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 day students from JK - Grade 12 and international boarding students from Grades 9 - 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. Go Beyond.
- Accredited IB World Continuum School
- Modern Dining Hall and Learning Commons opened in 2016
- Extensive co-curricular opportunities
- Global travel through Five Worlds Program
- Financial aid and bursaries
- Individualized learning paths
- Beautiful 36-acre natural campus
- Boarding residence in downtown Waterloo
Our Take: St. John's-Kilmarnock School
SJK 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.