What are Bodwell High School's admissions requirements?
A minimum 75% average from the most current three years of schooling is recommended. Upon arrival students will write an English placement test to determine their English level, and subsequently, the classes in which they will be placed. Students who have already graduated in their home country are eligible to apply. Bodwell accepts students from Grade 8 to 12 who are at least 13 years old up to a maximum of age 18.
When should I apply to Bodwell and when will I know if I am accepted?
Bodwell accepts applications for the terms of Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring (April). Applications should be submitted as early as possible and no later than four months before each term as space in our classes and boarding facilities are limited. Our Admissions Staff will inform applicants regarding the school’s decision within two weeks of completing the admissions process.
If they are offered a place at Bodwell, they will need to pay the fees in full to be registered as a new student.
What are Bodwell's fees and payment terms?
Please visit Bodwell’s Fees page for the full listings of program fees and payment terms.
Payment deadlines are provided upon acceptance to Bodwell.
Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?
Current students are eligible for scholarships based on their academic performance at Bodwell.
Unfortunately, Bodwell does not offer a financial aid program.
How is Bodwell's academic year structured?
Bodwell runs on a 2 semester system: Fall term (September – Early February), Spring term (Mid February – Late June). An optional July session (4 weeks) can be taken so that a student has the opportunity to complete one additional 4-credit course in the academic year. Students can apply to commence studies in any term.
A student can complete up to eleven courses a year, and a full academic grade can be completed in two terms.
Please refer to the School Calendar for important dates.
Do you offer English as a Second Language?
Bodwell offers a specially designed program for non-native English speakers called Academic and English Preparation (AEP). Based on student’s English level and placement test results, they would be placed in once of Bodwell’s four AEP levels. AEP students work on improving their English skills necessary to succeed in the Regular academic program. This is supplemented by co-curricular learning support for students needing more support, and by activities integrated in our boarding program.
Our program is specially structured to fit alongside academic courses, and included fully within program costs.
How does Bodwell help students prepare for university success?
- Students take a mandatory personal and career-planning course and design a personalized pathway towards their university of choice with their counsellor.
- Counsellors and university guidance staff support students in exploring available post-secondary options, applying to the desired institutions, and selecting the most suitable destination.
- Bodwell maintains partnerships with leading Canadian universities, as well as strong universities around the world.
- Through our boarding program, students learn essential life skills and habits that help ensure success in university
- For more information, please refer to the University Preparation page.
Do you have Canadian and international students?
Bodwell's student body includes local and diverse international students from over 40 countries, with a focus on international programming and exposure to create a welcoming experience.
What is a typical school day like?
Generally, students attend classes from 8:15am until 3:30pm, Monday to Friday, followed by extra-curricular clubs and activities.
See more information here.
What co-curricular clubs and activities do you offer?
Bodwell students enjoy a wide variety of co-curricular clubs and activities in athletics, academics, fine arts and creative arts. There is also a school-wide activity once per term and field trips as part of classroom learning. It is mandatory to join at least one co-curricular club or activity.
How does Bodwell High School communicate with parents?
Parent involvement is important for student success. Bodwell regularly communicates with parents throughout the year via online report cards, emails, newsletters, webinars, etc. New parents are invited to attend orientation where they meet key staff responsible for their child’s learning.
Our points of communication include:
- MyBodwell App
- Boarding Report
- Counselor point of contact
- Phone accessibility
- Monthly video message and regular social media
- Monthly newsletters shared with parents
- Parent Portal
Is medical coverage provided to students?
All students are required to have medical insurance during their studies in Canada. Bodwell organizes private insurance for the first three months in Canada followed by British Columbia’s public Medical Services Plan. A school nurse is available onsite for immediate medical assistance during school hours.
How much personal spending money do I need?
Generally, Bodwell recommends $300 – $400 CAD per month for personal spending money. Students are eligible to open a free student banking account in Canada and there will be an opportunity to do so during new student orientation. Typical student costs may include cell phone plans, additional independent activities, or snacks and meals outside of the school dining hall.
Does Bodwell provide a laptop and necessary software for my classes?
Each student at Bodwell is required to pay a once-per-semester technology fee which includes a PC laptop rental, Microsoft Office Suite, IT support, training, classroom collaboration tools, cloud storage and backup, anti-virus software, content filter protection and wireless internet capabilities.
What accommodations are available? How many students are in each room?
Bodwell is proud to be the only co-educational boarding program in Vancouver. Boarding accommodation includes:
Students can expect to share among groups of 2-4 students, randomly assigned.
Students will generally share rooms with peers from other countries.
Does Bodwell offer a Homestay program?
Generally, after completing the boarding program, they may apply to live in Homestay.
Homestay accommodation with Bodwell’s Canadian families includes: a private bedroom, 2 meals a day on school days (lunch service is provided by Bodwell), and 3 meals a day on weekends and holidays - provided by the host family, organized activities and celebrations, bedding and linens and laundry facilities.
In my free time, can I go out on my own?
Vancouver is a safe city and students are allowed to leave campus after signing out from the school after class times.
Students are encouraged to enjoy the city along with their peers, including nearby ski slopes, restaurants, and events.
Students must return home before set curfew times. For overnight stays, a written consent form from parents is required in advance.
These privileges may be affected by academic standing, disciplinary measures, and public health advisories.
What are the meals like while living at Bodwell?
There is an on-campus cafeteria, which serves a continental buffet breakfast, a set lunch with three options, and a buffet dinner with vegetarian choices at each meal. Our kitchen staff work hard to meet any dietary requirements, and parents or students may contact us for special considerations.
Can I stay at Bodwell during breaks and holidays?
Yes. In most cases, Bodwell encourages students to spend time with their families during breaks and holidays.
Boarding facilities are open year-round except for the month of August.
During Christmas and New Years as well as April break, students can participate in organized activities, which are included in the boarding accommodation costs. Homestay students coordinate their arrival and departure though Bodwell’s Homestay Coordinator. All regular boarding and homestay rules apply for students staying during breaks and holidays.
Where is Bodwell located and how do I get around?
Bodwell is located in North Vancouver, about 20 minutes from Downtown Vancouver and 45 minutes away from Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Vancouver offers an easily accessible and safe public transportation system and students can purchase a monthly concession pass.
There is a morning and afternoon school shuttle service to/from a couple key transportation hubs.
Bodwell organizes transportation for school-run events and clubs.
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