Application Process

Thanks for your interest in applying to The Sterling Hall School - Where Boys Belong! Our Admissions Team is here to help guide you through our easy 5-step process. 

Key Application Dates

From October 21-23 we will be holding our SHS Virtual Open Houses, where we will show your family our campus, discuss our boy-friendly program and instruction, and share how our Sterling values of learning, character and community are the foundation of all we do. Please click the RSVP link to see the dates and times and to register.

RSVP TO VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSES  Additional Application Dates


Our Five-Step Application Process:

Step 1: Get to know us 
Connecting with our Admissions Team and browsing the website are great ways to start your journey.  Then join our virtual Open House, a virtual session with our grade sevens, or a Q&A with a panel of students, teachers and parents, to not only meet our fantastic teachers, administration, and student body, but also our positive family community. 
Step 2: Apply
Submit an application form online to begin the formal application process. We ask for the following documentation to be submitted with your application:
  • report cards (June of previous 2 years and all of the current year's reports)
  • supporting documents that will allow the admissions team to better understand your son (for example, Psychological Educational Assessment Report and Individual Learning/Education Plan - if applicable)
  • a small photo of your son and/or family
  • a copy of his birth certificate (passport photo page if you are not a Canadian citizen)
  • a one-time application fee of $150

Step 3: Family Meeting and Student Assessment
Once your application is fully submitted, family meetings and student assessments help our Admissions Team to better understand your son to ensure that SHS is the best fit. Usually group and individual assessments take place at school; during Covid-19 our assessments are continuing in a warm and welcoming online environment.

Family Meeting
On the same day as your son's assessment, our Director of Enrolment Management will meet you and your son to have a conversation and simply to learn more about you and your family and find out how the goals envisioned for your son might align with SHS's mission and core values.  This is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the school.

Junior Kindergarten (JK) - Grade 1 Assessments
These assessments consists of grade-appropriate activities that allow us to observe your son's social and emotional development, including working independently in a room and following directions.  We will also have the opportunity to observe his developing skills in math, language and critical thinking skills.  

Grade 2 - Grade 8 Assessments
Along with any necessary support from the Admissions Team, your son will complete some in-house, grade-appropriate language arts (reading and writing) and math tasks to assess his current academic level. These tasks provide insights into how well your son will manage our curriculum. Candidates will also be expected to engage in casual conversation and do some critical thinking, possibly with a group and with our assessor. It is not necessary to prepare your son in any way for our assessment: This is not a pass or fail test, but rather a way to gain further insight into your son's academic, learning and personal profile.  

Step 4: Communication
Admission offers will be made to our Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 applicants by early January. Grade 3-8 applicants will be notified by the last week of February.  
Step 5: Registration
Registration must be returned with the first tuition instalment fee by the date indicated in order for your space at Sterling Hall to be confirmed. 


At Sterling Hall, we value community and your whole family. That’s why we have an Early Notification Program for siblings that provides preference to siblings of currently enrolled families and boys of faculty and staff.  Inquire for more details. 

Rolling Over An Application

If an applicant rolls over an application to the following academic year, they will not be required to submit another application or fee. 

Toronto Private School Expo

The Sterling Hall School also participates in the Our Kids Private School Expos, the largest Private School Virtual Fair of it's kind in Toronto. Hosted by Our Kids, this Private School Admissions Pathway it is a wonderful opportunity to virtually connect with our Admissions Team.

From October 3rd to 24th, Our Kids provides families with the opportunity to go through a streamlined process of exploring a variety of private schools to enrolling in a few.  You'll have the opportunity to meet with our team, some great SHS staff, as well as alumni and parents during one-on-one, round-table and large-group sessions.  A great opportunity to find the perfect fit for your boy.