F.A.Q.

When was the school founded?

St. Michael’s College School was founded in 1852 by the Congregation of St. Basil (Basilian Fathers) to offer young men a well-rounded, Catholic education.

Where is the school located?

St. Michael’s is located just north of the North-East corner of Bathurst Street and St. Clair Avenue. The school’s address is 1515 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5P 3H4

What is the motto of the school?

The motto of the school is “Doce Me Bonitatem et Disciplinam et Scientiam”, the Latin for, “Teach me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” (Psalm 118). It means that being a good person and being a disciplined individual is as important as the knowledge acquired in an education.

Are siblings given preference for admission?

Siblings and children of alumni, while being known to the school are still scrutinized to the same degree as other applicants.

Is St. Michael’s co-educational?

St. Michael’s is an all-boys school and is committed to this endeavor.

At what grade does St. Michael’s begin?

St. Michael’s is open to students from Grade 7-12.

What are the main entry points of admission to the school?

The two main entry points for candidates are Grade 7 and Grade 9. There are a maximum of 100 admissions to Grade 7 and approximately 125 to Grade 9.

Is entry possible in other academic years?

Yes. Applications are accepted at all other grade levels throughout the year. Admission is dependent upon the usual academic scrutiny and availability of space.

What criteria is admission based on?

The Admissions Committee considers a student's entrance exam results (for Grade 7 or 8 or 9 admission), previous report cards, present year progress reports and/or report cards, parish and community involvement, extra curricular interests, and teacher reference (Student Profile Sheet).

Is an interview required?

yes, interviews are part of the application and admission process.

What is the entrance exam?

All applicants for Grades 7, 8 and 9 are required to write an entrance exam. Applicants write the SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test). St. Michael’s hosts an SSAT writing in December each year for the following year's admission. To register for the SSAT visit www.ssat.org/test/ontario.

Are there other costs not covered in the tuition?

Yes, textbooks and supplies will cost approximately $500, school uniform approximately $700, incidental fees range from $1,050 to $1,700 depending on grade level, and a Capital Improvement Fee of $5,000 is levied as a one-time per student charge.

How can I pay?

Plan A: Full payment, made with acceptance of admission offer; $300 discount.
Plan B: 3 installments, i) with acceptance of admission offer, ii) June 15, and iii) September 15; $100 discount.
Plan C: Monthly installments, i) with acceptance of admission offer, ii) monthly thereafter April 15 – November 15.
Cash, cheque and all major credit cards are accepted.

Is there financial assistance available?

Yes, application is made through a third party financial company (Apple Financial) with recommendation on amount forthcoming. Bursary applications completed and submitted before December 1st will result in financial aid notification accompanying first wave offers of admission. Each year St. Michael's funds for financial assistance are depleted before the end of the school year. It is imperative that families requiring financial assistance apply for it as soon as possible to reduce the possibility of being disappointed.
St. Michael's DOES NOT offer athletic scholarships. All bursary assistance is based on the financial need of the family.

How much in bursary assistance is given out?

Each year, approximately $2 million in bursary assistance is given out to St. Michael’s families. Over 15% of the student body typically receives some bursary assistance.

How will I know if I’ve been accepted?

All candidates will be notified by email as to whether or not they have been offered admission to St. Michael’s College School. Please do not contact the school to request acceptance information. Notification for most entry level candidates (Grade 9 and Grade 7) is late February. Non-entry level candidates and second wave entry level candidates can be notified between April and June. Initial notification is by e-mail, followed by official notification through the post.

Is there a timeline I can use for reference?

i) Attend an Open House at St.Michael’s College School in the Fall (late October, early November – two evenings, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.) – see the school, it’s students and teachers and pick up an application package, including SSAT registration information.
ii) Complete an application, online or hard copy, include copies of final report cards from the previous two years and the present year reports when available, and submit to the Office of Admissions. Deadline for Grade 7 and 9 applications to ensure late February notification is December 1, (SSAT results may be submitted throughout the year - by January 15, to ensure mid-February notification).
iii) Register online to write the SSAT, making sure to have your results forwarded to St. Michael’s College School. Please make every effort to write the SSAT at St. Michael’s on our designated Saturday in December; 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. SSAT results are accepted throughout the year (Gr. 7 and Gr. 9 candidates’ results are usually in by Christmas). St. Michael’s SSAT identification number is 6800.
iv) Forward recent progress reports and report cards for the present year to the Office of Admissions at St. Michael’s as they become available (application deadline is December 1, other information, like SSAT results and report cards, may follow).
v) Await decision of Admissions Committee by email (late February, for most Grade 7 & 9 candidates, April – June for non-entry level, and second wave, candidates). Hard copy to follow in the post.

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