List of 16 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, which is to shape 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. For example, if you wish to enroll in September 2019, you would apply by the application deadline of December 3, 2018.
  • 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 Admissions 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 lives in Vancouver and has a previously arranged activity or falls ill on the assessment day, please contact the Admissions Office to arrange an alternative assessment date.
     
    If your child does not live in Vancouver and cannot attend the scheduled assessment, we may consider an alternative date or, in the case of students applying to grades 6 to 11, accept an SSAT test instead of our in-house assessment.
  • 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?

    We accept international applications; however, as we do not have boarding facilities, offer an ESL program or work with agents, a student must reside in Vancouver with their family. International student fees are an additional $3,000. 
  • Q. Do you accept students for short-term visits? 

    We are open to accepting students for a short-term stay if the student meets our admission requirements. To learn more, contact Lynne Stanger, Director of Admission and Enrollment.  
  • Q. How competitive is it to get into West Point Grey Academy?

    For all families who apply to our school, we are committed to ensuring our admission process 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?

    We currently offer up to three scholarships annually to First Nations students. Beginning September 2018, we will offer three merit-based entrance scholarships to grade 8 applicants. 
  • 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 and kindergarten end 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 for an additional fee, with pick-ups 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 two full-time nurses. Their office is open to all students during the school day. Our nurses also oversee vaccinations and teach sexual health courses with our counselling team.  
  • Q. What kind of learning support do you offer?

    Both 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.