Why Choose our Programs?

Each year, more than 1000 students choose to study in Richmond. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • Welcoming community: Inclusive, multicultural and welcoming

  • Proven student achievement: Consistently one of the highest achievement rates in B.C. for both domestic and international students.

  • A safe urban city: Clean and family oriented city with all the amenities of a large urban area. 

  • English Language Learning (ELL) Support: Richmond offers the standard for the province of B.C. and allows students of all abilities the opportunity to be successful.

  • Course Options: We offer a wide range of academic and elective courses, including AP and IB programmes

Programs

Our programs give international students the opportunity to study alongside Canadian students in the province of British Columbia’s public education system.  A BC graduation certificate is recognized internationally for its quality and is accepted by top universities around the world.

Richmond has 10 secondary schools with a combined enrolment of approximately 11,000. Each school in Richmond, without exception, offers students the opportunity to get a world-class education with B.C. certified teachers, international student coordinators, modern school facilities and an extensive range of course options.

The Richmond School District has 38 elementary schools throughout the city of Richmond with approximately 11,000 students.  We accept international students into our elementary schools when space is available and when students are accompanied by a parent on a full time basis.

Students who wish to immerse themselves in Canadian culture but do not wish to commit to a full semester or year can take our Canadian School Experience Program.  This program allows students to have an authentic school experience and develop English in a natural learning environment.

This year is unlike any other, and we want to help.  We know students and parents have decided to stay in Canada over the summer to avoid travel or issues returning to school in September.  For these students and their families, we have developed a number of programs to do online, in person or in

RIE offers flexible and personalized Professional Learning Programs to international education professionals from around the world.  Richmond is an academic leader in Canada and is widely recognized for its innovative ELL programming, range of academic offerings and curriculum development.  RIE is available to share expertise in these areas with educators from around the world.

As a large and diverse district, Richmond can offer excellent options for groups who wish to have a program tailored to their specific needs and educational goals.  Groups of 15 or more students can benefit from a wide range of school and course options, including ELL and other non-academic courses such as Physical Education, Computer Studies, Art and Music.

The RIE Intensive ELL Summer Program is perfect for students who want to sharpen language skills needed for secondary and post secondary programs. Students will build confidence using language critical to academic success.

Connections is an optional after-school support program for international students at Richmond public secondary schools.  The program is designed to improve English skills required for social studies and science and to encourage important social connections to other students and the community.