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St. George's School Vancouver

School rating 4.8 / 5 by

4175 West 29th Avenue Vancouver BC V6S 1V1 Canada
Boarding
6th to 12th
Day
1st to 12th
Gender
Boys only

Academic

St. George's School Vancouver review by .

St. George's School (Vancouver) science program is amazing. Although you can only take the AP class in your grade 12 year, I've found that the solid foundation that I have in physics and chemistry has made the transition to university level courses much easier than it seems to be for my other classmates at Brown. There are ample courses to take in the humanities and fine arts, but (I may be biased as an Engineering student) I found the science courses much more interesting. There is a healthy amount of competition in the school, but I always found it a positive influence and people always help each other understand concepts. Class sizes ranged from 7 to 25 or so and teachers were always ready to answer questions. The work load varies tremendously based on what courses you take, but I never found it overwhelming. Although exams are always an important part of learning, there was a lot of focus on giving us the skills to be able to learn in a university environment as well as on extracurricular activities and sports.

College Counseling

The school has a well established presence at the Ivy Leagues and many other top....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

To my great disappointment, the school gave full ride scholarships to several basketball players in....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

The cafeteria food was fairly healthy, if not tasty. I was a boarder and it was a great environment for having fun with the guys. There was always someone to go outside and toss a ball or play video games with and there were lots of group activities on the weekends. However, it is a single-sex environment, and there are no sister boarding schools. For full time boarders, the curfews and rules of the boarding house severely limited social activity involving girls as we sought that more and more in grades 11 and 12. The....

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