A challenging, comprehensive education

Bodwell has high expectations and standards from which students are reviewed. While the rigorous curriculum will fully challenge students, Bodwell uses a flexible, balanced approach to teaching, allowing students to independently explore a topic of study or be guided through it. Students will be able to find their own unique style and pace for learning, while support is always available in the classroom, in study groups, and individual tutoring.



(September - February)


(February - June)


5 Courses
5 Courses
Optional Choice - 1 Course

To provide accelerated learning to students, an optional July course is offered between our spring and fall terms. AEP students that enroll in a July course can take an intensive course to not only strengthen their English skills but to help keep pace with their colleagues enrolled in a regular two-term academic program.


2 Semesters w/July Course

An optional July course allows students to strengthen their English skills and keep up with other students in a regular semester year.

Small class size

Bodwell limits each class to 24 students, with the average number being 18. Academic and English Preparation classes are even smaller to promote enhanced focus on English mastery.

Experienced teachers

Our BC certified teachers have the expertise to support a wide range of international students, many having taught and lived overseas. Each of our teachers mentors about 15 students, ensuring individual support and future success.

Active learning

Achieving genuine understanding of a subject must be reached through active participation. Through community work, field trips, and hands-on study, students gain valuable experience and control of their learning.

Saturday Enrichment

Students attend a three hour of enrichment class every Saturday morning in one of the following areas: English Enrichment, Global Citizenship, Career Exposure, Outdoor Education & Sports, New Media and Performing Arts.

Use of technology

Students research and collaborate through school-issued laptops that can access Office365, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Smart Boards in numerous classrooms allow students to model and manipulate curricular concepts.


Bodwell's clubs and activities offer challenge and reward to students physically, mentally, and emotionally.  They are vital in making well-rounded graduates that are prepared for the post-secondary and professional world.

Outdoor inspiration

Students can access numerous national and provincial parks where they can participate in outdoor activities throughout the year. Students take educational trips to these parks to enhance classroom learning in meaningful ways.


Bodwell High School is a Candidate School for the IB Middle Years Program for grades 8 & 9

New admissions standards and supports are in place to welcome new students and those who need extra English instruction to fully participate in our IB program. Parents with students who are already accepted for September 2021 will be contacted by our counsellors to guide them through the process.

What is IB?

IB is a world-renowned educational program with specialized teacher training and adopts a progressive educational philosophy that is in line with Bodwell’s mission and vision. It uses an innovative instructional approach and methods in teaching and learning and continuously strives for student engagement and achievement.

IB Subjects

IB subjects encapsulate four key items. The subjects are governed by a FRAMEWORK that is flexible enough for individual IB schools to incorporate IB with its school culture and learning environment. The CURRICULUM for our IB program is rigorous and meets and/or exceeds expectations set forth by the British Columbia Ministry of Education. The subjects foster a GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE that embeds and utilizes inter-cultural understanding and experiences. Finally, LEARNERS are developed into thinkers and communicators that are reflective, open-minded, principled, caring, and balanced.

Language & Literature
Language Acquisition
(French & Other Languages)
Individuals & Societies
Physical & Health Education
Design, Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)


Creating inquiring & industrious minds.

Bodwell’s regular program follows the curriculum set forth by the BC Ministry of Education and is further enhanced with Bodwell's standards and support. Students who succeed in the program will receive a high school diploma (Dogwood Diploma) issued by the BC Ministry of Education.

Grades 10, 11, & 12

Our goal for these years is to ensure our graduates are equipped to meet the demands of post-secondary education and the professional world. Through a wide variety of elective courses, students broaden their skills and knowledge about the changing world.

• English 10, 11, 12
• Career Life Education 10
• Math 10 or Pre-Calculus 10
• Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11
• Science 10
• Science 11: (Choose from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science & Technology)
• Social Studies 11
• Physical & Health Education 10

• Fine Arts or Applied Skills: (Choose from Applied Digital Communications, Choir, Concert Band, Digital Media, Drama, Food Sciences)
• Minimum of three Grade 12 Courses: (Choose from Biology 12, Calculus 12, Chemistry 12, Economics 12, Physics 12, Geography 12, Mandarin 12, AP Mandarin 12, Law 12, Literature 12, AP Calculus 12, AP Physics 12, AP Art 12 and History 12)

College Board Advance Placement (AP)

Getting a postsecondary headstart

At Bodwell, our students have the opportunity to study a wide variety of the US College Board Advanced Placement courses. These Advanced Placement courses follow curricula designed by experts and college/university level educators for universities. Students with a keen interest in a particular field of study can take our Advanced Placement courses and begin their university journey while still at high school. Bodwell is yearly audited by The College Board to ensure that we provide the rigour and expertise these courses require.

Bodwell Advanced Placement courses offerings:

• AP 2-D Art & Design
• AP Calculus AB
• AP Chinese Language & Culture
• AP Drawing

• AP 3-D Art & Design
• AP Chemistry
• AP Computer Science Principles
• AP Physics 1 & 2

Academic English Preparation (AEP)

English Success translates to Future Success

All new grade 10-11 students are given a proficiency test to determine whether they need to begin their studies in the AEP program before taking on the Regular Academic Program. It is of primary importance to us that students build a strong set of English skills. Many students in university study fall short because they lack academic English ability. We teach Academic English to ensure their success in postsecondary study and beyond.

Vital Skills

AEP students learn vital skills that include: building academic vocabulary through reading, mastering academic writing skills, practicing through discussion and presentation, and learning language forms and functions. AEP students take four AEP courses and an additional 1 or 2 elective credit courses tailored to their English skill.


Four AEP Courses + One 4-credit course


Four AEP Courses + One 4-credit course


Four AEP Courses + One 4-credit course


Four AEP Courses + Two 4-credit courses

AEP Completed

In regular program - Five 4-credit courses