Admissions and Tuition

* At Scholars’ Hall, registration for the next school year occurs in stages – 1) students presently enrolled; 2) siblings of students presently enrolled; 3) children of former students; and then 4) children from the wait-list. Because Scholars’ Hall’s class size is strictly controlled and because most students remain for many years, the number of seats available to new students is limited. Putting your child’s name on the Scholars’ wait-list is recommended.  

The Gift of an Excellent Education

Over the last three decades, the value of a Scholars’ Hall Education has been described by our graduates and their parents alike as somewhere between “worth every penny” and “Priceless”. In addition to a superior academic curriculum, the encouragement of positive character formation; the development of responsible leadership skills; the establishment of life-long friendships; the environment of family values and the ownership of a dedicated work ethic are some of the intangible values at Scholars’ Hall.

More About Tuition

There are several major private schools in the Waterloo region. All but one is affiliated with churches or a specific faith. Scholars’ Hall is the only non-denominational school.

The majority of these are only elementary schools or high schools, not both. Scholars’ Hall is a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 School.

All private schools except Scholars’ Hall have class sizes approaching or, in some cases, surpassing the public system. Depending upon each year’s grade registration, class sizes in Scholars’ Hall are approximately 1/2 that of the public school system.

The faith base schools accept children not of the school’s faith, but costs for those children to attend are much higher. These costs include tuition fees, transportation fees, school fees and required/expected donations.

Scholars’ Hall believes that an education is the only gift once given cannot be taken away. Scholars’ Hall makes it possible for parents to give this gift to all their children.

What does a Scholars’ tuition include?

Tuition includes the in-school, delivery of the Ontario Ministry of Education academic curriculum in small classes 1/2 the size of the publicly funded schools – ideally, 15/16 students. The provincial curriculum can be adapted and accelerated to meet the academic skill levels of the students in the class groupings. All text books are on loan from Scholars’ Hall and are to be returned at the end of each semester in good condition. It is understood that a Scholars’ Hall student will not need or require any modifications to the provincial curriculum but some minor accommodations may be provided.

How does a Scholars’ tuition compare to the other private schools?

At the JK, SK and Primary grades of 1, 2 and 3, a Scholars’ Hall’s tuition is the same, or less than, daycare. The Junior, Intermediate and High School grades a Scholars’ tuition continues to be more affordable than most other schools.

How may the tuition be paid?
There are three options for payment: Full Payment and Monthly Payments. When you register, you must inform us which payment method suits your family.

Other than tuition are there any additional fees or costs?

  1. uniform (approx. $200 – $400 yearly)
  2. a daily journal (approx. $5)
  3. after school supervision ($130 per month)
  4. required materials (art); workbooks for personal consumption (approx. $15)
  5. transportation is the responsibility of each family.
  6. school productions and the year-end camping trip ($5 to $100/person)
  7. Grade 7 -12 students require a calculator and a Windows Tablet or laptop.

Is there any fundraising?
At most private or independent schools, in addition to paying the tuition, fundraising by parents, to meet the school’s annual financial operational responsibilities, is required. Scholars’ Hall does not require or even expect its parents to be responsible for any part of the school’s annual financial operation. At Scholars’ Hall, students are encouraged to participate in various fund raising drives for those less fortunate in local and world communities.

How does Scholars’ Hall assist families to provide their children with the best education?

    1. Sibling’s tuitions are reduced by 40% each;
    2. According to Revenue Canada, parents of children under the age of 6 can claim 100% of the tuition as  Child Care Expense deduction on their personal income tax and parents of children from 6 to 16 can claim 30% of the tuition as Child Care Expense on their personal income tax.


      • the student is academically capable of achieving in a grade appropriate program;
      • the student is a person of good and moral conduct;
      • the student will continue to meet the standard of good citizenship;
      • the student is sincere in the desire to improve academic performances;
      • the student’s parents will support and promote the philosophies, standards & policies, the staff and the decisions of Scholars’ Hall.

At SJSH all students will be treated with consistency, understanding, and fairness. In return, all students will be expected to be good citizens who are, at all times, respectful of authority and each other. Students will be expected to complete all assigned tasks to the best of their ability and they can expect to be challenged to achieve to their potential.  Scholars’ Hall students will be expected to develop an understanding and acceptance of their individual responsibility for their personal choices. When a student meets or exceeds these expectations they will, most assuredly, experience the JOY of LEARNING!

More about the admission process

Admission Process
Admission to Scholars’ Hall Private School can be completed in as little as a few days. Typically, the admission process is as follows:

      1. Call Scholars’ Hall for a tour/meeting (519 888 6620)
      2. Meet with the Principal, Mrs. Cheryl McKee
      3. Book a day for your child(ren) to visit and experience the Scholars’ Hall difference!
      4. Complete the Registration, Student Information Form, and provide the deposit.
      5. Order the uniform.
      6. Welcome to SJSH!

Scholars’ Hall will contact your child’s former school to make the transfer official. An OSR request form will be faxed out and your child’s academic records will come directly to us. If we feel that we would like to know more than what has been provided by their previous school, we may need to learn more to determine your child’s best placement at SJSH. Final placement decisions will be made by SJSH after there has been  ample time and opportunities to work with and get to know each new student.

International Students

For more information on international admissions, please contact the Principal, C. McKee –