Application Process

1. Request an Application Package

The first step in the application process is to request an application package.

2. Complete and Submit the Admission Documents

The following required documents must be submitted in their entirety by the closing date for applications (unless otherwise indicated):

St. Paul’s recognizes that not all schools will have completed a second term prior to your family’s interview.  For those schools that have completed a second term, the submission of the second term report card is required.

The following optional supporting documents must be submitted in their entirety by the  closing date for applications. (unless otherwise indicated):

  • Letters of Recommendation: are accepted as part of an application but are not required. The number of letters and whom they come from are completely at the discretion of the applicant. To be considered, Letters of Recommendation must be submitted prior to an interview.
  • Report cards from the previous academic years: applicants may wish to submit not only the required current year report cards, but also the previous year report cards. The submission of previous report cards is at the discretion of the applicant.

Application Fee

The non-refundable application fee is $100. Cheques can be made to St. Paul’s High School and should be submitted with the Application Form. If the application fee is prohibitive, please contact Tasha Lagasse at (204) 831-2312 or by email.

3. Entrance Test

All students applying for grade 9 and grade 10 must write an entrance test. The entrance test is a 2.5-hour, primarily multiple-choice test that is designed to assess the ability of students in mathematics, English reading, comprehension, and writing. Applicants are offered a choice of two possible dates for writing the test. To register for one of the entrance tests, simply indicate your preference in the designated area on the first page of the Application Form.

4. The Interview

All applicants will be granted interviews and will be contacted by email during the months of February and March (or by phone if an email address has not been provided) to schedule the interview. Interviews will take place starting the first week of February until the end of March . Most interviews will be scheduled Monday through Thursday between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.. It does take some time to schedule the large number of interviews that occur. The school asks your patience as we move through the interview stage.  

An Important Note:

The Admissions Committee will not schedule an interview until the file is complete.  It is the responsibility of the applicant’s family to ensure that all required documents have been sent to the Admissions Office in a timely manner.

Important Dates

  • Application Package Available 
    September, 2019
  • Crusader for a Day
    October - February
    Learn more
  • Information Evening & Open House
    Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, 7 p.m.
    Register to Attend
  • Entrance Test #1
    Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Learn more
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, Feb. 7, 2020
  • Entrance Test #2
    Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
    Learn more
  • Student Interviews
    Feb. 3 – March 26, 2020
  • Candidate Notification Letters
    Mailed by Mid-April
  • Bursary Application Due
    May 1, 2020
  • Enrolment Documentation and Deposits
    May 1, 2020

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Admissions Criteria

The goal of a St. Paul's education is to form graduates to become lifelong learners who are open to growth, intellectually competent, loving, religious, and committed to doing justice. St. Paul's challenges students to pursue excellence in all aspects of their education, providing a balanced approach which includes academic, extracurricular and spiritual programs. Accordingly, the admissions criteria represents a balance between academic, spiritual and social considerations.

Academic Considerations

Report Cards

If a candidate is consistently an A-B student, then he will be given favorable consideration for admission. Conduct and effort marks are also given consideration.

Entrance Test Scores

Students applying for grades 9 and 10 are required to write the Entrance Test.  The Entrance Test is a standardized test designed to measure the applicants proficiency in English, mathematics, and general reasoning.

Teacher Recommendation Form

Teacher recommendation forms are an important part of the admissions process. These recommendations are confidential.

Spiritual/Religious Considerations

School

If a candidate attends a Catholic school, then he will be given favorable consideration for admission. Last year 47% of accepted students came from Catholic schools, and more than 85% of applicants from Catholic schools were accepted.

Faith

If a candidate is an active member of a Catholic parish he will be given favourable consideration for admission. Students who are not Catholic but actively practice their faith are also given favourable consideration for admission to St Paul's High School.

Clergy Recommendation Form

Clergy recommendation forms are an important part of the admissions process. These recommendations are confidential.

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Social Considerations

Extracurricular Involvement

Additional consideration will be given to students who are actively involved in activities both inside and outside their school communities.

These activities could include involvement in: music, theatre, or dance; individual or team athletics; cultural activities; and volunteer or service activities.

Other Considerations

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation for a candidate are accepted but not required. 

Diversity

The St. Paul's community is enhanced by and benefits from a diverse population that includes students from many different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. St. Paul's understands that families with lower incomes may have difficulty affording tuition and is proud to offer an extensive bursary program that assists qualified applicants to attend regardless of their ability to pay the full tuition.

Legacy

Students who have a brother or father who has attended St. Paul's High School will be given additional consideration.

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