St. Michaels University School (SMUS) is an independent, not-for-profit, day (Kindergarten to Grade 12) and boarding (Grades 8 to 12) school.

The school rests in the heart of Straits Salish territory in Victoria, BC, Canada. It has a global reputation for university preparation and character education. As a community we are driven by our Mission, Vision and Values.

Just over 1,000 students from more than 25 countries enjoy one of Canada’s best academic programs. The school is known for both the breadth and depth of our programs, and students have exceptional opportunities in athletics, arts, leadership, service and outdoor education.

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Junior School
(Kindergarten to Grade 5)

  • An enriched, inquiry-based program inspired by a Reggio Emilia approach.
  • A safe, welcoming campus environment in Oak Bay that promotes joyful learning.
  • Specialist teachers in many subjects, including French, choir, strings, visual art and outdoor education.
  • After-school sports and clubs offer a full complement of opportunities for students – all under one roof.
  • Full academic and social supports to ensure students succeed.

Junior School

Middle School
(Grades 6 to 8)

  • Inquiry and project-based learning approach that connects curriculum to real-world scenarios.
  • Broad enriched program opportunities in music, athletics and visual art alongside core subjects.
  • Designated Middle School building on a campus shared with the Senior School to allow for cross-school connections.
  • Emphasis on character education during key years growing from dependence to independence.
  • Intentionally small community providing students with connections to many adults.

Middle School

Senior School
(Grades 9 to 12)

  • Recognized as one of Canada's leading university-prep programs.
  • A large number of curricular and extracurricular opportunities in arts, athletics, leadership, service and outdoor education, which allows students to tailor the program to their future ambitions.
  • Located on a beautiful campus in Victoria, BC, with a history dating back to 1906.
  • More than 65 clubs and councils and 25 sports teams.
  • Full range of academic and personal support, including university counselling.

Senior School

Academics

The academic program at SMUS is recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of education provided.

  • Breadth and depth, which includes the development of core skills alongside enhanced and pioneering programming.
  • Focus on the 'Portrait of a Learner' – seven soft skills we intentionally develop in students to help them succeed in life.
  • Inspiring teachers who love what they do and are focused on providing the best possible support to students.

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Advanced Placement

SMUS offers Canada's longest-running Advanced Placement program.

  • Offering 25 AP courses including the prestigious AP Capstone program.
  • Outstanding AP results year-over-year.
  • AP exam results from 2021:
    • 457 AP exams written
    • 89 SMUS AP Scholars
    • 95% of students had scores of 3, 4, or 5
    • 43% of exams scored a 5

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Post-Secondary Preparation

  • SMUS graduates are in demand from top universities worldwide.
  • Large, dedicated University Counselling department.
  • Every student has an academic advisor to help them make academic choices in line with their future plans.
  • The Class of 2021:
    • Received 695 acceptances
    • Received $3,891,746 in total scholarship offers

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Arts

Arts education is a priority at SMUS and is offered from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

  • Specialist arts teachers at all levels in strings, choir, band, visual art and design, drama and musical theatre.
  • Purpose-built arts facilities including dedicated visual arts and music rooms.
  • Regular performances and concerts that take advantage of beautiful venues on campus and in Victoria.

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Athletics

Physical education is a core component of the program at SMUS.

  • The school plays 13 sports competitively: badminton, basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, rowing, rugby, sailing, soccer, squash, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
  • Many more recreational activities, including dance and yoga.
  • Excellent athletic facilities, including full-size fields, gymnasiums, a fitness centre, and a rowing centre on a 3.5-km course.

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Outdoor Education, Leadership and Service

  • The outdoors as a classroom is a focus at SMUS making the most of our beautiful city and province.
  • Experience exciting outdoor activities including kayaking, sailing, surfing, hiking and camping.
  • Leadership programs to give students the opportunity to develop important skills in communication and teamwork.
  • Service programs so that students understand the importance of giving back and the contribution they can make to the world.

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A Kindergarten student lines up dominoes while sitting underneath a table in the Imagination Lab.

Begin Your Journey

If you are ready to begin an application to SMUS or you would like to know more about our school, the Admissions office will be glad to help.

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