Our Admissions Process

Welcome to Island Pacific School (IPS)

As a community independent school of choice, in beautiful Howe Sound, British Columbia, we attract a diverse mix of students and families who support our expressed mission, values, and philosophy of the school.  Island Pacific School strives to engage with our students, parents, faculty and staff, and neighbours – and we like to have fun! Throughout the year we host several informal Open Houses, Community Faculty speaking events, and casual get-togethers. These are all great opportunities to visit the school and get to know each other better.

Admission to school is limited by size: small by design, IPS is a grade 6-9 middle school with one class for each grade, and a maximum of 18 students in each class.  Our admission 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. The 4 year IB-MYP Program offers a clear progression of learning and leadership opportunities to prepare middle school students for high school and beyond. We encourage entry into grade 6 so students experience the full 4 year program. Grades 7 and 8 are often full with wait pools. Apply now for grade 6 and don’t be disappointed!

 Get to know us!

Interested in learning more about Island Pacific School? Come and visit us on Bowen Island and we’ll show you what makes us distinctly different. School tours and student visits are typically available between early October through to the end of May. Contact us directly if you’d like to visit outside of this schedule.

Visit us and meet with our Head of School, Scott Herrington and our Assistant Head, Jennifer Henrichsen to get an insider’s perspective. In person parent tours for parents last approximately an hour and a half and provide you with a sneak-peak of how things work at Island Pacific School.

Student visits are for the full day and visitors are buddied up with an IPS student and dive right into a “typical” day at IPS as a guest student. These are great experiences for the visitors.

Students who have applied also schedule an admissions assessment as part of the admissions process. Learn more and schedule your child’s assessment here as soon as possible. 

We are located on Bowen Island, BC. If you’re coming over from Horseshoe Bay and want to leave your car behind, we can arrange to transport you to and from the ferry terminal on Bowen Island. 

Call us at 604.947-9311 for more information. Pick your date for a tour and the student visit via the booking forms linked below. We’re proud of our independent school and we’re happy to have the opportunity to show you more.

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Admissions Timelines

We encourage school tours between October and March to ensure you can apply before classes fill up. The student interview and parent meeting can take place during the school tour. Once you have applied, schedule the admissions assessment.

January 31

Financial Aid Application Deadline

February 15

Student Application Deadline (applications can still be accepted after this date for the wait pool).

Admission Decisions

Communicated once all parts of the application process are completed.

NOTE: We currently have limited space in Grades 6 & 9. We are accepting & processing applications for the wait pools for Grades 7 & 8 as these classes are full for 2022-23.

Attend an Open House Event

Each year we host four open house events in December, February, April, and May. Sign up now to be on our email list. Check the Events Page for upcoming events.

The steps

Island Pacific School

Our Admission to School Process

We look forward to working with you through the admission to school process to determine if IPS is a good fit for your family. Here are the steps for families to follow to navigate the admissions to school process.

1. VISIT: Students and parents visit us to tour the school and see if we’re a good fit and if your child is ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of the IPS middle school program. We look forward to welcoming you from October through to the end of May each year. We are closed during the summer. If you have applied, the student interview can take place during the family’s visit.

An opportunity to meet with the head or assistant head will be part of the tour. A pre-tour virtual meeting can also be accomodated where you can meet with our head of school. Please contact admissions@islandpacific.org to schedule a virtual meeting.


Your child can visit our school for an entire day to gain insight into the full experience of a day at IPS. They will be buddied up with another student and introduced to teachers and shown around the campus, joining in classes and meeting other students at breaks and during lunch.

2. APPLY: Parents complete our online admission to school application and upload requested attachments as prompted. This can be submitted prior to the visit if you wish. Applications are also able to be accepted well in advance.

3. ASSESSMENT: Parents book an IPS Student Assessment for their child. Application submission is a pre-requisite for the assessment. Call us for more information at 604.947.9311 or e-mail us at admissions@islandpacfic.org

Student Assessment

The Student Admissions Assessment at IPS simply helps gauge a student’s reading comprehension, writing and numeracy skills at the time they apply. The assessment is conducted by our Learning Strategies Team, 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.

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 Learning Assessment.

View our Frequently Asked Questions about the Student Assessment

Assessment dates and scheduling information for applications for the 2021-22 school year can be found here: