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School District #73, Kamloops/Thompson - ISSCC - International Education & Study Abroad SpecialistSchool ID: 409
School Name: School District #73, Kamloops/Thompson
School Type: Co-Ed
City: Kamloops
Tuition fee: CAD$12,000 0 (payable on or before July 31, prior to the start of the school year)
Residential Type: Homestay
Rental fee: CAD$700 per month, Homestay Placement CAD$350
Program offer: High School Program, ESL, Short-term Academic/Cultural High School Program, Winter Camp
Other Information: The Kamloops Thompson School District provides Public Education Programs in the City of Kamloops, and the municipalities of Chase, Barriere, Logan Lake, and Clearwater. Many smaller communities make up our district, from Savona in the west, to Westwold in the southeast and to Blue River in the north. The population of this region is approximately 103,000. The majority of the School Districtís residents live in Kamloops. The Districtís student population this September was 14917. This number includes 561 continuing education and adult learners, 1040 students in French Immersion, 7763 kindergarten to grade 7 students, and 6593 students in grades 8 through 12. The district employs 1113 full time, part time, and relief educators and more than 759 support staff. First Nations/Aboriginal students continue to represent approximately 2227 students or about 15% of our population. Seven First Nations bands contribute to the richness of our communities; The Kamloops Indian Band, the Whispering Pines-Clinton Band, the Skeetchestn and Simpcw Bands, the bands of Adams Lake, Little Shuswap and Neskonlith. In addition, the District enjoys the support and contributions of the Metis Nation and the Interior Indian Friendship Centre. Ninety-seven percent of our students speak English in the home with Punjabi being the next most spoken language at less than one percent. The district currently has 33 elementary, 1 middle school, 10 secondary schools, 2 alternate education programs and 1 distance education school. Enrolment in our schools has been decreasing and is predicted to continue until 2013 when it is projected to level off at around 13,000 students. Declining enrolment has brought significant challenges for the district resulting in the closure of 3 schools and the reconfiguration of a number of schools to start the 2009/2010 school year. International Education in Canada gives students from around the world an opportunity to learn English and experience Canadian culture. Students may participate in the program for 2 or 3 years leading to British Columbia High School Graduation. Other students attend for a shorter term, 3, 5 or 10 months with an emphasis on English language acquisition and cultural experience. Students receive instruction in English as a second language. All courses are approved by the British Columbia Ministry of Education. The education system in Canada is ranked as one of the top three in the world by the OECD based on testing in the Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA). PISA testing shows that Canadian education ranks significantly better than the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States in English, Science and Mathematics. British Columbia is one of the top ranked Canadian provinces. Kamloops School District is consistently ranked as one of the best in British Columbia. The Kamloops/Thompson International Student Program offers a variety of quality educational programs. International students (ages 13 to 18) are integrated into Canadian classes, are fully immersed in English language instruction and have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities. Our schools provide English as a Second Language (ESL) support to all International students from Beginner to Advanced ability levels. Academic course planning and regular progress reviews are done with each student on a continuous basis with our International Student Counselor. Academic High School Program Students are fully integrated with Canadian students in academic programs for durations of one semester (5 months), one year (10 months) or two or more years as required to achieve a British Columbia High School graduation. Students are able to choose their courses from a wide variety of academic and elective (fine arts, applied skills and languages) courses. Those students requiring credit and validation of Reports in their home country must provide country specific requirements upon application. Students pursuing a B.C. High School Graduation must meet all the same requirements as Canadian students. Equivalency credit and course challenge credit are determined upon submission of prior school Reports.

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