The Fraser Valley is one of the few geographical locations on the planet that enjoys the mild and moderate features of a ‘West Coast Marine’ climate. We are neither too cold in the winter, nor too hot in the summer and enjoy the differences of four distinct seasons. Chilliwack has the highest average annual temperature in Canada at 10.5°C. It is even possible to golf or play tennis outdoors on some of our warmer winter days in Chilliwack.
In Chilliwack School District we attempt to immerse our International Students into our regular classes with our Canadian students as much as possible. English language support is always available. Our extremely low number of ELL students in each school allows us to offer ELL classes with no more than twelve students per class and a number of ELL classes with as few as three students! It’s simple – more individual assistance greatly hastens each student’s English language acquisition and proficiency.
Visitors to our schools consistently comment on the welcoming and friendly reception they experience from our students. We all benefit from a school culture in which any form of aggression is essentially non-existent, in which students go out of their way to contribute to each other and the general welfare of our schools. Our students are very accepting of International Students, and seek to learn more about their diverse cultural backgrounds. Our International Students easily form new friendships and are encouraged to get involved with school activities with their peers.
Our Teachers and Staff enjoy a mutually respectful relationship with students, in which kindness, listening and humour underscores learning. The staff in our schools demonstrate their dedication to students through quality lessons, after-school support, scholarship preparation sessions, and through the many hours given to athletic coaching and special events. All school-based clubs enjoy the support of an enthusiastic Teacher sponsor. International Students are not only welcomed, but encouraged to engage in all aspects of their chosen school, and will always have the support of the adults in the building.
We are very fortunate in Chilliwack to have so many wonderful families to support our International Student program. Our families have all voluntarily opened their homes to provide the “Canadian Experience” for our International Students. You will be welcomed into the home, included in family meals and activities, and have an additional opportunity to develop your English speaking skills. Many of our Homestay families are also Teachers in our schools, so they understand some of the challenges you may face as a student new to our country. As an International Student, you are encouraged to spend time with your homestay family.