SMUS at a Glance

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Located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Co-ed Day (Kindergarten to Grade 12)

Boarding (Grades 8 to 12)

Independent school founded in 1906


Accredited by Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), the national accrediting body for Canadian independent schools

Total: 1,013 students

Junior School (K-5): 213 students

Middle School (Grades 6-8): 203 students

Senior School (Grades 9-12): 597 students

Boarders (Grades 8-12): 258 students with an even number of boys and girls

Gender ratio: 51% girls/49% boys

Average Class Size: 17

Nationalities at the school: 46

Faculty to student ratio: 1:6

Boarding students originate from more than 25 countries: 43% from North America, 57% from outside North America

Situated on 19 park-like acres in Victoria, British Columbia. The Junior Campus (Kindergarten-Grade 5) is located on two acres at 820 Victoria Avenue, in the heart of Oak Bay. Middle and Senior Schools are located on 17 acres on the Richmond Campus.

Living in Residence

Three co-ed residence buildings, each with a boys and girls wing (called a house) and a shared common room. Two students per room, private bathroom, dining hall, common room kitchen, storage areas, resident houseparents, weekend activities, house games.

Academic and Extracurricular Opportunities

Junior School: library, French, digital skills, Imagination Lab, outdoor learning space, outdoor education, athletics, recreational sports, gymnasium, art studio with kiln, strings, choir, musical or opera, leadership, clubs, LEGO robotics.

Middle School: library, French, Mandarin, computer science, Innovation Lab, exploratory, outdoor education, athletics, recreational sports, art studio with kiln, strings, choir, band, jazz band, honours band, musical, leadership, clubs, LEGO robotics.

Senior School: library, languages, robotics, Innovation Lab, marine studies, AP program, experiential learning, outdoor education, athletics, recreational sports, rowing centre, art studio with kiln, orchestra, choir, band, jazz band, honours band, vocal jazz, musical, leadership, service trips, 65 clubs and councils.

Facilities - Richmond Campus

School House: restored and reopened in the fall of 2006. Houses the library, math classes and school administration.

Crothall Centre for Humanities and The Arts: 22 classrooms, Copeland Lecture Theatre, Innovation Lab, computer lab, ELL and language lab, art studio, drama studio.

John and Anne Schaffter Hall for Music: music teaching classrooms for choir, band, strings, practice and rehearsal studios.

Science Building: Seven science labs and a computer lab.

Sun Centre: Dining hall, student commons, University Counselling, personal counselling, The Howard Café.

Monkman Athletic Facility: Graves Squash Centre, single gym, double gym, fitness centre.

Tuition 2021-22 (Canadian Funds)

  • Day Students: $21,095 - $26,200
  • BC Boarding Students: $57,595
  • North American Boarding: $63,460
  • International Boarding: $75,360

Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • Total funds awarded 2019-20: $2.8 million
  • This year, 20% of the student body benefited from funds made available through financial aid and staff bursaries.

Advanced Placement (University Level Courses)

  • Total number of AP exams written in 2020: 466
  • Number of students writing at least 1 AP exam: 222
  • SMUS National AP Scholars: 26
  • Students achieving mark of 3, 4 or 5:
    • SMUS: 90%
    • World average: 61%
  • Subjects offered: 25
    Art History, Biology, Calculus AB and BC, Chemistry, Comparative Government and Politics, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, French Language and Culture, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Physics 1 and 2, Physics C – Mechanics, Physics C - Electricity and Magnetism, Psychology, Research and Seminar (part of AP Capstone), Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, Studio Art (Drawing, 2D Design and 3D Design), World History.

University Acceptances and Scholarships

  • University Acceptances: 518
  • Number of 2020 graduates: 160
  • Value of top five scholarships received: $40K - $200K
  • Students attending: 115 schools

Partial list of Universities Accepting Recent SMUS Grads

Canadian: McGill University; Queen's University; University of Alberta; University of British Columbia; University of Toronto; University of Victoria, Western University.

American: American Academy of Dramatic Arts; Brown; Caltech; Carnegie Mellon; Cornell; Harvard; NYU; Northwestern; Pomona College; Stanford; University of California, Berkeley; USC Thornton School of Music.

International: ETH Zurich; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; London School of Economics; Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland; Technische Universiteit Delft; Tecnológico de Monterrey; University of Cambridge; University of Edinburgh; University of Oxford; University of New South Wales; University of Tokyo; University of the Arts, London.


Accredited by Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), the national accrediting body for Canadian independent schools.

How is SMUS accredited?

Accredited by Standards in Excellence and LearningSt. Michaels University School was the first boarding school in Western Canada to be accredited by Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), the national accrediting body of Canadian independent schools.

SMUS was first accredited in 2000 when CAIS was known as the Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI). SMUS completed subsequent accreditation evaluations in 2008 and 2018, a demanding process that CAIS requires its accredited schools to undertake to maintain the designation. The full evaluation is a two-part process. First, a self-evaluation requires the school to examine its practices rigorously in key areas, which cover everything from the learning environment and curriculum to the school’s financial and operational capabilities.

The second part of the evaluation is a peer review, which is conducted by a visiting team of colleagues from independent schools across Canada. Made up of individuals in roles including heads of school and finance directors, the Visiting Committee spends several days observing classes and talking to faculty, staff, parents and students. The committee issues a report and makes a series of recommendations that will help the school in its goal of continuous improvement.

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SMUS is also a member of the following organizations:

CAIS logo TABS National Association of Independent Schools
SSAT CASE NWAIS Affiliate School
Western Boarding Schools Association Independent educational consultants association Independent School Association of BC
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At a Glance

At a Glance

At a Glance

Published: November, 2020

An introduction to St. Michaels University School.

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