FAQs

From broader questions like what kind of students Southridge is looking for or what makes Southridge different from other schools, to specific questions like the cost of tuition and whether we host an Open House, you will likely find the answer here.

Of course, if you can’t find your answer, you are always welcome to reach out to our Admissions Office.

How much does it cost to attend Southridge?

School fees vary depending on a student’s grade and the citizenship and residency status of their parent. Learn more…

How many openings are there?

We strive to ensure all grades are gender-balanced.  Southridge has openings every year as follows:

Grade K: 32 spaces

Grade 1: 4 spaces

Grade 3: 4 spaces

Grade 4: 4 spaces

Grade 8: 28 spaces

Students applying to all other grades are considered for placement in our wait pool, from which we select if and when an opening arises due to normal attrition. If a space does not occur, all students who were offered wait pool status will be contacted in the fall with instuctions on how to re-apply for the following year.

When does the admissions process open and close?

Southridge begins accepting applications from interested families in September for the following school year. Starting September 1, 2016, we begin accepting applications for all Grades for the 2017-18 academic year. The deadline for first round applications is December 1, 2016. Following this date, check our 'How to Apply' 'page for the latest information on grade openings.

How do I apply?

We are pleased to offer an online application. The 2017-18 application deadline is December 1, 2016. The application fee is $300 for domestic applicants and $400 for foreign applicants. A complete application includes the online form, all supporting documentation and the application fee.

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, click here.

How competitive is admission?

Admission to Southridge School is highly selective and competitive and is based on a comprehensive wholistic assessment of each applicant. As part of our determination for potential success in our program, we consider the following: academic record, assessment/test scores, extra-curricular activities, skills and achievements, demonstrated character and overall readiness for our enriched program.

Does Southridge offer an Open House?

Yes. Everyone is welcome to experience Southridge during our Open House, held annually in the fall. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at Southridge School (2656 160th Street, Surrey). Presentations begin at 7:30 pm. Pre-registration is not required.

Does Southridge accept international students?

Yes. However, bear in mind that Southridge is a community-based non-profit society. At least one parent must reside with the student for the entire duration of their enrolment at the School. Southridge does not offer a boarding option nor does it support home stay. Students fluent in both oral and written English are eligible to apply. Details about international student fees are available here.

What kind of student is Southridge looking for?

At Southridge we look for students who:

  • Exhibit strong moral character and are good citizens
  • Are well-rounded and participate in a range of extra-curricular activities
  • Have a solid academic record and the capability to succeed in our enriched curriculum
  • Demonstrate the desire to do their best

Does Southridge offer scholarships?

Yes. A number of renewable merit scholarships worth $5,000 each are available to be awarded to new Senior School students (Grades 8 - 12) each year. For more details and information on how to apply, click here.

Does Southridge offer bursaries or financial aid?

Southridge is pleased to offer a comprehensive financial assistance program that includes bursaries and financial aid, which are available to individuals at the Senior School level (Grades 8 - 12) who would otherwise be unable to attend Southridge due to financial constraints. Learn more…

What makes Southridge different from other schools?

The most important factor in selecting an independent school is finding the right fit for your child and for your family. No two schools are the same – just as no two children or families are the same. We encourage you to focus not on finding the best school – but on finding the right school.

That said, the reasons Southridge might be right for your family are listed here.

How can I help prepare my child for the admissions interview or testing?

All of our applicants must be fluent in both oral and written English; we do not offer any ESL programs at the School.

For our youngest applicants to Kindergarten and Grade 1, your child should:

  • Have a good night's rest and eat a healthy breakfast
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before the session
  • Bring a favourite toy
  • Understand this is a “practice day” to help them feel comfortable at school next year (wherever that may be) 
  • Come ready to have fun!

For applicants to Grades 2 and 3, your child should:

  • Have a good night's rest and eat a healthy breakfast
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before the session
  • Be aware they will be writing a short test that includes math, reading, writing and comprehension
  • Know that we do not expect them to know all the answers 

For applicants to Grades 4 through 12, your child should:

  • Have a good night’s rest and eat a healthy breakfast
  • Arrive 30 minutes before the session
  • Review the test structure and order the practice booklet at www.ssat.org
  • Practice writing a timed essay component
  • Understand that this test is a predictor of their ability to solve math problems, use language and comprehend what they read
  • Understand that their admission is not based solely on the results of this test.  It is one of the many factors considered - so don't worry!

What happens if my child is not accepted to Southridge?

The admissions process at Southridge is competitive and most often we receive more applications than we have spaces to offer.  If your child is waitlisted and a space does not materialize, we will invite you in September to re-apply for the following year by updating your child’s information.  You will be asked to pay a $50 administrative fee. 

If your child does not receive an offer or a place on the waitlist, you are welcome to apply again in another year.  There is no limit to the number of times a student can apply.

Does Southridge admit students partway through the year?

No. Because Southridge offers a linear (non-semestered) program, mid-year admission is not an option. If an opening occurs early in September, the School may seek to fill the vacancy.

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If you have any questions after reviewing the information on our website, please contact our Admissions Office.
 
Renée Lepp
Director of Admissions
 
Kristine Mathiasen
Admission Officer (Grades 6 - 12)
kmathiasen@southridge.bc.ca
604-542-2345
 
Lorna Johnson
Admissions Assistant (Grades K - 5)
ljohnson@southridge.bc.ca
604-542-2319
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About Southridge

Southridge develops well-rounded students with a deep sense of personal integrity who have the moral character, love of learning and self-confidence to realize their full potential in a post-secondary environment and in society at large.

Southridge School is committed to striving to ensure that all students are safe, accepted and respected.

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