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English Language Learning

The Central Okanagan Public Schools International Program provides English language assessments for all new international students prior to the start of the school year in late August or prior to the start of second semester in late January. 

Students are scheduled in ESL courses and other courses based on their English language level. The courses and support are provided by highly qualified ESL specialist teachers. Our program offer three levels of ESL, beginner, intermediate and advanced.


Secondary students complete ESL courses as well as regular academic courses suitable for their English language level. Depending on their language level, students receive from 6 to 9 hours of English language training each week.

Our middle schools students receive integrated and dedicated ESL instruction.  Depending on their language level, middle students receive several hours of English language training each week.

Elementary aged students are integrated into a regular classroom and receive ESL support from ESL specialist and learning assistance teachers.

Returning international students complete a follow up English language assessment each spring. English language support and course schedules for the upcoming year are based on the results of these assessments.  For secondary students, these assessments also guide the development of a graduation and post-secondary plan.