Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some frequently asked questions that may help guide you.

Q: What are the most important aspects that the Admissions team considers in order to determine admission?

A: The Leahurst College Admissions team reviews the Character References, academic performance (two most recent report cards) and the student's potential to make a positive contribution to Leahurst College. The goal is to assess whether the prospective student and the school are a good fit.

Q: How much does the result of the Diagnostic Assessment impact Admissions decisions?

A: For prospective Grade 5 and 6 students, the Diagnostic Assessment is used to determine that the minimum standard of "grade level" (as defined by Leahurst College) has been met in the areas of language and mathematics. For entry into Grades 7 through 9, the Diagnostic Assessment does impact admissions decisions more significantly. In these grades, every effort is made to ensure that the incoming student will feel comfortable with the academic demands of their teachers. For entry into Grades 10 through 12, a serious assessment of academic ability will take place to ensure that prerequisite skills and knowledge are firmly in place. 

Q: When will we receive the results from the Diagnostic Assessment?

A: The Diagnostic Assessment results are not shared with the prospective student or their parents/family. They are used internally only.

Q: What does a “Student Visit Day” entail?

A: The prospective student visits the school for a full school day. They go through the school day like a typical Leahurst student. They go to classes, participate in daily activities and often sit for an interview with the Head of School.

Q: What is the sibling admission policy?

A: Leahurst College values the commitment of families who apply to the school. Having siblings at the school is desirable. However, this does not guarantee a prospective student’s acceptance. Each application is considered on its own merits.

Q: Does Leahurst College offer International Baccalaureate (IB)?

A: Leahurst College does not offer International Baccalaureate.

Q: Does Leahurst College offer Advanced Placement (AP) programming?

A: We are an independent University preparatory school that offers an enriched educational experience, including academics. Our exceptional Grade 8 students are challenged to complete Grade 9 content, and students are encouraged to write AP exams in their graduating year.

Q: Are there additional costs that are not included in the tuition fees that need to be considered?

A: Yes there are additional costs, which are listed here. The following are NOT included in tuition fees, however, they are invoiced and paid in full with tuition:

- hard-cover textbooks and School yearbook

- Student Activity Fee

- Fall/Winter Cultural Trip

- Spring Travel Program

The following are also NOT included in tuition fees, and must be purchased prior to the beginning of the academic year:

- iPad

- Uniform

- School supplies

- English reading list books

The following are also NOT included in tuition fees, and are ‘pay-as-you-go’ (email for pricing):

- Leahurst Bus shuttle

- After-School Program for students in Grades 5&6 

Q: What is the cost of attending Leahurst College?

A: The tuition fees are listed by grade with additional costs here.

Q: If I decide to decline my child’s offer to Leahurst College, do I get my deposit back?

A: No, the deposit is non-refundable. The only circumstance in which the deposit is refunded is if the student does not receive an offer of admission from Leahurst College.

Q: Do Leahurst College graduates get into post-secondary programs?

A: Our graduates have received offers of admission from universities across Canada, and some from the United States and the United Kingdom. Our alumni have pursued a variety of university programs, from mathematics, science, and the arts and humanities. Offers of admission can be found near the bottom of the homepage.

Q: Does Leahurst College offer financial assistance?

A: There is limited financial assistance available to select students. More information about bursaries and scholarships can be found here. Financial assistance is distributed on a need-basis.

Q: Does Leahurst College accept international students? 

A: Yes. However, the student must have intermediate English language skills. Leahurst College does offer ESL classes. Please note, international student fees are different and can be found here.

Q: Does Leahurst College offer boarding to international students?

A: There is no boarding at Leahurst College. All international students are directed to use Canada Homestay to seek living arrangements. There is a placement fee and monthly fee. More information here.

Q: What is the difference between a bursary and scholarship?

A: ­­Bursaries are need-based, and scholarships are merit-based. Bursaries are awarded to students who need financial assistance, exhibit scholastic achievement, good character, and have the capacity to make a positive contribution to Leahurst College. Scholarships are based on five criteria: the confidential Character Reference; interview; last completed grade report card; the English component of the entrance exam; and the Math component of the entrance exam. Bursaries and scholarships are awarded yearly.

Q: How does my child apply for a bursary and scholarship?

A: Bursary applications are completed through Apple Financial Services. Parents will receive an online login where they submit their application electronically. This in-depth application will help us determine financial assistance among our Leahurst families. All new applicants are considered for a scholarship and therefore no application is required. All bursary and scholarships are assessed and awarded annually.

Q: When is the application deadline?

 A: The Early Admission application deadline is December 1. The regular application deadline is March 1. Applications will continue to be accepted in the event that a class is not fully subscribed. We recommend applying before the December 1 deadline. More information here

Q: When will admission decisions be made?

A: There are two rounds of acceptances. Early Admission decisions are made at the end of January. All Second Round (final) admission decisions are made at the end of April. Exact dates can be found here.

Q: If my child is not accepted during Early Acceptance, does this mean they will not be accepted at all? 

A: No. All students who do not get accepted during the Early Acceptance process will be reconsidered in the Second Round of acceptances (late April).