Maple Leaf plans to open its first school in Canada this Fall on Thompson Rivers University (TRU) campus in Kamloops, BC.
TRU’s News Release is posted below:
Kamloops, BC—Maple Leaf Education North America (MLENA), the Canadian subsidiary of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems (CMLES), announced plans to open its first Canadian high school in September 2016 in cooperation with TRU, Kamloops.
In a Memorandum of Understanding, signed today, MLENA and TRU confirmed plans allowing the school to start in a designated area on campus with the intent to move to a purpose-built school facility via the university trust in the near future.
“This is a landmark day for TRU as we continue to develop innovative approaches to internationalization,” said TRU President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Shaver. “We have a long-standing relationship with our partners and this is another opportunity for us to create more learning options for students and collaborative research projects for our faculties.”
The first students in the new school will be selected from existing Maple Leaf schools in China, which as part of the BC Global Education Program Offshore Schools, have been delivering the BC curriculum in China for over 20 years. CMLES currently operates eight BC certified high schools throughout China, enrolling more than 7,500 BC registered students. The students selected to come to Maple Leaf School-TRU will come to Kamloops to continue their BC high school program in Kamloops.
“We are very excited to be taking this first step together with our long-term partners at TRU,” said Dawn Sutherland, President, MLENA, “TRU’s university village concept is a strong attraction to our students and their parents.” In addition to the BC curriculum, MLES students in China take courses from the Chinese high school curriculum and graduate with two diplomas, one from BC and one from the Chinese provincial education authority. Maple Leaf Schools in Canada will continue this tradition, offering the required Chinese courses within the program offered in Canada. Associate Vice President, International and Chief Executive Officer, TRU World Global Operations Baihua Chadwick said, “This innovative, one-of-a-kind cooperation project will not only benefit TRU’s students and faculty, it will benefit the Kamloops community as a whole. This bilingual and bi-curriculum school can potentially attract professionals and families from other parts of Canada if they wish for their children to receive a dual credential accredited by both the Chinese Ministry of Education and the BC Ministry of Education.”
James Beeke, Maple Leaf’s Superintendent of Schools: BC Programs, stated, “This is an exciting first step for the 60 students enrolled, their parents, Maple Leaf, TRU, BC, Canada and China. It is a win-win for all involved. Maple Leaf plans to open more schools across Canada in the future and in other countries as well. Maple Leaf’s plans include becoming the largest high school in the world with high schools in several different countries around the world.”