SMUS at a Glance

Siblings at SMUS

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: 1,000 students

Junior School (K-5): 212 students

Middle School (Grades 6-8): 199 students

Senior School (Grades 9-12): 589 students

Boarders (Grades 8-12): 258 students from more than 25 countries

Gender ratio: 50% boys/50% girls

Average Class Size: 17

Nationalities at the school: 52

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, Howards café.

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

Tuition 2019-20 (Canadian Funds)

  • Day Students: $19,260 - $23,920
  • BC Boarding Students: $52,590
  • North American Boarding: $57,950
  • International Boarding: $68,810
  • English Language Learners Boarding: $80,670

Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • Total funds awarded 2018-2019: $2.5 million
  • This year, 20% of the student body benefited from funds made available through financial aid.

Advanced Placement (University Level Courses)

  • Total number of AP exams written in 2018: 559
  • Number of students writing at least 1 AP exam: 229
  • SMUS National AP Scholars: 33
  • Students achieving mark of 3, 4 or 5:
    • SMUS: 87%
    • World average: 61%
  • Subjects offered: 27
    Art History, Biology, Calculus AB and BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Comparative Government and Politics, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language and Culture, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics 1 and 2, Physics C - Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C - Mechanics, Psychology, Research and Seminar (part of AP Capstone), Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, Studio Art (Drawing, 2D Design and 3D Design)

University Acceptances and Scholarships

  • University Acceptances: 600
  • Number of 2018 graduates: 144
  • Percentage of graduates who earned scholarships: 50%
  • Total scholarships offered: $3 million

Partial list of Universities Accepting Recent SMUS Grads

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

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.

St. Michaels University School (SMUS)

3400 Richmond Road
Victoria, BC
Canada V8P 4P5

Phone: 250-592-2411
Fax: 250-592-2812
Toll Free in North America: 1-800-661-5199
Email: [email protected]

At a Glance

At a Glance

At a Glance

Published: July, 2019

An introduction to St. Michaels University School.

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