Maple Leaf World Schools (MLWS) operates 2 high schools in Canadian university campuses: MLWS-TRU, and MLWS-KPU. Proudly partnering with universities, MLWS offers the British Columbia Graduation Program from grade 10 to 12. Our students share the state-of-the-art university facilities and have the opportunity to begin taking 1st year university courses at our partner universities. In 2020, over 90% of our graduates received admissions to QS Top 100 World Universities.
University on-campus experience accessing state-of-the-art facilities
University pathway with “Dual acceptance” opportunity
Strong academic with small class option
Seasoned teaching staff with international education experiences
“Dual-credits” – learning university courses in a high school
High-quality dormitory and homestay services
Rich after-school and weekend activities
Unique opportunity to study Mandarin and CSL courses
100% graduates accepted by global universities
A reliable educational brand listed in HKG with 25 years history
Learning at Maple Leaf World Schools - Canada during COVID-19
What learning looks like now: MLWS is currently offering students face-to-face instruction in our classrooms. We returned to our classrooms in September 2020. We have worked hard to meet the expectations of the our parent community, the BC Ministry of Education, the BC Centre for Disease Control, Worksafe BC and our university partner, with respect to COVID prevention measures.
Details of how was are mitigating the potential spread of COVID-19 can be found on our website.
Maple Leaf was founded in 2016 in order to provide a strong entry for international students into the Canadian educational system with a specific eye to achieving admission to and success at university in North America. The program has been engineered with that goal very firmly in mind, including all the supports necessary for the international student arriving in Canada, ESL courses and assessment, a full menu of AP offering, and travel and university guidance. Maple Leaf is smaller than some of the other international schools in the region, which is a draw for families looking for a more personal approach to curriculum delivery and student life. There are two campuses, both operating within existing tertiary institutions: Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops and Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond, BC. On arrival, students enter an environment that is student centered and populated by peers of a like mind and facing the same challenges, specifically around university preparation. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging, goal-oriented, and diverse academic environment.
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Curriculum approach at Maple Leaf World Schools: Traditional
Maple Leaf World Schools has a Traditional approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Liberal Arts, Progressive, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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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.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional - 15%   Liberal arts - 17%   Progressive - 17%   Montessori - 17%   Reggio Emilia - 17%   Waldorf - 17%
What Maple Leaf World Schools says: Maple Leaf World Schools - Canada are certified by Canadian provincial authorities and deliver high school program for students in grades 10-12. The schools offer dual credit opportunities in partnership with the University. This advanced start program allows grade 11 and 12 students to enroll in one university course each semester. Upon successful course completion, students receive both university and high school transcript credits.
A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
Computers and Technology at schools on OurKids.net
Heavy integration - 33%   Light integration - 20%   Medium integration - 47%
What Maple Leaf World Schools says: This information is not currently available.
What Maple Leaf World Schools says: Understanding our strengths, weaknesses, and personal preferences helps us plan and achieve our goals. Personal fitness can be maintained and improved through regular participation in physical activities.
Sex and health education approach at Maple Leaf World Schools: British Columbia curriculum
Maple Leaf World Schools has a British Columbia curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Does not follow prrovincialcurriculum approach).
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The structure, pacing, focus, and tone of the sex education curriculum reflects that of the provincial one, taught in public schools.
Sex and health education at schools on OurKids.net
Follows provincial curriculum - 55%   Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 45%
Approach to sex and health education: Mostly value-neutral
Maple Leaf World Schools has a approach Mostly value-neutral (as opposed to Fairly value-based approach).
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By and large, students are taught about sex free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. The school doesn't impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on students when teaching sex and related issues.
What Maple Leaf World Schools says: This information is not currently available.
This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.
Curriculum Pace approach at Maple Leaf World Schools: Standard-enriched
Maple Leaf World Schools has a Standard-enriched approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Accelerated, Student-paced approach).
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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 Maple Leaf World Schools says: Our Advanced Start Program offers authentic university-level learning opportunities within a wide variety of subject areas. Upon successful course completion, students receive both university transcript credit and high school transcript credit.
Flexible pacing style
Flexible pacing style
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 Maple Leaf World Schools says about flexible pacing: At MLWS, teachers endeavor to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. There is a strong understanding that students differ in their approaches to learning and individuals excel when learning experiences are meaningful.
Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.
Academic Culture approach at Maple Leaf World Schools: Supportive
Maple Leaf World Schools has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).
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A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Supportive - 50%   Rigorous - 50%
What Maple Leaf World Schools says: MLWS understands and uses both formal and informal assessment strategies are needed to support learning and academic performance. As a university preparatory school, MLWS encourages students to set clear academic goals to work towards.
Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.
Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
Secondary Developmental Priority: Balanced
"Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
What Maple Leaf World Schools says: MLWS aims to shape our students into the global leaders of tomorrow. By offering a strong academic program while fostering the well being of our students, graduates are well equipped with the skills and knowledge for success within their chosen university pathway.
Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.
Maple Leaf World Schools offers Indirect Support
Students remain in a regular classroom for the whole day; the teacher receives special training in accommodating special needs and/or learning disabled students.
What Maple Leaf World Schools says about their special need support: We offer small class sizes and after school tutorial support for individuals experiencing learning difficulties. We encourage prospective families to discuss required learning supports directly with the principal.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
Language Processing Disorder
This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
Drug and alcohol abuse
This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.
Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)
Homework is work that's assigned to students for completion outside of regular class time. There's a long-standing debate over homework. Should homework be assigned to school-age children? If so, in what grades? And how much homework should be assigned? In selecting the right school for your child, it's important to look closely at a school's homework policy.
In grade Gr. 12, Maple Leaf World Schools students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.
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What Maple Leaf World Schools says about their flipped classroom policy: This information is not currently available.
While all schools measure individual progress and achievement in students, they have different ways of doing this. For instance, many traditional schools gauge progress through report cards, which give students lettered or numbered grades. Other schools, meanwhile, measure progress in other ways, either in addition to or instead of giving grades. For instance, they may offer prose-based feedback (i.e, comments), academic achievement reporting, habits and behaviour reporting, and parent-teacher meetings. In choosing the right school for your child, take a close look at its policy for measuring the individual progress of students.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.
What Maple Leaf World Schools says:
Art and Design Club
Weekend Activities - 16 organized events each year
Basketball and Soccer Club
Competitive sports: N/A Recreational sports: 4
Legend: Competitive offered Recreational offered
Track & Field
Maple Leaf World Schools - Canada offers 11 clubs and extracurricular programs.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
Day (Domestic)Day (International)Boarding (Domestic)Boarding (International)Homestay (Domestic)Homestay (International)
What Maple Leaf World Schools says about their tuition: Maple Leaf World Schools provide customized pricing for each of our school locations. Prices are divided into international boarding & day students and Canadian boarding & day students. Fee category includes Tuition, Application Fee and Ancillary Fees.
2nd child (sibling)
3rd child (sibling)
4th child (sibling)
Need-based financial aid
Maple Leaf World Schools - Canada does not offer need-based financial aid.
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrolment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrolment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrolment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrolment per grade.
Gr. 10 to Gr. 12
Gr. 10 to Gr. 12
Gr. 10 to Gr. 10
Average class size
10 to 20
% of international students (total enrolment)
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
10 - 12
SSAT (out of province)
Day students: Rolling Boarding students: Rolling Homestay students: Rolling Offer mid-year entry:
We encourage you to speak with our Admissions Team to discover what makes our schools the right choice for you. They will be able to assist you in choosing which school destination may be the best option for your future studies. We encourage students to apply early due to limited space in our schools and the possible need to apply for a Canadian study permit.
Step 2 – Application
Applications can be made online or in person at our admissions office. Online application forms can be found on our website at http://north-america.mapleleafschools.com/admissions/apply-now/. You can also obtain hard copies from any of our admissions staff or certified agents. There is a $300 application fee. The application form must be signed by both the student and parent(s)/guardian(s).
Step 3 – Admission
Our admissions team will carefully review all submitted applications and documents. Once documents have been reviewed, the interview will be scheduled and if necessary, a written exam may also be organized. If the student is successful in their applications, they will be notified within three weeks of the interview.
Step 4 – Acceptance and Payment
While notified of their acceptance to our Maple Leaf World Schools, the student will also receive a Conditional Letter of Acceptance which will include details of the payment balance and deposit deadline. This will be sent via email. Once full payment of the tuition fee has been received by our office, the student will be issued an Official Letter of Acceptance via mail. Other essential forms including the custodian declaration form, accommodation, medical and registration will be provided via email. Payment of tuition and other fees can be completed through various options, including our Western-Union Payment Platform, bank transfers and cheque. An official receipt will be issued from Maple Leaf World Schools once payment has been received.
Acceptance Rate: 75%
This is the percentage of applicants typically accepted into the school. So if 50 students are admitted out of 100 applicants, the school has an overall acceptance rate of 50%.
Student Entry Points
This shows approximately how many openings there are likely to be in each grade in a typical year, as well as the estimated acceptance rate for each grade level.
Day Acceptance (Acceptance rate)
20 - 25 (75%)
Boarding Acceptance (Acceptance rate)
20 - 25 (75%)
15 - 20 (75%)
15 - 20 (75%)
Homestay Acceptance (Acceptance rate)
20 - 25 (75%)
15 - 20 (75%)
15 - 20 (73%)
Type of student Maple Leaf World Schools is looking for:
This information is not currently available.
Where graduates of a school do their post-secondary studies can be an important factor in choosing a private school. Do you want your child to go to a Canadian university, an Ivy league school in the US, or some other institute? Regardless of your inclinations, take a look at a school’s university placement record, and the services they offer to support university applications and decisions.
Average graduating class size
Students accepted into post-secondary studies upon graduation
Percentage of students who attend post-secondary institutions outside of Canada
Students who attended a Ivy+ school
Number of students in the past 5 years that that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)
Maple Leaf World Schools - Canada Graduates’ Post-Secondary Studies:
This information is not currently available.
Aggregate of All Schools’ Post-Secondary Studies:
24% - Liberal Arts and Sciences 25% - Engineering and Applied Sciences 24% - Business/Commerce 4% - Fine and Performing Arts 14% - Applied Health Sciences 2% - Applied Professional Studies (Post-grad certificate / diploma) 6% - Other
Maple Leaf World School – TRU proudly welcomes your child to British Columbia, Canada. The school is situated within Thompson River's University's Kamloops campus and is surrounded by community centers, libraries, restaurants, and shopping malls. The city of Kamloops has many wonderful places to explore which our students take advantage of through our weekend activity program. The school’s learning environment and facilities are outstanding and will provide for a safe and nurturing atmosphere for your child ’s learning. Student have access to state-of-the-art cafeteria, computer labs, gym, and science lab facilities within the university campus. For academically gifted students, our University Advance Start program allows students to enroll in 1st year university courses while completing their high school diploma. Our goal is to ensure that your child’s transition to Canada is both smooth and successful. On behalf of our entire faculty, we warmly welcome your family to Maple Leaf World School – TRU.
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