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St. Michaels University School

School rating 4.6 / 5 by

3400 Richmond Road Victoria BC V8P 4P5 Canada
Boarding
8th to 12th
Day
K to 12th
Gender
Coed

Academic

St. Michaels University School review by .

Having attending St. Michaels University School from kindergarten till gr.12 graduation, I believe I have experiences everything that this school has to offer a day student. SMUS offers a wide range of academic courses which will prepare your child for post-secondary education, i.e., Math, languages, fine arts, sciences, etc. The upper level courses are taught by outstanding teachers who genuinely care for the progress and comfort of their students. Many, if not all, of the teachers will offer one-on-one tutorials for any student who is struggling with course material. Nevertheless, it is fully the student's responsibility to speak to their teacher about any class problems they may be having, regardless of how frightening a few of the teachers may seem. However, I believe the lower level teachers (gr.6-8) are more hit and miss. Though I did have many great teachers throughout middle school, there is a noticeable difference between the quality of teachers in middle school vs. high school high school In terms of university preparation SMUS does an amazing job of encouraging their students to seek post-secondary education. Much of this comes from the study-body. Being surrounded by other students who are eager to succeed, creates an very motivational atmosphere. Though I was eager to graduate and leave SMUS, looking back, I don't think I could have asked for a much better high school life. The academics are amazing, and the students are all remarkably smart. To sum up my evaluation, I would like to one last time emphasize the amazing quality of St. Michaels University School. I have been able to make friends who will last a life time, and made memories that are literally irreplaceable. SMUS offers annual trips abroad to all students, with destinations ranging from Australia, to Japan, to Kenya. If your child is able to attend SMUS, and you are able to pay the outrageous tuition, I think sending your child to SMUS is a great choice and will have many long term benefits. I have yet to meet a St. Michael's graduate who is not a well rounded, successful individual.

College Counseling

St. Michael's University college counseling is exactly as it's name follows. "University" counseling. SMUS does....

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

Since I was admitted into SMUS at the age of 5, I do not think....

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

SMUS has a rather small number of students, and this creates a positive social situation for students, as they are all encouraged to know each other and befriend one another. Though having a smaller study-body may make it more different for individuals to find people that have similar interests, the least I can promise is that bullying is not tolerated what so ever ever at SMUS. Though is obvious, through the cars parked at SMUS, and the labels on girl's book bags and shoes, SMUS student do generally come from wealthy families, from my personal experience, it is not highly....

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