Applying for entry | Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are due on December 15th, 2016.

We appreciate the interest of every family who considers joining the Stratford Hall community. Please note that students applying for Kindergarten in September, must turn five years old in the same calendar year (i.e. prior to December 31st). Please also note that Stratford Hall does not offer an English Language Learner program or English as a Second Language support.  

To better understand our application process, we have inlcuded the following overview: 

Step 1: Submit an Online Inquiry
Step 2: Book a tour and Open House if you reside in Vancouver (your date/time will be confirmed in an email). 
Step 3: Submit an online application and all supplemental academic documents and fees when you have decided Stratford Hall is right for your family.
Step 4: Student assessments and interviews take place in January, with parents/guardians interviewed at a separate time. 
Step 5: Admission decisions are issued in early 2017. 


To apply to Stratford Hall, the application package must include:

  1. a completed application form (available online);
  2. the $250 non-refundable application fee (payable online by credit card via My BackPack); and
  3. an uploaded scan of your child's birth certificate, a completed reference form (for all Grades - to be downloaded from this page and then submitted directly from the referene to the school by email), and a copy of the most recent report card (for Grades 1 to 11),
*If you are submitting your application using the online form, please email copies of your child's report card to or drop these off in person. Confidential reference forms should be downloaded from this page and emailed back to directly by the student's reference. Applications packages are only processed when complete. 


Stratford Hall does not use standardized tests for admission.

For Kindergarten and Grade 1:

For both Kindergarten and Grade 1, we assess whether the applicant is ready for the kind of program we offer. Typically, students are assessed in groups of eight. Stratford Hall teachers observe the children interacting and give them typical grade-appropriate activities to do. We look for ‘best fit’, so we do not simply take the best readers or mathematicians. We look to build a class with a range of personalities and skill levels. In addition, a faculty member will interview the parents/guardians. 


Grade 2 and above:

Students at this level are also assessed in small groups if possible. Stratford Hall teachers observe the children interacting and give them typical grade-appropriate activities to do. Applicants work on similar assignments to those that our current students are completeing. Part of the application process involves one-on-one conversations between the teacher and applicant. In addition, a faculty member will interview the parents/guardians.