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Bodwell High School

Grades Gr. 8 TO Gr. 12 — North Vancouver, BC (MAP)

Bodwell High School:

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  • Grades
    Gr. 8 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    18 — 24 students
  • Tuition
    $29,500 to 61,225/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
    AP, FISA, IB
  • Enrolment
    40 day students, 480 boarding students, 40 homestay students
  • Curriculum
    Progressive & International Baccalaureate

School address

  • 955 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7P 3S4 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

Bodwell offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider, airport pick-up.

The regions Bodwell offers busing from are:

  • North Vancouver
  • Vancouver

Additional notes: Pick-Up --> 7:50 - Lonsdale Quay Pick-Up --> 7:55 - Salvation Army Drop-Off --> 8:00 - Bodwell High School

Our Perspective

How we see 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.

School's Perspective

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How Bodwell High School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Bodwell High School is a respected leader in university preparation and boarding. Through a mixed IB/AP curriculum and extensive academic support, more than 98% of Bodwell students enter the university of their choice. Alongside Bodwell's curriculum, the school's boarding program provides a varied extracurricular experience that encompasses life skills, fine arts, and sports. Students are encouraged and supported to become well-rounded individuals that excel with their chosen passion."

  • 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

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"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."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"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."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"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."

What might families find surprising about your 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."

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School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Bodwell High School

Video reviews of Bodwell High School

Alum, Helena Alexandra (2021)

Watch our alum interview with Helena Alexandra to learn about the unique experience of attending Bodwell High School.

Alum, David Chen (2020)

Watch our alum interview with David Chen to learn about the unique experience of attending Bodwell High School.

Written reviews of Bodwell High School


Alumnus, Danat Turakbayev (2024)

Gr. 10 to Gr. 12 — I had a positive lifetime-changing experience at Bodwell High School. I believe it influenced most i...


Alumnus, Elijah Jonas (2024)

Gr. 12 — My overall experience at Bodwell was a learning curve in my life. I learned that we are all the same...


Alumnus, Michael Mushauri (2024)

Gr. 10 to Gr. 12 — My first experience at Bodwell High School was as a culture and academic exchange student coming fro...
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School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Stephen Goobie, Principal
B.Sc.(Hons.), B.Ed., M.Ed.

"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."

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