Where is Fredericton?

Fredericton is the capital city of the province of New Brunswick located on the Atlantic coast of Canada. It is one of 3 Maritime provinces along with Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. It is 8 hours east of Montreal and 7 hours north of Boston.


Why should we choose Fredericton?

Many families tell us that they choose Fredericton because it is small, clean, and safe. But Fredericton and its surrounding areas are much more than that. Fredericton has a friendly population that embraces cultural diversity. We are a high achieving School District. We are the home of two world class universities (University of New Brunswick and Saint Thomas University) and have been in the Top 7 SMART cities of the world for 2 years. It is simply a great place to be!! We are sure you will be impressed.


Do you have a school orientation?

Schools provide students with an orientation to their building and procedures.


When can I apply?

The school year is divided into two semesters. For the 1st semester, school starts on the first Tuesday after September 1st. We accept applications from February 1st until May 15th. The 2nd semester begins late January or early February. We accept applications from September 15th until November 15th. Please note: The application could take between 2-3 weeks to be processed.


When should students arrive?

Students should arrive prior to the new semester. This gives them time to register and select courses, as well as a chance to adjust to any time changes and get familiar with the city. Some schools also require students to complete a language assessment, which must be completed prior to class registration.


When are the vacations?

There is a two week break at the end of December, and a one week break the first full week of March. There are also several one day holidays throughout the year. Classes end for the year by the 30th of June.


Can students travel to different cities for vacation by themselves?

International Students can only travel in the company of their Homestay families OR with a school or district sanctioned event.


Do you have a custodian program? How much does it cost?

Custodianship is arranged through your Homestay provider (Canada Homestay Network or your own private arrangement). Canada Homestay Network will send all necessary forms for custodianship after an application has been submitted. Fees for this service are established by Canada Homestay Network. If a private arrangement is made, it is important that you fill in the necessary forms yourself. You can find more information, as well as the necessary forms, in our HOW TO APPLY section.


If students are unhappy with their Homestay what do they do?

Canada Homestay Network has 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency contact numbers, as well as a local coordinator. Students can discuss their problem with them. If students are placed privately, unfortunately, they will have to work out difficulties themselves. However, school and district staff are always available to help guide them in the right direction.


How do students get to and from school?

Students who live within 2.4 kilometers of their school will walk to school or can pay for public transportation. Those living outside of the 2.4 kilometers can use the school bus service provided free by the school district. If students are involved in after school clubs or teams, they will have to make transportation arrangements with their host family.


Do students take regular classes? What about ESL support?

Anglophone School District West takes an IMMERSION PLUS approach. This means students are totally immersed in English by being registered in regular classes with everyone else, but are also provided daily ESL support if required. Usually, elementary students receive thirty minutes per day of ESL support, while middle school students receive 45 minutes per day, and high school students one to two hours per day, depending on their language proficiency.


Can I graduate from High School in New Brunswick?

Students can graduate from a New Brunswick High School, but must complete all of the requirements for graduation from the Province of New Brunswick.

Graduation Requirements


What courses are offered?

The courses schools offer depend on the size of the school (smaller schools offer a smaller number of courses). In smaller schools, however, many courses are available through “Distance Education” which provides courses offered in larger schools in an online format. Grade 11-12 courses are leveled, with Level 2 being University preparation and Level 1 being advanced. (ie. 112 ENGLISH= Grade 11 English Level 2, 121 Biology = Grade 12 Biology Advanced)


Do you offer International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP)?

Anglophone School District West does not offer IB programs but some AP courses are available depending on the school.


What is your refund policy?

Where valid reason for withdrawal occurs, as determined by ASD-W, a pro-rated refund will be made based on the cost of the monthly tuition. Students withdrawing before the 15th of the month will have that month’s tuition included in their refund. Whereas, students withdrawing after the 15th of the month will forfeit that month’s tuition. Refunds will be payable only to the one who paid the tuition originally.


What other fees apply?

If students choose to join an extracurricular sports team or club, there may be additional fees for registration. School lab fees will also be extra but should be very minimal.


Where can I purchase Health Insurance?

If you are using our Homestay Provider, Canada Homestay Network, health insurance can be purchased through them. If you are applying independently you will need to organize health insurance yourself. You can find links to two major suppliers of health insurance for International students (Ingle Insurance and Guard ME) in the HOW TO APPLY section.


What is the climate like?

The summer temperatures range from 23°C to 30°C, while winter temperatures range from 0°C to -25°C.


What kind of clothes should I bring?

New Brunswick has four seasons so you will need everything from shorts and sandals to boots and winter jackets.