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St. John's-Kilmarnock School

2201 Shantz Station Rd., Waterloo, Ontario N0B 1M0 Canada





Joan Sun





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36 Acres

School Profile

Innovative, smart, natural, and safe, SJK has much in common with its home country, Canada. Internationally minded students live and learn in one of the most beautiful and technologically advanced areas in Canada – Waterloo Region, Ontario, located just one hour west of Toronto. SJK has a beautiful 36-acre campus featuring modern learning facilities, its own lake, fields and forest.

Offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programmes in all three levels (PYP-MYP-DP), SJK ensures each student is extremely well prepared with a strong set of learning skills as well as healthy body and mind to succeed in his/her top choice university and beyond in careers and life.

While the majority of SJK students are Canadians, the boarding residence accommodates only 50 international students in Gr.9-12 every academic year. If you are committed to working hard, if you are open-minded to a wide variety of co-curricular activities, if you want to learn how to adapt to and succeed in this fast-changing world, SJK is your school.

Mission & Values

Our Mission

The SJK community is committed to nurturing well-rounded, confident citizens in a safe and enriching setting that supports students in their pursuit of academic success, personal growth and social responsibility.

Our Values

SJK values high standards of conduct, academic achievement and teaching. We value respect for ourselves, each other, our environment, our history and traditions.

Applications & Fees

Application Deadline:


Application Fee

$100.00 CND

Domestic 7-Day Boarding Tuition:

$73,700.00 CND

International 7-Day Boarding Tuition:

$73,700.00 CND

Day Tuition:

$28,894.00 - $30,706.00 CND

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St. John's-Kilmarnock School Newton House
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Admission & Entrance Test Requirements

Admission Requirements

SJK values high standards of conduct, academic achievement and teaching. We have respect for each other, our environment, history, traditions, and ourselves. We welcome applications from students who share those values.

First and foremost, we want to admit students who want to be at SJK, who believe that SJK will help them to achieve their goals, and who want to make the most of their SJK experience, in and out of the classroom.

ESL support at SJK is limited in scope. Successful applicants will have a strong foundation in written and spoken English and will be able to manage their learning in English with minimal support.

Entrance Test Requirements

We require SSAT or CAT as entrance exam options. SSAT stands for Secondary School Admission Test, administered by Enrolment Management Association (EMA) of USA, available globally in SSAT centers 6 times throughout next academic year. For those students to whom the location or timing of SSAT is inconvenient, we make individual online arrangements to administer Canadian Achievement Test (CAT). Both exams consist English language, Reading and Math; however, the applicant is only required to take one of the exams, not both.

We do not set minimum acceptance scores; rather, we look at percentiles of the student's test results in each section to assess the student's English proficiency and math foundation, as well as their learning potential. To be able to successfully adapt to SJK's IB learning, an international student should ideally achieve results at 30-50 percentiles in English and reading; 80-90 percentiles in maths.

Other English language standard tests such as TOEFL and IELTS are not required; however, if the student has those test scores, they can be used as reference but not as replacement for SSAT or CAT - the student is still required to take either SSAT or CAT. Either SSAT or CAT results are also a part of the holistic assessment process by SJK's admission team.

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School Differentiators

What makes SJK unique and exceptional? Essentially, 'The SJK Experience' is connected to three broad themes: Community, Campus and Continuum. These three themes explore ideas such as school culture, community relations, personalized opportunities for students, experiential learning, the significance of our natural campus and its integrated use in curricular and co-curricular programming, values-based education and a global perspective that informs teaching and learning at SJK. Ours is a small school community of approximately 400 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our Boarding residence is located in the heart of the City of Waterloo, allowing our Boarding students to experience all that this vibrant, safe city has to offer. Offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programmes in all three levels (PYP-MYP-DP), SJK ensures each student is extremely well prepared with a strong set of learning skills as well as healthy body and mind to succeed in his/her top choice university and beyond in careers and life. 100% of our graduates are admitted to their top choice university.


International Baccalaureate

Program Details:

SJK is an IB Continuum School, offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes in all three levels (PYP-MYP-DP).

Top Post-secondary Destinations

  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • McGill University
  • Queen's University
  • Wilfred Laurier University
  • University of Guelph
  • University of British Columbia
  • Dalhousie University
  • University of Ottawa


  • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools 
  • International Baccalaureate
  • CIS Ontario

Community Service & Trips

Service opportunities allow students to understand their capacity to make a meaningful contribution to their community and society. Students will learn as they identify and address authentic community needs, and the community benefits through mutual collaboration. Students in Grades 7-12 have the opportunity to make social change through active citizenship and volunteerism in local, national and international communities.

-Five Worlds International Travel Opportunities (Past itineraries include Iceland, Cuba, Galapagos Islands, France and Belgium)

-Outdoor Adventure overnight camping: canoeing, kayaking, zip lining or dog sledding

-Grade 9 overnight camp adventure at the historical Camp Kilcoo, 3 hours north of the SJK campus


  • English Literature

  • ESL

  • French

  • Math

  • Spanish

  • Biology

  • Physics

  • Computer Science

  • Chemistry

  • Geography

  • Physical Education and Health

  • Design

  • Instrumental Music

  • Drama

  • Visual Art

  • Mandarin

  • Careers

  • Civics

  • Theory of Knowledge

  • IB Extended Essay

  • Economics

  • Business Management

  • History

  • Environmental Systems

  • Math Applications 

  • Math Analysis


  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Camping
  • Choral Music
  • Cross-Country
  • Computer Club
  • Community Service
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Field Hockey
  • Ice Hockey
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Leadership Program
  • Model UN
  • Newspaper
  • Outdoor Education
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Soccer
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Theatre
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
  • Weekday and Weekend Planned Activities



  • Access to off Campus Pool
  • Baseball Field(s)
  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Dance Studio
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Health Centre
  • Indoor Basketball Court(s)
  • Indoor Climbing Wall
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lounge
  • Soccer and Sports Fields
  • Weight Room
  • Wireless Internet