Summerland’s new private school makes impressive progress in creating opportunities for a world-class education available to local and international students.

Located on a 17-acre park-like campus in the heart of the beautiful Okanagan Valley, Unisus School in Summerland is the perfect setting for educating today’s students for tomorrow’s fast changing world.

“Unisus is truly a unique opportunity, close enough to the major centres for a quick bus ride yet offering education that is current, challenging and engaging with technologies and content that our students need for this unprecedented technological revolution happening now,” said director of recruitment and advancement Blaine Melnyk.

Since opening its doors to junior kindergarten through Grade 6 students in September 2018, Unisus School has been building on its initial success to provide students through Grade 12 with the best in modern global educational theory and practice.

Recently Unisus received candidate status for the IB Primary Years Program and the IB Diploma Program for Grades 11 and 12.

“The IB Diploma is the global ‘gold standard’ for high school graduates. No other school in the Okanagan Valley offers the IB Diploma,” said head of school Jim McConnell.

The IB program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

“IBDP graduates are recognized by universities around the world. Those with good marks are often granted early entry and have a high a high success rate of completing the post secondary degree. That’s the most relevant indicator for parents who are interested in the IB program,” said operations director Cindy Leung.

The senior team and teaching staff have years of experience in international IB schools around the world, a vital component in Unisus reaching its goal of becoming an International IB School by 2020.  

Recruitment of overseas students coupled with the completion of a new dormitory will bring the world to the Okanagan. Starting in September Unisus will offer boarding either full time or Monday to Friday to international and Canadian students.

“Our goal is to have equal numbers of Canadian and international students. This balance will help educate students with local and global perspectives,” said associate director of recruitment and admissions Brenda Gallagher.


Unisus recently announced a Million Dollar Scholarship Program for qualified students in the Okanagan, across, Canada and around the world.

“Merit covers strong leadership and academic abilities and the potential impact of the student on the school, the community and eventually the world,” Melnyk said.

Now attending a one-room school in Kenya, 15-year old Alice, has been chosen to receive a full scholarship. She aspires to become a pediatrician and eventually care for children in her home country.

Chosen to receive a full scholarship, 15-year old Alice, who now attends a one-room school in Kenya, aspires to become a pediatrician and eventually care for children in her home country.

Another scholarship recipient is 14-year old Maria from Spain, the youngest of four children whose parents want to give her the best education to prepare her for the world of tomorrow. In line to receive a partial scholarship is 15-year old Luca from Brazil.

Alice, Maria and Luca are examples of the outstanding students discovered by the school’s extensive international recruitment program who will bring their energy and culture to the Valley.

To learn more about the exciting developments, scholarship program and other opportunities at Unisus email or call (250) 404-3232.

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