School

for students from 8 - 18 years old.  Program A (Morning ESL, Afternoon Activities and Homestay). The ESL class focuses on practical speaking, listening, reading, vocabulary and writing skills. Some topics that the students will study include: Getting to Know You, Learning about the Community, Canada Customs and Celebrations, Sports and Hobbies, Celebrating our History, Environmental Issues and Challenges, and Canada and the World.

Students will also take computer classes, where they learn how to make a power point presentation, practice public speaking and writing.  The power point presentation will be put on a USB and given to students as a memory keepsake.

Afternoon activities is an opportunity to experience Canadian culture and use newly learned English skills and vocabulary by participating in group activities and by exploring the beautiful outdoors of the Lower Mainland area of British Columbia.

Fee Schedule 2020 - 2021

CAN$ 16,500 full year (10 months)
CAN$   8,250 5 months secondary school

CAN$   1,000 per month homestay
CAN$      300 application fee