International Students

International Students: Kindergarten-Grade 7

Our elementary campus welcomes applications for International Students, including home stay students. At this time we do not offer ESL programs.

Please contact the school office with any questions regarding International Student applications.


International Students: Grades 7-12 (starting September 2018)

Students are integrated into regular Canadian classes and may take the classes for audit or credit.  The number of international students per class will be limited to ensure that the students have maximum opportunity to develop English language skills and to integrate with Canadian students.

The student’s language skills will be assessed to individualize the program to suit his or her learning needs.  English Language Learning (ELL) classes will be provided for students who need them. Peer tutoring and mentorship programs provide the benefits of studying together with Canadian students.

The Academic Counselor will help students to select their courses and to plan for university and career options.


English Language Learners

The English Language Learner (ELL) program is designed to support students learning English as a new language.  Students will be assessed on their English language skills, and then placed in a program that will help them succeed in their English language acquisition.  The ELL teacher will work with students one-on-one and in small group situations. Classes cover an appropriate level of language development and support students as they integrate into the regular classroom.

The amount of support a student receives from the ELL program depends on the needs of the student.  This will be determined by the language skills assessment, and the recommendations of the ELL teacher and the classroom teacher.

As students learn to communicate in English they will be able to exchange their thoughts and ideas with others in the classroom, enriching the cross-cultural learning experience of the whole class.

Language and communication are a gift from God.  Our goal is to help each student appreciate and develop this gift and use it to the glory of God.



John Knox Christian High School will place international students who have been accepted into our program into homes connected to the JKCS community. The placement fee is $250 per student. The homestay fee for international students is $1000 per month which needs to be paid to the host family by the 5th of each month.



To become a student John Knox Christian High School is to become a part of the JKCS community.  It is a community that is committed to educating students from a distinctive Christian perspective, challenging them to discover, grow and use their unique gifts, helping them to understand Christ’s love for them, and equipping them to serve and lead with His love in a rapidly changing world.

Our curriculum is taught from a Christian perspective and meets the requirements set by the BC Ministry of Education. All teachers employed by John Knox are committed Christians, certified by the Ministry of Education, and dedicated to the vision and mission of JKCS.


Admission Criteria

Students who want to study at John Knox should be committed to their studies, willing to speak only English in class, interested in learning about other cultures, open to exploring the Christian worldview, excited about making new friends, and willing to follow the school regulations and policies.

Students need to complete the International English Language Testing System (Academic) and send us the results along with the completed application form and application fee. For the application to be considered, an international student needs to get an overall score of 6.0 in the IELTS (Academic). The application form is available here.