FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
Why choose Maple Hill School?
We at Maple Hill School pride ourselves in providing unmatchable services to our students. We are known for caring our students with our sincerest hearts and making them feel like at home. Maple Hill School has a system that offers full academic support and student counselling that provides personalized advice on course selection and post-secondary education. While our unique 2 +1 semester system offers greater flexibility by allowing students to determine the pace at which they complete their high school study, our small class sizes not only foster increased interaction and bond among students and teachers but also allow greater support provided to serve the needs of individual students.
Is Maple Hill School accredited?
Maple Hill School is an independent high school that is accredited (School ID: 03896927) by the Ministry of Education of British Columbia. Students who meet the graduation requirements will receive their BC Dogwood Diploma (which usually takes 1-2 months before received by the school) which is recognized by post-secondary institutions around the world and they may apply to any English-speaking university of post-secondary school study.
How big are your class sizes?
With an average student teacher ratio of 15:1, Maple Hill School features small class sizes to ensure greater in-class support can be provided to each student. It also creates a sense of community and stronger bonding through increased interaction between students and their teachers.
When does each semester start and what is the duration of each semester?
We operate on a “2+1” semester system offering classes throughout the year. The Fall semester runs September-January (5 months) and the Spring semester February-June (5 months). The summer semester is available and runs July-August (2 months) to offer students the opportunity to expedite their graduation. For the exact start and end dates of each term, please refer to School Calendar.
Are Maple Hill School students required to wear uniforms to school?
Maple Hill school students are not required to wear uniforms; however, students are expected to dress themselves appropriately for school in accordance with the school Dress Code (Policy 334).
Does Maple Hill School offer homestay services and airport pick-ups?
Maple Hill School have partners whom we work with to find suitable homestays for students. Our homestay host families provide full-service, high-quality homestay programs with airport pickup services available upon request. For more information on homestay families, please refer to: Homestay Services.
What makes an independent/private school like Maple Hill School unique in comparison to public schools?
Maple Hill School makes sure that each student is fully-supported by a dedicated academic counselor during the course of his/her study.at our school. The counsellors will help devising an individualized graduation plan for the student and assist with course selection by getting a sense of what career options he/she wants to pursue. They will also guide students choosing post-secondary institutions in line with their interests. Timely communication with parents and custodians regarding the progress of their children are also provided to ensure the success of each of our students.
Does Maple Hill School provide tutoring services for provincial assessments required for graduation by the Ministry of Education (ex. Numeracy Assessment and Literary Assessment)?
Yes. We offer on-site tutoring classes for provincial assessments as well as all academic subjects. For fees and more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where do Maple Hill School alumni continue their post-secondary studies?
Examples of our alumni’s education pathway after graduation:
- Academy of Art University
- Alexander College
- Art Center College of Design
- Blanche Macdonald Centre
- British Columbia Institute of Technology
- College for Creative Studies
- College of the Rockies
- Emily Carr University of Art + Design
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- Langara College
- LaSalle College Vancouver
- Northeastern University
- Ontario College of Art and Design University
- Parsons School of Design
- Seneca College
- Simon Fraser University
- The Juilliard School
- The Los Angeles Film School
- Trinity Western University
- University of British Columbia
- University of Alberta
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Fraser Valley
- University of Sydney
- University of Toronto
- University of Victoria
- Vancouver Community College
- Western University
- York University
How is a child’s placement determined at Maple Hill School?
We determine a student’s placement by performing a Comprehensive Student Potential Evaluation which utilizes a combination of tests and surveys to help us identify and better understand a student’s academic abilities, character, learning style, and talents. Analysis from the evaluation and follow-up discussion with the student and their parents then provide insightful and useful information for our counselors to provide professional academic advice regarding course selection, post-secondary education, career path, and placement.
How will my non-English-speaking child manage in an English-language school?
At Maple Hill School we offer full support in every way we can for our students to succeed. Our teachers understand the needs of and are experienced working with kids who are new to the English-speaking environment. ELL course offerings are available to ease and help their transition into this world, as well as after school homework clubs supervised by BC TRB certified teachers. This complimentary service is available Monday to Thursday from after school to 6:00 PM for students who wanted to use this quiet time to study, complete their homework, and get extra help.