BC Education

High School Education System

Thanks to its superb public education system, BC is the number one destination in Canada for international high school students. BC students consistently rank among the best in the world according to achievement tests such as the OECE PISA.* According to institutions like the United Nations, “BC is the best place in the world to learn, live and play.”

*PISA is the Program for International Student Assessment. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) began administering PISA in the mid-1990s, responding to member countries’ demands for regular and reliable data on the knowledge and skills of their students and the performance of their education systems.

In the Saanich School District, the levels of study are as follows:

  • Elementary school: Grades 1-5
  • Middle school: Grades 6-8
  • High School: Grades 9-12

At Saanich School District high schools the year is divided into two five-month semesters. The first semester is from September to the end of January, and the second is from February to the end of June. Most international students start in September. Application to SISP should be made no later than two months prior to the start of a semester.

Graduation

To graduate from a BC high school students need to earn 80 credits in grades 10-12. Most courses in these grades are four credits each. Students taking OLC courses in their home country earn graduation credits before coming to Canada. Click here for course details.