Experience Programs: Elementary
Program Overview: Ages 5 to 12
Burnaby School District welcomes international students to study in one of its 41 Elementary Schools. Classes range from kindergarten (age 5) to Grade 7 (age 12).
Regular Classroom Integration
International students are integrated into regular classrooms alongside local students. Where necessary, they will receive additional intensive English language training and are provided with a specialized support program.
Students may begin their studies in September or late January and study for one academic year, (10 months).
Students up to Grade 5 must live with a parent. Students in Grades 6 may live with an aunt, uncle or grandparent. Grade 7 Students may live in a privately arranged homestay.
Each applicant’s acceptance in the Burnaby School District’s International Student Program and subsequent placement in a Burnaby public school will be determined by:
The applicant’s educational background and present academic standing as indicated on the school transcripts provided. Generally, the equivalent of a Canadian C average on the academic subjects is required.
The availability of space in the International Student Program. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible as space is limited and Citizenship & Immigration Canada processing requires several weeks.
Initial acceptance into the International Student Program is not dependent upon the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or any other English language proficiency level. Students with any level of English can be accepted. Students with low English proficiency will be placed in a combination program of English as a Second Language support with a number of appropriate academic courses.
International students studying in Canada for more than 6 months must have a Study Permit. For programs less than 6 months most international students may enter Canada and study on a Visitors Visa. However, we recommend such students apply for a study permit in case the student decides to extend their stay. Changing from a Visitors Visa to a Study Permit cannot be done in Canada. Students must check with their nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate whether they can obtain a visa at the point of entry to Canada or must obtain it outside of Canada prior to entering Canada.
Minor children who come to Canada to study and who are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian must appoint a custodian. Legal arrangements must be made to give the custodian in Canada permission to act in place of a parent. Two notarized documents are required. A notarized document is a document that has been certified by a notary.
Learn more » Visit Study Permit – Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC)
All elementary school students explore a variety of subjects:
Fine Arts (Music, Drama, Art)
As well there are extra-curricular activities such as sports teams, band, leadership.
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