List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • Is there an application fee?

    Yes, there is a $300 application fee per child.
  • What are your intake years?

    Intake Years:
    Junior Kindergarten
    Grade 1
    Grade 4
    Grade 11
    Non-Intake Years 
    Grade 2-3
    Subject to Availability
    Grade 5-10
    Subject to Availability

  • What is required for proof of parent status and proof of residency

    Domestic Applicants:
    Proof of parent status refers to your status in Canada. For example, permanent residency, citizenship, visitor permit or work permit. 

    Proof of residency is used to validate your current BC address. For example, your driver's license, utility bill or tenancy agreement.
    International Applicants
    Proof of BC residency can be provided on arrival in Canada. For proof of parent status, you will be required to submit your current passport.
  • Are references required?

    All applicants are required to submit a friend and family recommendation from a non-family adult who knows the applicant personally through an area of extracurricular interest and/or who knows the applicant family in a personal setting.

    Applicants for Grade 6 and above are also required to provide an academic reference from a current teacher, counsellor, school principal or coach.
  • How do I reapply?

    If you have previously applied and wish to be reconsidered for the upcoming intake year, please login to your mySJS account and select “Apply Another Child.” Your child’s name should appear under “Candidate Applying.” Please do not create a new profile. There is a $100 re-application fee.

    If you have forgotten your password, please refer to our login help page or contact our office.
  • What happens if I forget my password?

    If you have forgotten your password, please do not create a new account. Instead, please refer to our login help page or contact our office.
  • Is financial aid available?

    Financial aid is available to students applying to grades 8 through 12.

    Applicants must first submit an application for admission (directly to St. John's School Admissions Office) as well as an application for financial aid through Apple Financial Services.
  • Do you accept international students?

    St. John's School is a day school and all students are required to live with at least one parent or guardian. Please refer to our International Applicants page.

    We also require proof of parent status and will need a copy of the parents citizenship.
  • What is the English language requirement?

    Due to the academic rigour of the IB Programme, all St. John’s students must be fluent in both written and oral English. We do not offer an EAL Programme but provide language support to accommodate our English language learners. Language proficiency will be determined through the admissions interview and written assessment.
  • What does the assessment look like?

    Assessments take place in December, January and February, depending on the grade the applicant is applying for. The purpose of the assessment is to determine if a child is ready for and interested in our programme. Children are not expected to prepare for the assessment in advance.
    Intake PYP JK, K, Grade 1 and Grade 4:

    All applicants will be invited for an assessment.
    Assessment Dates
    Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten
    Early January
    Grades 1 and 4
    Non-Intake PYP Grades 2, 3 and 5:

    Applicants in our non-intake years will be invited for an assessment upon availability.

    Grades 6 to 11

    Applicants to Grades 6-11 must register for the SSAT or the SSAT at Home. Please provide St. John's code 6531 when registering.
    It is recommended that the SSAT is completed by January 2022.

    In addition to the SSAT, applicants are required to complete the Character Skills Snapshot, which is free with SSAT registration.
    Shortlisted candidates may be invited for a group assessment
  • Do siblings have priority?

    Yes. Provided the sibling fully meets the academic requirements of St. John’s, we warmly welcome applications from siblings and are committed to keeping families together. We also offer a 5% family tuition discount for each additional family member enrolled at our school.

    It is encouraged that sibling applications are submitted by November 1, 2021.
  • When are your decisions released 

    All applicants in our intake years (JK, K, Grades 1, 4 and 11) will be notified of our early decision offers by February 2022. Students who are offered a place will be asked to accept and secure their place with the payment of the new student registration and enrollment fee.

    If a student meets the criteria but no space is available, a student will be placed in a wait pool. In the event that a space becomes available, all applications in the wait pool will be considered and a place will be offered to the most suitable candidate.

    All other decisions will be communicated by March 2022.
  • My child is in the wait pool. What's next?

    Congratulations for meeting the admission requirements for St. John’s School. If your child is in the wait pool, it means currently no spaces are available in the grade they are applying for. We ask that you keep their file up to date by sending us their most recent reports cards and let us know if you wish their file to remain active for the following year.