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St. John's-Ravenscourt School

Student rating 4.6/ 5 by Yale University student
400 South Drive Winnipeg MB R3T 3K5 Canada

Academic

St. John's-Ravenscourt Schoolreview by Yale University student. St. John's-Ravenscourt School, "SJR" is incredibly strong in the sciences with fantastic equipment and labs, great teachers, and consistently strong performance on standardized science tests and contests. Also very strong in Economics and English. The school is somewhat weaker in the languages, doing French and Spanish very well, but no other languages. Also, the course offerings in history and social sciences might be increased. Otherwise, classes are small, teachers are excellent, students are supportive, and a strong learning environment is created that I think prepares students exceptionally for college life.

College Counseling

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  • "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

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  • "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 transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "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. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

Students love it here - no doubt about it. Tuition is incredibly reasonable compared to most private schools, food is very good, and the campus is located on its own stunning secluded bend of the Red River. The student body is diverse, bright and interesting, and there is a strong sense of unity or community. Simply said, SJR shaped my life. Very highly recommended.

Besides the notable absense of a football team, St. John's-Ravenscourt School is the place to be for extracurricular activities in Manitoba and probably in all of Canada. Sports are terrific, especially our successful hockey and ultimate teams (men and women). But SJR really shines in public speech and debate, where the school consistently produces national and world champions by starting early, and having the best coaching in the nation. The debate team generally propels students to Ivy League schools if they so choose. Arts and Drama are also terrific. For music, SJR is also the place to be with our annual Rock Show, to which thousands attend.