International

Student Information

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School websites

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Calendars

You can find the annual calendar on our main website here:
http://westvancouverschools.ca/annual-school-calendars

You can find important school year dates for International Students here:
https://westvancouverschools.ca/international/school-year-dates/

Counsellors

Counsellors are there to assist you. Know your counsellor and advise them of any concerns.
They can help with academics, timetable, social and emotional issues.

West Vancouver Secondary | 1750 Mathers Avenue | 604-981-1100

Name Phone number Students Email Address
Jamal Ahmelich 604-981-1327 Grade 8 +9 jahmelich@wvschools.ca
Catherine Walton 604-981-1173 Grade 10-12 A-L cwalton@wvschools.ca
Stewart McAllen 604-981-1326 Grade 10-12 M-Z smcallen@wvschools.ca

Sentinel Secondary School | 1250 Chartwell Drive | 604-981-1130

Name Phone number Students Email Address
Lisa Ulinder Ext:  10410 Last name:  A-G lulinder@wvschools.ca
Rebecca Britten Ext:  10411 Last name:  H-L rbritten@wvschools.ca
Bhashy Pather Ext:  10412 Last name:  M-Sl bpather@wvschools.ca
Kate Drew Ext:  10413 Last name:  Sm-Z kdrew@wvschools.ca

Rockridge Secondary School | 5350 Headland Drive | 604-981-1300

Name Phone number Students Email Address
Michael Pandher  604-981-1315 All international students mpandher@wvschools.ca

Multicultural Worker School Hours | 778-271-2198 | international.mcw@wvschools.ca 

School Name Time
Location
West Vancouver Secondary Tuesday mornings The small room next to the office
Rockridge Wednesday mornings The small room next to the counselor’s office
Sentinel Thursday mornings Counselling Department office conference room

Child, youth, and family resources

Academic Expectations

International Students are expected to:

– attend all classes.

– be on time for class.

– maintain passing grades.

– have satisfactory or better work habits.

– participate in class.

– ask for assistance when needed.

– complete all work as assigned.

– be enrolled in a full course load.

 

Progressive Discipline for students not meeting expectations:

1. Warning (written or verbal)

2. Contract Meeting

3. Program Removal

 

Online courses
International students are required to have permission from International Programs if they are considering an online course. Online Course Form.  Please read the application form carefully to determine if you are eligible before you apply.

English Language Learning (ELL) Support

The purpose of ELL services is to support student success and inclusion in the school and society.  English Language Specialist teachers will assess you to determine your proficiency levels and the support that will best suit you.  If you have concerns, please see your ELL Specialist teacher or counsellor at the school.

 

For more information regarding West Vancouver Schools ELL supports, please read our brochure.

https://westvancouverschools.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/ELL-brochure-2020-web.pdf

Academies

Students can attend any of our secondary schools and be a part of any of the academy programs. The academies have training at different facilities and locations outside of the schools. Bus transportation is provided from all of the schools to the facilities for training. However, students are responsible for getting home when the sessions end.

If you have an interest in joining one of our academies, all information can be found here. https://westvancouverschools.ca/academies

IB and AP Programs

If you have interest in taking courses in these programs, please consult with your counsellor at the school.

For further information on IB. https://westvancouverschools.ca/ib

For further information on AP. https://westvancouverschools.ca/programs/advanced-placement

Graduation

Students who come to us from outside of BC wishing to graduate from West Vancouver Schools are required to be in our programs for a minimum of two years.  Graduation in BC starts with grade 10 level courses and for local students is a three year process.  Many international students can use prior learning from their home countries and use these credits towards graduation. It is not a simple process and there are rules and regulations around what courses need to be taken here and what credits can be counted from abroad.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/administration/legislation-policy/public-schools/international-student-graduation-credit

Graduation concerns and prior learning in the form of school report cards and transcripts should be sent to our office as well as your school counsellor. 

 

Official Graduation Diploma

Your Official Diploma will not be ready until August of your graduating year.  The provincial government makes the official statement concerning graduation.  Transcripts and Diploma’s for overseas are ordered by the student through the ministry.    https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/transcripts-and-certificates

Tips for Success

– Attend all of your classes. All classes and courses are considered equally important.  Missing any class means missing instruction and opportunities. Be on time, ask questions and participate in group discussions.

– Stay Organized. Make good use of a planner.  Paper or electronic. Set time limits for your activities and schedule your breaks.

– Have good study habits.  Focus on one thing at a time.  Study for your tests and quizzes. Complete all assignments and turn them in on time.

– Get Involved. Stay Healthy.  Say hi to others and talk to new classmates.  Join a club or a sport.  Get enough sleep and stay active.

School Field Trip Forms

These must be signed by your custodian or parent. If you do not live with your parent or custodian, experience has shown that the quickest way to get your form signed is to scan it and send it to your parents electronically.  Please do not ask your homestay parents to sign any forms.