Information for Parents

 

School Fees

The DEVI School fees are CA$11,000 per school year. This includes tuition and full board ($10,500) , and, pocket money ($500).

Once a child is admitted, a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per child is required to secure a place in the school. The deposit must be received by March 21st, and, will be deducted from the fees, leaving a balance of $10,000 to pay.

The remainder of the fees may be paid in two installments. The first installment of $5,000 is payable by June 1st, and the second installment of $5000 is payable by December 1st.

 

Important Dates for Planning your Travel

School Opens September 17-19 (Arrivals/Drop offs of parents and students, orientation, discussions and other activities)

First day of classes September 20

Last day of classes before holiday break December 7

Pickups/Departures for holiday break December 8-9

Arrivals/Drop offs after break Janurary 12-13

Classes resume January 14

Last day of classes for the school year June 21

Departures/Pickups June 22-23

If the cost of travel is difficult for some families, it may be possible to accommodate some children in the local area of the school over the Christmas break. Please get in touch if you wish to discuss this.
 

Study Permit

Every student who is not a Canadian national or permanent resident, needs a Study Permit to attend the DEVI School. This must be obtained before coming to Canada. The study permit application is done online, and all documents need to be scanned. If this presents a problem, it is possible to apply by post, but we recommend using the online service.

An application for a Study Permit requires a letter of acceptance, which we will provide on enrolment, proof of identity (such as a passport), and proof of financial support. The DEVI School will assist you in this process.

For students in grades 6, 7 and 8, the Study Permit is normally valid for one year. For grades 9 and 10, the Study Permit is normally valid for the full length of the studies plus 90 days.

Custodianship

At the DEVI School, the Principal is the legal custodian of the students. This means, for example, the princicpal can give permission for a medical procedure in the event of an emergency.

By law, a custodianship declaration form must be completed for children less than 17 years of age who study in Canada without a parent or legal guardian. It is submitted as part of the study permit application.

The custodianship form has two pages. Page 1 is for the school to declare we accept custodianship of the student. Page 2 is for the parent to declare they assign custodianship of the student to the school. Page 2 must be signed in the presence of a notary in your home country.

You do not need to fill out the custodianship form yourself, as the school will do this for you. You will be able to download the completed form from the school website, once the student has been admitted.

More information on custodianship declaration

Additional Notes to Parents about Online Visa Application

When answering the visa eligibility questionnaire (Check your eligibility), or providing answers in the visa application, ensure that questions are answered “as the student”. It is assumed that students are filling in the application themselves. For example for the question, “What is your marital status?” the answer would be “never married/ single”.

When asked whether student will be in Canada with a parent or ‘legal guardian’, the term ‘legal guardian’ here does NOT refer to custodian. So the answer to this question would be NO in almost all cases.

For the question “Have you been accepted to a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)?” the answer here is YES. All primary and secondary schools in Canada are DLIs although they may not be included on the published list of DLIs.

 

Medical Examination

Students from some countries will need a medical examination. In addition, any student who has lived in one of these countries for six or more consecutive months in the year prior to the date they wish to enter Canada will need a medical examination:

 

Visas

Citizens of some countries will need a temporary visa to enter Canada, in addition to your passport from your home country.

Please note the documents required to obtain a visa may vary depending on the country you are coming from. More information can be found via the links below.

Please remember to check your child's passport and ensure that it does not expire during their period of stay.

 

Health Insurance

It is the parents responsibility to have sufficient and adequate health care coverage for their child. Most students from overseas will not be eligible for government healthcare. Some countries may provide healthcare coverage for their citizens while studying abroad. Parents are required to provide proof of coverage, whether from private insurance or government healthcare.

A cost effective health insurance provider is: Medavie Blue Cross - Travel to Canada

When applying for coverage through Medavie Blue Cross, remember to specify 'outside canada' as place of residence unless student is a resident of Canada.
 

Flights

Nova Scotia is part of Atlantic Canada, which is closer to Europe than any other part of North America; a direct flight from London to Halifax is just under six hours. The Halifax International Airport, a full-service airport with access to major hubs across the globe, is an hour and a half by car from Mill Village. The cost of flights will vary depending on the time of year; a return flight from London can range from CA$500 to $950 (approximately GB£300 to GB$600, or €350 to €700).

The DEVI School team and Nova Scotia collective will provide transportation from the Halifax International Airport to Liverpool, and back again, for a small fee.

 

Accommodation

Parents and guardians accompanying students to the DEVI School for pick-ups/drop-offs are responsible for arranging their own accommodation while in Nova Scotia. September is arguably one the most beautiful months to visit this fair province! So if possible, leave yourself enough time to explore, have a good hike or paddle a canoe, taste some of our fresh seafood and most certainly enjoy swimming in the ocean.

We would suggest booking accommodation at one of the following four locations:

Best Western, Liverpool

This was the host hotel for our 2011 Canadian Sahaja Yoga Seminar. It is within walking distance to the Sahaja Yoga Centre in Liverpool; about 15 minutes away. Grocery stores and coffee shops are just next door. There is a pool for the kids to enjoy and a good breakfast included in room rates.

www.bestwestern.com +1 902-354-2377

Lane's Privateer Inn

This is a long-time family-run inn in a lovely setting. It's just a stone's throw from the Liverpool Sahaja Yoga Centre and five minute walk to local cafes, the lighthouse, etc. A full breakfast can be included for an extra charge. There is no pool but there is a full service restaurant with gourmet shop and cafe.

www.lanesprivateerinn.com +1 902-354-3456

White Point Beach Resort

This lodge is set right on the Atlantic Ocean, has a pool, sauna, gym, spa, kids' activities, canoe and kayak rentals, full-service restaurant, hiking trails, gift shop, golf course, evening musical entertainment and stunning views of the ocean at every turn. This lodge fills up quickly, especially during summer/early fall months, so bookings here need to be made as soon as possible. Guests of this lodge would need to rent their own car, hire a taxi or the lodge's van to get into Liverpool as it's situated about 10 minutes outside of town.

www.whitepoint.com +1 902-354-2711

Motel Transcotia (less expensive)

Motel Transcotia is located in Brooklyn, along the South Shore region of Nova Scotia. The motel includes 22 units (single, twin, and double beds), with 4-piece baths, cable television, radio, and telephone. A licensed dining room is available on site.

www.novascotia.com +1 902-354-3494

Shuttle Service

It is our intention to provide a shuttle service from the town of Liverpool to the school in Mill Village, and back again. This will allow students to shift their belongings - and attention - bit by bit into the school until it's time to be fully settled in. We'll also try to arrange some limited transportation to local beaches, etc. for a small fee. Those parents who have the time and really want to explore the area might consider renting a car at the Halifax International Airport.