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Connections Program

Connections is an optional program offering after-school support for international students at Richmond public secondary schools.  This program is designed to improve English skills required for the BC curriculum by focusing on communication, critical and creative thinking, as well as personal and social responsibility.  Students in the program develop the intellectual, personal and social skills needed to be successful throughout their education in Canada through numerous field trips and focused project work.

Grades: 8 – 11

Entry dates: September or February

Non-credit: optional after school and Saturday program

Connection Program Objectives:

  • Improve English ability– Skills development for all ELL levels with focus on project-based learning in a fun and interactive environment.
  • Develop social connections– Through activities and projects, students can connect with each other and make lifelong friends.   
  • Enhance learning through field trips – Field trips are organized to encourage social connections to other students and the community while deepening understanding of school subjects.
  • Understand Canadian teaching styles and expectations– Students have the opportunity to become comfortable with group work, classroom discussion, and acquire knowledge of project and presentation styles for Social Studies and Science classroom activities.

The academic component will be delivered by qualified BC teachers. 

Connections Schedule: Classes are held from 4:00 to 6:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Palmer Secondary School.  On Saturdays, in person classes run from 10:00 to 1:00 or students participate in an outdoor field trip.  

Field Trip Examples

  • Richmond Olympic Oval
  • Visit to the Vancouver Olympic Village
  • Science World
  • Granville Island
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Grouse Mountain
  • Flyover Canada and Canada Place
  • Social activities such as laser tag, bowling and dancing classes

Application Process

Student must be registered in a Richmond secondary school from grade 8 to 11. To sign up, please download our registration form下载注册表

Program Cost

CAD$1800.00 per semester (includes all field trips)

Fees & Dates

Fees & Dates

To learn more about the Connections program, contact Angela Tsang at

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“The reason I liked Connections was, I had a lot of opportunities to make new friends from different countries. I was more confident with my English skills, thanks to the most amazing activities, games, and lessons here. Moreover, Connections class had brought me to the higher level that I could integrate a new culture without being homesick.”

Quynh Anh, Grade 11, Vietnam