Fall 2024/25 Theme: Climate

Our program is designed around a central theme, and for the 2024/2025 semester, our focus is on Climate. Through the lenses of art, science, and experiential education, students will explore this critical issue and its impact on our world. This semester will feature internationally recognized scientists from the Hakai Institute and Mother Tree Network; we will work with performance, graffiti, and sound artists; climate leaders and authors; and numerous Cortes-based social profits, as well as our dynamic team of teachers, local workshop leaders, and facilitators.

Students in grades 10 – 12 from on and off Cortes are welcome and can receive 24 credits through the following courses: Socials, Art, English, Science, Outdoor Ed, Leadership and Career Education. 

2023-24 Slideshow


You’ve been accepted…. what next?

1. Accept your spot in CIA
  • Please let us know if you intend to accept your spot by emailing appy@cortesislandacademy.ca
2. Financial Aid form

The CIA program costs $3500 per student, not including homestay fees. Families seeking financial assistance should fill out the form above. Scholarship and bursaries are based on funds raised each year and therefore vary.

The Cortes Island Academy Scholarship and Bursary Program prioritizes access for local (SD 72 rural/remote students without access to other school program) and balances that with need.

A full scholarship is just over 85% of fees or up to $3,000 per student. We are offering a 10% discount for each student for families with more than one student enrolled.

3. Register with SD72
4. Registering for a Homestay (if needed)

An intergral aspect of the CIA is our homestay program. This offering allows “off-island” and students from abroad the opportunity to have an immersive experience living on Cortes and join the Cortes community. Every year we face the challenge of having limited homestay options. Therefore we have to get creative! Each and every homestay looks a little different and we will do our best to match students with families and houses that fit them best.

Please be aware that the homestay program is organized in part by the Campbell River School District, you must register on their portal with the link above. Homestay housing costs $1025/month for full time students and $750/month for part time students (they go home on weekends). There is a homestay registration fee of $400.

Register for Homestay

Using the link above please make a profile in the TrueNorth portal. This portal is managed by SD72, please reach out if you have any questions. Make sure you select the Cortes Academy option when you are making a profile so you fill out the correct forms.

5. Sign the CIA waiver and FIPPA


6. Pay Deposit

After you get confirmation of a homestay placement and financial aid package we are asking families to pay a $100 deposit. This money will go towards the amount you owe for the semester. We will send you a reminder about this in the coming weeks, please keep this on your radar. E transfer to admin@cortesislandacademy.ca