WELCOME TO RED DEER, ALBERTA, CANADA 2015-2016
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:
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
25 Telephone Usage & the Internet
25 Use of Computers
26 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
27 Life Outside the Canadian Home
27 Night Life
28 Travel With a School Group
28 Homestay Travel Policy
28 Travel Outside Canada
28 Driver’s License
29 lcohol and Drugs
29 Money and Valuables
29 Pocket Money
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:
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
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 2017-2018 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:
3.0 Please remember tuition, homestay and insurance fees must be paid prior to your arrival.
How to pay for application and tuition fees:
HOW TO PAY FEES:
Payment Method One – NorthStar Currency (preferred method)
Red Deer Public Schools has partnered with NorthStar Currency to accept fee payments.
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:
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
Swift Code: CUCXCATTCAL
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 $200). 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: email@example.com
5.0 Semester 1 New Student Orientation Info August 28, 29, 2017
(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
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Red Deer Public School Board Offices
4747 53 Street
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 2E6
phone 403 343 1405
Day 2: Timetable Changes, and fun activites
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
August 31 Classes Begin.
School Year Important Dates
2016-2017 School Year
International students should arrive in Canada on the weekend of August 27 and 28,
Students arriving outside these dates may be subject to an additional charge of approximately $190 for airport pickup.
Semester One - 2016 - August to January
August 29, 30 International Student Orientation & ESL Testing at Central Services Office
September 1 School begins
September 5 Labour Day (No School)
October 10 Thanksgiving (No School)
November 11 Remembrance Day (No School)
November 10 – 11 Fall Break (No School)
December 25 - January 6 Winter Break (No School)
January 9 School resumes
January 27 Final Day of Semester One
IMPORTANT: Departure of Semester One students and Arrival of Semester Two students on the weekend of January 28 & 29.
Semester Two - 2017 - February to June
January 30 Orientation, Timetabling & ESL Testing
January 31 First Day of Semester Two
February 20 Family Day (No School)
February 23 - 24 Teachers’ Convention (No School)
March 10 District/School Professional Development Day (No School)
March 27 - 31 Spring Break
April 3 School resumes
April 14 Good Friday (No School)
April 17 Easter Monday (No School)
May 22 Victoria Day (No School)
June 29 School Closing/ Final Day for Students
June 30 Teachers/Staff Only
IMPORTANT: Year End Departure Dates for International Students are on June 29 and 30.
Transportation to the airport is available on these dates. Students departing outside these dates may be subject to an additional charge of approximately $190 for airport drop off.
*All students must depart the program by June 30 at the very latest as the school district is closed for the summer break. The homestay program also ends on June 30, 2017.
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!!!!
To see the current grades you will need the student's username and password which can be obtained by e-mailing International Services firstname.lastname@example.org
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