Shawnigan Lake School


Shawnigan Lake School’s Preparatory Program Provides a Smooth Pathway for International Students

Located on scenic Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia, Shawnigan Lake School takes pride in its 100-year history of coeducational, values-based high school education. With extensive community service and global outreach opportunities, the 480-student boarding school is known for shaping future leaders through a well-rounded, experiential learning approach. With a student to faculty ratio of 8:1, the school provides individualized attention to students and boasts a 100% university acceptance rate.

The Shawnigan Prep Approach

This individualized approach to teaching is equally present in the Shawnigan Preparatory Program a pathway program designed to help international students ease into the Main School curriculum as soon as their language skills are up to par. This year, the prep program is home to two Brazilian students. To maintain diversity and encourage English learning, the small program limits the number of students from any one country.

Shawnigan Lake School Admissions Director, Gaynor Samuel stated, “Prep students are integrated into the Main School programs for sports and fine arts, but there’s that advantage of having a one-on-one classroom situation to get ready for the academic classes for the following year.” Students accelerating through the prep program are able to participate in classes at the Main School during their preparatory year.

Getting Involved Outside the Classroom

Shawnigan Lake School focuses on university readiness, offering 18 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and a wealth of academic opportunities. However, the school advocates a well-rounded approach as the key to success: all students are required to participate in sports and fine arts. “We believe strongly that being partakers of these different areas will boost their confidence and make them discover new things about themselves. They don’t have to be experts in any area, but we want students to have the attitude to embrace anything that comes their way,” commented Ms. Samuel.

In addition to sports and arts, the school’s EDGE Leadership Program empowers students to make a difference in developing countries around the world. The global outreach program sends groups of students on short trips abroad, emphasizing Engagement, Development, Gratitude, and Experiences (EDGE). With 90% of students living on campus in one of nine student houses, community and school spirit are important at Shawnigan Lake School and students enjoy participating in volunteer and outreach programs with their peers.


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