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, monthly coffee with the head of school, 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!


The cost of tuition is set by individual schools, and varies widely. It is important to note that tuition does not cover all costs and that fundraising and volunteerism are a critical annual necessity at Island Pacific as tuition solely covers operations including salaries, program development, supplies and maintenance. As an independent not for profit organization, we rely on philanthropy and fundraising to secure permanent facilities. Once you are enrolled, we ask that you choose your volunteer role here. Every family is expected to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours per year as a condition of enrollment.

The steps

Our Admissions Process

We look forward to working with you through the admissions 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. GET TO KNOW US & BOOK A 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’re proud of our independent middle school and we’re happy to have the opportunity to show you more.


Tour the school 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 last approximately an hour and a half and provide you with a sneak-peak of how things work at Island Pacific School.

Our regularly scheduled parent tours are available most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. If you wish to visit the school between June and September, please email us directly at admissions@islandpacific.org. 


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 are buddied up with another student, introduced to teachers and shown around the campus, joining in classes and meeting other students at breaks and during lunch. Visiting applicants will have their admissions interview during their visit day.

Our regularly scheduled student visits start on October 3, 2023. Visits are available on most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. If you wish to visit the school between June and September, please email us directly at admissions@islandpacific.org.

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 accepted (and recommended) well in advance.

3. ASSESSMENT: Once you have applied, schedule the Admissions Assessment. Assessment as soon as possible.

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.

Students presenting with learning challenges may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Admission is subject to the school being able to meet the student’s educational needs within the context of the total school community. The school levies an additional learning strategies fee in those cases where the school determines that extra support is necessary.

The assessment will take approximately 1 – 1.5 hours and takes place at IPS. Students do not need to prepare in advance.

View our Frequently Asked Questions about the Student Assessment.

Information for International students.

Admissions Timelines

Submit your application before the recommended deadline of December 1st to avoid disappointment, as classes often fill quickly.  Applications made after the recommended deadline will be considered as space remains.

December 1

  • Recommended Application Deadline

January 31

  • Financial Aid Application Deadline

Admissions Assessment

  • November 8, December 6, 2023 and January 24, 2024

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions will be communicated March through April for those meeting recommended deadlines.

Students who apply after the Recommended Application Deadline may be admitted on the basis of availability and fit within any given class.

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.

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