St. George's College - Canada
Selected programs:
Canada / Vancouver
Other locations: none
Institution Description
Founded: 1930 

Type: St. George's School is a world-class boys' independent school offering a day program to boys in Grades 1 to 12 and a boarding program to students in Grades 8 to 12. 

Overview: Founded in 1930 in the Anglican tradition, St. George’s School welcomes boys from all faith traditions from Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, and across Canada and around the world. Offering a broad and inclusive program embracing academics, the arts, athletics, leadership, and service, St. George’s School has achieved national and international prominence for our success in meeting the learning and developmental needs of boys. 

A university preparatory school, St. George’s occupies two campuses, one with a heritage building that serves the Junior School (Grades 1 to 7) and one with a modern facility that houses the Senior School (Grades 8 to 12). Total enrollment is 1150, of which 120 are boarding students from over 17 countries worldwide. 

Our students gain entry to the most competitive programs and universities worldwide, and our alumni go on to make many valuable contributions to their communities and the larger world. 

Admission: Admission is highly selective and students are expected to meet rigorous entrance standards and demonstrate excellence both inside and outside of the classroom. The school does not offer English as a Second Language (ESL). 

Academic Program: The core curriculum is outlined by the BC Ministry of Education, and appropriate enrichment programs are provided at all levels. In Grades 8 to 10, all students must take Mathematics, Science, English, French or Spanish or Mandarin, Social Studies, Physical Education, plus two electives. In Grades 11 and 12, programs are designed according to each student's individual interests and post-secondary goals. 

Graduation Requirements: St. George's exceeds provincial graduation requirements. All students require credits in English 11 and 12, Mathematics 11, a Science 11, Social Studies 11, a Second Language 11, and a Fine Arts 11. All students must take at least three other academic Grade 12 courses in addition to English 12. 

Enriched Programs: Streamed courses in English, Mathematics, and French promote accelerated completion of the core curriculum. Many students thus obtain both Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits in their Grade 11 year. A full range of Advanced Placement courses is also offered. 

Extracurricular Strengths: Competitive sports at St. George's include rugby, soccer, ice and field hockey, basketball, badminton, tennis, cricket, ultimate, swimming, water polo, rowing, cross-country running, track and field, golf, volleyball, and triathlon. Several other sports are offered on a recreational basis. A sequential Outdoor Education program under the coordination of a full-time Director, promotes development of lifelong outdoors skills. The fine and performing arts are equally well represented through performances by our nationally honoured concert bands and art exhibits from a vibrant Visual Arts Program. St. George's theatre-style auditorium hosts three major dramatic productions each year. More than 20 clubs meet regularly, with eager participation in the Duke of Edinburgh program (focussing on wilderness and service initiatives) and the Global Perspectives and Community Service Club (more than 150 members). 

The School Year: 
Three terms over a 36-week school year: 

Term 1: September - November 
Term 2: December - February 
Term 3: March - June 

Students sit a formal final exam in June. Mid-term assessments are also tabulated in Terms 1 and 3, and there is a mid-year marks report (early February) for those applying to US colleges. Virtually all courses are of full-year duration. Class periods in the Senior School are 75 minutes, and each class meets five times in a two-week cycle. No classes exceed 26 students, and most senior electives average 12 to 20 students. 

Accreditation: St. George's is accredited by the BC Inspector of Independent Schools, as well as by Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS). It is an active member of CAIS, the Independent Schools Association of BC (ISABC), the International Boys’ Schools Coalition (IBSC), and the National Association of Independent Schools (USA). Incorporated under the Societies Act of BC, the School is governed by a vigorous Board of Directors. The current Chairman is Mr. Robert Cruickshank and the Headmaster is Dr. Tom Matthews.