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St John's-Kilmarnock School Graduation Pong Jump

St. John's-Kilmarnock School

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





Joan Sun





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36 Acres

School Profile

St. John’s-Kilmarnock School (SJK) is a Canadian IB school with a boarding program for Grade 9-12 international students. SJK School has much in common with its home country, Canada - innovative, smart, natural, and safe. With a beautiful 36-acre campus, SJK offers the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum (OSSD) through the framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programmes (PYP-MYP-DP), and co-curricular activities in sports, arts, creativity, leadership, services, and more. SJK develops the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical well-being of students, ensures our students are well prepared to succeed in their top choice universities and beyond in careers and lives.

SJK School is in Waterloo in southern Ontario, located just one hour west of Toronto. This region is not only one of the centers of Canada’s research and development in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but also the center of Canada’s knowledge-based economy with strong demand for skilled workers and great opportunities for immigration.

While the majority of SJK’s 520 students are Canadian day students, the boarding residence accommodates up to 50 Gr. 9-12 international students, who are well integrated with local Canadian students in their learning and life on campus to experience the multicultural life of Canada.

Mission & Values

Our Mission

Our Mission is to discover the unique talents of each student, ignite their love of learning, and build their capacity for global action.

Our Values

Our Values are the core beliefs and principles that guide us: Community, Citizenship, Commitment, Creativity and Curiosity.

Applications & Fees

Application Deadline:


Application Fee

$100.00 CND

Domestic 7-Day Boarding Tuition:

$75,840.00 CND

International 7-Day Boarding Tuition:

$75,840.00 CND

Day Tuition:

$30,020.00 - $31,900.00 CND

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St. John's-Kilmarnock School Chemistry
St. John's-Kilmarnock School Boathouse

Admission & Entrance Test Requirements

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Admission Requirements


* Please complete and submit the application online.
* CAD $100 application fee (payable by credit card)
* Please provide the following supporting documents:

  - Birth certificate, passport, or Canadian Permanent Resident Card
  - A recent photo
  - Report cards of the two most recent years
  - A personal statement (written independently by the applicant)

* Entrance Exam

  - Any one of the standard tests of TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or SSAT is sufficiently acceptable. Please see English Language Test Benchmarks for details.
  - For those who don't have access to any of the above tests, an SJK entrance exam will be administered online. 

* Admission Interview

  - The Admissions Team will conduct an interview with the applicant and parents via Zoom video conference.
  - The Character Skills Snapshot by EMA is preferred, but not mandatory.

* Decision of Enrolment

Approximately two weeks after the completion of the admission interview, the Enrolment Team will inform the applicant of the School’s decision. An Offer of Admission may be made to the applicant. The parents are invited to review the Enrolment Contract. Should the applicant and parents accept the offer, the parents will be required to sign the contract, make full payment of the Boarding Student Fee and one-time New Student Registration Fee.

Upon receiving the signed contract and full payment, a Confirmation of Enrolment Letter will be issued to the student and parents.

Once the student is enrolled, the Enrolment Team will support the student and parents to prepare for international travel and for attending SJK in the new school year.

Entrance Test Requirements

An international student, who applies to SJK School’s Gr.9-11 and whose English is not a native language, is required to take one of the following entrance tests:

  - Duolingo
  - SSAT (Unique Organization Code for SJK: 6535)

Access more test information in the following links:

  - Duolingo English Test: Online anywhere, anytime in the world. (
 - TOEFL iBT®: Online at home; or at a test center in your area. (
  - IELTS: Online is available around the world; or at a test center in your area. (
  - SSAT: Available at test centers around the world; SSAT at Home (Online) is only available for students physically located in the U.S. and Canada for the Middle and Upper Levels. (

School Differentiators

The SJK Advantages

IB Continuum School: SJK is one of only 4 boarding schools in Canada offering 3 levels of full IB Programmes. SJK Curriculum encompasses and surpasses the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum (OSSD).

100% University Acceptance: All Grade 12 students graduate with double diplomas (IBDP & OSSD). Most SJK graduates are accepted by the top-tier Canadian universities, some of which are located near SJK, such as University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and Western University.

Dedicated Teachers: With a student/teacher ratio of 7:1, SJK teachers are inspiring, innovative, and caring. They support students with proactive guidance and counselling in four main aspects: (1) academics; (2) personal development; (3) university counselling; (4) mental health wellbeing.

Language Support: For international students with English as a second language, SJK offers ESL credit courses to strengthen their academic English.

Enriched Co-curriculars: With 45 student clubs, 14 varsity teams in 9 varsity sports, SJK encourages students to engage in an active and healthy lifestyle through a wide variety of co-curricular activities in athletics, arts, creativity, leadership, and services.

Vast Campus: SJK’s 36-acre campus has its own forest, pond, multiple large sport fields, in addition to spacious classrooms and learning spaces equipped with high tech facilities.


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 (CAIS)
  • International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
  • 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