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St. John's-Kilmarnock School
St. John's-Kilmarnock School
2201 Shantz Station Road, Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario, N0B 1M0
Contact name:
Britt Leeking

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(519) 648-3602×
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St. John's-Kilmarnock School

St. John's-Kilmarnock School

2201 Shantz Station Road, Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario, N0B 1M0

Progressive,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
JK to 12 (Coed)
$15,860 to 52,685/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 22
Day: 375 (Gr. JK - 12), Homestay: Varies (Gr. 8 - 12)

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Britt Leeking

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2201 Shantz Station Road, Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario, N0B 1M0



About this school:


SJK is the leading co-educational independent school in the Waterloo and surrounding region. The School is located on a beautiful 36-acre natural campus offering enriched educational programming for students from JK – Grade 12 through its accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. As the only accredited IB World Continuum School in Southwestern Ontario, our students find their excellence within, love to learn, and graduate as confident, well-rounded individuals fully prepared for post-secondary education and life beyond. The journey begins here.

The Our Kids review of St. John's-Kilmarnock School

our takeSJK presents as a very traditional school, an impression granted by the name, the uniforms, the size of the campus. In fact, the school is both younger and more progressive than it might initially seem. Founded in 1972, it has taken all of the more modern educational concepts to heart: small class sizes, student-directed instruction, before- and after-school care from JK to Grade 6, an extensive busing program. The cafeteria menu is even built around locally sourced, non-GMO food. Academically, the program is intended to challenge learners who need to be challenged, and includes IB programs from JK through Grade 12. The intention is to address the whole child, providing strong academic and social support. The school has grown over the years, and is also in the midst of a 5-year development plan, to complete in 2020. While the physical plan is still quite new—it was completed in 1990—the current development is around community and instruction (rather than buildings and infrastructure) including an ongoing dedication to experiential learning, values-based instruction, and 20th century literacies. The ideal student is one operating at the top of his or her peer group, and who can benefit from a vibrant, diverse educational and social environment. 

Principal's Message


Dr. Jeff Aitken, Head of School

As a well-established and fully accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum School, we prepare your children for the future, providing the foundation to thrive in a rapidly changing world. From Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, students engage with modern facilities and the School's beautiful 36-acre campus, which sets the stage for stimulating learning environments where knowledge, innovation, and internationalism are expressed and valued. 

SJK is the only school in our region to be authorized by the International Baccalaureate to offer the continuum of three IB programs: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the university preparatory Diploma Programme. We are one of only five schools in Ontario to achieve this distinction. 

Our qualified and talented faculty ensure that learning and teaching focuses on the development of well-rounded and confident individuals; IB represents an enriched framework for personal and social development as well as skills for life, but also a competitive academic and professional qualification alongside the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students engage in a balanced range of classroom and course offerings; co-curricular, leadership and service activities; as well as international perspectives and experiences. 

The SJK community is grounded in a sense of respect for oneself, each other and our environment as local and global citizens. Students are challenged to GO BEYOND the given, to the possible. 

The best way to get to know the School is to come for a visit, experience the energy, explore the facilities and campus, and see firsthand the warm and friendly environment our school has become known for. 


Curriculum Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

What SJK says: SJK has a long history of academic excellence, with an unwavering commitment to student engagement. We know that an integrated approach and a love of learning are the best ways to meet the needs and expectations of our students. Our International Baccalaureate Programmes provide a solid academic foundation for our students right from Junior Kindergarten through to the end of Grade 12. Student self-management, critical thinking, creative expression, organizational skills and ethical decision-making are integrated into challenging, yet supportive programming. Students are encouraged to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and real world experiences, as well as become critical and reflective thinkers. Students in Grades 11 and 12 are exposed to a broad-based education through the IB Diploma Programme. The wide range of courses allows each student to build a personalized program that is best suited to their interests, strengths and goals. With its academic breadth, depth and rigour, our students develop skills of research, time management, problem-solving, communication and collaboration, which prepare them for the world beyond SJK as independent, globally-minded learners.

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

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What SJK 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.

    Early Reading
    • What SJK says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

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

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

    • 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

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

    Social Studies
    • What SJK says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What SJK 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 SJK says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Spanish • ESL

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • What SJK says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What SJK says: This information is not currently available.

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

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

    Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)
    • Business and Management SL
    • Business and Management HL
    • Economics SL
    • History SL
    • History HL

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

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

    Group 6 (The Arts)
    • Music SL
    • Music HL
    • Theatre SL
    • Theatre HL
    • Visual Arts SL
    • Visual Arts HL

    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 5 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 12 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 11 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity

    What SJK 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 SJK says: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Play-based

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What SJK says: We offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). This program, alongside the Ontario curriculum, helps students develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills through a trans-disciplinary approach to learning while making holistic connections across traditional subjects. Students learn in a dynamic, inquiry-based learning environment, where they are actively engaged, and teachers understand and value individual learning styles and strengths. Academic instruction is balanced with a robust after school co-curricular program, which begins in Junior Kindergarten and results in the nurturing and development of the whole child.

    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 SJK 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 SJK says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    What SJK says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Limited


    SJK offers 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

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    SJK does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    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.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
    Lunch recessAmount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30

    What SJK says: This information is not currently available.


    What SJK says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Community Service
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Outdoor Education
      Round Square
      School newspaper
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic) Homestay (International)
    Day (Domestic)$15,860$18,200$22,725$23,400$24,440
    Homestay (International)$52,685


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    3rd child (sibling)Day (Domestic)15%
    4th child (sibling)Day (Domestic)15%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: JK to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:

    More information:

    Application Details:

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

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 375
    Average enrollment per grade25
    Average class size10 to 22
    Grades (gender)JK to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)N/A
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Homestay students:
    June 15, 2017

    What SJK says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student St. John's-Kilmarnock School is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Day Homestay

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    1 - 15 (100%)5 - 10 (100%)5 - 10 (100%)5 - 10 (100%)5 - 10 (100%)5 - 10 (100%)5 - 10 (100%)5 - 10 (100%)5 - 10 (90%)5 - 10 (90%)5 - 10 (90%)5 - 10 (90%)5 - 10 (90%)0
    Homestay Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    1 - 6 (100%)1 - 6 (100%)1 - 8 (100%)1 - 6 (100%)0

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size40
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements13
    **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)

    Stories & Testimonials


    About SJK

    St. John’s –Kilmarnock School (SJK) is the leading co-educational independent school in the Waterloo Region. Established in 1972, the School offers enriched educational programming for students from JK – Grade 12 through its accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.

    At SJK, students exceed expectations in an environment where they are engaged, understood and supported. Specialized teachers, lower student-teacher ratios and involvement of parents as partners in education, results in individualized attention for students and the guidance they need to reach their fullest potential.

    Assignments that go beyond the textbook and classroom as well as progressive approaches to teaching and learning are hallmarks of an IB continuum education.

    Make the world their comfort zone. The journey begins here.




    Attending SJK

    "Attending SJK has been and continues to be a superb experience for our three children. The faculty and staff have created an invaluable culture of expectation around the principles of mutual respect, genuine caring, academic excellence and global citizenship." Mr. & Mrs. Gallivan "SJK has been a fantastic choice for our children. Their individual needs are being met in a focused and nurturing environment where strong academic programming is expertly balanced with extracurricular opportunities. The staff are passionate about what they do, and their enthusiasm is shared throughout the SJK community." Mr. & Mrs. Cox ...

    University Preparation

    "SJK has a perfect environment for studying. It is a university preparation school because of the balance between strong academics and extra-curricular opportunities. Teachers are always willing to help you at any time - pushing you to achieve your best and challenge yourself. In addition, the School population is the perfect size allowing for a fun social setting, strong connection with teachers and healthy competition among students." Carolyn P., Class of '06 Undergraduate student, Queen's University ...


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    • The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS) Associations
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations

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