International Students

Welcome to St. Joseph School!

Thank you for considering St. Joseph Catholic School for the International Student Program. You will discover a welcoming and friendly community centred school of approximately 280 students from Kindergarten through Grade 7.

We take pride in our strong academic, physical education, and fine arts programs. Making connections and forming relationships with our staff, students and parents, and the greater community is a vital part of who we are. At St. Joseph your child will be known on a first name basis by the principal and all staff members.

St. Joseph School offers a full range of programs and activities to enrich our students’ experience:

  • Athletic teams - volleyball, basketball, cross country running
  • Concert band
  • Dramatic productions
  • Alpine skiing through the Big White after school ski program
  • Chess club

Our classes enjoy exploring the community through regular field trips to local museums, indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, and local theatrical and musical performances.

Our international students are a welcomed addition to our school and will receive support and encouragement from teachers, staff, and the school community. A program coordinator at the school serves as a link between the teachers, students, and families.

Homestay families are carefully chosen carefully to provide a loving, home-like environment. Strong support is given to students in their academic, emotional and social development while in Canada.

For visiting parents, the Okanagan Valley is a popular tourist destination, located approximately 3.5 hours east of Vancouver. The Okanagan is known for crystal clear lakes, scenic mountains, world class wineries and restaurants, and world-class skiing.

We recommend 3-5 month terms for international students. Full year programs are available to those who are mature and independent and have some international experience. We also offer customized programs to allow for short term stays ranging from a few days to weeks.

For more information, please contact Blaine Melnyk, International Students Program Coordinator, ac.dnsic@kynlemb or 250-762-2730.

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Homestay Families needed for 2018/2019 & beyond!

Have you considered hosting an international student? If you...

  • live within 45 minutes of St. Joseph School
  • can provide transportation to and from school
  • have a furnished bedroom for student's sole use
  • have an English speaking household
  • enjoy sharing your knowledge of Canada, BC, and the Okanagan

we invite you to apply to become a homestay family. Discover another culture while giving a student a life-changing Canadian experience.

Contact Blaine Melnyk, International Students Program Coordinator, ac.dnsic@kynlemb or 250-762-2730 for more information.