Red Deer Public School District - International Services


Study in Alberta

Orientation Guides ***Very Important***

Please download and read this guide BEFORE you come to Canada, read the copy that was mailed to you or complete our Pre Arrival Learning program that was emailed to you.  Please fill out the forms included in this guide to the best of your ability.  This will speed up the registration process when you arrive in Canada.

Click the image below  to download:



2          Welcome
5          International Services Contact Information
6          What to Bring With You To Canada
7          Airport Arrival
8          Sample Orientation Day Schedule
9          Red Deer Location
10        Map of Red Deer Neighbourhoods and School Locations
11        How to Use the Bus in Red Deer
12        Banks in Red Deer
13-14  Recreation Activities in and Near Red Deer
15        Movie Theatres in Red Deer
16        Fitness Centres
17        Text Messages and Facebook Messages About Events
17        Report Cards
17        Attendance Expectations
17        The Houour Code
18        Alberta High School Diploma Requirements
18        Graduation Ceremonies and Banquet
19        Studying in Canada
20        People in the School
20        Accessing Your Marks Online Via E-Link
21        Living Expectations
21        Culture Shock or the Adjustment Process
21        Student E-Mail
22        Homestay Guidelines and Rules
22                    Canada Homestay International
22                    Preparing for Your Homestay Experience
22                    What Makes a Great Homestay?
22                    Getting Settled
23                    A Tour of Your New Home
23                    A Tour of the Neighbourhood
24                    Life Inside the Canadian Home
24                    Household Chores
24                    Laundry
25                    Bedrooms
25                    Bathrooms
25                    Telephone Usage & the Internet
25                    Use of Computers
26                    Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
27        Life Outside the Canadian Home
27                    Night Life
27                    Curfews
27                    Sleepovers
28        Travel
28                   Travel With a School Group
28                   Homestay Travel Policy
28                   Travel Outside Canada
28        Driver’s License           
29         Smoking
29        lcohol and Drugs
29        Money and Valuables
29        Pocket Money
29        Valuables
30        English Language Learners
31        Techniques for Mutual Understanding
31        Tips to Encourage Communications
32        Persistent Problems
32        Why Would You Be Moved?
33        Medical Emergencies
33-34  Doctor’s Visits and Insurance Claims

Go to this link to see a Google Map of Red Deer:

Map Link

IntStu Orientation07.ppt

General Homestay Guides

Please download and read this homestay guide in your own language prior to your arrival in Canada.  It will help you to learn about life in Canadian families.

High School Course Guides
Please read through the course guides and choose 3 or 4 optional classes that you would like to take in addition to English, Social Studies, Math and Science.  Your final timetable will be determined when you arrive.

Lindsay Thurber High School - Web Site and Registration Guide

Hunting Hills High School - Web Site and Registration Guide

Insurance Guides

Please find below information about student insurance coverage while you are in Canada.  You will be given further information and your ID card once you arrive in Canada.

To learm more about your insurance package from Ingle Insurance please visit the following link

To learm more about life in Canada in general please visit

Dear Students for the 2018-2019 School Year,

By now I am sure that you getting excited about your upcoming adventure in Canada.  We look forward to welcoming you to our country, province, city and schools.  Here are some important details:

1.0 Please find enclosed the following documents:

-Orientation Guide    * Very Important!
-homestay guide book in your language
(please read it before you leave together with your parents and  bring this with you)
-homestay family profile (sent in an earlier e mail)
-Guide to Winter  in Canada
-Link to Arrivals App to help you when you travel to Canada (please download to your smart phone before you travel if you are bringing one)

Name: Red Deer Arrival

Google Play link for Arrival App: Android

iTunes link for Arrival App: iPhone

2.0 Please be sure to bring the following information with you:

  • passport
  • study visa
  • travel visa (if required)
  • letter of acceptance
  • medication that you may require on a regular basis
  • copies of immunization records
  • summer and winter clothes
  • pictures and souvenirs of your home country to share with others
  • credit card and bank card

3.0 Please remember tuition, homestay and insurance fees must be paid prior to your arrival.

How to pay for application and tuition fees:


Payment Method One – NorthStar Currency (preferred method)

Red Deer Public Schools has partnered with NorthStar Currency to accept fee payments.

Payment Instructions:

Save money and make your payment by credit card or bank transfer in over 40 currencies within a fully trackable system. Students will receive confirmation when funds are received by the school board. Using this system you will receive the best exchange rate and no service charges.

To initiate your payment go to:

On our WEBSITE: (


Payment Method Two – Direct Bank Transfer

If you cannot use the NorthStar Currency system, you can transfer to our bank directly.  Services and transfer fees will apply.

Account Holder:  Red Deer Public School District

Bank Name:  Servus Credit Union (Credit Union Central of Canada)

Bank Address:  #400, 6730 Taylor Drive, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, T4P 1K4

Bank Telephone:  Country Code + 403 347 0731

Account Number:  4517280

Transit Number:  11629

Bank Number:  899



Text books, course supplies and locker rental
Remember you will need extra money for the start up of school to pay for courses supplies, textbook rentals, and locker (approximately $100).   Most international students will be required to take a Math class.  Students are required to have a graphing calculator.  The program does have graphing calculators that can be borrowed for students who require them and if they are not returned at the end of the program, the student will be responsible for the replacement cost (approximately $125)

Extra costs for homestay
In addition, you will need to pay $30 per night  for homestay days in your arrival month in August or January if you have not paid for these nights already.  The amount you will owe will depend on the day your arrive.

4.0 Please e mail or mail us the following information as soon as possible:
email to:

  • Arrival Date
  • Flight Number
  • Arrival Time
  • Airport (Calgary or Edmonton)
  • Preferred option courses

5.0  Semester 1 New Student Orientation Info August 27, 28, 2018
       (further details to be confirmed)

We will be having a meeting of  international students for one day of orientation . Please bring  your documents (Passport, Study Permit) to this meeting.

Day 1: General Orientation
 August 27
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Lunch provided
Location: Red Deer Public School Board Offices
4747 53 Street
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 2E6
phone 403 343 1405

Lunch Provided

Day 2: School Tours, Timetable Changes, lockers, text books and fun activites
August 28
8:30 AM  to 4:00 PM 

Lunch Provided

August 31  Classes Begin.



  • E-mail your flight arrival times to as soon as possible.

6.0  Please visit our website for further information:

If you have any questions before you leave home please be sure to ask us or your agent.  We look forward to welcoming you to Canada.  See you soon and have a safe flight!!!!



Checking Grades/Attendance on PowerSchool

  • Open up Internet Browser
  • In the Address Bar type
  • Type in your username/password (Student Computer Login)

To see the current grades you will need the student's username and password which can be obtained by e-mailing International Services

Go to International Services main site
Red Deer Public Schools
4747 53 Street
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada T4N 2E6
phone: 403 343 1405, fax: 403 347 8190