THE BODWELL WAY

Challenging, comprehensive education

Bodwell's trimester system gives students several advantages. First, there are three entrance opportunities every year, in September, January, and April, giving students schedule flexibility. Second, the system allows a motivated student to complete one-and-a-half academic grades in each calendar year. This allows students to complete high school faster and begin their university studies sooner. Students can use the April term (Summer term) for valuable overseas travel and language learning and still be on pace with their peers to complete high school within a standard timeframe.

Trimester Timeline

Fall term

(September - December)

Winter term

(January - April)

Summer term

(April - July)

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ELEMENTS OF SUCCESS

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Trimester system

A trimester system allows a students to begin at Bodwell in a September, January, or April term. This flexible system allows a student to complete one-and-a-half academic grades in a calendar year. Many students choose to continue their studies through the summer to complete high school and begin their university studies sooner.

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Small class size

With smaller classes, students form an intimate, closely-knit and multicultural family. Bodwell limits each class to a maximum of 24 students, while the average number per class is 17. Academic and English Preparation classes are even smaller to promote enhanced focus on English mastery.

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Experienced teachers

Many of our BC certified teachers and counsellors have taught and lived overseas, giving them the experience and expertise to guide and support a wide range of students and parents from different backgrounds. Each of our teachers mentors about 15 students, giving individualized support to students when they need it to ensure the best chance for success.

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Active learning

The best way to achieve understanding of a subject is through active participation, where students take responsibility for their own mastery of ideas. Learning activities often include working with the local community, field trips to a wide range of locations, and hands-on experimentation.

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Use of technology

Students at Bodwell learn foundational computer skills needed for application in the modern world. Smart Boards in numerous classrooms allow students to model and manipulate curricular concepts. Every student is also required to have a laptop to do research, collaborate, and participate in classroom activities.

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Outdoor inspiration

Students have easy access to numerous national and provincial parks. Students have opportunities to hike, bike, camp, fish, swim, sail, ski, and snowboard throughout the year. Students also participate in educational trips designed to supplement their classroom learning and allow them to see more of Canada.

REGULAR PROGRAM

Creating inquiring & industrious minds.

Challenge. Hard work. Success. These are just three of the central themes of our Regular Academic Program of Study. Through engaging courses and curriculum, young people push their learning further, expanding the boundaries of their intellect.

Bodwell’s courses carefully follow the Provincial Curriculum prescribed by the British Columbia Ministry of Education. Students who fulfill the graduation program receive a high school graduation diploma issued by the Ministry of Education.

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GRADE 8 & 9 - The junior years

These years are essential for directing young people down the right academic path and to form study skills that will benefit them for years to come. They lay the foundation for higher levels of learning through a full spectrum of courses in the Sciences, Languages, Humanities, Fine Arts and in Physical Education.

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GRADE 10, 11, & 12 - The senior years

These years challenge and enrich maturing minds as students prepare for university. Our goal is to ensure young people will overcome all the demands of post-secondary education. Through a wide variety of elective courses, students broaden their skills and knowledge about the changing world.

ACADEMIC & ENGLISH PREPARATION

Instilling confidence in English and more

For young global citizens, being able to communicate fluently in several languages is no longer an option; it is a necessity. Becoming multilingual opens up valuable opportunities and empowers young people with the crucial ability to communicate across cultures.

AEP is a specialized English as a Second Language (ESL) program for students who are becoming proficient in English. Taught by dedicated teachers with expertise in both international education and ESL instruction, high school subject content is interwoven into AEP to ensure a smooth transition into Regular classes.

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AEP student reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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An AEP history student asking Ms. Scott a thoughtful question.

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AEP students learn outside of the classroom as well.

Bodwell offers AEP classes in grades 8, 9, 10, and 11. The grade 8 and 9 classes are divided into two language levels and the grade 10 and 11 classes are divided into four language levels. Students’ progress in English is assessed on an ongoing basis. Once a specific level of English proficiency has been met, a student may be promoted to the next level until they reach the Regular Academic Program. In addition to reading, writing, speaking and listening, students learn crucial skills for academic success, such as teamwork, research, and critical thinking.

Academic and English Preparation courses have a focus on literature, social sciences, and academic writing. AEP students will also take an elective course. There is a wide variety of electives to choose from. Examples are: Art Foundations, Drama, Physical Education, Band, Digital Media, Mathematics, French, Foods, and many more.

ACADEMIC NEWS

Keep up to date with Bodwell academics.

OTHER NEWS

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HIGHLIGHT

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