AN OUR KIDS REPORT:Bodwell High School vs. Columbia International College

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  • SCHOOL LOCATION

    Distance From

    Map

    Address

    Address

    955 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7P 3S4, Canada

    1003 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4P3, Canada

    Distance

    Distance

    2,329.0 km

    316.9 km

  • SCHOOL OVERVIEW

    Basics

    Basics

    Founded

    1991

    1979

    Enrolment

    560

    1700

    Grades

    8 to 12

    9 to 12

    Gender

    Coed

    Coed

    Living arrangements

    Day, Homestay, Boarding

    Day, Boarding

    Language of instruction

    English

    English

    Faith Based

    School focus

    Academic

    Academic

    Developmental Priorities

    Balanced
    Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation.
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Balanced
    Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation.
    Balanced
    Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation.

    Academics

    Academics

    Curriculum

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate

    Traditional

    Curriculum pace

    Standard-enriched
    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.
    Standard-enriched
    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.

    Academic culture

    Rigorous
    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”.
    Rigorous
    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”.

    Avg. Class Size

    18 to 24

    12 to 22

    Special needs support

    Gifted learner support

    In-class adaptations

    Preschool/K curriculum

    Tuition

    Tuition

    Day Tuition

    $26,000

    Boarding Tuition

    $29,000

    $3,000

    Financial aid (FA)

    No

    No

    Students on FA

    0%

    0%

    Eligible grades for FA

    None

    None

    Median FA package size

    $0

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment

    Avg. enrollment per grade

    112

    425

    Percent in boarding

    86%

    100%

    Admissions

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    60%

    86%

    Day entry years

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    Boarding entry years

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    Day admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Rolling

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Rolling

    Interview required?

    Yes: grades 8 - 12

    No

    SSAT required

    No

    No

  • OUR PERSPECTIVE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

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    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    While some schools pride themselves on being small, Columbia finds its strength in being large—with a student population in excess of 1800, it is easily the largest boarding school in Canada. What Columbia might lack in intimacy it gains in the ability to provide a wealth of supports and programs that smaller schools simply can't. The school maintains extensive liaison offices, a dedicated guidance staff, and even its own medical clinic. The faculty, through size and experience, is remarkably adept at providing a quality, well-rounded education with an eye to success in postsecondary education. The school provides ESL to students who need it, and liaises directly with universities in Canada and beyond in order to facilitate the transition to postsecondary education. In all, the school excels at doing what it was created to do: to support the university-bound international learner who is living away from home within a culture, and at times a language, that is unfamiliar.
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    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.

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    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    While some schools pride themselves on being small, Columbia finds its strength in being large—with a student population in excess of 1800, it is easily the largest boarding school in Canada. What Columbia might lack in intimacy it gains in the ability to provide a wealth of supports and programs that smaller schools simply can't. The school maintains extensive liaison offices, a dedicated guidance staff, and even its own medical clinic. The faculty, through size and experience, is remarkably adept at providing a quality, well-rounded education with an eye to success in postsecondary education. The school provides ESL to students who need it, and liaises directly with universities in Canada and beyond in order to facilitate the transition to postsecondary education. In all, the school excels at doing what it was created to do: to support the university-bound international learner who is living away from home within a culture, and at times a language, that is unfamiliar.

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  • INSIDER PERSPECTIVES

    Written Reviews

    Written Reviews

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    "The teachers are dedicated, knowledgeable, and passionate about fostering a nurturing learning environment."
    Tanatswa Chitenga - Alumnus   (Oct 23, 2023)
    Like any other person, change always makes one anxious as it is unknown what's to come. There is not... View full review

    "Because of the lower number of students, there was always someone ready to assist anyone with anything."
    Oleg Pak - Alumnus   (Nov 27, 2023)
    From the very first time I entered Bodwell High School and saw the glowing diverse faces of the stud... View full review

    "The teaching and learning environment at Bodwell was very personal."
    Danat Turakbayev - Alumnus   (Jan 24, 2024)
    I had a positive lifetime-changing experience at Bodwell High School. I believe it influenced most i... View full review

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    "Student life at Columbia International College offers a unique and enriching experience, with a diverse student body and a range of extracurricular activities."
    Han Tu Nguyen - Alumnus   (Feb 29, 2024)
    My time at Columbia International College was truly enriching. One of the highlights was the excepti... View full review

  • School’s perspective

    Who are you, as a school?

    Who are you, as a school?

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    "Bodwell offers a rigorous academic program, including IB and AP components, and prepares students for university entrance. All students participate in extra-curriculars, with emphasis on sports, fine arts and life skills in the boarding program. We have a strong ESL program and our Saturday enrichment program allows students to expand their learning and to gain "real-world" knowledge. Our diverse environment enables students to become active learners and well-rounded citizens who contribute positively to the world."

    • Established in 1991, Bodwell is a leading boarding and university preparatory school in Canada
    • Academic programming including IB MYP, AP courses, and academic English support
    • Multi-lingual counsellors that help students with academic guidance and university preparation
    • On-campus Boarding Program that teaches self-care, interpersonal skills & leadership
    • 36 hours of co-curricular programming for academic support and active learning outside of class
    • Bodwell's modern waterfront campus is equipped with two gymnasiums and swimming pool
    • Proven success - high rate of student offers to top universities in Canada and around the world
    • Diversity is our strength - our population of international students come from 40+ countries
    • Our grade 8-10 IB curriculum provides rigor and skill-focused learning, ideal for higher education

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    "Columbia International College is Canada’s largest private boarding school, offering Grades 9 to 12 programs. Our Total Care Education System® ensures that every student’s academic, social, emotional and physical needs are tended to. We are #1 in offers of admission from the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and McMaster University. We are also #1 in scholarships awarded by universities. We offer the only official University of Toronto partnership program - the Elite Pathway Partnership Program."

    • Canada's largest boarding school
    • Total Care Education System® - Total Learning, Total Living, Total Development, Total Communication
    • Offers Grade 9-12 , ESL, and Summer Camp, Short-term/Exchange programs
    • Offer the only official University of Toronto partnership program - the Elite Pathway
    • Leadership programming and The Duke of Edinburgh award ( Bronze, Silver and Gold)
    • University Partners® provide exclusive scholarships to graduates
    • University of Toronto's official Global Partner School
    • # 1 in university admissions and scholarships among all high schools in Canada
    • Separate residences for boys and girls with door-to-door school bus transportation
    • Official Test Centre for IELTS

    What do you do differently and uniquely well?

    What do you do differently and uniquely well?

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    "We prioritize university preparation at Bodwell High School, reflected through our expansive multi-cultural counselling team. Our students benefit from well-supported and personalized learning opportunities through the IB Middle Years Program, AP courses, Academic English Preparation program, and a wide range of co-curricular courses (over 100) that provide academic support, skill-building and exploration of interests. Located close to the city, the Bodwell boarding program is fully on-campus."

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Information not available

    Why do you think families choose you over schools they compare you to?

    Why do you think families choose you over schools they compare you to?

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    "We have proven success through high acceptance rates to top Canadian and global universities. Bodwell graduates enter post-secondary life with strong life-skills and English-language development gained through a strongly supportive multicultural community. With a safe and secure on-site boarding experience, students are equipped to focus on their learning. Our modern campus, located close to the city, also offers ample opportunities for engaging activities and exploration."

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Information not available

    What might families find surprising about your school?

    What might families find surprising about your school?

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    "Families might be surprised to learn that Bodwell's student body is almost entirely international. Because of this, we are able to customize our programming. Our community enjoys a modern campus, located close to the core of Vancouver. Students come together from around the world to enjoy a shared and supportive multi-cultural experience, with extra and co-curricular opportunities focused on addressing their needs as international students."

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Information not available

    What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

    What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    "Something many families appreciate later in their relationship with Bodwell is the deep and continued commitment we have to open communication with parents. As many of our parents live in different countries, we truly embrace a philosophy that parents are our partners in education - and we work hard to make sure that parents feel their voices are heard."

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

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    What five facts about your school tell your story?

    What five facts about your school tell your story?

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    "- 96% rate of university admissions
    - Our 2021 class of 128 graduates received 547 university offers
    - We have a carefully tailored curriculum bridging the IB curriculum, our provincial curriculum, and AP courses
    - Our team of 10 multi-lingual academic counsellors help students from around the world find success
    - We offer 100+ co-curricular options for students to seek academic support, and explore skills and interests"

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Information not available

  • SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

    Message from school leadership

    Message from school leadership

    "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."

    Welcome!

    As Principal of Columbia International College, my belief is that in order for your children to be successful as international students, they need to be cared for as if they were at home with you. All my teachers and staff share the same belief.

    The need for students to learn in an environment where they are well supported is the chief concern that thousands upon thousands of parents have shared with us over the years. From its beginning in 1979, CIC was built to address this concern. We wanted to make sure that every international student could study in a fully supported environment of caring: academically, socially, emotionally and physically.

    We created an approach that would do just that – look after the whole child around the clock. We call it the Total Care Education System®. It’s a study environment where the academic program, the staff and the facilities are fully integrated as one – all geared towards helping students achieve success and give parents peace of mind.

    After almost 40 years, we are proud of how well our Total Care approach works. Our students are most successful in getting admitted to some of the world’s best universities and receiving admission scholarships. Our consistent, proven track record has gained the confidence among parents from over 100 countries.

    But most important to me, it’s how the students have achieved success: in a supportive environment, one where they can study in health, safety and happiness and where their parents can be fully confident that they are being cared for.

    Columbia International College can make the difference in how your child can go higher with their future: positively building their character and helping them to be responsible, global citizens. Through our brochure and website, you can learn more about how Total Care Education System provides peace of mind for parents and fosters success for students.

    If you have any questions about our approach, please reach out to me personally at [email protected].

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Bodwell's linear system gives students several advantages. Firstly, there are three entrance opportunities every year, in September, January, and July, 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. ESL students also have an opportunity to join from November and April in addition to Fall, Spring & July intake.

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

      CIC offers a wide variety of courses to enable students to meet the admission requirements for their desired university programs. https://www.cic-totalcare.com/total-care-education/total-care-learning/courses/ CIC has a Traditional approach to Curriculum. Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics


        Approach

        Approach

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        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'.

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        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.

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Science


        Approach

        Approach

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        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.

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        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).

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Physics

      • Literature


        Approach

        Approach

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        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.

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Foreign Languages


        Approach

        Approach

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        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.

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts


        Approach

        Approach

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        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.

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy


        Approach

        Approach

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        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).

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

        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.

        COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

        Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE


      Pace

      Pace

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      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.

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      The AEP (Academic & English Preparation) Program is a specialized English as a Second Language (ESL) program for students who are becoming proficient in English.

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE


      Culture

      Culture

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      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”.

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

      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 the school says

      What the school says

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      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. 80% of our 650 students are boarding on-site and our day and boarding programs are well integrated.

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES


      Primary

      Primary

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Balanced
      Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation.

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

      Balanced
      Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation.


      Secondary

      Secondary

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

      Balanced
      Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

      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. 80% of our 650 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.

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

      Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

    Ultimate


    Clubs Offered

    Clubs offered

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    • GVISAA Boys' Volleyball Champions 2014
    • GVISAA Girls' Volleyball Champions 2014
    • NSSSAA Senior Boys' Basketball Champions 2016
    • BCHSBBA Senior Boys' Basketball Champions 2015
    • NSSSAA Boys' Swimming Champions 2015

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    • We run multiple varsity teams, including basket ball, soccer, badminton, table tennis, and dance.
    • 90+ clubs and extracurricular activities for students
    • School Club Fair is held twice a year where students can learn more about, and register for, extracurricular activities.
    • We have a very robust and highly competitive intramural program(Basket ball, soccer, badminton, and table tennis).
    • We have a competitive Model United Nation team, competes internationally.
    • Every student completes leadership training in our tiered leadership program.
    • We provide the opportunity for students to participate in all levels of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program. We offer weekly community service opportunities for our students to meaningfully give back to out local community. We provide options for students to fulfill all aspects of the Award, including the Adventure Journey.
    • We offer a dynamic weekend program with a variety of trips and activities.
  • Financial Aid

    Grades eligible

    Grades eligible

    Students on aid

    Students on aid

    0%

    0%

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    $0

    $0

  • ADMISSIONS

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    60%

    86%

    Day entry years

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    Boarding entry years

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    Day admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Rolling

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Rolling

    Interview required?

    Yes: grades 8 - 12

    No

    SSAT required

    No

    No

    SSAT(out of province) required

    No

    No

    Entrance exams required

    Yes: grades 8 - 12

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

    Entrance essay required

    No

    No

    Application fee required

    No

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    BODWELL HIGH SCHOOL

    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. All new students will start in our Boarding Program. Upon completion of the Boarding Program, students may apply to move to a Bodwell homestay.

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Students who are pursuing OSSD and post-secondary education.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Students are asked to submit their transcripts from their previous school with their application form.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    Alumni

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    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/

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Roger Tong (1981)
    Roger Tong is AsiaSat’s Chief Executive Officer. Roger has over 30 yearsʼ experience in the satellite and telecommunications industry.
    Ken Seng Tan (1988)
    Dr. Ken Seng Tan is a prominent figure in the world of Actuarial Sciences, professor at the University of Waterloo and member of Canada’s Research Chair in Quantitative Risk Management.
    Sasha-Kay Gilzean (2002)
    Sasha-Kay is a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, the Bar Council (UK), the Jamaican Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario.
    You Ming Tan (2007)
    You Ming Tan (谭佑铭) is a successful creative singer songwriter in China. In 2010, he won the 4th place in China’s Super Boy Singing Competition, a popular reality TV talent show in China.

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