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International Homestay Student Program

Why Choose the Nelson Waldorf School

Class 6The Nelson Waldorf School is perfect for students learning English.

BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN, SAFE, FRIENDLY TOWN – Nelson is a friendly town nestled between mountains with crystal clear air, lakes and parks! Look for more information here: www.nelsonkootenaylake.com

SOCIAL INCLUSION – At the Nelson Waldorf School students of all cultures and interests are welcomed. The Code of Compassion, created by the students themselves, is one tool of the Social Inclusion approach living in our school. The Code is found in our classrooms and hallways and reflects a school-wide dedication to upholding a climate of trust that is conducive to learning.

ORAL BASED LEARNING – students at the Nelson Waldorf School have lessons presented orally by the teacher and therefore have a greater opportunity to practice learning to understand the spoken word.

INDIVIDUALIZED ENGLISH SUPPORT – students will receive the support they need to excel in the lessons presented by the teacher.

MATH ENRICHMENT – many international students have strong math skills. The math presented in class will be easy for the students to grasp, and they will quickly learn to use the English vocabulary. For students staying the full year, once they are confident with using English in the math classes, enrichment math will be an option.

RECORDER TUTORING – at the Nelson Waldorf School, all students play the recorder. Any international students who can read music will be able to learn to play the recorder with the support of the tutoring offered. For students who have never read music, extra tutoring fees will apply.

ARTISTIC APPROACH – the classes are rich in artistic and creative activity. Learning English, as the students learn to draw, paint, do woodwork and handwork projects is exciting!

Helpful Information About The Nelson Waldorf School

High Quality Art SuppliesSCHOOL SUPPLIES:   Our students are given the highest quality school supplies from Mercurius/ Stockmar in Germany. This is why there is a supply fee of

  • Kindergarten:  $300
  • Classes 1, 2, 3: $435
  • Classes 4, 5:     $460
  • Classes 6, 7, 8: $560

The students draw with beeswax crayons and Stockmar coloured pencils, use fountain pens to write, learn calligraphy in class 6, and paint with beautiful translucent colours.

RECORDERS:  Students in Classes 1-8 play the recorder. By Class 6 the students are playing 3 and 4 part music using the Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass Recorders. Students who stay for the full year will receive a beautiful wooden soprano recorder which they will take home with them.

DRESS CODE:  At the Nelson Waldorf School we ask the students to dress neatly in non-distracting clothing. Our dress code states that students should wear plain coloured tops, or tops with a small design or pattern. Any Logos, letters or images are to be the student’s fist size or smaller. They will also require Non-marking running shoes that lace up snugly (no loose-fitting skate shoes) for inside the classroom and for gym class. Winter coats, snow pants, warm boots, hats, and mitts are a must in the winter.

MEDIA:  The Nelson Waldorf School asks that students have limited exposure to media. This includes computer use, watching television, electronic games and using phones for entertainment.Music Class

OVERNIGHT CLASS TRIPS:  Classes 3-8 go on one or more overnight trips each year. Most trips are for two nights. Class 3 goes to a farm, Class 4 goes to Fort Steele (a pioneer village), Class 5 attends the Waldorf Olympics, Class 6 backpacks into a wilderness cabin in the fall, and goes on a bike trip in the spring. Class 7 goes to a Challenge course in the fall and to a rock climbing camp in the spring. Class 8 participates in a high ropes course in the fall, goes snow caving in the winter, and goes on a 5-day trip in the spring. There is an additional cost for all overnight trips.
CLASS PLAYS:  Every class at the Nelson Waldorf School performs a play for the rest of the school at some time during the year.  If your child is involved in a class play we will send you pictures.

Pulpit Rock, KootenaysTuition, Fees, Homestay

Application Fee: $250 (one-time only fee to be included with the application)

Tuition: $11,000 per year ($1100/month):

Full Year Tuition includes:

  • courses for one full school year completely in English with native BC students
  • report cards
  • recorder tutoring
  • certificate of completion, guardianship, custodianship

Homestay Placement, Housing Support Fee: $ 500

Medical Fee: $90/month

Maintenance Fee: $50/month

Homestay Accommodation Fee: $850/month

Homestay fee includes:

  • private room
  • three meals per day, snacks, and drinks
  • airport arrival pick up and departure from the program
  • social, emotional support and problem solving
  • weekly check-ins at school
  • monthly support visits from the homestay coordinator

Starting Dates are flexible throughout the year

How to Enroll/Apply

Application Process

  1. Download and print out a copy of this application form.
  2. Fill out the application
  3. Include all necessary documents such as report cards from the previous 2 years of schooling, letter of intent from the student, and letter of reference from a school principal, counselor or teacher on behalf of the student.
  4. Send application form with $250 processing fee by express courier to:
  • The Nelson Waldorf School, Box 165, Nelson, British Columbia, Canada V1L 5P9

Once the application form is received and reviewed, a letter of acceptance and a letter of custodianship will be sent to you so that an application for a study permit can be made through the Canadian Embassy or VAC center in your country.

What kind of students qualify for our program?

To qualify for our program, an international applicant requires average to above average marks on academic report cards and must also have positive comments from teachers on his/her overall character and work ethic. Once the student is settled with his/her homestay family the Program Coordinator will meet to welcome the student, answer questions and ensure the student understands the home and school expectations and responsibilities while he/she is enrolled in our program.