Private schools in Canada have admissions policies, and they require application materials. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and tests (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students. Schools also use different criteria for evaluating student applications, have different acceptance rates, and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
JK - 8
SSAT (out of province)
JK - 8
The Sterling Hall School admissions deadlines and fees
What The Sterling Hall School says about their admissions requirements:
Sterling Hall Admissions Process
Step 1: Get to know us
Connecting with our Admissions Team for a Personalized Information Session, watching some Youtube videos, joining us for a tour and browsing the website are all great ways to start your journey. To do so, be sure to complete our Inquiry Form to get an SHS Admissions Account.
Step 2: Apply
It is easy to submit an application through our Admissions Portal; simply follow the checklist. We ask for the following documentation to be submitted with your application:
supporting documents that will allow the admissions team to better understand your son (for example, Psychological Educational Assessment Report and Individual Learning/Education Plan - if applicable)
a small face shoot of your son
a copy of his birth certificate (passport photo page if you are not a Canadian citizen)
a one-time application fee of $200
Step 3: Student Learning Snapshot and Family/Parent Interview
Once your application is fully submitted, a student Learning Snapshot and family/parent interview help our Admissions Team to better understand your son. Family/Parent Interview
On the same day as your son's assessment or shortly after, our Director of Enrolment Management will meet you to learn more about your family and find out how the goals envisioned for your son might align with SHS's mission and core values. This is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the school. Junior Kindergarten (JK) - Grade 2 Learning Snapshots
These assessments take place in groups and consist of grade-appropriate activities that allow us to observe your son's social and emotional development, including working independently, collaboratively and following directions. We will also have the opportunity to observe his developing skills in math, language and critical thinking. Grade 3 - Grade 8 Learning Snapshots
Along with any necessary support from the Admissions Team, your son will complete some in-house, grade-appropriate literacy and math tasks to assess his current academic level. These tasks provide insights into how well your son will manage our curriculum. Boys will also engage in casual conversation and critical thinking problem solving with a group. This is not a pass or fail test, but rather a way to gain further insight into your son's academic, learning and personal profile.
Step 4: Communication
Admission offers will be made to our Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, and Grade 1 and 2 applicants by early February. Grade 3-8 applicants will be notified by the last week of February.
Step 5: Enrolment and Onboarding Activities
Registration must be returned with the first tuition instalment fee by the date indicated in order for your space at Sterling Hall to be confirmed. From April onwards, we have a number of onboarding activities for families and new boys to help ease the transition to SHS.
Learn about the percentage of students typically accepted into The Sterling Hall School. This can help you gauge your chances of getting into this school. For instance, a 95% acceptance rate means a school is relatively easy to get into, while a 10% acceptance rate means it will be difficult to get into.
The Sterling Hall School acceptance rate: 35%
The Sterling Hall School student entry points
Schools accept different numbers of students at different grade levels. Learn how many students are accepted into The Sterling Hall School at each grade level.
Day Acceptance (Acceptance rate)
2 - 6 (34%)
12 - 16 (65%)
4 - 8 (50%)
2 - 6 (50%)
1 - 3 (15%)
3 - 6 (40%)
3 - 6 (40%)
3 - 6 (40%)
0 - 1 (10%)
What type of student The Sterling Hall School is looking for:
We admit families with a wide range of backgrounds, provided we feel confident that the boy will be successful in our program and the parents will be partners in his educational journey. During the interview process, we get to know you and your son in order to discover whether SHS is where you belong.