Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately RVS is not accepting students into the International Education Program for the 2023/24 school year due to a lack of classroom space.

It is the student's responsibility to meet all of the other costs associated with attending RVS (for example, school books and supplies, special course materials, resource fees, and activities.)

All student applicants must be in good standing at their current school. Applicants must also be able to show history of good attendance and work habits.

The school year begins in September and ends at the end of June. Depending on the goal of the student we accept students throughout the year. We are flexible for a student wishing to attend to improve English but a student wanting to receive high school credits must enter and complete fully each semester (Semester 1: Sept.- end of January; Semester 2: end of January until the end of June).

Transportation is the responsibility of the parent or custodian. International students can assess the RVS transportation system for a fee.

The high school will evaluate your transcripts and, if the courses you completed are equivalent to high school courses here, you will be granted credit for those that are required for an Alberta high school diploma.

Students are placed age appropriately into a grade and then upon further assessment of the student, some course/grade adjustments may be made as necessary.

A counsellor at your new school will help you to plan your program based on your English level, your interests and your goals. We would look at the courses you finished in high school in your country and the marks you received. If the grades you completed are equivalent to high school courses here, you would be given a test to see if you could be placed in the next level. Our courses have prerequisites so one level must be finished before a student can enter the next level. 10 is level 1, 20 is level 2 and 30 is level 3. You need to take English 10, then 20 and then 30.

RVS has a mandatory private student health insurance plan that must be paid at the same time as tuition. Coverage begins when the student arrives in Canada. Students are solely responsible for all medical and other expenses that exceed the scope of the health care coverage.

Yes, students will receive a health insurance card upon arrival.

To get a basic high school diploma in Alberta you must have 100 credits. View the Alberta Education website for more information on these credits.

This depends on several things like your level of English upon arrival, your prior courses of study, when you arrived, and what your graduation expectations are. However, in most cases, students who require English Language Learners (ELL) will take longer to complete the requirements than a student who was born in Canada. Many students take four years to complete high school with a diploma.

Alberta high school diplomas are recognized around the world. Students from RVS can apply to any university or college and will be accepted based upon the marks of certain required courses. Check with the university you wish to apply to for its requirements.

RVS provides letters to each of the students certifying which courses the students took while attending the International Student Program. The letters set out the hours of instruction for each course and certify the programs of study are fully accredited by the Minister of Education. Schools provide final report cards. We advise the student how to contact a consular office so they can be apprised of what the office requires to revalidate the marks. The revalidation is done for Mexican students by a Mexican consular office in Calgary and for Brazilian students by a Brazilian consular office in Vancouver, using documents supplied by the school and the school district.

Land Acknowledgment

Rocky View Schools would like to acknowledge the land and recognize all the Indigenous Peoples whose footprints have marked these lands from time immemorial. Together, we can learn and honour the Ways of Knowing of Indigenous Peoples for all future generations.