SHS is an independent day school for boys from JK to Grade 8. Our mission is to inspire and empower each boy through his formative years.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your entry years?

We accept applications at all grade levels.

Our natural entry points are JK, SK, Grade 1 and 2. 

Openings do become available in other grades from time to time. Please speak with our Admissions Team about openings available.


Can we apply for acceptance during non-entry years?

Yes, we accept applications at all grade levels. 

How do I apply?

Please review our six-step application process, which is designed to help you get to know SHS, and to help us get to know your son to ensure that SHS is the ideal fit for him. You can apply online or obtain the application form by downloading it from the site or by requesting a Prospectus.

When is the application deadline?

We accept applications throughout the year and recommend that you submit your son's application as soon as possible.  We complete the application process by early January for our Primary Grades and the remainder of our grades are completed in late February.

What do you look for in an applicant?

We look for mission-appropriate boys who are the best fit with SHS. This includes interesting boys who have a positive attitude towards learning and life and who will be successful working through our curriculum. We encourage boys from all backgrounds to apply, as well as boys with a range of learning styles and interests.

When will I hear about a place?

For Junior Kindergarten, applications are due by November 1 and offers will be made by the end of December.

For all other grades, offers will take place at the end of February once our re-registration process is complete. Applications received after this time will be processed as places are available.

What is your fee structure?

There is an annual tuition, which is the same for students at all grade levels. New students must pay an additional non-refundable Admissions Fee, which is used for capital expenditures to enhance the school and the opportunities for its students.

There are tuition payment method options.

Please see the Fees page for this year's tuition, admission fee, application fee, and tuition payment options.

What is your student-teacher ratio?

Our student-teacher ratio is less than 7:1.  This means that, for every seven boys in the school we have at least one teacher. There are many teachers supporting your each boy’s education, particularly in the foundational, core program areas of literacy and numeracy, which are taught in smaller groups. Throughout the school, homeroom, specialist and academic success teachers work together with boys to support their learning in and out of the classroom

Is there before and after school care?

Boys may be dropped off to the Early Morning Program between 7:00am and 8:00am, where they will be supervised by a teacher. Regular school day supervision begins outdoors at 8:00am.  We provide options for After School Care (3:45pm - 5:45 pm, at a daily charge) for JK - Grade 6, and Study Hall (3:45pm - 4:30pm, free of charge) for Grade 3 - 8.  As well, there are more than 30 teams and many clubs in which students can participate before or after regular class hours.

Is there a bus service available for students?

We are pleased to provide bus service for our families to pick up and drop off your son at home. Our preferred supplier will have a proven record of exceptional safety standards, reliable service and dedication to ensuring that our boys are in the safest environment.

What kind of extra-curricular activities are available?

We encourage all boys to participate in our many clubs and sports teams, as extracurricular activities are an important part of the learning and development process. We offer a range of clubs to appeal to boys of all interests and at all levels. Boys may participate in either competitive or non-competitive sports teams. There are generally 20 - 30 different clubs and athletic teams offered each term.

Do you have academic support help available?

Our Academic Success team is here to facilitate the learning of all the boys in the school, whatever their educational needs. The team spends regularly scheduled time in the classrooms, coaching students and suggesting learning strategies based on each student's unique learning style. They also provide extra support outside the classroom for students of varying abilities to enrich the educational experience.

Where do most of your graduates go after SHS?

Our goal is to support boys and their families in choosing the school that is the best fit for them. Most boys continue on in independent schools. Over the past five years, our graduating students have achieved excellent results, with more than 88% receiving offers from their first choice of secondary schoolsPlease see Beyond SHS: The Transition Process for more information about how we support boys and their families in selecting the secondary school that is the best fit for them.
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