Rocky Mountain School District No. 6

International student group photo visiting Lake Louise



The Rocky Mountain International Student Program (RMISP) welcomes high school students from around the world to its public schools in Revelstoke, Golden, Invermere, Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood, Vanderhoof and Burns Lake in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. RMISP manages the international student programs in four BC public school districts: SD No. 5 (Southeast Kootenay), SD No. 6 (Rocky Mountain), SD No.19 (Revelstoke) and SD No. 91 (Nechako Lakes).

International student at a football game in Calgary, Alberta

The RMISP region of BC is home to some of the best outdoor recreational opportunities in North America. The area includes four  national parks (Glacier, Mount Revelstoke, Kootenay, and Yoho), and borders on internationally-renowned Banff National Park. The area has become one of Canada's top golf destinations and is also well known for  adventure sports like kayaking, mountain biking, river rafting, hiking, and rock climbing. The RMISP region is most famous for its five ski resorts, three of which rank in the top ten in North America. Other attractions in the area include Fort Steele Heritage Town, Emerald Lake, Radium Hot Springs, the Burgess Shale fossil field, Fairmont Hot Springs, and Takakkaw Falls.

Our RMISP Outpost boasts the communities of Vanderhoof, Fort St. James and Burns Lake, in BC's  Northern Interior. This area is famous for its untouched natural beauty and is the next to be developed tourist area of BC. Burns Lake is home to Canada's first International Mountain Bike Association (IMBO) Ride Centre.

Many students come to study with us for 5 or 10 months for a cultural experience and to perfect their English skills, and some come for multiple years, to graduate from one of our schools and receive a Dogwood diploma. These students usually continue on to post-secondary education in Canada.

The RMISP team is committed to making the student's stay in Canada the experience of a lifetime! We love where we live, work and study and can't wait to share it. RMISP has dedicated Homestay Coordinators in each of its ten host communities. We work closely with our host families and school administrators and staff to provide our students with the care and support necessary to ensure all students maximize their time in Canada.