How To Apply

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • 1. Discover St. John's School

    Virtual Open Houses

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation and guidelines set out by the BC Ministry of Health, we will not be hosting in-person information sessions at this time. As the pandemic progresses, we will update our website with more information as the situation evolves. If you would like to learn more about our school, please contact Admissions at 604-734-4434 or by email at
  • 2. Apply

    Intake Grades:
    Junior Kindergarten
    Grade 1
    Grade 4
    Grade 11
    We encourage applications for non-intake grades as spaces may become available due to changes in enrollment 

    Starting Your Application
    Begin the application process by clicking on the Apply Now button and creating a profile on the school’s portal. Once your profile has been completed, you will be sent a confirmation email with instructions on how to login and start the application. If you need help going through the online application, please refer to our Applying to St. John's School guide. 

    Please note that only one profile per family is required. If you require assistance with your mySJS account, please contact us.

    Application Fee
    An application fee of $300 or re-application fee of $100 is collected at the final step of the application. Once your application fee has been accepted and processed, you will receive an automated email confirming your payment. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your application has not gone through. Please contact us at for assistance.

    Please allow 2-3 business days for your application to be processed. Once your application has been processed, your child will be assigned a checklist and you will receive instructions regarding your supporting documents via email.
  • 3. Submit Required Documentation

    The following supporting documents are required to complete your application package:
    • Recent photo of applicant
    • Recent family photo
    • Applicant’s birth certificate
    • Applicant’s proof of citizenship status (if born outside of Canada)
    • Parent proof of citizenship status
    • School report cards from current school year and final report cards from past two school years
    • References: 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.
    • Any English Language Learning (ELL), Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or Psycho-educational assessments (if applicable)
    Please note that not all of these items need to be on-hand when you submit the application form. After your application form has been processed and your child has been assigned a checklist, you will be able to upload the required documentation to your child’s candidate profile.

    Please do not send additional items such as certificates, photos or videos. They will not be considered. Only the requested documents by our checklists will be reviewed.

    If you have any questions regarding the documentation or require assistance uploading to your mySJS account, please contact us at
  • 4. Student Visit and Assessment

    Student visits and assessments allow SJS to observe your child in a learning environment. We are currently adapting our visit and assessment processes in order to comply with the current COVID-19 regulations.

    Intake PYP JK, K, Grade 1 and Grade 4

    All applicants will be invited for an assessment. Assessment dates for the 2022 - 2023 application window will be posted in the future. 

    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.
  • 5. Family Interview

    The purpose of the family interview is to provide an opportunity for St. John’s to get to know each applicant and their family as well as to answer any questions you may have.

    Intake PYP JK, K, Grade 1, Grade 4
    All applicants and their parents will be invited for a family interview.

    Dates for the 2022 - 2023 application window will be posted in the future. 

    Non-Intake PYP & MYP
    Shortlisted candidates and their parents may be invited for a family interview with a member of the admissions team upon availability.

    Intake DP Grade 11
    Shortlisted candidates and their parents may be invited for a family interview with a member of the admissions team.
  • 6. Decision

    Dates for the 2022 - 2023 application window will be posted at a later date. The dates listed below are for our 2021 - 2022 admission window.

    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.
  • 7. Re-Apply

    As we often receive more qualified applicants than spaces available, we encourage you to re-apply, especially if your child will be applying for an intake year the following school year. If your child has been placed in the wait pool, your application will be valid until September 1 of the new school year.

    If you wish to re-apply for the following school year, please submit a re-application by the application deadline. For more information on how to reapply, please click here. The re-application fee is $100. Please contact us at if you have any questions regarding the re-application process.

Key Dates & Virtual Open House

Key Dates For the 2022-2023 Admissions Year

Application Deadlines:
Junior Kindergarten & Kindergarten: November 1, 2021 
Grades 1 & 4: November 15, 2021 
Grades 11: December 1, 2021
Non-intake years: December 1, 2021 
Supporting Document deadline (including references): January 15

Assessment Dates for Intake Years
Junior Kindergarten & Kindergarten: November 27 or December 4
Grade 1: November 20
Grade 4: Group Assessment, November 20, Individual Assessment: Early January

Please mark these assessment dates in your calendar as we will be unable to provide alternative testing dates.