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St. John's-Ravenscourt School

Grades K TO Gr. 12 — Winnipeg, MB (MAP)

St. John's-Ravenscourt School:

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  • Grades
    K — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    18 — 24 students
  • Tuition
    $27,960 to 75,500/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
    AP, CAIS, RoundSquare
  • Enrolment
    890 day students, 20 boarding students
  • Curriculum
    Liberal Arts & Reggio Emilia

School address

  • 400 South Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 3K5 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

SJR offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider.

The regions SJR offers busing from are:

  • Winnipeg

Additional notes: Busing is available to all students and is included in tuition. The buses operate inside the perimeter of Winnipeg. The bus pick up and drop off spots are at locations close to ones home but may be several blocks away or a short drive. The school does not provide door to door service. There is also the option of choosing Before and After school Extended Day in replacement of busing for those students in Kindergarten to Grade 6.

Our Perspective

How we see St. John's-Ravenscourt School

SJR was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. The school has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though it’s success throughout has been unimpeachable. SJR has graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and the Queen granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as the school’s reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social, and athletic life. A strategic plan to culminate in 2020, the school’s bi-centennial, is intended to further develop the school’s campus and programs; it's intended not as a revolution, says the head of school, Jim Keefe, but as the impetus for further evolution of what the school has been providing. The ideal student in one with sights set on post-secondary studies, and able to thrive in a challenging, expansive academic environment.  

School's Perspective

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How St. John's-Ravenscourt School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Nestled within an oxbow of the Red River lies Western Canada’s oldest independent school, St. John’s-Ravenscourt (SJR). As a co-educational K-12 school, with boarding and day programs, SJR students are engaged in an inspiring environment. Our strong educational offerings provide a balance of values related to academic excellence, social responsibility, creative expression, and active healthy living. With exceptional debate, public speaking and leadership programs, SJR prepares students for their future success."

  • Founded in 1820
  • 18 Rhodes Scholars
  • World-class debating and public speaking - 16 World Champions
  • Wide variety of Advanced Placement courses available
  • 100% of graduates offered university placement
  • 98% of graduates are accepted to their first choice university program
  • Nine hockey teams
  • Newly renovated and updated hockey arena on campus which turns into an indoor turf for spring/summer
  • Nationally renowned math program
  • Strong Science program with 8 Science labs on campus

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"St. John's-Ravenscourt School offers a unique public speaking and debating program that is engrained in the school across all grade levels. We feel that teaching students how to speak well provides them with skills for the future while at the same time building their confidence."

What type of student is a good fit for your school?

"Students who get the most out of their time at SJR are driven to do their best academically while also balancing sports and co-curricular activities."

Under what conditions would you advise a family against choosing your school?

"Families looking for a religiously based education will not find SJR to be a good fit. As a non-denominational school we do not have a religious focus and no religion is taught at the school. We encourage students to be themselves and share who they are."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"When families consider SJR, they feel that the school provides a strong education for their child that pushes them to be their best. They see that academics are at the core of SJR while also providing a well-rounded breadth of opportunities including arts and athletics. Most importantly, families continue to tell us that they appreciate the open nature of the school, welcoming all people."

How would you characterize your school's image amongst the public?

"We are well-known for our strong academic standards and public speaking and debate. We often hear that our student's standout because of how they have learned to present themselves."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"What often goes unrecognized initially is the athletic and arts offerings and the multitude of opportunities for students to get involved throughout the school. Athletically, our school offers students a wide array of sports and many facilities to use including an arena on campus which transitions into an indoor turf in the spring/summer, a state of the art fitness center, and a double sized gym. Additionally, the arts program offers music, art, and drama in many capacities including a Rock Show, drama productions, and art clubs and events."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"What families might find surprising about SJR is that there is a real community built amongst all families, students, teachers, and staff. Parents often comment once their child is enrolled at SJR, how much they feel a part of the school and welcomed.
Another aspect is the academic pursuit of all students. Families often comment they see a change in their child for the better, in their drive to succeed in school. The feeling of it's cool to be smart is definitely felt at SJR."

What improvements or changes has your school made recently?

"The arena on campus underwent a major renovation and update over the past two years. This major improvement to the facility also allowed us to be able to use the arena in the spring and summer as an indoor turf."

How will your school change in the next 5 years?

"Over the course of this year, we are re-looking at our vision, mission, and values to align them with who we are as a school today. This update will clarify to everyone in our community who we are drive us forward for the future."

School Facilities

Photo-tour of facilities

Athletics facilities

Arts facilities




Science facilities

Instructional resources

Shared spaces

School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see St. John's-Ravenscourt School

Video reviews of St. John's-Ravenscourt School

Alum, Sukhcharhat Dhillon (2021)

Watch our alum interview with Sukhcharhat Dhillon to learn about the unique experience of attending St. John's-Ravenscourt School.

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Mr. Jim Keefe, Head of School
B.A., Hons.

St John’s-Ravenscourt (SJR) is an independent co-educational Kindergarten to Grade 12 university-preparatory day and boarding school that offers an outstanding all-round education for talented boys and girls. We are fiercely proud of our rich heritage and combine our long traditions with the best of 21st Century learning to enable our students to thrive in this quickly changing world, not only during their school days but at university and beyond.

Our School community is built around the four pillars of academic excellence, creative expression, active healthy living and social responsibility. We have extremely high expectations of our students, in terms of their academic commitment and co-curricular attainment as well as their personal qualities of compassion, integrity and service. I am very proud to lead a School of such fundamental strength, clear mission and exhilarating possibilities.

SJR has rightly earned an enviable reputation for ensuring that our students rise to the challenge and fulfil their academic potential. Our talented faculty has forged a strong tradition for educational innovation and for creating a vibrant learning environment that nurtures students and helps them grow into well-rounded adults. There is also, of course, our tremendous raft of co-curricular opportunities that develop leadership, self-belief and character.

Situated on the banks of the Red River in Winnipeg, SJR boasts a wonderful campus and some of the very best facilities of any independent school in Canada and beyond.

The best way to appreciate our warm and purposeful atmosphere and strong sense of community is to make a personal visit. Come and meet me and my colleagues and talk with our splendid students. In the meantime, this website provides a wealth of information about life at SJR, and I hope it captures your imagination.

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