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Featured School – Bodwell High School


Bodwell High School, North Vancouver, British Columbia

 

 

Consistently amongst one of the best rated High Schools in BC and Canada, Bodwell High School is a private co-educational boarding school offering grades 8 to 12, and university preparation. Located in beautiful North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Bodwell’s campus overlooks the Burrard Inlet and the beautiful Vancouver skyline. Recognized as a leader among Canadian boarding schools, the school’s diverse student population of both local and international students makes it a rich and exciting place to learn, study, play, and build life long memories and friendships.

Bodwell is registered with and inspected by the Ministry of Education. All Bodwell students who successfully complete our Grade 12 academic program will receive a Dogwood Diploma, a globally recognized certificate of graduation, issued by the province of British Columbia. Course credits obtained at Bodwell are transferred to a students’ home country for equivalence. Most of our students go on to seek postsecondary education in college or university after Bodwell, many with academic scholarships.

Admissions

Several factors are considered for admission to Bodwell. We seek cultural diversity and look for students of academic and leadership potential from around the world. Our students succeed in a challenging English-speaking academic environment, demonstrate an interest in a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and are committed to serving their communities. Our Admissions staff evaluates various aspects including academic records from the previous three years, a personal profile, reference letters, an interview, and other demonstrated achievements.

Academics

Bodwell’s trimester system gives students several advantages. First, there are three entrance opportunities every year, in September, January, and April, giving students schedule flexibility. Second, the system allows a motivated student to complete one-and-a-half academic grades in each calendar year. This allows students to complete high school faster and begin their university studies sooner. Students can use the April term (Summer term) for valuable overseas travel and language learning and still be on pace with their peers to complete high school within a standard timeframe.

Small class size

With smaller classes, students form an intimate, closely-knit and multicultural family. Bodwell limits each class to a maximum of 24 students, while the average number per class is 17. Academic and English Preparation classes are even smaller to promote enhanced focus on English mastery.

Experienced teachers

Many of our BC certified teachers and counsellors have taught and lived overseas, giving them the experience and expertise to guide and support a wide range of students and parents from different backgrounds. Each of our teachers mentors about 15 students, giving individualized support to students when they need it to ensure the best chance for success.

Active learning

The best way to achieve understanding of a subject is through active participation, where students take responsibility for their own mastery of ideas. Learning activities often include working with the local community, field trips to a wide range of locations, and hands-on experimentation.

Use of technology

Students at Bodwell learn foundational computer skills needed for application in the modern world. Smart Boards in numerous classrooms allow students to model and manipulate curricular concepts. Every student is also required to have a laptop to do research, collaborate, and participate in classroom activities.

Outdoor inspiration

Students have easy access to numerous national and provincial parks. Students have opportunities to hike, bike, camp, fish, swim, sail, ski, and snowboard throughout the year. Students also participate in educational trips designed to supplement their classroom learning and allow them to see more of Canada.

Programs

Bodwell’s trimester system gives students several advantages. First, there are three entrance opportunities every year, in September, January, and April, giving students schedule flexibility. Second, the system allows a motivated student to complete one-and-a-half academic grades in each calendar year. This allows students to complete high school faster and begin their university studies sooner. Students can use the April term (Summer term) for valuable overseas travel and language learning and still be on pace with their peers to complete high school within a standard timeframe.

English Language Programs for International Students

Summer Program

Bodwell’s University Summer Programs was the first campus-based summer program for international youth in Western Canada. We have now enjoyed 20 wonderful summers! We utilize indoor and outdoor learning environments to create a truly unique Canadian educational experience.

With four different programs offered, students learn English in unique settings and contexts. All programs give students the experience of life away from home, the opportunity to make friends from around the world, and a great chance to develop their self-confidence.

Academic Preparation

The Academic Preparation Program (APP) is an introduction to the Canadian high school curriculum for students ages 13-17. Using a theme-based approach to create an engaging learning environment, students will improve their English skills rapidly. Classes include mathematics, science, social studies and fine arts, as well as physical education. The program eases students into the new academic year by setting the standard of expectation reserved for the high school program.

Boarding

Bodwell’s Boarding Program goes beyond a bed, room and meal plan, typical components of any boarding setting. Rather, we are a youth development program focused squarely on boarders’ self-improvement. We provide a safe, active, and inclusive living environment where students strengthen their life skills in order to succeed in school and mature into responsible global citizens.

At Bodwell, we believe that learning continues long after the end of the school day. While relaxation after class is indeed important, students’ time living here represents a priceless chance to get involved and to grow through everyday challenges. Our boarders gain structured experiences in order to practice self-reliance, prepare for post-secondary studies, and build a strong résumé for a future career. They find that the Boarding Program is a major part of their overall experience at Bodwell.

For more information about Bodwell High School including programs, admissions and to apply, please contact Grand Pacific Consulting.

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