Bodwell High School is a private co-educational boarding school offering grades 8 to 12, and university preparation. Located in beautiful North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Bodwell's campus overlooks the Burrard Inlet and the beautiful Vancouver skyline. Recognized as a leader among Canadian boarding schools, the school’s diverse student population of both local and international students makes it a rich and exciting place to learn, study, play, and build life long memories and friendships.
Bodwell is registered with and inspected by the Ministry of Education. All Bodwell students who successfully complete our Grade 12 academic program will receive a Dogwood Diploma, a globally recognized certificate of graduation, issued by the province of British Columbia. Course credits obtained at Bodwell are transferred to a students’ home country for equivalence. Most of our students go on to seek postsecondary education in college or university after Bodwell, many with academic scholarships.
Mission / Vision / Philosophy
OUR MISSION is to provide a culturally-diverse environment for students from around the globe and enable them to become active learners and well-rounded citizens who contribute positively to the world. It is vital for our school to be recognized in the community as one that achieves high academic standards, and whose students and graduates are citizens of good character. The most important criteria for measuring the success of our mission will be our ability to attract students based on our vision; the high number of graduating students entering post-secondary institutions; and the resulting sense of satisfaction and reward felt by the Bodwell school community.
OUR VISION that Bodwell High School be characterized by:
OUR philosophy is rooted in the concept of the "6 Ls." "Learn", "Liberate", "Live", "Lead", "Look", "Love" are the words we live by and they guide everything we do in our academic and boarding programs. The 6 L's are meant to foster a sense of well-roundedness in our students. We do this by offering a wide variety of classes and extracurricular programming that nurtures the mind and body fosters a sense of community and teamwork.
to excel through English
the academic mind
an active & healthy lifestyle
for positive change
inward & forward
the Earth & one another
From different backgrounds, joining as one
As global citizens, young people come to Bodwell from all over the world. By living and studying together, students learn about the many differences that make each society distinct as well as the common threads that bind them all together.
Students soon encounter Bodwell’s belief: there is “Strength in Diversity”. They discover this not only from dedicated teachers, but learn it from one another as well. Student life becomes richer through learning and sharing cultural and social experiences.
Most importantly, these future world citizens learn about the values needed to live together, values common to many societies around the globe. Students learn these principles through our House System, which are named after the values that we prize. They learn through their inspirational stories and messages, fairness and social justice, non-violence and peaceful resolution to conflict, intercultural understanding and acceptance, compassion and service to others, and respect for the dignity of the individual.
The "House System" – On arrival students will be placed in one of the six "houses" where these future world citizens learn about the values needed to live together, values common to many societies around the globe. They learn about fairness and social justice, non-violence and peaceful resolution to conflict, intercultural understanding and acceptance, compassion and service to others, and respect for the dignity of the individual.
And where we're going to in the future
In the beginning | 1991 - 2003
In September 1991, Bodwell High School embarked on its journey to educate students from around the globe. There were only six students in the first semester. The original campus was located on West 12th Avenue in the City of Vancouver (picture at left). In four years, enrollment grew to 250 representing a dozen countries, mostly Asian. With quite modest school’s facilities, Bodwell’s wealth was in the school community, aspiring students and dedicated faculty.
Growing up | 2003 - 2010
In 2003, the rich school atmosphere and pride of the community were brought over to its new harbour-front campus in North Vancouver. The new facilities, including a full-size gym, an indoor swimming pool, and a high-ceiling cafeteria, allowed a capacity of 400 students and 150 boarders. At this time, under the leadership of Mr. Smith as Principal, the school adopted its current House System, Student Parliament, and student uniform, and changed its team name to the ‘Bodwell Bruins’.
Expansion and celebration | 2011
In 2011, celebrating its 20th anniversary, Bodwell completed its expansion project including an enlarged cafeteria, new classrooms and additional dormitory places. The community of 450 students, 100 staff, and 4,500 alumni from over 60 countries, is visioning a unique Canadian school that always upholds the spirit of diversity.
Bringing cultures together | 2013 - present
As global citizens, young people come to Bodwell from all over the world. By living and studying together, students learn about the many differences that make each society distinct. Bodwell welcomes students from more than 40 countries.
Forms and documents to apply, guide, & inform
Here you will find all the forms and documents vital to the application process and to inform you about Bodwell policies, procedures, and expectations. If you require any assistance with any of the forms here or have questions regarding policy and fee documents, go to our contact page and let us know. We will do our best to help guide you through the process.
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