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The first step in the application process is to request an application package.
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):
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 Nahannai Lewis at (204) 831-2312 or by email.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 forms are an important part of the admissions process. These recommendations are confidential.
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.
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 forms are an important part of the admissions process. These recommendations are confidential.
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.
Letters of recommendation for a candidate are accepted but not required.
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.
Students who have a brother or father who has attended St. Paul's High School will be given additional consideration.