Saanich Schools is beautifully located on South Vancouver Island, in the Greater Victoria area. It features the perfect blend of urban and rural landscapes with easy access to the city of Victoria, quaint ocean-side towns and breath-taking nature. It is a safe community with a low crime rate and a high percentage of English speakers. Saanich has one of the mildest climate in Canada, with warm and sunny summers and mildly cool winters. The school district run homestay program supports international students in their pursue of a BC Dogwood graduation certificate or short term experience in a Canadian high school.
Saanich Schools offers the opportunity to participate in a variety of specialized academies and programs. Over 60 national, Olympic and professional athletes and performers have attended high school in Saanich. Whether you are looking for a recreational sporting opportunity to assist in English language development, stay active and meet friends, or a high performance sporting experience in an Academy, SISP and Saanich Schools have an offering for you.
Lifelong relationships between international students and host parents are born in Saanich every year. Saanich Schools employed Homestay Coordinators carefully screen families throughout Saanich and match international students to clean and caring Canadian host families.
"You must make the effort to meet new friends. I have several Canadian friends and they really helped me. My teacher also showed me what there is to do here in Saanich and at my homestay I join in family activities. I enjoy going out with my Canadian and international friends and feeling same. The Victoria city center is a short bus ride away."
Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Saanich has a long shoreline with many beautiful sandy beaches. British Columbia's capital, Victoria, is a short drive or bus ride from all Saanich Schools and homestay families. The Saanich Peninsula offers a mild climate with warmer winters and cooler summers compared to the rest of Canada.