In addition to offering a full roster of core academic and elective courses, RMISP's high schools offer many unique, special-interest courses.  Many of these courses are very popular with international students, particularly courses which maximize our amazing location in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.  IMPORTANT:  not every course is available at every school and/or each semester or year.  Please consult with your agency or directly with program staff to confirm when and where specific courses are offered.  

Outdoor Education

Experience all the Canadian Rocky  Mountains have to offer in specially-designed courses in Golden and Kimberley. From cross-country skiing and rock climbing to avalanche training and first aid, these courses combine theory and practice to create a unique educational experience for international and Canadian students alike. Click here for more great photos!

Outdoor Education

Forensic Science

Learn the science behind the hit television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. This popular course introduces students to fingerprinting, blood stain spatter interpretation, DNA, entomology, impressions, document analysis, ballistics and much more! This course includes lab work as well as hands-on projects featuring actual crime scene mock-ups (see photo at right). This course is only available at Selkirk Secondary School.

Ice Hockey

All three high schools in School District No. 6 offer special programming for students who want to combine hockey training with regular coursework. These programs are very popular and enable international students to learn with and from Canadian players under the supervision of experienced teachers and coaches.

Ice Hockey

Digital Media

Digital Media 11 teaches students basic skills in illustration, digital photography, Flash animation, Web design and desktop publishing. Digital Media 12 introduces students to 3-D illustration, stop-motion animation and digital video production. These courses are amazing opportunities for international students who want to explore their creative potential using industry-standard software programs and design tools.

Chef Training

Learn to cook in the classroom and then practice in local restaurants in the Windermere area. This is a great course for international students who like food and enjoy learning and working as part of a team. This course follows the provincial Cook Training curriculum; the equivalent of which is Cook Level One at colleges in the province. Learn about nutrition, artistic food presentation and the social issues surrounding food and food security. This amazing course is only offered at David Thompson Secondary School in Invermere.
Chef Training

Fire Academy

Learn the basics of firefighting at Golden Secondary School. This is a semestered course where students get the opportunity to experience the routines and training of structural fire fighters. It is done in conjunction with the Golden Fire Rescue Service. Students learn the skills required to safely put out structural fires as well as CPR, rappelling, using Personal Protective Equipment, the science behind fire, and many other skills. Click below for more photos.

Ski Patroller

This course is offered at Golden Secondary School in conjunction with PEAK Emergency Training. It is an intensive and demanding course the leads to several certifications including Avalanche Skills Training Level 1, Outdoor Emergency Care and Basic Life Support. Participants must be advanced skiers, snowboarders or telemarkers and be a minimum of 17 years of age. English language proficiency is a must.  There is an extra fee to take this class.  Students under 17 may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.    

Strength and Conditioning

This course is offered at Golden Secondary School to students in grades 10 - 12. Students train year-round to improve their physique and fitness levels with the use of free weights and machines. The routines are geared towards bodybuilding with some opportunities to incorporate cardiovascular fitness as well. Instruction is given for all areas of the body including suggestions for nutrition. Students write in a daily log book that is kept in the class.


Superfit is a great way to start your day. Available at Selkirk, it is a course scheduled outside the regular timetable for students wanting to learn and benefit from modern strength and conditioning principles including weight training technique, agility, balance training, nutrition, energy system usage and their application towards a self-designed program suited to their specific needs. If you enjoy working out and exercise, Superfit is the course for you!