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Admissions FAQs

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

Grade 1–5
& 7
Dates TBD

Grades 9–12
N/A

Varies

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept international students?

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.

How are admission decisions made?

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. 

Do you give preference to siblings or to alumnae?

When all else is equal, yes. Crofton House values its community; therefore, when all else is equal, priority will be given to a current family or to the daughter of an alumna. 

What can we expect at the family interview and student observation?

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. 

Do you accept donations as part of the admissions process?

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.

Do you offer any summer camps?

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.

Do recommend families work with an agent or educational consultant?

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.

What is a bursary?

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. 

Who is eligible for financial assistance?

All new students applying to Grade 8 are eligible to apply for financial assistance through the CHS Bursary Program. Our guiding philosophy is to partner with families to bridge the gap between their demonstrated financial need and the full cost of sending their daughter to CHS.

How is financial assistance eligibility determined?

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.  
 

Are other costs beyond tuition taken into consideration when determining the amount of financial assistance a family may receive?

Yes. We will take into account the total cost of attending Crofton House when determining financial assistance through the Bursary Program. Financial assistance will offset the cost of tuition, textbooks, technology, uniform, outdoor education, co-curricular activities and other program costs.

What portion of the tuition and other fees will be covered?

Crofton House offers financial assistance to cover up to 98% of the cost of tuition and all related programmatic costs, including textbooks, technology, uniform, outdoor education and  co-curricular programs, based on a family’s demonstrated financial need. 

How does financial assistance work in subsequent years? Can we expect to receive the same level of financial assistance?

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.

How does Crofton House know that a student is applying for financial assistance?

Two ways. First, the Grade 8 admissions application has a check box that asks if you intend to apply for financial assistance. Second, families applying for financial assistance must complete the Financial Aid for Canadian Students (FACS) application form through Apple Financial Services.

Does my family qualify for an admissions fee waiver?

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

Fee waiver request form

When are students and families notified of financial assistance decisions?

Financial assistance decisions are communicated to families at the same time as the offer of admission.

What happens if our financial situation changes during the admissions process?

If there is a change in your family’s financial circumstances at any time within the admission process that results in the need to apply for financial assistance, please contact the Admissions Office immediately.

What if my daughter does not apply for a bursary now, but our financial situation changes once my daughter is enrolled at CHS?

Enrolled students may be considered for financial assistance through a bursary fund available from the CHS Foundation if there is a materially adverse change to their family’s financial circumstances. 

In the case of divorce/separation, are both parents required to submit financial assistance application information?

CHS believes that both birth parents have an obligation to contribute to the education of their children to the extent they are able.

How is the CHS Bursary Program funded?

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.

Does CHS offer financial support for non-tuition-related expenses?

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. 

Is a bursary a loan that must be repaid?

No. A bursary is financial assistance credited towards tuition fees, and it does not need to be repaid.

Are loans available?

Financial assistance at CHS is provided through our the CHS Bursary Program, which is based upon a family's demonstrated financial need as determined by our financial assistance analysis. Loans are not available. 

Does CHS offer merit-based scholarships? Or specific financial assistance grants?

Financial assistance at CHS is provided through our the CHS Bursary Program, which is based upon a family's demonstrated financial need as determined by our financial assistance analysis.