SJK is the leading independent school in the Waterloo and surrounding region. The School is located on a beautiful 36-acre natural campus offering enriched educational programming for students from Junior Kindergarten – Grade 12 through its accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. SJK is proud to be the only accredited IB World Continuum School in Southwestern Ontario.
SJK students are connected to their learning, each other and their community. Our students find excellence within themselves in a learning environment that is fuelled by natural curiosity in classrooms where amazing things happen every day. Inspired teachers guide students on their personalized learning journey to ensure the development of well-rounded and confident globally-minded citizens. This student-centred approach informs teaching and learning and enables students to identify and cultivate their strengths.
Our students graduate as confident, well-rounded individuals fully prepared for post-secondary education and life beyond. SJK graduates experience 100% university admission rates and approximately half of our graduates go on to post-secondary programs focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The journey begins here. Experience the difference and discover the possibilities at SJK School.
- Accredited IB World Continuum School
- Beautiful 36-acre natural campus
- Extensive co-curricular opportunities
- Tech-free dining builds community in Founders' Hall
- Outdoor experiential learning from Junior Kindergarten onwards
- Individualized learning paths
- Mandarin and French taught from Junior Kindergarten onwards
- Boarding residence in downtown Waterloo
Our Take: St. John's-Kilmarnock School
SJK presents as a very traditional school, an impression granted by the name, the uniforms, the size of the campus. In fact, the school is both younger and more progressive than it might initially seem. Founded in 1972, it has taken all of the more modern educational concepts to heart: small class sizes, student-directed instruction, before- and after-school care from JK to Grade 6, an extensive busing program. The cafeteria menu is even built around locally sourced, non-GMO food. Academically, the program is intended to challenge learners who need to be challenged, and includes IB programs from JK through Grade 12. The intention is to address the whole child, providing strong academic and social support. The school has grown over the years, and is also in the midst of a 5-year development plan, to complete in 2020. While the physical plan is still quite new—it was completed in 1990—the current development is around community and instruction (rather than buildings and infrastructure) including an ongoing dedication to experiential learning, values-based instruction, and 20th century literacies. The ideal student is one operating at the top of his or her peer group, and who can benefit from a vibrant, diverse educational and social environment.