Discover Our Promise

Welcome to St. Michaels University School.

We invite you to discover more about our independent school and the education we offer. Located in Victoria, BC, we have a diverse boarding program for Grades 8-12 and our day students join us for Kindergarten up to graduation. We are an international community defined by our passion for education.

Please explore our school and contact us if you have any questions.

Our Mission


Our school seeks the excellence in all of us, with passion and compassion. We are a community shaped by the pursuit of truth and goodness, providing outstanding preparation for life.

Our Vision

To learn, to lead, to serve.

Our Values

Respect, Courage, Honesty, Service.

Indigenous Recognition

One of our core values at St. Michaels University School is respect.

With this in mind, we acknowledge that our school rests in the heart of Straits Salish territory, a living culture with its own rites, ceremonies, and unfolding history.

We honour the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples – whose homelands we share and whom we recognize as our neighbours.

Our Academic Approach: Learning at SMUS

Two students in the library at SMUSSt. Michaels University School is a great place to be a student.

That’s because we believe passionately that the most important lessons — both intellectual and personal — enable our students to discover who they are as individuals as well as who they have the potential to become.

We also recognize that the path to excellence will be different for each of us, which is why we are highly adaptable in our approach to education.

Five Guiding Principles

We have developed our entire Kindergarten to Grade 12 program around these five guiding principles:

The Development of Character

Students will succeed best in an environment where the character and self also grow; where they develop as whole people. Our programs foster such virtues as honesty, tolerance, integrity, cooperation, respect, self-discipline, leadership, and social responsibility.

A Learner-Centred Approach

Students have different learning styles and different strengths; different rates of growth and different experiences that influence the way they learn. We want students to be active in their own learning, and to develop a sense of their own voice and how to exercise it.

Excellence and Rigour

Excellence resides in the full development of each student’s potential, and therefore each student should be measured in terms of that potential. In addition, performance on a personal, school-wide, provincial and national level must be measured regularly, using a variety of measurement procedures.

Critical Thinking

Students should learn to seek and value truth, and to sift the relevant from the irrelevant. Our curriculum and teaching methods lead students to see the connections between ideas, to think independently, and to work cooperatively.

A Love of Learning

Students learn for the growth and enlightenment of themselves and of others. Our academic program is founded on the pursuit of truth, open-minded enquiry, and intellectual honesty – attributes we want our students to possess throughout their lives.

Compassionate Education

A Compassionate Education that Gets Excellent Results

The achievements of our students demonstrate the success of our approach: when you focus on learning - with passion and compassion - you get excellent results.

Discover More

See how we approach education at our Junior School, Middle School and Senior School or learn about the types of students who join our school.