Summer School

Spend the summer improving your English language skills while living in paradise.

Our expert teachers will help you improve your English language skills during our intensive summer courses. Students will enjoy social and cultural activities outside of class to learn more about Canada and enjoy the beautiful West Coast. Boarding and homestay options available in select courses, please click the course title for full details.

For more information and to apply:

Download the Summer School Information Package (2017) and complete the application form inside.

Send completed registration forms Attn: Jeff Trapp by fax (250) 479-8976, or by email.

Summer School Contact: Jeff Trapp, IEL & Summer School Coordinator | Email | 250-479-7171

Summer School Course Selections

(click course title to see summary/pricing)

SMS English 10 & English 11 – these are mandatory credit-courses toward graduation in BC designed to meet the needs of international students. As such, they offer twice the time as a public-school summer English 10 or 11 courses. This extra time allows the student to ask questions, revise work, get feedback and improve essays, and read more extensively and deeply.  By taking the SMS English 10 or 11 course, students are challenging themselves to be better learners: more active in class, more motivated to go beyond the minimum, and more interested in sharing ideas. The students who take this course return in September ready to succeed in the next level of English with a newfound sense of confidence and the preparation to reach their goals.
Dates: June 19-July 29
Morning classes; afternoon activities and support
Boarding/Homestay option
Cost: $5500
At SMS, when a girl enters regular English classes, she is prepared to succeed. All our students are tested and placed in the appropriate level of English class. An individual plan is designed for each student to improve the language and functional issues that are barriers to fluency in speaking and writing. Our three levels of English transition allow students to move through clear levels, learning how to learn English, learning the cultural and social knowledge necessary to be a successful English student in BC.

Dates: June 19- July 29
Morning classes; afternoon activities and support
Boarding/Homestay option
Cost: $5500

SMS offers study programs all-year-round for groups of 15 or more. These programs are designed to offer English instruction, socio-cultural activities, and a convenient boarding experience. SMS will meet with the group organizers to plan hours of instruction, activities, free time, and other adventures that are age appropriate for each group!

Dates: To be determined
Class style to be determined
Cost: TBD (approx. $2000 per week)

This unique program allows for mothers and daughters to travel abroad together and stay in the SMS dormitory. During the morning, the mothers and daughters will each go to their English classes. In the afternoon, some days their will be whole group activities, like Whale Watching, Butchart Gardens Tour, while other days will see the daughter go to a Zip Line and the mothers to a Spa Day.

At the end of the two weeks, the mothers and daughters will have had many fun experiences, artistic, culinary, fashion, shopping, and adventure!

Dates: July 4-August 11 (Two-week-long options available throughout the summer dates)
Morning classes; afternoon social and cultural activities and learning experiences.
Cost: $3500 per week per pair

The average classroom in 2017 is very multicultural, with refugees, international students, very strong students and other students that struggle to engage due to learning differences. Therefore, being proficient in differentiation is extremely important for the modern teacher.

SMS has developed a TESL Certificate course designed to meet these challenges. Teachers will learn the methodology and techniques that have emerged over the past 5 decades on second language acquisition. In this journey, teachers will also study the research by contemporary researchers on how to engender cultural and language fluency in the class using strategies that benefit ALL learners, both second language and native speakers.

This three-week course, 60-hour course is combined with a 20-hour practicum

Dates: July 4-July 22
Week 1 & 2 – Morning classes
Week 3 – Morning practicum & Afternoon classes
Day students only
Cost: $1100 *Lunch card included

This camp is just for girls! We have planned a wide variety of summer camps to appeal to the interests of girls from 6-years old to 12-years old. Each week of summer camp is robust, with plenty of activity, field trips, and supported by guests and specialist helpers. Our camps for girls are open to St. Margaret’s students as well as girls in our community. Camp themes vary from week to week. Families may register for all five weeks, or register week-by-week for flexibility. Full week attendance is required, as there will not be a pro-rated fee for partial attendance. Space is limited and registration will be first come, first served. Full details on our Summer Camps page.

Dates: July 4-August 29
Weekly thematic program
Day students only – no boarding
Cost: $250 per week ($200 for 4-day week)