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Admissions

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 16 items.

  • Is SJR right for my child?

    After learning more about the School, it’s important for you to consider whether your educational goals for your child are in line with SJR’s Portrait of an SJR Learner.  
  • What is SJR looking for in an applicant?

    SJR is looking for students who have demonstrated a commitment to achieving their goals whether they are academic, athletic, artistic, or other, and wish to continue their studies at the university level; students who are looking for a challenge, and are willing to put in the time and effort it takes to reach their goals.
  • What are the actual costs beyond tuition?

    There are additional incidental charges that are not included in the tuition. To get a full understanding download the Schedule of Fees document; additional costs are listed on the second page. Charges vary from student-to-student based on their participation in various activities.
     
  • What is included in tuition?

    Lunch meals and bus service within the city of Winnipeg are included in tuition. Lunches vary from bag lunches (sandwiches) to hot lunches served in the dining hall or in the classroom. There are many food options for all students; including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, halal, and allergy friendly meals. The School strives to keep common allergens, such as nuts and nut products, off campus. Additionally, school supplies are included in tuition for Kindergarten - Grade 5 students.
  • Does the bus pick up in front of my house?

    Generally speaking, the bus does not pick-up in front of your house. There is usually a pick-up spot within a short distance of your house. Busing is included in tuition, but it is not refundable and not optional in the tuition fee.
  • Is there before and after school care available?

    Yes, the School has an Extended Day Program that is available to students in Kindergarten - Grade 5. It runs daily from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (Before-School Program) and from 3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (After-School Program). There is a nominal fee for this. However, you can decide even the day of, to use the After-School program by just calling the Junior School office.
    Full-Day Programs (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) is available on all PD days (except the province-wide in-service day in October) and Part-Day Programs are also available on early dismissal days (either at noon or 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.). A fee applies to the Full-Day and Part-Day Programs as well.
  • Does SJR offer certain subjects? What is available?

    The best way to learn about the courses that are available at SJR is to download the program of studies. There is a Program of Studies document for Junior School (K – Grade 5), Middle School (Grade 6 – 8) and Senior School (Grade 9 – 12).
  • Can my child take advanced math?

    This will be determined by our Head of Mathematics department looking at past Math marks from report cards and scores on entrance testing.
  • What technology do students use in the classroom?

    Starting in Grade 5, students are required to provide their own laptop. In Kindergarten - Grade 4, iPads and Surface Pros are used in the classroom for some learning activities. All classrooms are equipped with smartboards. Additionally, a fish-eye camera and microphones were installed in all classrooms to allow for remote learning to be on-going regardless of whether a student is present in the classroom or online.
  • What is the student/teacher ratio? How many students are in each class?

    The student to teacher ratio of the School is 8:1. On average, the class size is 22 students. However, in the early years from Kindergarten - Grade 3 the maximum is 20 students per class. It generally remains at 24 or less students per class through middle and senior school.
  • What is the French Program at SJR?

    Starting in Kindergarten to Grade 5, French is taught 6 out of the 8 school days. Two full-time Bilingual French Teachers who teach the AIM (Accelerative Integrated Method) approach to language instruction. Accelerative Integrated Method is a foreign language teaching method that uses music, dance, gestures and theatre to support learning.

    French continues as a subject taught in Grade 6 - 8 and then in Grade 9 students can choose French as an elective to continue their language development.
  • What does the University Preparation look like at SJR?

    Students start by having a course with the University Advisor in Grade 10 and Grade 11 to prepare them in applying to university in Grade 12. In Grade 12, our University Advisor provides one-on-one support to each student to assist with all aspects of the application process. To learn more visit our University Advisement page.
  • Will my child be guaranteed to get into an Ivy League or US university?

    We cannot guarantee any admission to any school or university as the decision lies with the university itself.
  • Are there full scholarships available?

    SJR does not offer full scholarships. However, we are proud to be able to provide financial assistance to many families to assist in making SJR an affordable education for more students. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.
     
  • If I receive financial aid, do I have to pay that amount back?

    No, any financial support received through SJR’s financial aid program does not need to be paid back to the School.
  • How does the School deal with bullying?

    The academic and behavioral standards at SJR are extremely high. The SJR Character Education Program attempts to nurture respect, empathy and integrity and encourage and promote the high behavioral standards that we expect from SJR students. Bullying is not tolerated. SJR students adhere to the School’s strict Code of Conduct. Behavior and actions not in line with this policy are reviewed by the Discipline committee.

Application Process FAQs

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  • Do you admit students mid-year (in January) of the current school year?

    Unfortunately, we are not able to admit students mid-year as all courses are already running and too much information would be missed by any student coming in mid-year. We are not a semester-based school which means all courses run for the full school year.
  • How do I re-apply if my child was not accepted last year?

    We send out an email each fall asking if you would like your child to be considered for the following school year. All you need to do is reply to that email or phone the admissions office to have your child’s account reactivated. Your application from the previous year will be made active again and will be re-considered for the following school year. You DO NOT need to fill in a new application form. There is NO additional application fee. You will only need to submit any new report cards and get a new teacher recommendation completed.
  • If my child is not accepted, can I get a refund for the application fee?

    No, the application fee is a one-time fee that the School requires as part of the application process. This fee is non-refundable. However, if you should choose to have your child considered for a spot the following year there is no additional application fee.
  • Can I apply after the deadline has already passed?

    Yes, we continue to accept applications after the deadline, however, these applications will only be considered if spaces remain after the first round of acceptances. We encourage everyone to get their applications in on time.
  • What are the language requirements?

    Applicants must have an intermediate level of English, or a B2 level. All students who have not had English as their primary language of learning will have an assessment prior to the entrance testing to see if they are eligible. Ineligible applicants will be notified right away.
  • What are the typical years of entry?

    Typically, Kindergarten, Grade 5, 7, and 9 are the entry years. This means there will be a set number of spots available each year. However, there are usually at least a few spots available in other grades as well. Please know that there are rarely spots available for Grade 1-3.
  • What if my child has been homeschooled?

    If the applicant has been homeschooled, we require proof that the child did not attend school. If there are any outside providers such as a tutor that can provide any feedback on the child’s performance, that can be uploaded in place of report cards. Additionally, any standardized test scores or documents submitted to the Department of Education can also be uploaded in place of report cards.
  • How do I know the application is complete?

    Once you submit your application, you will be able to log back into your account to view the status of your application and any required documents. Please note that all documents uploaded must be processed by the admissions office so please allow 1 business day for all items to be processed.
  • What is involved in the testing or assessment?

    The Kindergarten assessment is specifically done to identify each child’s readiness for the Kindergarten program. More information about the Kindergarten assessment can be found here.

    Grade 1, 2, & 3 – there is an individual assessment that looks at where the child is at academically with specific attention to literacy and numeracy.

    Grade 4 – the assessment is a test that looks at overall academic ability and aptitude. It includes both a multiple-choice portion and a written paragraph component.

    Grade 5 - 11 – the assessment is a standardized multiple-choice test and a written essay on a topic of their choice. There are three essay questions to choose from and the applicant chooses one to write about.
  • How can I prepare my child for the testing session?

    This is no specific way to prepare for the testing session as they are general aptitude tests that look at overall ability and academic potential.
  • When are the testing sessions?

    You will be invited to sign up for a testing session by email. Please wait until you receive this email and then select a date and time that works best for you.
  • How much weight does the test score give to the admission process?

    The test score is only one component that is considered in the review of the individual. The review committee takes into consideration test score, report cards, teacher recommendations, and interview components. The review committee is looking for students with the most well-rounded aspects of all components.
  • Do students who have family connections to the school get first preference for admission?

    While we do take family connection and alumni connection into consideration, they are not given preferential status. The same considerations are looked at in terms of the individual being a good fit for the School and then family connection is a secondary consideration.

Boarding FAQs

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  • Where do boarding students come from?

    All over the world! The boarding program is home to a maximum of 40 students each year, however, there are currently 26 students (due to COVID 19). There are a few students from Manitoba and then the majority of the students are from countries including: Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, China, Mexico, and Russia.
  • For which grades is boarding available?

    Boarding is available for students from Grade 8 - 12.
  • How much does boarding cost?

    Please see our Schedule of Fees document regarding international student fees.
     
  • What are the meals like?

    There are three hot meals a day – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Additionally, there is a snack time every evening after study hall. The meals have many choices with usually one full hot meal option and many additional cold supplements. For example – Breakfast might include the hot meal option of omelets and sausages with the additional cold supplements of cereal, fruit, and yogurt. There is always a wide variety of options available at every meal.
  • What are the room furnishings like?

    Each room has a single bed, a dresser, a closet, and a desk. There are different set ups for the rooms so there are some shared bathrooms and some single bathrooms. Each student is assigned a bathroom to use.
  • Are there laundry facilities?

    There are laundry facilities in both the boys’ and girls’ residences. These are shared laundry facilities that are coin operated. Each student must do their own laundry and provide their own laundry detergent.
  • What amenities are within walking distance?

    SJR is located about 3km from a major street that has many businesses including a pharmacy, several banks, grocery store, and convenience stores. Students may not want to walk but there is local public transit that is easy to use or students may also choose to take a taxi. Boarding staff will arrange trips to the store for a group of boarders regularly to get essentials and take the group by school vehicle.
  • Where can students do their banking?

    There are several banks close to the School. All students are required to have access to their own bank account as the school does not do any allowance or withdrawing from a parent’s school account.
  • What school facilities can my child use while living in boarding?

    The great thing about being a boarder is having access to the school facilities after hours. Students can use the Riley Fitness Center at designated times before and after school and on the weekends. Additionally, there are set times for boarders only ice time in Dutton Arena. Students are also permitted to use the gyms for pick-up games of basketball or other sports with the prior approval of a boarding staff member. Due to COVID 19, some facilities and activities are not available.
  • What do the students do in their spare time?

    There are many opportunities for students to get involved during their spare time. Some choose to do some form of physical activity while others choose to do art or other creative activities. There is also space in each of the boys’ and girls’ residences to hang out and socialize or watch tv together. Additionally, there are specific outings and activities planned by the boarding staff throughout the year. These outings may include activities such as bowling, swimming, or going to watch a hockey, football or baseball game. Or other activities such as exploring a new area just outside of Winnipeg such as Winnipeg Beach or going to The Forks and exploring what the city of Winnipeg has to offer. Due to COVID 19, some activities are not available.
  • What is the School's cell phone policy?

    Students in Grade 9- 12 are allowed to have their cell phones. They are asked to be respectful and conscientious about how and when they use them. During class time, cell phones are to remain in their backpacks or lockers and not used during class time. Students may use their phones during breaks and non-class times as well as when they are in their residence rooms.
  • Can I visit my child at the School?

    Currently, the School is closed to all visitors for the 2020-2021 school year. If you would like to visit with your child you will need to arrange to pick them up to spend time with them off campus. Please discuss any plans with the Director of Residence, Mr. Karl McCready.
  • What happens when the School is closed?

    There are usually 2 residence closures during the school year, Christmas and March Break. When the School’s residences are closed, international boarding students need to either travel home or the student’s parents will need to arrange a place for them to stay with a local friend during this time. (Due to COVID 19 – other arrangements can be made if traveling home is not an option).
  • Is Health Insurance provided?

    International boarding students are provided with health coverage by Johnson Fu Insurance Agency Group at no additional cost.
  • Who do I connect with throughout the school year to get updates on my child's progress?

    You will be in contact with our Director of Residence, Mr. Karl McCready, as well as receive communication from your child’s boarding advisor and faculty advisor on a regular basis.
  • What if my child is ill?

    There is a full-time nurse on staff at the School and she will oversee the care of your child during the school day.
  • Does my child need a legal custodian/guardian?

    Yes, your child will be under the guardianship of our Director of Boarding, Mr. Karl McCready, while they are in boarding.

Support Services FAQs

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  • What Student support services are available at SJR?

    There are many support services available including educational support, coordinated support of speech and language therapy and occupational therapy, as well as counselling and our therapy dog program. Additionally, there are many other co-curricular clubs that support learning.
     
  • Does SJR have an English as a Second Language (ESL) program?

    No, SJR does not have an ESL program, however, we do provide support to students who need assistance with English through our Literacy program. Available in Grade 6 – 12 only. This may be incorporated into a student’s timetable.
  • Can you accommodate students with learning differences?

    When applying, we ask that you provide all learning assessment documents so that we can assess your child’s needs. We will discuss with you whether we have the support available to meet your child’s needs. While we do have some support available, not all learning needs can be accommodated.
  • Do you offer a specific Gifted Program?

    As the academic standards are already quite high at SJR, we do not offer a specific gifted program.
  • Is tutoring available?

    Yes, there is tutoring available that can be set up through the Student Services Department.
St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.