List of 18 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Who is the ideal WPGA student?

    There is no ideal WPGA student, as all children have talents and ideas that could contribute to our school. Students who are curious, who want to get involved in school life and who have a love of learning thrive at West Point Grey Academy. We seek to enroll students and families who demonstrate the interest and ability to contribute to our school’s mission of "Shaping Lives of Inquiry, Action and Joy." 
  • Q. Where are you located?

    West Point Grey Academy is at 4125 West 8th Avenue. You can enter our campus from 8th Avenue or from 4th Avenue. If attending a tour, enter the campus from 8th Avenue and turn right at the first parking lot. Walk up the path to the Junior School or Senior School.  
  • Q. When can I apply?

    We accept applications one year in advance. As of September 1, 2021, we are accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. 
  • Q. I previously applied but have forgotten my password. What should I do?

    If you have applied in the past but have forgotten your password or see that your account is locked, do not open a new account. Instead, please contact the Enrollment Office for assistance. 
  • Q. What are your intake grades?

    We accept applications for all grades, but our main intake years are junior kindergarten, kindergarten, grade 1, grade 4 and grade 8. 
  • Q. What if my child cannot attend their assessment?

    Assessment dates are posted September 1 to provide families with sufficient notice to make arrangements for the assessment day. However, if your child falls ill on the assessment day, please contact the Enrolment Office to arrange an alternative assessment date.
  • Q. Is preference given to siblings of current students or children of alumni? 

    We value our families’ commitment to have their children attend the same school. Provided a sibling or a child of a WPGA graduate meets our admission requirements, they may be given priority. 
  • Q. Do you accept international students?

    WPGA welcomes applications from international students. Families who do not have Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status are considered international. International students must live locally with at least one of their parents.
    WPGA also requires: 
    • At least one parent of international and out-of-province students must possess a valid work or study permit, which must not expire during the enrolment period. In other words, parents must submit a valid work or study permit prior to enrolment; the permit must not expire between the start of school in September and June of the following year. 
    • The student must reside with their family. We do not offer boarding facilities or a homestay program. 
    • The student must be proficient in English (we do not offer EAL or ESL programs). 
    • If enrolled, tuition fees are an additional $4,500 CAD. A detailed list of fees and tuition can be found here
  • Q. Do you accept students for short-term visits?

    We do not accept students for short-term visits.
  • Q. How competitive is it to get into West Point Grey Academy?

    We are pleased that so many families feel that WPGA would be a good fit for their family. This means that we receive far more applications each year than there are spaces available. Also, some grades are not entry years, which limits our opportunity to enroll students, and we prioritize enrollment for siblings of current students.  Yet, although there are limited spaces, we do hope families who would like to join our WPGA community submit an application for consideration. 
    For all families who apply to WPGA, we are committed to an admission process that is welcoming, fair and inclusive. We respect your interest in our school and are committed to ensuring your experience with WPGA is positive and professional. We abide by the NAIS Principles of Good Practice and the AISAP Ethical Behavior and Best Practices for Admission Professionals. 
  • Q. Do you provide financial assistance?

    Yes, click here for information on our financial assistance program.
  • Q. Do you offer scholarships?

    Yes. WPGA offers three $1,000 grade 8 entrance scholarships as well as scholarships to Indigenous students. 
  • Q. I'd like to make a donation to WPGA. Can I give to the school during the application/enrolment process?

    The West Point Grey Academy Enrollment Office has a no-gifts policy. We respect the gesture of appreciation; however, we do not accept donations/gifts of any kind from prospective families.
  • Q. Do you have before or afterschool care programs?

    Our afterschool care program (kindergarten–grade 7) is Monday to Friday, 3pm–5:30pm, for an additional fee. Full-time, part-time or drop-in registration is offered. 
  • Q. What are your school hours?

    The school day is 8:20am to 3:30pm (junior kindergarten ends at 3pm). Depending on their involvement in cocurricular activities, students could start their day at 7am and end at 5pm.  
  • Q. Do you have a bus service?

    We provide a morning bus service, contingent on ridership, for an additional fee. The bus picks up students at Douglas Park Community Centre, Kerrisdale Arena and Dunbar Lawn Bowling. The bus arrives at the school gym at 8:05am. 
  • Q. Do you have nurses on site?

    We have three nurses. Their office is open to all students during the school day. Our nurses also oversee regular childhood vaccinations and teach sexual health courses with our counselling team.  
  • Q. What kind of learning support do you offer?

    The junior and senior schools have fully staffed study and resource centres to assist students at all grade and learning levels, including students with individual education plans (IEP) and those taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses. We also offer tutoring, note-taking and afterschool homework programs.