What makes Richmond School District different?
Canada is very lucky to have a strong public school system for grades 1 to 12 to serve Canadian and international students. Schools across the country have a standardized curriculum, classes and teacher training, which is why it is one of the top study destinations for elementary and secondary international students.
However, when so many things are the same, it can be difficult to decide where to study and invest in education. We recommend evaluating districts based on 5 key factors: Location, Community, Lifestyle, Academic and Elective Program Options, and Support for International Students. Each of these factors will make a difference in your child’s day to day experience and can determine how successful they’ll be. We will review each of these factors in detail over the next few weeks.
Here is how Richmond School District stands out from the crowd, and some of the amazing opportunities this location offers kids from around the world.
Location and Lifestyle
First, think about how an urban or rural environment will benefit the student over the duration of their program. Consider transportation options, activities outside of school and how independent the student needs to be. Although many students wish to focus only on school, studies show that happy students get better grades, and active students are happy students.
In the case of Richmond, we are part of Metro Vancouver and only 25 minutes from the downtown core. Like many suburbs in Canada, Richmond is a family community that combines the best of the city and country. The city has all the amenities that you would find in a large city, such as shopping malls, restaurants and theatres, but also offers plenty of green space, with 100 parks and more than 80 km of trails. Richmond is very safe and welcoming, but and there are lots of activities for students to keep busy in ways that we will develop their emotional and physical health.
Richmond has an excellent transportation system with accessible bus routes and several SkyTrain stations, allowing students to have some independence in our program to get to and from school and extra-curricular activities.
Also, as a suburb, there are many families, and therefore lots of activities for teenagers. Many of our secondary schools are next to or physically attached to a community centre, which offer a number of programs specifically for youth that are either free or low cost. Programs range from learning to manage finances, to yoga, and are all available to international students.
Lastly, our location is close to world class universities, such as UBC, SFU, UVic and many other post-secondary institutions. These universities and many local colleges all actively recruit students from our district by visiting throughout the year. Counsellors are very familiar with application processes and can provide students with advice throughout the year.
Our next installments will review in detail Community, Academic and Elective Program Options and Support for International Students.