Our daughter decided to go to boarding school on her own, and did her own research. Her initial search led her to a different school a bit further north of Victoria in a very rural setting. Upon visiting the other school and SMUS, she wholeheartedly preferred the urban environment of Victoria. One item for improvement is that there could be more emphasis on getting the day students and the boarders to mix more. There doesn't seem to be much weekend socialization between the two groups, although they get along well in class and have fun at school events. I believe this to be a common theme in boarding schools. Overall though, our daughter has had a great social and academic life at SMUS.
Our son loves St. Michael's University School. There is no single thing that makes him love it, but rather the combination of everything that has been asked throughout this survey. He loves the atmosphere, the students, the house parents, the teachers, the extracurricular activities, his academic advisor, the leadership - everything combines to make it an exceptional experience for him. At a more detailed level, we believe the academic/school calendar is very thoughtfully prepared and allows for excellent breaks in study, but hard and focused work while school is in session. As a parent of a boarding student, we are very grateful for the calendar. It is a big contribution to overall school life. In the case of our son, sometimes the hard work and compressed academic calendar makes for stress in some of his courses, but we would attribute most challenges in this area to be of his own making, and the school accommodates anytime there is legitimate scheduling issues for tests or assignments. His teachers and house parents do all they can to keep him on track and on task.
My children really enjoyed their time at SMUS and I feel like they’ve really made friends there that will last them a lifetime. They always look forward to every resumption and talked happily about their fun experiences at school. It is a beautiful community school, we are very proud of knowing we made the best decision in deciding to send our kids to SMUS. The school also holds a number of themed days and spirit events that are mainly organized by the student body with support from the staff and teachers. The boarding community even holds monthly house games for all the boarding students. The presence of various all-school activites plays a role in fostering community bonding and stretghening school spirit as well. Overall, it seems that a number of the students enjoy their time there.