ISPY (International Summer Programs for Youth)
QAre all facilities on campus or do students need to leave the school?
AAll of our facilities are located on our beautiful campus. Students only need to leave campus to take part in some of our scheduled outings.
QAre the activities and classes compulsory?
AYes. However, if a student is not allowed to do an activity for some reason (eg, swimming), then we make alternate arrangements for him or her.
QCan students leave the school at any time?
AUsually, students only leave campus for an organized activity. They are not allowed to leave campus without a supervisor. If they need to go to the store for a special reason, or have some other personal errand, we try to incorporate it into one of the regularly scheduled outings. Otherwise, the student is assigned a special adult escort, but this happens very rarely.
QCan the students use cellular phones in the school?
ACell phones are not allowed in the classroom, but the students can bring a cell phone with them while they are in Canada to facilitate communication with home.
QCan you describe the activities, schedule, visits and how many hours of English instruction there are each day?
AThe students begin studying at 8:30 am and finish at 4:00 pm, with a one hour break for lunch. This is the schedule from Monday to Friday. On some days, there are field trips, and afternoons are often spent doing musical activities or playing language games. This provides some variety from sitting in a classroom all day long.
QDo international students get together with students from day camps?
ADuring the summer, the SMUS Campus is a very busy place. We offer residential Summer Music Academies, as well as recreational day camps for children. Short-term ESL students have the opportunity to mingle with those students during meal times, recreational times, and in the boarding houses.
QHow are the boys and girls dormitories separated?
ABoys and girls are in one building, which is physically divided into a boys and girls side. Students are not allowed in the rooms of the opposite sex but can mingle in common areas.
QHow do you ensure the safety and security of the students, especially after school and weekends?
AEach day after classes are finished, we have house parents on duty who ensure that students check in to the building. In the evening, we have dinner, some quiet study time, and then some type of activity. This is followed by preparations for bed time. The house parents carefully monitor the students' presence, and check them into their rooms at night. The doors are monitored by security camera, and the back doors have an alarm so that if anyone leaves, the alarm will sound. Boarding staff are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students must sign in and out when they leave the boarding house for any reason, even going to class. Students are always supervised in small groups by an adult staff member when they leave the campus.
QHow much free time do students get?
AStudents have about one hour after classes in the afternoon, and a couple of free hours on the weekend between meals and organized activities.
QWhat are the qualifications of teachers and monitors?
AAll of our teachers have BC Teaching Certificates and are members of the BC College of Teachers. Our Senior Boarding Staff come from a variety of backgrounds, but all have completed an undergraduate degree. They all receive extensive training for their role.
QWhat do the tuition fees include?
ATuition fees include pick-up and drop-off at Victoria International Airport, accommodation in our campus residences, evening and weekend activities, basic medical insurance.
QWhat food and drinks are available?
AThe food served in the cafeteria is delicious and nutritious. There are always two choices of hot food entrée, and there is always a vegetarian option. We also have a full self-serve salad bar with eight different types of salads and vegetables. There are two choices of dessert, and a variety of hot and cold drinks. Residents are welcome to have a second helping at meals. We also serve a mid-morning snack and an evening snack just before bed time. Cold beverages include lemonade, ice tea, water, and milk. We also have tea, coffee, hot apple cider, and hot chocolate. Soft drinks are not available on campus.
QWhere are washrooms located in the residences?
AEach double room has its own bathroom and shower.
QWhere do your students come from?
AIn the summer of 2010, there were students from Japan, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, China, and Hong Kong and Iran.
QYour web page mentions local Canadian students. What classes or activities are they involved in?
ALocal Canadian students sometimes help out in the classroom as conversation partners or teaching assistants. They also participate in the afternoon, evening, and weekend field trips.