Bodwell offers a rigorous academic program, including Advanced Placement courses, and preparing students for university entrance. All students participate in our extra-curricular program, with emphasis on sports, fine arts and life skills in the boarding program. We have a strong ESL program for international students. Our culturally diverse environment enables students to become active learners and well-rounded citizens who contribute positively to the world. Our school motto is “Strength in Diversity.”
The Our Kids review of Bodwell High School
Bodwell began in 1991 with just six students, and has grown exponentially since then. It’s now one of the largest international boarding schools in the country. Throughout, the school has been developed to support learners arriving in Canada from overseas, including counsellors who can provide guidance on travel and visa requirements, and international credit equivalencies. The atmosphere in many ways in an expression of the surrounding city. Like Vancouver, the school is diverse, positioned to grant a global perspective. Graduates are encouraged to grow a sense of who they are in that wider world, both of the pacific rim and beyond. The ideal student is one preparing for university and, afterward, a professional engagement within an international context.
Stephen Goobie, Principal - Student Life
"A transformative education which helps young people ask big questions, expose common assumptions about the world, critically examine society, and cultivate empathy and responsibility is the ultimate goal. As an educator, a commitment to transformative education is my personal and professional mission."
What Bodwell High School says: Bodwell's trimester system gives students several advantages. Firstly, there are three entrance opportunities every year, in September, January, and April, giving students schedule flexibility. Secondly, the system allows a motivated student to complete one-and-a-half academic grades in each calendar year. This allows students to complete high school faster and begin their university studies sooner. Students can use the April term (Summer term) for valuable overseas travel and language learning and still be on pace with their peers to complete high school within a standard time frame.
These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
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What Bodwell High School says: Teachers at Bodwell use a mix of traditional versus discovery approaches depending on their own style, the familiarity of the students to the topic and the need for interaction in class. For example, one teacher stated 'I think it is important to introduce the topic, provide examples, then have students try some on their own'. Another teacher stated 'If it is a concept most students probably know, I try to create a mini, fun, "competition". Students get into teams and answer questions. The first team to get the answer gets a point." Another teacher concluded 'I choose a mix because some students thrive on inquiry and others are uncomfortable with problem solving without the "tools" first'.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.
Calculator policy: This varies from teacher to teacher however in general Bodwell permits the use of calculators according to the rules of BC Provincial Exams. In classrooms teachers do not permit the sharing of and use of the calculator on phones unless an activity requires this.
Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
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Teaching approach: In general teachers at Bodwell use the " equal balance" method for teaching science classes. If there is a concept that they feel students can figure out through inquiry, they choose the inquiry method. However, if a particular concept is challenging for most students, then they would use the expository method (direct instruction).
Topics covered in curriculum:
Treatment of evolution:
|Evolution as consensus theory|
|Evolution as one of many equally viable theories|
|Evolution is not taught|
These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
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What Bodwell High School says: The literature program is vertically aligned to build on critical skills from grade level to grade level. Through inquiry based methods, students are asked to make personal and world view connections to the literature. A mix of modern and classical literature is explored. Across a wide range of genres, the literature chosen is thematic, focusing on: identity, social issues, cultural diversity, community and self-awareness. Traditional, academic essay writing is taught, but students also demonstrate comprehension and critical thinking by completing projects such as a film, work of art, comic strip, and/or original poetry. Cooperative learning activities including debates, skits, pair work and group discussions are an integral part of daily lessons.
These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
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What Bodwell High School says: This information is not currently available.
These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
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What Bodwell High School says: Both methods are taught in French class. At the start of a unit it might be more audio-lingual as the students are introduced to new vocabulary or grammar structures. As their language skills develop we break out into group games, go around and do interviews in French, create little skits, read short texts in French and use new vocabulary in conversation and class routines, and even give short presentations where the other students ask the presenter questions in French to further work on understanding/ and responding.
Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Japanese • Spanish • ESL
These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
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Visual studio philosophy:
What Bodwell High School says: We offer Fine Arts for Grades 8 to 12, with Advanced Placement Visual Art 12 through submission of Art portfolios to the College Board. All Fine Arts courses follow BC Ministry current curriculum focus on core competency and connection to real life. The art teachers use a variety of medium. We are lucky to be on the North Shore with many boutique art galleries and studios with specialties plus the Vancouver Art Gallery and local art destinations that students go. We have increasing contact and join projects with community partners. Our students are also outdoor and active getting inspirations for art work. They also participate in art competitions and events regularly.
Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
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What Bodwell High School says: Bodwell is well equipped with cutting-edge network infrastructure, equipment, software applications, and databases. Apart from in ICT, teachers are free to utilize technology in their classrooms or not. We have a Bodwell standardized laptop that is used for academics only. The goal is to enhance learning and improve communications between staff and students. In addition, Bodwell students have a professional license to Office 365 which provides all Microsoft Office apps online and locally on their laptop. Students also have access to lynda.com and all major Adobe products. 7 smart boards (SB685 series and SB885 series) have been installed in different classrooms to enhance student learning—targeting various subject areas (Math, science, English, Humanities, ESL).
What Bodwell High School says: Physical Education is offered in grades 8-12 and follows the BC Ministry current curriculum with the aim of providing opportunities for students to experience a variety of activities and promote lifelong, healthy living. Our Physical Education program encompasses two specific aspects: fitness and sports. The fitness component of the program is a progressive program emphasizing cardio-respiratory development. One of the goals of the program is to teach and instill the skills necessary to live an active lifestyle that promotes health and physical literacy. The sport component of the program consists of activities from a variety of sports and games. A holistic approach is followed with mental, social, and physical domains addressed. The program is intended to allow the student to develop an appreciation of sport and an understanding of the strategies, skills and basic rules involved, encouraging a lifetime of participation.
Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula
|Completely segregated |
We completely segregate or separate secular and religious curricula. We don't teach them together or combine them in any ways.
|Mostly segregated |
We mostly segregate or separate secular and religious curricula. We teach very few, if any, secular and religious subjects together, and we don't combine them in any significant ways.
|Completely integrated |
We completely integrate the secular and religious curricula. We combine the teaching of religious and secular subjects for the entire, or almost the entire, day. Almost all of our units integrate secular and religious instruction.
|Mostly integrated |
We have a highly integrated curriculum. We integrate most of our religious and secular subjects. We teach a few secular and religious subjects on their own, though.
|Not applicable |
This doesn't apply to us because we don't have a religious curriculum.
Approach to teaching religion
|Scripture as literal |
Our religious scripture is a factual text that is literally the word of God. Our task is to understand it and clarify its meaning.
|Scripture as interpretive |
Our religious scripture, while the word of God, is open to interpretation and discussion.
What Bodwell High School says: We don't teach religious education. It may be touched upon in some classes for debate/discussion, however, unless it is part of the BC curriculum for that particular course, it is not covered in extensive detail.
|Topics||We begin covering this topic at:||Begins in British Columbia|
|Sexual health and hygiene|
|Sexually transmitted infections||Gr. 6|
|Sex and decision-making||Gr. 8||Gr. 8|
|Consent||Gr. 8||Gr. 8|
|Sexual orientation||Gr. 6|
|Gender identity||Gr. 6|
|Misconceptions relating to sexuality||Gr. 8||Gr. 8|
|Relationships and intimacy||Gr. 5|
|Bias and stereotyping about sex|
|Body image issues||Gr. 4|
|Mental illness||Gr. 7|
|Social justice and diversity|
What Bodwell High School says: This information is not currently available.
What Bodwell High School says: For grades 8 and 9, we offer 3 weeks on sexual health education covering the human body, reproduction and conception, pregnancy prevention, common sexually transmitted infections and prevention, with emphasis on healthy and active living and mental well-being. Planning 10 course is mandatory for grades 10 to 12 students and there is one week of five instructional blocks covering teenage health, and sexually transmitted illnesses.
Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
|Flexible pacing style||= offered|
|Multi-age classrooms as standard|
|Ability-grouping (in-class) as common|
|Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)|
|Regular guided independent study opportunities|
What Bodwell High School says about flexible pacing: The AEP (Academic & English Preparation) Program is a specialized English as a Second Language (ESL) program for students who are becoming proficient in English.
A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.
What Bodwell High School says: Bodwell offers a university preparatory program. When many of our students are from overseas and some are recent immigrant children, we offer a custom-designed Academic and English Preparation for them to improve their English skills before regular courses. Students succeed in the Language Arts, and are equally successful in provincial exams and in grade 12 academic averages to qualify for students’ choice universities. We provide additional formal learning Saturday mornings for specialized language courses, outdoor education, career exposure and community service projects. 70% of our 540 students are boarding on-site and our day and boarding programs are well integrated.
What Bodwell High School says: Our philosophy is to develop “active learners and well-rounded citizens who contribute positively to the world”. We emphasize equally on intellectual, social-emotional and physical development, the latter especially in terms of active living, health and fitness. 70% of our 540 students are boards and we make good use of the time resources and campus facilities to support these developmental goals. In addition to academic excellence, our students strive towards to a variety of athletic events (competing to provincial levels) and extra-curricular events including life skill workshops, career orientation and community services, local and international.
Bodwell High School offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.
|Support Type||= offered|
|Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation|
|Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties|
What Bodwell High School says: Our school’s unique learning needs arise from a bigger group of ELL students coming from around the world. Therefore, we are carefully screening out students who might have other special learning needs that we cannot meet. If we discover students who might need assessment and eventually special education services, their parents will be carefully explained how and where to get them.
Bodwell High School does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.
In grade 12, Bodwell High School students perform an average of >2 hours of homework per night.Nightly Homework
|Bodwell High School||45 mins||60 mins||90 mins||120 mins||160 mins|
|Site Average||59 mins||71 mins||82 mins||97 mins||110 mins|
How assessments are delivered across the grades:
|Lettered or numbered grades||8 to 12|
|Prose (narrative)-based feedback||8 to 12|
|Non-lunch recess||Frequency |
How often recess takes place, not including lunch recess.
Weather permitting, whether recess takes places inside or outside.
How many minutes of non-lunch recess time are offered per day, on average.
|Lunch recess||Amount |
How many minutes of lunch recess time are offered per day, on average.
What Bodwell High School says: This information is not currently available.Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods.
|Track & Field|
|Day (International)||$19,700 / day|
|Discount Type||Enrollment Type||Amount|
|2nd child (sibling)||all students||5%|
|3rd child (sibling)||all students||5%|
|4th child (sibling)||all students||5%|
This information is not currently available.
This information is not currently available.
|Average enrollment per grade||119|
|Gender (grades)||8 to 12 (Coed)|
|Boarding offered||Gr. 8 - 12|
|% in boarding (total enrollment)||76%|
|% in boarding (grade-eligible)||53%|
|Interview||8 - 12|
|SSAT (out of province)|
|Entrance Exam(s)||8 - 12|
1. Is Bodwell the right school for you? Understand Bodwell’s Mission and Vision and decide if Bodwell is the right fit for you. Arrange for a visit to school, if appropriate. 2. Submit an Application Form Check First • View Term Calendar as a PDF document. • Understand overall application process. • Questions? Contact our Admissions Officer. Apply Online Go to online application page, create an account and follow instructions there. You can make multiple applications with a single account. Please make sure you have all supporting document files ready listed in Section 3 below to complete the application. You will be updated of your application status through your registered email. Bodwell Online Application System Apply through Email Or alternatively, you can download an Application Form and/or Dormitory Application Form or Homestay Application Form, complete it, and email them to the corresponding Admissions Officer. 3. Submit Supporting Documents Required documents: • Complete transcripts and progress reports of the past 3 years of schooling • An essay (over 1 page) indicating why the student would like to study at Bodwell • A photo copy of student’s passport ID page • Immunization history record You can submit these documents via: • electronic files while applying online • or scan & email to your corresponding Admissions Officer • or fax to +1-604-924-5058 • or post mail to: 955 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada V7P3S4 Application Fee and ID Photos: • CAD $200 Application Fee (non-refundable) • 2 recent ID photos Also required: • Interviews in person or by phone • Two confidential Letters of Recommendation from teachers 4. Payment of Fees After reviewing the application, we will inform you via email of the program into which the student will be accepted and the appropriate fees (see sample fees) in the Letter of Offer document. We require full payment of fees in order to issue the student’s Letter of Acceptance (which is required for visa application purposes – international students only). 5. Receive Letter of Acceptance Upon receipt of the full payment, we will send you a Letter of Acceptance and the official receipts. International students should apply for their student visa as soon as they receive the Letter of Acceptance. 6. Arrange Custodianship for International Students If the student is under 19 years of age, Canadian Immigration requires custodianship. If he/she stays in our student dormitory or homestay program, Bodwell High School can assume supervisory responsibility and meet the custodianship requirement. 7. English Placement Test for International Students An on-line English test will be arranged for all international students. Upon arrival at Bodwell High School, the student will be asked to write the English Placement Test. According to the test results, he/she will be placed in an appropriate level of the Academic & English Preparation (AEP), a specialized ESL program program, or regular high school grade.
Type of student Bodwell High School is looking for: We are looking for students who can actively and positively impact on our school student community by giving their best at both academics and student life. Prospective students must demonstrate this in their application, submitted transcripts, references and interview. As of September 2016, all new students will start in boarding. Upon completion of the Boarding Program, students may apply to move to a Bodwell homestay.
Student Entry Points
|Average graduating class size||170|
|*Canadian "Big 6" placements||20|
*Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.
**Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)
What Bodwell High School says:
|Boris Remes||2006||Boris now works as Assistant Director, Graduate Recruitment & Admissions at Schulich School of Business at York University.|
|Mikhail Beridze||2010||Mikhail is a judo champion. In 2016 he won the Alberta Provincials, Saskatchewan Open and Bronze at the Pacific International all at 90kg class.|
|Jeff Liao||1997||Jeff is an accomplished artist/photographer who has had many exhibitions and books published concerning his work in and around New York. See more here: http://bodwell.edu/jeff-liao-museum-of-the-city-of-new-york-exhibition/|
It is our vision that Bodwell High School be characterized by * Students who are confident, respectful, responsible citizens of the world, with the necessary tools to be successful in life and to contribute positively to society * A staff that is a professional learning community: well educated, yet continuing to grow professionally through on-going learning, cooperation, collaboration, and mutual support; and consisting of people who serve as positive role models for students and their parents * Administration that decisively, consistently, efficiently and supportively works to serve the best interests of the school community * Parents who strongly trust and support the school and its programs * A curriculum that is well-defined, purposeful, diverse, well-balanced, challenging and engaging, and which serves to interconnect mind, body and soul. It is also our vision that our school be recognized in the community as one that achieves high academic standards, and whose students and graduates are citizens of good character. The most important criteria for measuring our success will be our ability to attract students motivated by our mission; the high number of graduating students entering post-secondary institutions; and the resulting sense of satisfaction and reward felt by the Bodwell school community. ...
At Bodwell High School, we provide a culturally-diverse environment for students from around the globe, and enable them to become active learners and well-rounded citizens who contribute positively to the world. ...
Bodwell High School was founded in 1991 in the City of Vancouver and is a non-denominational, co-educational day and boarding school, offering grades 8 to 12 and university preparation. In September, 2003, the school moved into its new facility on Harbourside Drive in North Vancouver, overlooking beautiful Burrard Inlet and the Vancouver harbour. Our goal is to provide high-quality programs that will foster positive experiences for our students. Bodwell teachers offer intellectual stimulation and mentorship to support our students' pursuit of knowledge and creativity. Bodwell counsellors provide guidance and are empathetic listeners. They are also an important communication link between parents and students. Accommodation is available for international students in either the student dormitory or with our carefully selected homestay families. International students who join Bodwell with insufficient English to start the regular academic program are offered a specialized English as a Second Language (ESL) program. The program involves a content-based approach that combines high school subject content with language teaching. ...
With An Enlightened Canadian Philosophy of Education, A Challenging Curriculum, and A Dedicated Faculty Bodwell High School is a private co-educational boarding school offering grades 8 to 12, and university preparation, in the beautiful City of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The school is registered with and inspected by the Ministry of Education. We're recognized as a leader among Canadian boarding schools. Students who fulfill a grade 12 graduation program will receive a Dogwood Diploma, a high school graduation diploma issued by the Ministry of Education. We accept local and international students. Credits obtained at Bodwell will be transferred to the students' home country for equivalence. Most of our students go on to college or university after Bodwell, many with scholarships. In the Bodwell High School symbol, we see the emerging student reaching out with confidence to embrace the world of opportunity. Surrounding the student is a circle of converging forces - an enlightened Canadian philosophy of education, a challenging curriculum and a dedicated faculty. ...
Bodwell High School won a prestigious peer-voted Study Travel Magazine STAR HIGH SCHOOL of the year award in London ...
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