Applications for entry in September 2024:
We currently have limited boarding space available for entry in September 2024 for grades 8-10. We do not have any grade 11 boarding spaces available for 2024.
Unfortunately, we do not have any day spaces available for 2024.

Applications for entry in September 2025:
We are welcoming boarding applications for September 2025 for students entering grades 8-11
and day applications for students entering in grades 8-10.
Shawnigan Lake School is an independent co-educational boarding school for ages 13 –18 on Canada’s beautiful West Coast. Our diverse, interdisciplinary and innovative programming helps shape the next generation of global leaders.
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awarded annually in scholarships & bursaries   
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Located on Vancouver Island, BC, Shawnigan’s 270 acre campus features lakefront, forest, playing fields and wilderness trails.

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Application Process

List of 3 items.

  • Step 1. Create an account

    In order to apply to Shawnigan Lake School, please complete the following:

    Create an account to complete the online application form

    Upload the following supporting documents:
    • Final report card from previous school year
    • Most recent report card
    • Passport
    • English proficiency test (e.g. IELTS general, TOEFL junior/iBt, Duolingo, etc.) for students whose first language is not English
      *In case a test score is not submitted, we reserve the right to schedule an internal English assessment with the applicant if needed*
    Email English and Math teacher recommendation forms (link will be provided once application has been submitted)

    Pay $260 application fee

    Once we receive the online application, one of our Admissions Associates will be in touch with the next steps.  
  • Step 2. Interview

    Interviews are conducted when the family arranges to come tour the campus.  Both the applicant and his/her parents or guardians are expected to attend the interview. It is in the applicant’s best interest to visit the School and be interviewed in person. Skype interviews may be considered on a case by case basis. 
  • Step 3. Decision

    Decisions are made after a thorough assessment of the applicant. We stress that this assessment is based on academic performance and potential, extra-curricular skills and accomplishments, integrity and suitability for the boarding experience. 

    Requests for financial aid (Founder's Awards) will only be considered after a student is accepted.

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you!

Phone: 250-743-6207
Fax: 250-743-6280
Upside Down Magic
Did you know?
Shawnigan Lake School was the set location for the 2020 Disney film
Upside-Down Magic.
We acknowledge with respect the Coast Salish Peoples on whose traditional lands and waterways we live, learn and play. We are grateful for the opportunity to share in this beautiful region, and we aspire to healthy and respectful relationships with those who have lived on and cared for these lands for millennia.