FAQs

List of 24 frequently asked questions.

  • Can you tell me a little bit about St. George's School?

    St. George's School is an independent university preparatory school for boys. It was founded in 1930 and is located on the west side of Vancouver, British Columbia. The School has two campuses: a Junior School campus, where over 300 boys from Grade 1 to 7 study in a magnificent heritage building and a Senior School campus, where over 700 boys study in a newly renovated high school building. Click here to view our School Profile
  • What are some of the strengths of the school?

    We are “Canada’s World School for Boys”.
    There is compelling evidence to suggest boys and girls learn differently. We are a school that focuses on the specific needs of boys while ensuring that each of our students has a global mindset.
     
    We are a school vested in research and educational design.
    Our faculty meets weekly to share current research, best practices in boys’ learning, and innovative curriculum design. Their goal is to ensure our boys think critically, create and innovate, and love what they are doing.
     
    We are committed to authentic learning.
    Gone are the days when learning was all about memorization. Using approaches like Harkness, our students are consistently shown how to apply learning in real life, problem-solving contexts as they seek authentic connections between their curricular and real world problems.
     
    All of our teachers are specialists — even at the elementary school level.
    All subjects are taught by teachers who are specifically trained in, and passionate about, their subject area.
     
    Students can choose a “Major” at Grade 10
    Four optional theme-based Majors called “cohort programs” are offered at the Grade 10 level that transcend multiple disciplines and include:  Science and Technology (FUSION), Outdoor Education (DISCOVERY), Global Studies (CONNECT), and Performing Arts (EXPRESS).
     
    Our curricular offerings are some of the most comprehensive in North America.
    Whether it’s our Advanced Placement classes, Latin, Underwater Robotics Club, rugby and basketball teams, or our seven award-winning bands and ensembles, breadth and depth is at the heart of who we are.
    • 60 Clubs
    • 55 Competitive teams
    • 93 Course offerings
    • 25 Advanced Placement (AP) Electives
    • 60% of all students in a band or ensemble
     
    Our Boarders benefit from an urban boarding program.
    Being a boarder at St. George’s does not mean being isolated. Our boarders, who come from 22 countries worldwide, interact with over 650 local day-students while they enjoy all of what a world-class city like Vancouver has to offer— whether cultural, athletic, or recreational.
     
    We have an extraordinary university placement rate.
    100% of our 160+ graduates receive over 740 acceptances to over 140 universities worldwide and in excess of $2 million in scholarships.
     
    Our boys lead from within.
     “Making a positive difference to your community.” That’s how we define leadership at St. George’s. With the help of our six core values: Integrity, Humility, Resilience, Empathy, Respect, and Responsibility, our boys lead from within in a school where every boy is known, engaged, and achieving
  • What academic options do you offer?

    At the Junior School, students follow a core curriculum including Art, Career and Personal Planning (CAPP), Computer Studies, Drama, English, French, Library Skills, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies.

    At the Senior School level, in addition to the core curriculum prescribed by the Ministry of Education, students have access to a wide range of electives. View Course Overview
  • What is the Grade 10 Cohort Program?

    GRADE 10 COHORT PROGRAM • A QUICK SNAPSHOT
    Exploring your passions. Passionately Exploring.
     
    INTRODUCTION
    A COHORT is the name we give to a group of talented and motivated students who undertake a common purpose and interest in a uniquely designed year-long exploration program. We offer four optional theme-based Cohort programs at the Grade 10 level that appeal to different types of learners. In each case, a cohort works with a dynamic team of faculty from different disciplines and delves into areas of the curriculum about which the students are truly passionate.
     
    The Cohort options include:
     
    ENGINEERING AND DESIGN
    FUSION 10
    Students use STEM*-based design-thinking models to analyze, predict, and understand real-world problems.  (*Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)

    • FUSION Subjects (Taught by Cohort Lead Faculty and taken with Cohort Group)
    Mathematics | Science | Fusion 10 (1st elective)| Physical Education
     
    • Non-Related Subjects (Taught by Various Faculty and taken with Grade 10 students)
    Second Language | 2nd Elective choice | English | Social Studies
     
    CREATIVE EXPRESSION & PERFORMING ARTS
    EXPRESS 10
    Students cultivate self-creation, risk-taking, communication, aesthetic appreciation, and cultural sensitivity in an enriched performing arts environment.
     
    • EXPRESS Subjects (Taught by Cohort Lead Faculty and taken with Cohort Group)
    English | Physical Education | Express 10 (1st Elective) | Social Studies
     
    • Non-Related Subjects (Taught by Various Faculty and taken with Grade 10 students)
    Mathematics | Second Language | 2nd Elective choice | Science
     
    GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
    CONNECT 10
    Students work within and towards a global and sustainability perspective by engaging with community organizations, social enterprises, and leadership organizations to incubate products, services, and ideas.
     
    • CONNECT Subjects (Taught by Cohort Lead Faculty and taken with Cohort Group)
    English | Social Studies | Connect 10 (1st Elective) | Physical Education | Science
     
    • Non-Related Subjects (Taught by Various Faculty and taken with Grade 10 students)
    Mathematics | Second Language | 2nd Elective choice
     
    Outdoor Leadership
    DISCOVERY 10
    Students are challenged through integrated academic, cultural, and wilderness leadership experiences to gain an understanding of key environmental-sustainability and social- awareness issues that define the delicate relationship between nature and people.
     
    • DISCOVERY Subjects (Taught by Cohort Lead Faculty and taken with Cohort Group)
    Physical Education | Social Studies | Discovery 10 (1st Elective) | English | Science
     
    • Non-Related Subjects (Taught by Various Faculty and taken with Grade 10 students)
    Mathematics | Second Language | 2nd Elective choice
     
    Admission to a COHORT
    Each of our Cohort programs is open to about 20 participants and interested students are expected to go through a competitive application process to be admitted. Students in the Cohort programs take a selection of carefully chosen courses that support their area of specialty as well as all of the Ministry-prescribed courses for Grade 10. Complete program descriptions are available through the Admissions Office.
     
    For students not enrolled in the Cohort Program, they take a regular complement of Ministry-prescribed courses as well as two elective courses.
     
     
  • What are Advanced Placement courses?

    A number of courses at the Grade 11 and 12 levels are designated Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The AP program offers the student a chance to master university level work and gain valuable skills and study habits. A student who achieves a qualifying grade on an AP exam is eligible to receive credit or advanced placement at universities worldwide.
     
    CURRENT AP OFFERINGS
     
    ART HISTORY AP
    BIOLOGY AP
    CALCULUS AP (AB)
    CALCULUS AP (BC)
    CHEMISTRY AP
    COMPUTER SCIENCE AP
    MICRO ECONOMICS AP
    MACRO ECONOMICS AP
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE AP
    ENGLISH LITERATURE AP
    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AP
    EUROPEAN HISTORY AP
    FRENCH AP
    COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS AP
    HUMAN GEOGRAPHY AP -BLENDED 
    JAPANESE AP
    LATIN AP
    MANDARIN AP
    MUSIC AP
    PHYSICS AP 1
    PHYSICS AP 2
    PSYCHOLOGY AP
    SPANISH AP
    STATISTICS AP
    STATISTICS AP - BLENDED
    US HISTORY AP
  • Do you offer English as a Second Language (ESL)?

    No. The School offers language support to students who arrive from overseas and who may require some additional English guidance. However, the School expects all of its students to have a solid grasp of both spoken and written English. Students are expected to write essays, read novels, and actively participate in classroom discussions. These activities are too difficult for a typical ESL student.
  • What do you offer in the way of Visual and Performing Arts?

    The School is firmly committed to the Arts. In the area of Visual Arts, students are challenged to use a variety of media. This includes ceramics and computer generated graphic design and animation. In Music, compulsory Band begins in Grade 5 and then becomes an option at the Senior School. Over 500 students are involved in seven different bands, two of which are Jazz Bands. In Theatre, students produce and direct four major stage performances a year and also help with productions at two of the local girls schools. Stagecraft, the technical and design aspects of Theatre is also offered as an elective.
  • What athletic options do you offer?

    We offer a wide array of athletic options. Our mandatory games program means that all students in Grades 8 to 10 must participate in an athletic games choice in each of the three terms. All Grade 11 and 12 students must select and participate in an athletic games choice in at least two out of three terms. We offer more than 22 sports both competitively and recreationally.

    Our competitive Athletics Program has, for two consecutive years, helped distinguish St. George's School as the premier Athletic School in the Province. We have a swimming program that has won six consecutive provincial championships, a rugby program that has won back-to-back provincial titles, a rowing program, which continues to emerge as one of the best both provincially and nationally by qualifying athletes to compete each year at the National Championships. In fact, St. George's School has won 26 Provincial Championships and four National Championships since 1998 in Aquatics, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Rowing, Rugby, Tennis, Track and Field, and Ultimate.

    More information can be found HERE
  • How do your students perform academically?

    For a detailed look at our school's academic performance, average SAT results, and most recent university placement, PLEASE VIEW OUR ACADEMIC PROFILE
  • What if I'm not a strong athlete?

    Don't worry! The Athletics Program at St. George's School includes both competitive sports teams and sports options open to any student, regardless of his athletic ability. The objective of the program is to ensure involvement in at least one sports activity a term in order to maintain physical fitness. Sports options include Badminton, Ball Hockey, Basketball, Dance, Fitness, Flag Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Rowing, Rugby, Running, Scuba, Skiing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tai Chi, Table Tennis, Track Training, Ultimate, Volleyball, Water Polo, and Yoga. The St. George's Athletic Community promotes the healthy growth of body, mind, and spirit through athletic participation.
  • What club options do you offer?

    A full list of clubs can be found HERE
  • What are the advantages of a single-sex school?

    There is growing evidence to suggest that girls and boys learn differently. Schools which specialize in teaching either of the two sexes are more likely to understand these differences and motivate each child to learn to the best of his ability. There is also evidence to suggest that coeducational schools reinforce gender stereotypes and that, in the case of boys, they will often avoid subjects like art and music, only because they have believed that these are subjects more suited for girls. In a single-sex-school, classrooms can break down gender stereotypes and the curriculum can become a 'level playing field'. For example, at St. George's School, it is not uncommon to see our finest musicians and actors playing first-string Rugby. As far as our students are concerned, there are no boundaries - only opportunities.
  • Can you tell me a little bit about Boarding at St. George's School?

    Here is a brief snapshot of Urban Boarding at St. George's. For more detail, click here
    St. George's School provides a unique urban boarding program to 109 boys from Grades 8 to 12 from over 22 countries worldwide. Unlike most boarding schools that are housed in remote, rural areas, boarding at St. George's offers both a quiet boarding campus in a safe residential area and, only minutes away, ready access to culture, sports, and outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and golf in one of the world's most exciting and cosmopolitain waterfront cities – Vancouver. Our belief is that today's boarding student needs to be prepared for a dynamic global environment. Our urban boarding school model ensures that students are immersed in the vibrancy of a world-class city like Vancouver while providing them with the necessary life skills needed for today's ever-changing world.

    On campus, students are housed in a modern facility called Harker Hall Residences located on the Junior School Campus. The boarding program gives the boarding students the added opportunity to live totally within one of the world's foremost school for boys. The boarding staff of Harker Hall Residences are all teachers at St. George's School and they strive to establish and maintain an environment that is friendly, tolerant, and supportive. Our educational philosophy and Student Code of Conduct form the basis of the expectations of our boarding program while six core values define the type of positive character development we expect from everyone who studies and works at the School.

    How Impactful Can Boarding be to my Son's Education?
    The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) is a US-based organization that brings together people who are interested in, or part of a boarding. To learn about the results of a study they did regarding the value of a boarding school education, please click here: "The Truth about Boarding"



  • What is a typical day like?

    (Note: (*) refers to boarding students only

    7:00 am
    Wake-up*
    7:15 - 7:45 am
    Breakfast*
    7:45 - 8:00 am
    Room Clean-up*
    8:10 am
    Classes begin
    8:10 am
    Meet with homeroom teacher
    8:30 am
    Assemblies (3 times a week)
    10:00 am
    Break (also 1:35 pm for the Junior School)
    11:30 am
    Junior School Lunch
    1:00 pm
    Senior School Lunch
    3:20 pm
    Dismissal
    3:30 - 5:00 pm
    Extra-curricular activities
    5:30 pm
    Dinner*
    7:30 - 9:00 pm
    Prep (Supervised Homework Time) *
    10:00 - 10:30 pm
    Lights out*
  • What is the minimum SSAT score required for entrance?

    This SSAT is more of an assessment so there is no minimum score. However, we do want to be sure that the student will be able to cope with a challenging academic program and we are also very interested to see the results of a writing sample. As a general rule-of-thumb, students are seriously considered for admission when, at the very least, their SSAT scores fall within the average range of students of the same grade who took the test at the same time. Apart from the SSAT results, we look at the student's extracurricular interests, his interview, and his performance at his current school. A student who is most likely to gain acceptance is a student who is well-rounded, has a positive attitude, values system, and shows a solid EQ.
  • How do you evaluate primary-level students?

    Students applying for Grade 1 and 2 are assessed using a standardized readiness test that evaluates listening skills, pattern recognition, problem solving, gross and fine motor skill development, social readiness, number recognition, and language development.
  • What are your graduation requirements?

    Overview
    • Students must complete a total of 80 credits (Grade 10-12 level) in order to graduate from a B.C. high school.
    • Students must complete 48 credits of Required Courses to meet provincial requirements. (At St. George's, students complete 56 credits of Required Courses). There are an additional 4 credits for the Graduation Portfolio.
    • At St. George's, students must complete an additional 20 credits of Elective Courses to meet the Ministry requirement of 80 credits overall for graduation. Twelve of these additional credits must come from courses at the Grade 12 level ( Eng 12 = 16).
    • The required course load for students in Grades 10-11 is 8 blocks; in Grade 12, students must take a minimum of 6 full-year blocks. Students have two elective blocks in Grade 10 and four in Grade 11; in Grade 12, the only compulsory courses are an English 12 course, and the half-year Planning / Portfolio class.
  • Can I be interviewed in my home country?

    The Admissions staff does travel to various parts of the world to host information sessions and interview students. Students who wish to take advantage of being interviewed in their home country may be assessed an additional Overseas Interview/Testing which is used to defray the travelling costs of the Admissions Staff. To see if an Admissions staff member will be in your home country, please click ADMISSIONS TRAVEL SCHEDULE. Please note, students below Grade 4 must be interviewed at the School.
  • How do I apply for financial assistance and scholarships?

    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
    Applications for financial assistance can be submitted at any time, as long as an initial online inquiry has been made to the School. The School participates in the Financial Aid for Canadian Students (FACS) program, operated by Apple Financial Services. This programwill assess a familiy's eligibility and, if appropriate, suggest an award amount to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee. For families who cannot afford the Financial Aid Application fee for this assessment or the School's regular application fee, please contact the Director of Admissions personally to request an exemption. PLEASE NOTE: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN IN GRADES 8-12.

    Click here to read more about financial assistance.

    SCHOLARSHIPS
    The school offers a few region-specific scholarships to boarding applicants. For all other applicants, the Admissions Committee will consider needs-based scholarships. For the needs-based scholarships, the family is asked to complete a regular financial aid application first, after which the Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee may augment a financial award with additional funds in recognition of outstanding scholarship.

    Click here to read more about Scholarships.


  • How can parents become involved in the school?

    St. George's School has a long tradition of parental and grand parent involvement in the School. There are many opportunities to participate with your children and other families in such activities as the annual Hamper Drive, the Country Fair in May, New Parents Dinner each October, and, of course, the St. George's Auxiliary. In addition, many families make the St. George's School Foundation a priority for charitable giving each year their boy is in the School. Gifts to the School are necessary to support capital equipment and construction for new and renovated facilities. The continuing growth of the endowment fund provides financial assistance for some students attending St. George's School.
  • Can you recommend any girls schools in the area?

    There are three girls schools in the local area:
    There are also girls' boarding schools on Vancouver Island:
    • St. Margaret's School - 1080 Lucas Avenue, Victoria - 250-479-7171 www.stmarg.ca
    • Queen Margaret's School - 660 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan - 250-746-4185 www.qms.bc.ca
  • Can your school accept students with special needs?

    Admissions Policy with Respect to Students with Special Needs
     
    Applicable Principles
    Every student of St. George's School has his own unique background, his own unique strengths, and contributes to the School in his own unique way. The School recognizes the benefit of having a diverse community of students and encourages such diversity.

    At the same time, as a member of CAIS, Canadian Accredited Independent Schools, St. George's School conforms to the goal of preparing students for admission to a post-secondary institution. While recognizing and encouraging diversity amongst its students, it is with this goal in mind that all decisions related to admissions are made.

    The student admission process at St. George’s School is extremely competitive. The School consistently receives far more applications for admission than there are available spaces. When assessing applications for admission and selecting which applicants will be successful in ascertaining the limited available admissions places at the School, the School will apply the following Policy:
     
    Fit Assessment
    When considering the application of any student, the School will assess whether or not the student is the right fit for the School and the School is the right fit for the student, keeping in mind the over-arching goal of the School to prepare students for admission to a post-secondary institution. Factors that are considered in this assessment include but are not limited to:
    • the student's demonstrated educational potential;
    • the student's ability to make a positive contribution to the School community;
    • the student's demonstrated strong communication skills;
    • the student's positive attitude towards his education and towards being a member of the School community; and
    • any other factors that may be relevant to determining whether or not the student is the right fit for the School and the School is the right fit for the student.
    The School endeavours to accurately and fairly assess whether or not a prospective student is the right fit for the School and the School is the right fit for the student. In order to do so, the School will hold interviews with the prospective student and will consider the results of any testing required of the student. As well, the School will consider all relevant documentation and information provided by the student.
     
    Required Documentation and Information
    In order to enable the School to make an accurate and fair assessment of all prospective students, as part of their application, all prospective students are required to provide to the School all documents and information within the student's and/or the student's family's possession or control that could be relevant to this assessment, which includes but is not limited to the following:
    • grades and report cards from previous schools attended;
    • confidential character reference form;
    • any IEPs (Individual Educational Plans), SSPs (Student Support Plans), and BSPs (Behavior Support Plans) assigned to the student;
    • any educational related assessments of the student included but not limited to psycho-educational assessments; and
    • any other information that could indicate whether or not the student might be the right fit for the School or the School might be the right fit for the Student.
    Students with Special Needs
    All prospective students, including those with special needs of any kind (which includes all students requiring additional support including both gifted students and students with disabilities), will be initially assessed as to whether or not he is the right fit for the School and the School is the right fit him. Whether or not a prospective student has a special need or requires accommodation will not be a factor in this initial assessment.

    Where the School makes an initial determination that, without consideration of their special need, a prospective student who requires accommodation is the right fit for the School and the School is the right fit for the student, the School will then consider whether or not accommodating the student can be done without resulting in undue hardship. Factors that may be relevant to that consideration include but are not limited to:
    • the extent of the accommodation required;
    • the impact of the required accommodation on other students;
    • the impact of the required accommodation on faculty and staff;
    • the impact of the required accommodation on the School's facilities and resources; and
    • the cost of the required accommodation and whether any such costs can be passed on to the student.
    Where the School determines that a prospective student who is the right fit for the School and for whom the School is the right fit and who requires accommodation cannot be accommodated without resulting in undue hardship, the student's application will not be considered further.

    Where the School determines that a prospective student who is the right fit for the School and for whom the School is the right fit and who requires accommodation can be accommodated without resulting in undue hardship, that student will then be considered by the School for one of the limited available admission places along with all other prospective students who are determined to be the right fit for the School and for whom the School is the right fit. The student's special need or accommodation will not be a factor in that consideration.
     
    Competitive Assessment
    Keeping in mind the over-arching goal of the School to prepare students for admission to a post-secondary institution, available admission places will be awarded amongst those prospective students of whom the School determines are the right fit for the School and for whom the School is the right fit, including those students who require accommodation and who can be accommodated without undue hardship, on a competitive basis to the prospective students the School feels are the best fit.

General Inquiries

Junior School Admissions
junioradmissions@stgeorges.bc.ca
T: 604-222-5883
F: 604-224-5820

Senior School Admissions
senioradmissions@stgeorges.bc.ca
T: 604-221-3890
F: 604-221-3893
St. George’s School acknowledges that we are situated on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam First Nation.
 
Contributions to St. George's School are tax creditable as prescribed by Canadian law. St. George's School's Charitable Registration Number is: 11917-5511 RR0001.
St. George’s School
Junior Campus: 3851 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1T6
Senior Campus: 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1
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