SMUS at a Glance
Located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Co-ed Day (Kindergarten to Grade 12)
Boarding (Grades 8 to 12)
Independent school founded in 1906
Member of SSAT, NAIS, TABS, WBSA, NWAIS, ISABC
Accredited by Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), the national accrediting body for Canadian independent schools
Total: 980 students
Junior School (K-5): 214 students
Middle School (Grades 6-8): 207 students
Senior School (Grades 9-12): 559 students
Boarders (Grades 8-12): 254 students
English Language Learners (Grades 8-10): 42 students
Gender ratio: 50% boys/50% girls
Average Class Size: 16
Boarding students originate from 24 countries: 45% from North America, 55% from outside North America
Situated on 19 park-like acres in Victoria, British Columbia. The Junior Campus (K-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, strings, choir, clubs, imagination lab, gymnasium, art studio, French, athletics, intramurals, musical or opera.
Middle School: library, strings, band, choir, art studio with kiln, innovation lab, outdoor education, exploratory units, jazz band, honour band, athletics, intramurals, leadership, theatre production, French, Mandarin, Japanese.
Senior School: innovation lab, library, outdoor education, leadership, orchestra, band, vocal jazz, choir, athletics, recreational sports, musical theatre, art studio with kiln, debate, experiential learning, more than 70 councils and activity clubs.
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 Arts: 22 classrooms, Copeland Lecture Theatre, innovation and computer labs, ELL and language labs, University Counselling, 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, two computer labs.
Monkman Athletic Facility: Graves Squash Centre, single gym, double gym, fitness centre.
Tuition 2016-2017 (Canadian Funds)
- Day Students: $17,235 - $21,410
- BC Boarding Students: $47,075
- North American Boarding: $51,865
- International Boarding: $61,590
- English Language Learners Boarding: $72,200
Financial Assistance and Scholarships
- Number of merit scholars in 2016-2017: 16
- Total funds distributed 2016-2017: $2.4 million
- This year, 22% of the student body benefited from funds made available through financial assistance and scholarships.
Advanced Placement (University Level Courses)
- Total number of AP exams written in 2016: 575
- Number of students writing at least 1 AP exam: 250
- SMUS AP National Scholars: 25%
Students achieving mark of 3, 4 or 5:
- SMUS: 86%
- World average: 58%
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, German Language, Human Geography, Japanese Language and Culture, 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, Studio Art (Drawing, 2D Design and 3D Design)
University Acceptances and Scholarships
- University Acceptances: 658
- Number of 2016 graduates: 147
- Percentage of graduates who earned scholarships: 52%
- Total scholarships offered: $1,357,850
Partial list of Universities Accepting SMUS 2016 Grads
Canadian: Acadia; Dalhousie; McGill; McMaster; Queen's; Quest University; Royal Conservatory of Music; Ryerson; St. Francis Xavier; University of Alberta; University of British Columbia; University of Calgary; University of Toronto; University of Victoria; University of Waterloo; Western University; York University.
American: Boston College; Brown; Carnegie Mellon; Columbia; Cornell; Harvard; Northwestern University; NYU; Stanford; UCLA; University of Michigan; Universtiy of North Carolina; University of Southern California.
International: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; London College of Fashion; Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland; School of Oriental and African Studies; Sciences Po; University of Edinburgh; University of St. Andrews.