Frequently Asked Questions
When should I apply?
Kindergarten: The deadline for Kindergarten applications is October 31. Our kindergarten class is set by December of the previous academic year, however late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Grades 1 – 6: The Priory accepts applications all year round, one year prior to entry.
How do I apply?
Please follow the procedure below to apply for admission to The Priory School:
- Submit a completed Application for Admission form.
- Include a certified copy of your child's birth certificate or bring the original with you when you come for your personal interview.
- Submit your child's most recent report card, or school transcript, if applying for Grades 1-6, and any form of evaluation you have received from a daycare or nursery school if you are applying for Kindergarten. If this is not available at the time of application, please make arrangements to have it forwarded to The Priory.
- Submit a recent photo of your child (passport size).
- Include a non-refundable application fee of $50. Please make cheques payable to The Priory School.
- Download the appropriate Confidential School Report form and have your child's present teacher or daycare worker complete the form and have it sent directly to The Priory School.
Once the completed application form and all the required documents have been received, the school will arrange a mutually convenient time for an interview with you and your child.
Please send the completed application package to:
The Priory School
3120 The Boulevard
Each application is thoroughly reviewed and each applicant is given the greatest consideration. Following this, successful applicants are advised of acceptance in writing. If a place is not available, the applicant will be placed on a waiting list and notified when a place becomes available.
For additional information please contact Shannon Miner at 514 935-5966 ext. 224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How will my child be evaluated?
Kindergarten: Families will be notified of the time of your child's individual and small group interview and assessment. Assessment determines program readiness by observing the following developmental areas: Math and English concepts and Social play.
Grades 1 – 6: Families will be notified of the time of your child's individual interview and assessment. Academic evaluation (Confidential School Report, Report Card ) and social observation during classroom visit will determine program readiness.
Are there financial assistance programs available?
The Priory School has financial assistance programs available. The Priory uses the services of Apple Financial and their Financial Aid for Canadian Students (FACS) program as a third party organization to assess the needs of families. If you are interested in applying for financial-aid, please follow this link http://www.applefinancialservices.ca. For further information, and the procedures on how to apply, please contact our Business Manager, Jim Goill, email@example.com, 514-935-5966 Ext. 244.
Do I need a Certificate of Eligibility?
The Priory welcomes students who may not otherwise be eligible for English education in the province of Quebec. As the school is independent and does not receive government subsidies, applicants are not required to have a Certificate of Eligibility. The Priory can provide instruction in English to any child regardless of the parents' origins or language.
How much French language instruction will my child receive?
The Priory Kindergarten is designed to provide an intensive start to French learning. From Grades 1 – 6, the language instruction is 65% English and 35% French. Students receive instruction in French on a daily basis, in a variety of subject areas. Students attend daily French classes taught by French language specialists. In addition, both the Art and Physical Education programs are instructed in French.
What types of field trips will my child have the opportunity to participate in?
From Kindergarten through Grade 6, The Priory children have many opportunities to enjoy authentic learning experiences outside the classroom walls. These class and school-wide field trips include the Biosphere, Biodome, Botanical Gardens, Ecomuseum, Château Ramezay, Camp Papillon, Cap St. Jacques, Ski Trip, Owl's Head, VISTA Senior's Residence, Montclair Residence in NDG, Museums, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and various theater performances.
What is the school's total ENROLLMENT?
The Priory School is home to 165 students.
What is the average class size?
Math, French, Science, Art, Information Communication Technology, and several English classes are taught in flexible groups of 12 at each grade level. During Homeroom periods, Physical Education and Music, the two groups are brought together as one family group of 24. The Priory makes every effort to keep our enrollment capped at 24 students per grade.
Do you offer a lunch program?
Yes, one of the highlights of the Priory day is a delicious hot lunch, freshly prepared each day in our own kitchen. Lunch hours are a time of shared enjoyment and responsibilities by staff and pupils alike.
Do you have an afterschool program?
The Priory School offers an afterschool program that runs from 3:30 – 6:00 PM. In order to maintain convenience and flexibility, families may use our afterschool services as needed.
In addition to the regular afterschool program, The Priory also partners with the non-profit organization EduAction. This program consists of 9-week sessions in which you can enroll your child. These sessions are conducted as mini workshops, and focus on specific interests and skills. The workshops are led by EduAction animators, and include activities such as Kung Fu, Hip Hop Dance, Chess, Wizardry and Magic, Mad Science, Yoga, and Animation to name a few.
Do you have a school bus program?
The Priory School does not have a bus service, however, there are carpool services available. The contact information for these services is available at the Front Office and services are arranged by each individual family.
What competitive sports teams can students join?
The Priory has four competitive, interscholastic teams. Students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 are eligible to try out for these teams.
Fall Season (September-October): Girls' Soccer and Boys' Soccer
Winter Season (November-March): Girls' Basketball and Boys' Basketball
In addition, each term there are intramural sports during lunch recess. Students in Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 are welcome to join a team. Each term a new sport, such as soccer, basketball and European handball becomes the focus.
How can I, as a parent, be involved in school life?
The Priory School believes strongly and passionately about the school-home connection, and is proud of and grateful for its dedicated parent volunteers. The Priory Parents' Association meets once a month and welcomes new members with open arms. The Priory Parents are involved in many ways, including planning the annual Fall Mixer and the Halloween Party, uniform sales in the Potter Boutique, volunteering at Open Houses, gingerbread house-making in Kindergarten, and organizing the Christmas Family Craft Fair to name just a few. Priory teachers are proud to partner with parents and welcome parents to share ideas about how to become more involved in school and classroom life.