Our Kids Canada's Private School Guide

19th Annual

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62 Our Kids C anada's Private School Guide – 19th Annual Edition GETTING IN E very school has a slightly dif- ferent application process. From entrance exams to academic assessments to interviews, you'll have to note and adhere to the key dates and requirements of each school you apply to. Entrance stan- dards vary significantly from those schools that accept all (or nearly all) applicants to those like Upper Canada College, where in Grade 9 (the last major entry year for the school) as few as one in five are ad- mitted. All of the information you need to begin and complete the ap- plication process successfully can be found at OurKids.net. To help you get started, we asked school officials and education experts to weigh in on the key steps in the evaluation and application process. Here's what they had to say. excited about their future and the op- portunities at a school like SMUS." — Alexis Lang Lunn, Assistant Director of Admissions, St. Michaels University School, Victoria, British Columbia "In building each incoming class, we seek to admit students of good char- acter who stand out from the crowd in a variety of ways—academically, socially, and through co-curriculars. Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and, with the support of their families, have the motivation to grow, develop, and be engaged in all aspects of school life. Our advice for students [during the application process]: be yourself, and remember, report cards matter. Always try your best. We are less ON WHAT THEY LOOK FOR "Like many schools, we look for students with a strong academic background who will also contrib- ute meaningfully to our community through sports, fine arts, or the lead- ership side of school life. When we meet students, we look for a spark or passion in them. We also look at how curious and open they are about learning. As an in- ternational day and boarding school with over 40 nationalities represent- ed, SMUS offers an enriched, multi- cultural environment. Students who embrace this do exceedingly well. It can be very obvious when it is a parent who is pushing their child, and those applicants are often not granted admission. The applicant needs to be St. John's-Kilmarnock School – Photograph by Peter Power for Our Kids

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