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Brookes Shawnigan Lake

2371 Shawnigan Lake Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, V0R 2W5
1945 Sooke road, Victoria, British Columbia, V9B 1W2
Progressive,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$5,544 to 47,500/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 15
Day: 40 (Gr. 7 - 12), Boarding: 110 (Gr. 7 - 12)

School Address
2371 Shawnigan Lake Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, V0R 2W5



About this school:


Brookes Shawnigan Lake is an IB World School situated on a beautiful 23 acre lakeside campus, a short drive north of Victoria. We offer the world renowned International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to prepare students for entry into top universities around the world. Through small class sizes, engaging teachers and a caring community, students are supported in a personalized environment that helps them develop critical thinking skills and discover their passion for life-long learning. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Brookes Shawnigan Lake

our takeFor some students, life at the Brookes Shawnigan Lake could risk feeling like drinking from a fire hose. There is a lot going on. Learning is collaborative, project based, and rigorous. The campus reaches out the world, including virtual classrooms that link up with those at sister schools in Cambridge UK, Seoul Korea, and Silicon Valley California. The school’s vision is as broad as its reach, intending to produce leaders who will not only engage with the world, but seek a role in shaping it. While instruction is supportive and attentive, the ideal student is one prepared and willing to meet the demands that will be placed upon her. It’s perhaps not for everyone, but for the right student, the school can provide all of the social and intellectual activity that they crave.

School busing:

Brookes offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, door-to-door pickup . The regions it offers busing from are Duncan, Langford, Shawnigan Lake, Colwood, Malahat.
Additional notes: Students who live farther away than our regular bus routes can arrange to be met at a pick-up point like a mall or recreation centre.

Principal's Message


Andrea Spinner, Head of School

At Brookes, feel the positive energy that fills the corridors with a spirit of adventure, and sense the wonder of discovery in each classroom. 

Our students thrive in the challenging, productive, and supportive learning environment we offer. Our goal is to nurture the joy of learning within our students and provide a safe place for them to explore their interests and discover their potential. We encourage students to take intellectual risks, to think creatively, and to work effectively with others. 

Brookes Shawnigan Lake is an authorized IB World School. Our mission is to prepare young men and women to become global citizens who have a passion for service and leadership, and who use compassion and communication to inspire peace in our world. Our small size allows us to tailor our classes to each student's need, allowing for a highly personalized learning experience.

I invite you to rise to the challenge of an IB education. Take a step beyond the average and begin to realize your boundless potential!


Curriculum Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

What Brookes says: We currently offer the IB Diploma Programme for grades 11 and 12, and are in the candidacy phase for the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) for grades 7 through 10. Our grades 7 through 9 program embraces the newly revised BC Ministry curriculum and is taught through the MYP framework. Our approach is to engage students in big ideas and asking essential questions to make learning meaningful and relevant.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Brookes says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Brookes says: We teach literature as a progression of analysis skill building, and learning to express ideas through presentations and writing through the grades. Students are exposed to diverse cultural views through different types of texts and being able to understand the different means through which a writer can convey their ideas and purpose to an audience. Students are encouraged to think independently and collaborate with others in the learning process. In the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, students will study Language and Literature course in their mother language. Many of our international students in this programme love to be able to have this opportunity.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Perennialism

      Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Brookes says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Brookes says: Most of our students study French until Grade 10 and many universities require an additional language for their programs. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme requires all IB students (Grade 11 and 12) to complete a second language.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   10
    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Cantonese • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Japanese • Spanish • ESL

    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Brookes says: Visual Arts encourage students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. Students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. By exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and reflect upon a wide range of contemporary art practices and media. Courses are designed for students who wish to study the arts at a post High School level, as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment. We celebrate the visual arts in the way we create images and objects, and in the way we appreciate, enjoy, respect and respond to the practices of art-making by others from around the world. Theories and practices are dynamic and connect many areas of knowledge and human experience through individual and collaborative exploration, creative production and thoughtful interpretation.

    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Brookes says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Brookes says: We believe in a creating a balance of the physical and academic by providing PE to all of our students. Daily physical activity is a requirement of all of our students.

    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)
    • English Literature SL
    • English Literature HL

    Group 2 (Language B)
    • French SL
    • French HL
    • French ab initio SL
    • Japanese ab initio SL

    Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)
    • History SL
    • History HL

    Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)
    • Chemistry SL
    • Chemistry HL
    • Biology SL
    • Biology HL
    • Physics SL
    • Physics HL

    Group 5 (Mathematics)
    • Mathematical Studies SL
    • Mathematics SL
    • Mathematics HL

    Group 6 (The Arts)
    • Dance SL
    • Dance HL
    • Visual Arts SL

    Sex and Health Education British Columbia curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Brookes says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What Brookes says: This information is not currently available.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Brookes says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Brookes says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Social

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
    Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

    What Brookes says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    Brookes offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • What Brookes says: As a small school our learning assistance is limited to extra support after classes with some in-class accommodations based on specific student needs and the classroom learning environment.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support In-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What Brookes says: Our teachers work hard to help each student achieve their highest success. There are many ways for students to excel, particularly within the higher grades and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades7 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback7 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting7 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting7 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings7 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Brookes says:
    • Extracurricular activities span a wide range of interests and challenges. Offerings include athletic, creative, academic, service, and just plain fun.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Martial Arts
    • Clubs Offered
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Math Club
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      School newspaper

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic: in province) Boarding (Domestic: in province) Boarding (Domestic: out of province) Boarding (International)
    Day (Domestic: in province)$5,544$11,496
    Boarding (Domestic: in province)$38,900
    Boarding (Domestic: out of province)$42,900
    Boarding (International)$47,500
    What Brookes says: Brookes Shawnigan Lake offers the added option of weekday boarding for domestic students. Weekday boarders travel home on the weekends, which works well for families in nearby cities on the island or in Vancouver.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)Boarding 5%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 7 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid10%
    Average aid package size$5,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid10%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications

    Merit based Scholarships

    Academic Excellence Scholarship
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 12—

    Typically, entrance scholarships are in the $2,500 to $5,000 range. All ages and grades are eligible. Scholarships for IB Diploma Programme are designated for students entering Grade 10 and 11. 

    The Academic Excellence Scholarship reviews grades over the past two years.

    Application Details:

    Interested parents need to submit the academic application form and complete a separate scholarship application, both available on school's website. Parents can also contact the Admissions department to learn more.

    For more details, visit: shawnigan.brookes.org/admissions/scholarship-bursaries/
    Citizenship/Leadership Award
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: N/A
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 12—

    Typically, entrance scholarships are in the $2,500 to $5,000 range. All ages and grades are eligible. Scholarships for IB Diploma Program are designated for students entering Grade 10 and 11.

    The Leadership Award reviews community service endeavors over the past two years and rewards youth who participate actively in their community.

    Application Details:

    Interested parents need to submit the academic application form and complete a separate scholarship application, both available on school's website. Parents can also contact the Admissions department to learn more.

    For more details, visit: shawnigan.brookes.org/admissions/scholarship-bursaries/


    Total enrollment 150
    Average enrollment per grade25
    Average class size12 to 15
    Gender (grades)Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 7 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)73%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview7 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Boarding students:

    What Brookes says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Brookes Shawnigan Lake is looking for: It is our goal to enrol a diverse student body united by every student's ability and interest in an international education, global citizenship and passion for service and leadership.

    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size25
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements4
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): Acadia University, Algoma University, British Columbia Institute of Technology Birmingham University, Bristol University, Carleton University, Concordia University, Dalhousie, Durham University, Kent University, Leeds University, Manchester University, McGill University, Mount Allison University, New York University, Queen's University, Quest University, Ryerson University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Simon Fraser University, Trent University, University of Bath, University of British Columbia, University of Fraser Valley, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Victoria, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario, Warwick University, York University.

    Stories & Testimonials


    Exchange from Brazil

    When my parents first told me that I was going to study in Canada, the first thing I thought was "Wow, this is going to be hard and a real challenge". I was right, it was a challenge, and at first adapting was quite hard, but with all the help I received from students, teachers and all members of the staff it was way easier than I expected. I've never seen such a diverse community that welcomes everybody no matter where you're from. That's a thing I really like about the school; the diversity. There are people from all around the world, which makes it easier for you to adapt. Also, you get to learn a bunch of awesome things from other countries! It is definitely life changing to be a boarding student. Adapting to the cold was also something difficult. I'm from Brazil and we don't get much cold or snow. In Canada ... well, it freezes! But the dorms have such good heaters that I never feel cold in my room. I simply love the staff, they're so outgoing, fun, and have great personalities. The dorm parents at the school are the most helpful, you never know when you're going to need them, but when you do, they're your neighbors which makes things much easier. The dorms are really well located. From my room I can see Shawnigan Lake, which is amazing! There is also a small village which all students go to after school, which I think is really good when we need some fresh air. I can say that this was a great pick, it's amazing. 



    "My son nows enjoys school and is reaching his academic potential. We feel very fortunate to have him learn and grow in this close-knit community that encourages and nurtures academic excellence." -- Laurie Gow, Parent , Canada ...

    In the News


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