Burnaby School District

Program Established: 2002

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester

Specialized Programs: French Immersion, Advanced Placement, SportsTech Academies, Fine Arts Educational

Language(s) of Study: English

Total number of schools: 49

High schools for international students: 8

Total Students: 24000

Total International Students: 750

International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12

Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport


Burnaby offers international students the opportunity to study alongside local Canadian students in its elementary and high schools. Most international students come to graduate with a Dogwood Diploma, their entry to top universities in Canada and North America. We also offer a short term Canadian high school experience program of 5 or 10 months as well as an Academic English summer Program 2 – 5 weeks in July/August.

Burnaby School District is proud of its strength in academic programming and achievements. It has the largest Advanced Placement (AP) program in Canada and also offers the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma. The Visual and Performing Arts program in Burnaby is the most diverse in British Columbia. Burnaby students excel in sports and many school teams have won local, provincial and national championships.

Four sports academies – Soccer, Basketball, Ice Hockey and Swimming – accept students wishing to train with professional coaches while studying at high school. Schools have the finest in facilities – science, computer and industrial technology labs, libraries, theatres, media studios, art studios, dance studios, gymnasiums, TV and sound recording studios and cafeterias.

Schools offer excellent support for their international students, as does the Burnaby School District. Burnaby’s ESL program is one of the finest in British Columbia and gives international students the help they need to be successful.

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