International Students at Aspengrove
Aspengrove welcomes students from around the globe who have the potential to be successful in our International Baccalaureate university preparatory program and are eager to contribute to the life of the school. A challenging academic program combined with a diverse program of co-curricular activities and the opportunity to be immersed in the local culture are among the reasons that students come to Aspengrove for their education.
Preparation for University
As only one of nine schools in Canada authorized to offer the complete International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum from JK-3 to Grade 12 our students graduate well-prepared to attend the university of their choice. Students are offered support in their applications process whether they are planning to attend university in Canada, the United States or around the world.
Not every student will go to Harvard, but universities will notice if you take IB:
“Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Program on the transcript.”
–Marilyn McGrath Lewis, Asst. Dean of Admissions Harvard University
Read the following article for more on how the IB program is the ideal preparation for university.
Support is available for students who do not speak English as a first language. Ideally applicants to Grades 10 to 12 have spent time studying in English in an English-speaking country. Students requiring ESL support will be assessed and the appropriate level of ESL support provided. Assessment tools include the Secondary Level of English Proficiency (SLEP) Test, Stanford Achievement (SAT) tests in Reading Comprehension, a written assignment, and an oral interview conducted in person or via Skype.
At Aspengrove we don’t have a homestay program; we run a family boarding program. What’s the difference? You can be confident that students placed at Aspengrove will be cared for by a faculty member or a family with students currently at our school, not placed by a local company in a home that has no connection to our school. The program is administered entirely at the school by the Assistant Head of School who has more than a decade of boarding school leadership experience and was a boarder himself as a student.
Even when they go home at the end of the day our international students maintain a close connection to the school rather than trying to adapt their busy academic schedule to the needs of the family that is hosting them. In short, an Aspengrove International student is a part of our community 24-hours a day and we work on their behalf to give them a better Canadian experience every day. When holidays come we don’t close our program down and ask students to find another place to stay as traditional boarding schools often do over long weekends and major breaks such as Christmas. Aspengrove students are welcome here all the time. Our commitment to them doesn’t end as long as they are in Canada.
Family Boarding Hosts
Our families are very carefully selected and are current staff or families of our students. Every effort is made to match the student’s interests with those of the family. These families know the school, its culture, and its values. They work with teachers and staff to ensure the best possible learning experience for their student.
Consider what Mrs. de Jong, who is both a teacher and a host said about the experience:
“…It didn’t take long before he became one of the family. It was rewarding for us to spend the time watching him grow and gain a good grasp of the English language. Our daughter got a few Japanese words in the bargain as well. Kiyo is a talented mature individual who brought music, art and even culinary delights into our home. It was an experience that we will never forget. We have made a connection for life.”
Aspengrove looks for hosts who are interested in welcoming a new member to the family. They are open-minded, appreciative of cultural differences and understand that the role they have makes a huge contribution to the speed at which language is acquired and to the overall impressions and memories a student will have of their time at Aspengrove.
Family boarding relationships are often the beginning of long-lasting friendships.
Why Choose Canada for your Education?
Before all else, you will likely consider which country you would like to live in. Consider Canada.
Whether you want to return home for university or plan for your university studies in Canada, the United States or one of any number of other countries, You will be well-prepared by starting your journey in Canada.
Canada’s reputation is known around the world. One of the safest, most liveable countries, Canada is respected for not only accepting but embracing other cultures and a variety of beliefs. We will share our culture with you but we also look forward to learning from you.
Our education system is world class with degrees and diplomas recognized around the world. Whether you want to study business in the United States, medicine in the United Kingdom or stay right here in Canada – our top universities consistently rank amongst the very best in the world and Aspengrove students are accepted to them each year – you’ll be ready when you complete high school in Canada.
Aspengrove School, in particular, is committed to the prestigious and challenging International Baccalaureate curriculum. You’ll be well-prepared for university; indeed, you should enter university with many credits, possibly a full year, already earned.
We are located on the West Coast of Canada. The most well-known city nearby is Vancouver, host of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Many people imagine Canada as cold. But our part of Canada has a milder climate than places you imagine in North America like New York, Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Toronto and many, many more well-known cities. In those great cities you’ll face harsh winters but here on the West Coast of Canada we almost never see snow! The average temperature in winter is 9-degrees celsius. But you are still closeby to enjoy popular winter sports, for the mountains are not far away, while being able to enjoy a day on the ocean even in winter.
There are many other great reasons to come to Canada for your education. Take a few minutes to look through this resource.
About Nanaimo, British Columbia
Nanaimo is located in Central Vancouver Island. It sits at the hub between Vancouver, the spectacular west coast resort of Tofino, ski destinations to the north and Victoria to the South. It is an ideal destination to explore all of the finest the West Coast of Canada has to offer.
Nanaimo, British Columbia has a Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and mild winters. One of the warmest places in Canada we have an average temperature in summer of 21°C and 9°C in winter. It rarely snows and rainfall is far less than Vancouver, BC or Seattle, WA.
With a population of 80,000, Nanaimo is a small, extremely safe community where students have access to all the recreational facilities of a large city, shopping, and restaurants, and only a brief 15-minute flight or ferry ride to Vancouver. In fact, Aspengrove is far closer to Vancouver or Whistler than any other independent school on Vancouver Island.
Aspengrove has 300 students in all grades. With the size to do all that a large school can take on – from sports teams to school musicals – yet small enough that every teacher knows your name and every student feels part of a small family. Our setting is rural, with a 40-acre campus of trees and trails, yet we sit just across the highway from an urban setting.