Please refer to the chart and questions below to answer some common questions you may have about applying to CHS.
Information in the chart below refers to applications for the 2019–2020 school year; it will be updated this summer for September 2020 applications.
|Intake Number||Application Deadline||Financial Assistance Application Deadline||Interview||In-House Assessment||Admission Decision|
|Junior Kindergarten||25||November 15, 2018||N/A||Parents only, 30 minutes, September 2018 to January 2019||January 19 or January 26, 2019||February 8, 2019|
|Senior Kindergarten||15||November 15, 2018||N/A||Parents only, 30 minutes, September 2018 to January 2019||January 19 or January 26, 2019||February 8, 2019|
|Grade 6||20||December 3, 2018||N/A||Student and parent together, 45 minutes, October 2018 to February 2019||January 26, 2019||March 8, 2019|
|Grade 8||40||December 3, 2018||December 3||Student, then parent, 60 minutes, October 2018 to January 2019||December 8, 2018||February 22, 2019|
|All other grades (non-intake grades)||0–5||December 3, 2018||N/A||Shortlisted candidates contacted when a spot becomes available||
- Do you accept international students?
- How are admission decisions made?
- Do you give preference to siblings or to alumnae?
- What can we expect at the family interview and student observation?
- Do you accept donations as part of the admissions process?
- Do you offer any summer camps?
- Do recommend families work with an agent or educational consultant?
- What is a bursary?
- Who is eligible for financial assistance?
- How is financial assistance eligibility determined?
- Are other costs beyond tuition taken into consideration when determining the amount of financial assistance a family may receive?
- What portion of the tuition and other fees will be covered?
- How does financial assistance work in subsequent years? Can we expect to receive the same level of financial assistance?
- How does Crofton House know that a student is applying for financial assistance?
- Does my family qualify for an admissions fee waiver?
- When are students and families notified of financial assistance decisions?
- What happens if our financial situation changes during the admissions process?
- What if my daughter does not apply for a bursary now, but our financial situation changes once my daughter is enrolled at CHS?
- In the case of divorce/separation, are both parents required to submit financial assistance application information?
- How is the CHS Bursary Program funded?
- Does CHS offer financial support for non-tuition-related expenses?
- Is a bursary a loan that must be repaid?
- Are loans available?
- Does CHS offer merit-based scholarships? Or specific financial assistance grants?
Crofton House School is a day school for girls who live with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in the Lower Mainland. At least one parent or legal guardian must have Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status. Exceptions are only made in extraordinary circumstances.
Please note: if you are applying for an intake year, attendance at our in-house assessment/observation is mandatory.
There are many factors that go into admission decisions. Each candidate is thoughtfully considered by an Admissions Committee, and all elements of her file are reviewed holistically, including report cards, interview, SSAT, performance on internal assessments, and references. Once each candidate is reviewed individually, the committee then reviews the class as a whole and seeks to admit students and families who represent a range of diverse interests and experiences.
The interview is an opportunity for CHS to learn about your daughter, including her interests and activities. Similarly, the assessment or observation is an opportunity to see how your daughter thinks and interacts with her environment, within a Crofton House School context. The best way to prepare your daughter for the assessment is for her to have a good night's rest and a solid meal, and to relax – try not to add pressure. Also, it might help to let her know she will spend a short time with a teacher, away from you. We want your daughter to feel as comfortable as possible.
It is the policy of the School to not accept any gifts while an applicant is going through the admission process.
While Crofton House School would not be the school that it is today if not for the generosity of our parents and the wider Crofton House community, a family's ability to support the School financially is not a criteria for admission.
Crofton House currently runs a summer camp through its Early Childhood Education Centre. Kinder Camp, for girls entering Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1, is a special opportunity for girls to participate in child-centred activities such as stories, cooking, sports, playtime, games, art, music, drama and water play.
The Crofton House admission process changes every year. We strongly advise families not to use educational consultants and/or agents to assist with the admissions process. We are increasingly seeing families who are being misled and misinformed about Crofton House admissions expectations, requirements and process.
A bursary is an award based on demonstrated financial need. Families applying for financial aid through the CHS Bursary Program must submit financial information to a third party for an impartial evaluation of their capacity to meet tuition and related costs.
Families receiving a bursary must reapply for financial assistance on an annual basis. Bursaries will be renewed each year provided there is continued, demonstrated financial need. All bursary recipients must remain in good academic standing and contribute fully and positively to the life of the School.
A family's eligibility for financial assistance is determined through careful and thorough analysis of the information provided on the Financial Aid for Canadian Students (FACS) application, coupled with Crofton House School’s financial assistance methodology.
Together, these provide CHS with an indication of a family's discretionary income. CHS then considers what portion of a family's discretionary income would be available for CHS tuition and related fees and offers a bursary to cover the remaining portion.
Families who receive financial assistance must go through the Financial Aid for Canadian Students (FACS) application process each year. Provided that a family's financial circumstance remains relatively consistent from year to year, a family can expect to receive the same level of assistance. The CHS Business Office will perform a full analysis each year to determine eligibility for continued financial assistance.
When you check the box in the Grade 8 admissions application form that asks if you intend to apply for financial assistance, your family can qualify for fee waivers for all application process fees, including:
- The CHS admission application fee of $350
- The online Financial Aid for Canadian Students (FACS) fee of $110
- The SSAT registration fee of $132 USD
Through our community. Current and past parents, alumnae and friends of the School donate to the Bursary Program through our charitable foundation. These gifts are an investment in the talent, aspirations and education of our students. Whether gifts are made in gratitude for the assistance provided to them as students or parents, as a way of remembering loved ones or simply to assist promising students in reaching their goals, our community’s support of the Bursary Program is invaluable.
Yes. Students from Grade 6–12 can apply to the CHS Beyond the Classroom Fund to cover non-tuition-related expenses, regardless of whether they receive financial assistance. The purpose of this fund is to support a student’s full participation in the valuable opportunities that are associated with, and enhance, a student’s academic, athletic and co-curricular involvement in their CHS education.