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School Division Profile (March 2007):

Portage la School Division has one secondary school, Portage Collegiate Institute (PCI). PCI offers a variety of options ranging from an academic program to practical skills courses for business and technology.

The academic program addresses a full range of arts and sciences classes taught on both semester and non-semester systems. Students successfully completing the program are awarded a Manitoba high school. The program is designed to prepare students for studies at post secondary level.

Business education, marketing, cosmetology, computer technology, construction, electronics and agriculture management are all practical skills options available to students of Portage la Prairie School Division.

Portage la Prairie School Division expects international students to have a basic working knowledge of the English language.

Enriched programs are offered to students who excel in one or more subject areas. Students can take advanced placement courses that earn them credit for first year courses at universities and colleges across Canada.

Portage la Prairie is a small city of 13, 000 people. It is centrally located in Canada on the vast plains of southern Manitoba. International students can enjoy a quiet rural lifestyle in a city that is both safe and friendly. Portage la Prairie is known as the strawberry capital of Canada.

The city of Winnipeg is located just 84 kilometers away from Portage la Prairie. Students can take advantage of the short trip to the city by enjoying the professional football team’s games as well as excellent shopping and dining opportunities. Winnipeg is renowned for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and an active arts community.

Quick Facts

Location: Portage la Prairie, Manitoba Canada
City Population: 13,000
Climate Range: -30° to 30°C
School Sizes: 400 - 600
# of International Student in Program: 20
% of International Students in School/District: 2%
Student Age: 16 - 20 years
Countries of Origin: International students attending the Portage la Prairie School Division come mainly from Mexico and Hong Kong.

Portage la Prairie School Division encourages students from all parts of the world to apply.

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Contact Information

Portage la Prairie School Division
535 - 3rd St. N.W.
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba R1N 2C4 Canada
T: 1 204 857 8756
F: 1 204 239 5998
E: jsmith@plpsd.mb.ca
W: http://www.plpsd.mb.ca

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Highlights

Opportunities to student in a small, friendly, prairie city

Offers a wide selection of options ranging from a traditional academic program to practical skills courses such as cosmetology, power mechanics, and construction.

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Program Options
  • Manitoba High School Graduation Diploma
  • Practical Skills Programs
  • Distance Education Program
  • Advanced Placement Program
  • French Immersion Program

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Program Facts

Diploma: Manitoba High School
Program Levels: Grades 9 - 12
Private vs Public: Public
Calendar Year: September-June
Year Program Founded: 1894
Hours of Instruction/Week: 27.5
College/University Admission Link

Students who graduate from the Portage la Prairie School Division are qualified to apply to most universities in the world.

 

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Refund Policy

The application fee is nonrefundable. Students who withdraw before the beginning of the school year receive a full refund.

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Student Profile

Student Ages: 16 - 20
Class Sizes: 24 (average)
School Sizes: 400 - 600
Student/Teacher Ratio: 15.5 : 1

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Curriculum Overview

Portage la Prairie School Division has one secondary school, Portage Collegiate Institute (PCI). PCI offers students a variety of options ranging from an academic program to practical skills courses for business and technology.

The academic program addresses a full range of arts and sciences taught on a semester system. Students are required to pass a core selection of courses including English, mathematics and sciences. Elective courses are combined with the required courses to create a balanced curriculum that stresses academic challenge and success in a fun setting. Students successfully completing the program are awarded a Manitoba high school diploma. The program is designed to prepare students for studies at a post secondary level.

Business education, marketing, cosmetology , computer technology, construction, electronics and agriculture management are all practical skills options available to students of the Portage la Prairie School Division. International students who demonstrate sufficient English communication skills may study any of these options at PCI.

Enriched programs are offered to students who excel in one or more subject areas. Students can take advanced placement courses that earn them credit for first year courses at universities and colleges across Canada.

Due to the sizable French-speaking community in the area, PCI offers a French immersion program for students who wish to learn Canada’s other official language. For students who choose to pursue their diploma in English, a comprehensive French program is available to complement the academic curriculum.

The Portage la Prairie School Division expects international students to have a basic working knowledge of the English language.

International students completing all of the requirements from any of the programs offered are qualified to graduate with a high school diploma or other appropriate designation.

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Activities and Facilities

Students in the Portage la Prairie School Division benefit from well-equipped educational facilities. An automated library, modern computer labs, a business education lab and science lab are all part of the academic facilities. Facilities for the practical skills programs include a cosmetology lab, an electronics lab, a building trades shop, a home economics lab, a music room and an art and drama room. International and local students also have access to non-academic school facilities: a lounge, career resource centre and technical resource centre.

Sports and club facilities further enhance the learning process; a weight room and a gymnasium are provided at both schools, and students can take part in student government, print publications, the Native student association and cultural activities.

Both the city and the school division manage many recreational facilities that are ideal environments for international students to make contacts with Canadians as well as other visitors. The Southport Aerospace Centre has a pool, whirlpool, waterslide and leisure pool. The Portage District Arts Council hosts art exhibitions and offers art instruction programs to aspiring artists.

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Program and Location

There is no formal homestay program offered through the school division.

Portage la Prairie School Division has been in existence since 1897. With over a one hundred year history, it is one of the more established formal education systems in the province. PCI is home to 1100 students.

International students take part in all activities associated with the school. Since international students in the program must have a working knowledge of English, they are encouraged to participate fully in classes and extracurricular activities. Immersion into the curriculum provides an ideal opportunity for students to practice and improve their language skills in a friendly, supportive, native-English-speaking environment.

Portage la Prairie is a small city of 13,000 people. It is centrally located in Canada on the vast plains of southern Manitoba. International students can enjoy a quiet rural lifestyle in a city that is both safe and friendly. Portage la Prairie is known as the strawberry capital of Canada.

Island Park is located in the middle of the city. With a deer & waterfowl sanctuary, a playground, picnic sites, a horse racing track, tennis courts, strawberry farms and an 18-hole golf course, Portage la Prairie has created a wonderful public space where students and local residents can relax in a beautiful, natural setting.

The city of Winnipeg is located just 84 kilometers away from Portage la Prairie. Students can take advantage of the short trip to this city to enjoy professional football and hockey games as well as excellent shopping and dining opportunities. Winnipeg is renowned for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and an active arts community.

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Admissions

The academic year at Portage Collegiate Institute runs on a semester system. The first semester begins in September and ends in January, while the second one begins in February and ends in June. Students may begin studies at the beginning either of the two semesters. There are vacations in December and March.

International students applying to Portage la Prairie School Division should include a completed application, transcripts indicating past academic performance, a C$100 application fee and an official medical certificate fee and an official medical certificate that discloses any serious illnesses or health problems. Students are assessed based on their academic performance and desire to study in Manitoba.

Upon acceptance, students must apply for a student visa, which authorizes them to study in Canada. Student visas must be obtained prior to entry into Canada. All fees must be paid by the start of the semester in which the student plans to begin studies.

All students are required to purchase private medical insurance for the duration of their studies at Portage la Prairie School Division. Insurance can be purchased in the student’s country of residence or in Canada (at the cost of approximately C$360 per year).

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Support for International Students

There is a small international student population in Portage la Prairie. Students receive plenty of attention and assistance in their academic programs as well as for private and personal concerns. Resource teachers, guidance counselors and teacher assistants all offer support to international students who are experiencing difficulties in adjusting to a Canadian lifestyle and educational system. Recreational facilities are open to all students and provide an excellent setting for meeting members of the community and establishing relationships with other international students.

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Community and Location

City Population: 13,000
Climate Range: -30° to 30°C
Setting: Rural

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Admissions at a Glance
  1. Minimum English Requirement: Students must have a good working knowledge of English
  2. Minimum Academic Requirement: varies; student qualifications are assessed on a case-by-case basis
  3. Reference Letter(s): not required
  4. Application Fee: C$100
  5. Application Deadlines: June 30 (September entry)

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Expenses

International Tuition and Fees: C$10,000/year (subject to change)
Health Insurance: C$360/year (subject to change)
Books and Lab Fees: included
Accommodation (including food costs): varies
School Residence: n/a
Private Residence: C$500/month (subject to change)
Homestay: n/a

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International Students

Program Enrolment: 20
% of District Enrolment: 2%
Admitted/yr to Program: no limit

Countries of Origin: International students attending the Portage la Prairie School Division come mainly from Mexico and Hong Kong. The Portage la Prairie School Division encourages students from all parts of the world to apply.

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Application Forms

A registration form, school reference form and declaration must be completed.

A copy of student mark statements and a medical certificate that discloses any serious illnesses or health problems must be provided.

Tuition costs are $10,000.00* Canadian per year and there is a $100 non-refundable application fee. *(this figure is subject to change).

Upon acceptance, students must apply for a student visa, which is required to entry  into Canada.

The applicant is responsible for arranging accommodations or homestay.  The school division will assist where possible.

Forms:

  • Registration Form
  • School Reference Form
  • Declaration Form

Fax to: 204 239 5998
Mail to:
The Portage la Prairie School Division
535 - 3rd Street N.W.
Portage la Prairie, MB
Canada, R1N 2C4

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