Education for a changing world

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.


Beautiful Setting

Bodwell has state-of-the-art facilities located in North Vancouver, overlooking the stunning Vancouver Harbour and Burrard Inlet.

English Success

Bodwell's specialized Academic & English Preparation (AEP) program and trimester system aims for rapid achievement of English proficiency.

Global Diversity

Bodwell features rich global diversity, with students from over 40 different countries around the world.

University Preparation

Bodwell's University Preparation Program challenge students academically and aims to place them in top North American schools.

Student Voice

Students can develop confidence and leadership by being elected into Student Parliament or selected as a House Captain.

Counselling Support

Bodwell's multilingual counsellors facilitate personal development, academic guidance, and university admissions.

Boarding Program

Bodwell's residences have breathtaking water or mountain views and feature an on-site pool, theatre, gym, tennis court, and music rooms.

Global Citizenship

Bodwell encourages students to make the world a better place through projects such as the Rafiki Link or Ecofest.


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:


...who are confident, respectful, responsible citizens of the world, with the necessary tools to be successful in life and to contribute positively to society.


...that is a professional learning community: well educated, yet continuing to grow professionally through on-going learning, cooperation, collaboration, and mutual support; and consisting of people who serve as positive role models for students and their parents.


...that decisively, consistently, efficiently and supportively works to serve the best interests of the school community.


...who strongly trust and support the school and its programs.


...that is well-defined, purposeful, diverse, well-balanced, challenging and engaging, and which serves to interconnect mind, body and soul.


...that understands and appreciates Bodwell's role and is willing to be a partner in engaging with the issues that affect the local community.


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.

Learn to excel through English


to excel through English

Through our AEP program, students are given a solid foundation in English that allows them to not only participate in our regular academic program but thrive in postsecondary situations and beyond.



the academic mind

Our regular academic program is rewarding as much as it is rigorous.  It challenges our students to think critically about the world around them and apply classroom learning into real world applications and solutions.

Live an active & healthy lifestyle


an active & healthy lifestyle

Our students are given many opportunities to pursue physical activity and exercise, in school and out.  Combined with a healthy diet and adequate rest, our students are able to fully engage in the Bodwell curriculum.

Lead for positive change


for positive change

It's not enough to do well in school.  Rather, our students are encouraged to turn their success into opportunities for leadership.  By fostering a sense of responsibility and volunteerism, they learn how to be effective leaders.

Look inward & forward


inward & forward

Our University Prep team helps students map through their own personality and passions, to choose the best postsecondary pathways.  Students are taught to align their ambitions with their own self-assessments.

Love the Earth & one another


the Earth & one another

Students learn to appreciate and respect the variety, complexity, and power behind mankind's relationship with the natural environment and the social cultures that form the human experience.


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.

Bodwell students come from over 40 countries around the world.

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.


Courage House

"LEARN to Excel through English"

It takes COURAGE to come to another country & learn a new language.  It is essential to push past fears of failure and to demonstrate resilience and persistence. “Courage” is a positive, active concept necessary to succeed.


Discovery House

"LIBERATE the Academic Mind"

The process of DISCOVERY is at the heart of the exciting adventure of learning. One discovers new ideas, new passions, and new “lands” and pursuits. “Discovery” is a bold, active term signifying exploration and liberation.


Spirit House

"LIVE an Active and Healthy Lifestyle"

SPIRIT is considered to be that which breathes power and life into us. School spirit, team spirit and teen spirit are all ways to describe a passion for being alive. “Spirit” is lively, energetic concept encouraging an active way of being and thriving.


Unity House

"LEAD for Positive Change"

UNITY signifies oneness and wholeness. Leaders need to bring people together as a single connected group in order to bring about advancement and progress. “Unity” is a powerful concept challenging us to look past divisions and boundaries between people.


Legacy House

"LOOK Inward and Forward"

LEGACY describes what we decide to accomplish in life, our core goals, to leave something positive for the benefit of others. We wish students to reflect on who they are and who they wish to become. “Legacy” is a mature concept and a call to thought, action and meaning.


Harmony House

"LOVE the Earth and One Another"

HARMONY is not just a state of peace or balance – it is the active interaction between different groups to continually work together and manage these differences. Harmony is hard, an ongoing balancing act of compromise and care. “Harmony” is what makes diversity work, with time and effort.


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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