Admissions at IPS

Get to Know US

Welcome to Island Pacific School (IPS). As an independent school of choice, we attract students and families that support the expressed mission, values, and philosophy of the school.  Small by design, IPS is a grade 6-9 middle school with one class for each grade, and 16-18 students in each class.  Our admissions process offers ample opportunity for both parents and the student to explore what IPS has to offer and whether our environment will be a good match.

Visit Us

Interested in learning more about Island Pacific School? Book a parent tour and we’ll show you what makes our school distinctly different. You’ll meet Head of School, Ted Spear, and get an insider’s perspective of the school from Assistant Head Jennifer Henrichsen. Tours last approximately an hour and a half and provide you with a sneak-peak of how things work at IPS.

Parent tours are designed for adults, but kids are welcome. For students grade 5 or older, we recommend booking a day-long Student Visit, which can occur on the same day, or another as scheduled.

Coming from Horseshoe Bay? Consider re-creating the student commuting experience. Park your car in Horseshoe Bay in time to buy a ticket for the 8:00 am ferry (tickets are cut off 10 minutes prior to sailing.) The ferry takes twenty minutes to cross Howe Sound. Once on Bowen, walk off the ferry with our commuting students and board the blue Translink bus in Snug Cove. It leaves from in front of the library and will take you to IPS. Change for bus fare will be needed ($2.75 Adult, $1.75 Student.)  We can also arrange pick up and drop off for you.

Alternatively, join us at one of our events to get to know IPS a little better.


Application Next Steps
We look forward to working with you to determine if IPS is a good fit for your family. Here are the steps for families to follow to navigate the admissions process:

  • Students and parents visit us to see if we’re a good fit.
  • Parents complete our admission application and e-mail any requested attachments separately to
  • Book and complete an IPS Student Assessment.

Call us for more information: 604.947.9311 or e-mail

Apply Early
We recommend starting the application process as early as possible, as we typically fill our classes by February. IPS is a carefully engineered 4 year program. and families are encouraged to enroll starting in grade 6. We have a very low attrition rate (average of 1 student per year) so students waiting until grade 7 and up to apply may not find space.  For the 2017-18 academic year, applications will be handled as follows:

Your application process must be complete by December 2, 2016 to be considered for early acceptance. The process consists of:  submission of the application form and supporting documentation, payment of application fee, student assessment, parent tour, student school visit (all day) and financial aid application (if applicable due Jan 29, 2017). Application outcome letters for Early Acceptance will be sent by December 12, 2016.

Regular Admissions Cycle: Your application process must be complete by February 17, 2017 to be considered for early acceptance. Application outcome letters for Regular Acceptance will be sent by March 6, 2017. Late Admissions after February 17, 2017 will be considered based on availability and fit within a particular class.

  • Students accepted in the Early Admissions cycle are typically highly engaged students who are a particularly good match for the Island Pacific School environment and programs.
  • Students who do not receive a decline but who are not immediately accepted in the Early Admissions cycle, are automatically placed in the wait pool to be considered for admission in the Regular Acceptance process.

Grade 7,8,9  (for 2017-18) are currently full but we are still accepting applications for the wait pool.

Student Assessment

Student Assessment FAQ 


The Student Assessment at IPS helps gauge a student’s reading comprehension, writing and numeracy skills at the time they apply. The assessment is conducted by our Learning Support Coordinator, takes about an hour, and provides the foundation for the student’s educational profile. The outcome of this assessment does not necessarily impact whether a student is admitted or not.

Schedule an Assessment for the Early Admissions Cycle

The Student Admissions Assessment dates at IPS for the Early Admissions cycle will take place on November 2nd and 19th. The assessment will take approximately 1 – 1.5 hours and takes place at IPS. Students do not need to prepare in advance.

Please note that only students for whom we have a completed Application and the Application Fee can be scheduled for an Admissions Assessment.

If your child has an existing IEP or Psych-Ed assessment, please contact our Learning Support Coordinator, Amanda Szabo, before booking the IPS Student Assessment.

If you are travelling to Bowen with BC Ferries, please check the current sailing schedule. Note: the ticket sales cut off is 10 minutes prior to the sailing. On Wednesdays, there is no 4:00 pm sailing from Bowen back to Horseshoe Bay.

Bowen Island Current Schedule

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Investing in Your Child's Education

Financial Due Dates

A tuition deposit is due upon offer of enrollment. The remainder of tuition may be paid monthly or quarterly. The first payment is due in June of the enrollment year and all tuition must be paid by May of the following year.

Financial Aid
The school is committed to assisting families with a demonstrated financial need to help cover the cost of tuition through a financial aid program. Applications are processed for current IPS families before other applicants. Families receiving financial aid must re-apply every year.

The deadline for approval of Financial Aid is January 29, 2017. We use a 3rd party, Apple Financial, for  assessing financial aid applications. Please apply in plenty of time to obtain approval.  Financial Aid information.

Learning Assistance
The school may require an additional learning assistance fee to provide the support necessary to help these students achieve high levels of success. This is determined on a case-by-case basis prior to enrollment. 

2017-18 Fees*

6 $350 $400 $15,000 $500 $150
7 $350 $400 $15,000 $600 $150
8 $350 $400 $15,000 $850 $150
9 $350 $400 $15,000 $1100 $150
Int’l $400 $500 $20,250 see above see above

*Fees subject to change annually.

Decision Process

Admissions Criteria
Each student is evaluated in terms of their readiness and suitability for Island Pacific School’s programs. Specifically, we want to be sure that the student will be able to thrive in a school that challenges them to think critically. We are looking for students with parents/caregivers who are committed to supporting their children in gaining an education that is worthy of the name. In particular, we need parents who understand that students need specific opportunities to learn to take responsibility for themselves, and that students want, and are capable of, achieving great things. In addition we carefully balance each cohort by looking at gender split, number of Bowen students vs. off-island students, and the ability to meet individual needs within the class.

What if we miss the Early Admissions Cycle?
Once enrollment has reached its maximum, additional students are placed in a wait pool and parents will be notified if/when a space becomes available.

Spaces are limited (particularly in grades 7, 8, 9) so families are encouraged to apply for the grade 6 entry year well in advance.

Learning Assistance

Students that require learning assistance may be accepted into IPS on a case-by-case basis, but admission is subject to the school being able to meet the student’s educational needs.  The school levies an additional learning assistance fee to provide the support necessary to help these students achieve high levels of success.

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