SJK students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 6 begin their educational journey at SJK begins in our Lower School in the IB Primary Years Programme. SJK students strive to embody the characteristics of the IB Learner Profile: Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Thinker, Communicator, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-taker, Balanced and Reflective.
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.
"SJK has a lot to offer, including simply belonging to a community that shares a set of core values and a perspective on the world. For many students, that alone is a transformative experience." – Our Kids School Review
SJK accepts and reviews applications on a rolling basis, starting on September 15 of the year before entry. Our first offers of admission are typically extended in mid-October. SJK will continue to offer admission to qualified candidates on a first-come, first-served basis until all spaces are full.
Admission to SJK is competitive, as such, we encourage interested candidates to submit an application early. As we attract more applicants than we have spaces available, we are not able to offer admission to all qualified candidates.
The Admissions Process
Junior and Senior Kindergarten applicants will be invited to attend a Kindergarten Readiness Meeting, whereby the student will have an opportunity to spend 30 minutes of one-on-one time with our Junior or Senior Kindergarten teacher. During this time, the student and teacher will play games, read books, draw pictures and get to know one another while the parents spend this time meeting with our Lower School Director, Ms. Anne Beveridge, who will ask some questions about the child's readiness for Kindergarten. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask any questions they have about the IB Primary Years Programme.
For students applying for entry in Grades 1-6, we engage with the student, and the student’s parents in a discussion about the student’s goals, expectations and past experiences with school. Our Admissions Committee will review this feedback, along with the student’s report cards.
Students are required to attend a Visit Day during the application process where we welcome the student to spend a day in the classroom with their peers. The student will be paired with a buddy for the day, a student who is the same age and shares similar interests. This provides your child with an opportunity to experience SJK in action and determine whether SJK is the right fit.
The School offers its SJK Information Evening in November for families interested in learning more about the IB Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme.