To be honest, I prefer the Canadian way of educating high schoolers better, but I also believe both education systems are some of the best in the world.
Gulf Islands School District
School DescriptionSCHOOLS AND ACADEMIES
Gulf Islands School District based on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia is home to Gulf Islands Secondary School. Students attending this school district can choose to take part in the French Immersion program. Students also have the opportunity of taking AP Studio Art or AP Literature or can also take Dual Credit courses in both trade and non-trade courses. Students in this district have the opportunity to explore more specialized course options such as leadership and robotics.
In this school district students only study for four days a week, meaning that whilst they have a longer school day, meaning that students study for the same amount of time as those in five day schools, Friday is a special day reserved for activities, certificate programs, and allows for students to focus on their passions .
Facilities at Gulf Islands allow students to pursue interests in culinary arts, metal work, wood work, and arts. Students also have access to exceptional computer technology programs, including computer animation, media arts, computer programming and computer assisted drafting.
SPORTS AND ARTS
Students have the opportunity to take part in a number of sports teams and also take part in more sports such as swimming or karate in their spare time in the community.
Gulf Islands is home to the Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts or GISPA, which offers advanced education in Music, Dance and Theatre for students in grades 9-12. A student enrolled in GISPA receives ongoing, comprehensive training, master classes and workshops with visiting professionals, performance opportunities in various showcases and main-stage productions, as well as attending several professional productions and performances in Victoria & Vancouver.
The Gulf Islands International Education Program is located on scenic Salt Spring Island, the largest of Canada’s famous Gulf Islands. This island community enjoys an ideal location. It is only 30 minutes from the provincial capital city of Victoria, yet enjoys the natural beauty of the West Coast of Canada. Well known as a highly educated, creative and professional community, Salt Spring Island also enjoys a reputation for being one of the most desirable places in Canada to live with more sunshine and warmer temperatures year round than any other place in British Columbia. Although part of the charm of living on the Gulf Islands is being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the residents of Salt Spring Island enjoy a fast and efficient ferry service to Vancouver, Victoria and Vancouver Island. British Columbia Ferries have numerous sailings to these destinations every day. Salt Spring Island is well known in North America as a center of the arts. Many of Canada’s top writers, performing artists and visual artists choose to make Salt Spring Island their home. Salt Spring Island is also a very professional community and an ideal place to raise a family. The low crime rates and sense of community foster a sense of belonging and security. Many of our international students come from very large cities, yet the island quickly becomes their Canadian home, a place that they never forget.
- 9, 10, 11, 12 Grades at School
- 10% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?No
Student PopulationCoEd - School for both genders
English as Second Language (ESL) Support AvailableYes
Speciality ProgramsPerforming and Visual Arts, Computer Technology Programs
Accepting Students in Grades9, 10, 11, 12
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