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, our 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 BC 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.
Learn / Liberate / Live / Lead / Look / Love
Everything we do is rooted in the concept of the "6 Ls." "Learn", "Liberate", "Live", "Lead", "Look", "Love" are the words that guide our academic and boarding programs. The 6 L's are meant to create well-rounded students by inspiring a sense of community and teamwork while developing skills and talents in a range of disciplines. Our wide variety of classes and extracurricular programming builds creative minds, healthy bodies, and courageous spirits.
THE 6 Ls
to excel through English
the academic mind
an active & healthy lifestyle
for positive change
inward & forward
the Earth & one another
OUR MISSION & VISION
Working towards a better world through education
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:
From different backgrounds, joining as one
Young people come to Bodwell from all over the world (40+ countries). By living and studying together, our students learn about differences between cultures as well as the common principles that bind them all together. Bodwell students are introduced to the idea that there is “Strength in Diversity” and that this idea is a reflection of Canadian ideals and values. Students are encouraged to enrich their social and cultural experiences through sharing their own with classmates and the Bodwell community.
Our students learn and practice the common social values vital to peaceful co-existence through Bodwell's House system. The House system has six houses named after the values that Bodwell prizes. Each student, on their arrival to Bodwell, will be placed in one of these six houses. Through healthy competition and teamwork, students are guided through concepts of fairness and justice, non-violence and peaceful conflict resolution, intercultural understanding and tolerance, and compassion, respect, and service to others.
"LEARN to Excel through English"
"LIBERATE the Academic Mind"
"LIVE an Active and Healthy Lifestyle"
"LEAD for Positive Change"
"LOOK Inward and Forward"
"LOVE the Earth and One Another"
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 students, representing a dozen countries. With modest school’s facilities in the early years, Bodwell’s wealth was in its school community of aspiring students and dedicated faculty.
Growing up | 2003 - 2010
In 2003, Bodwell's rich school atmosphere and community pride 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 full-service cafeteria, allowed for 400 students and 150 boarders. Under the leadership of Mr. Stephen Smith as Principal, the school adopted a House System, Student Parliament, and student uniforms, and changed its sports team name to the ‘Bodwell Bruins’.
Expansion and celebration | 2011
In 2011, Bodwell celebrated its 20th anniversary by undertaking and completing an expansion project that enlarged the cafeteria, added new classrooms and dormitory rooms. The community grew to 450 students, 100 staff, and 4,500 alumni from over 60 countries. Bodwell was truly becoming a visionary Canadian school that lives and breathes the spirit of diversity.
Building the future | 2015 - present
In 2015 - 2016, Bodwell embarked on its most ambitious expansion project yet. A new, multi-floor dormitory, housing over 500 boarding students, sits atop an expanded library and second gymnasium, as well as more classrooms and a state-of-the-art multimedia auditorium. The project also includes more expansive, outdoor spaces for recreation and a large underground parkade. Completed in 2017, this expansion is the culmination of years of planning and our desire to bring our unique educational perspective to more students from around the world.
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.