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How to Apply


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List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • What are the entry grade years for Crescent School?

    Here is the estimated new student intake by grade:

    Grade 3: 28-32 students

    Grade 4: 8-12 students

    Grade 5: 16-20 students

    Grade 6: 12-18 students

    Grade 7: 25-30 students

    Grade 8: 2-5 students

    Grade 9: 25-30 students

    Grade 10: 2-5 students

    Grade 11: 2-5 students
  • What is the typical class size at Crescent School?

    COVID-19 protocols may impact class sizes. During the 2020-2021 school year, class size was limited to 15 students to comply with health and safety regulations. Typical class sizes are:

    Grade 3:
     2 classes 14-18 boys per class

    Grade 4: 2 classes 18-20 boys per class

    Grades 5 & 6: 3 classes 18-22 boys per class

    Grades 7 & 8: 4 classes 18-22 boys per class

    Grades 9 - 12: varies by course and subject
  • What is the cost of attending Crescent School?

    Tuition fees for the 2021/2022 school year are $36,090. Tuition at Crescent School includes our exceptional lunch program. Optional extras such as music lessons and out-of-country trips are billed in advance of the activity.

    Each Crescent student has a personal sundry account which carries $1,000, payable annually at the time of registration. The sundry account covers purchases made in the Coyote's Den (uniform, school supplies) as well as other supplemental charges, e.g. BEAR Week, team travel and tournaments, etc. If during the year the sundry account is depleted, additional funds will be requested. Click here for a list of supplemental charges.

    Families are also encouraged to make an annual donation of $2,500 on behalf of each son attending Crescent.

    New students, for their first year only, pay an enrolment fee, currently set at $8,500. This fee is in addition to tuition. It is non-refundable and payable upon notification of acceptance of our offer.
  • Does Crescent School offer Financial Assistance?

    Yes.  Crescent offers over $1,200,000 in needs-based financial assistance each year to boys of promise in Grades 5 - 12.

    Watch our Answers From The Enrolment Office video about how financial aid helps families afford Crescent's tuition. 
  • How do I arrange to visit Crescent School?

    Dates of our Fall '22 Virtual Open House events are posted here.

    Click here for a virtual tour of our campus.
  • What role does entrance testing play in the admissions process?

    Testing is one part of the process. Standardized test results are not always an accurate reflection of a student’s achievement or potential. However, testing offers a starting point to compare candidates, and for discussion with families about the opportunities and challenges a transition to Crescent School might involve.
  • Why is the Character Skills Snapshot part of the Crescent application process?

    Character and personal growth are an integral part of a Crescent School education. Grades and test scores do not tell us the whole story of your son. To help us assess the character skills your son is developing, we use the Character Skills Snapshot, a research-based tool designed by the Enrollment Management Association. It measures eight essential character skills: resilience, open-mindedness, responsibility, teamwork, social awareness, self-control, intellectual curiosity and initiative. Click here to learn more about the Character Skills Snapshot.
  • Do you accept international students? Do you offer an ESL program?

    International students who exhibit a proficiency in English are welcome to apply. Crescent School does not offer an ESL program.
  • How is a "Crescent Boy" chosen?

    Crescent School strives to select students with intellectual curiosity who will reflect our core values and have interests outside the classroom. A committee reviews and discusses the merits of every applicant before final decisions are made.

    Watch our Answers From The Enrolment Office video about what kind of boys Crescent looks for.

    Watch our Answers From The Enrolment Office video for tips for preparing for the application interview.
  • What kind of boy succeeds at Crescent?

    Students who succeed at Crescent possess intellectual curiosity and good interpersonal skills, are willing to take risks and show compassion for their classmates, take responsibility for their actions and involve themselves in various co-curricular programs. Our annual attrition rate of only 2-3% indicates that most boys who are accepted remain at Crescent through to graduation.

    Watch our Answers From The Enrolment Office video about what kind of boys Crescent looks for. 
  • Why is Crescent School an all-boys school?

    Crescent is a school for boys by intention: we understand how boys learn, play and grow. Studies indicate that boys develop learning skills and abilities at a different rate than girls, particularly in terms of reading, writing and organizational skills in the early years. Social skills also develop at different stages. In its all-male environment, Crescent can utilize guidelines for development that are in line with current research findings on how boys learn. The school also provides ample opportunity for physical education and sports that addresses the kinesthetic aspect of male growth. At the high school level, a single gender environment removes the distraction of impressing the opposite sex and allows the students to express their feelings and opinions in a less self-conscious setting. As a day school, the students have ample exposure to social growth at home and on the weekend. Crescent School also provides co-educational co-curricular opportunities such as drama productions and dances with students from all-girls schools.
    Learn more about why Crescent is an all-boys school
  • Does Crescent School have a before-school and after-school program?

    At this time, we are not offering before-school and after-school programs due to our COVID-19 precautions. This decision will be addressed as COVID-19 restrictions are eased by the Ministries of Health and Education.
  • Do you offer a food services program?

    Yes, a daily lunch is included in the tuition fee. A variety of healthy choices are provided. Accommodations are made for students with special dietary needs.
  • Where do Crescent graduates attend university?

    Crescent graduates are admitted to top universities in Canada, the United States and abroad. Our University Counsellors provide expert advice and resources to help boys and their families determine the programs that are the best fit for their aspirations.

    Here are some of the universities attended by recent Crescent graduates:
    Dalhousie University, University of British Columbia, McMaster University, McGill University, Queen’s University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Western University
    United States
    Boston University, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, University of Southern California, Tufts University, Wake Forest University
    United Kingdom & Ireland
    University of Edinburgh, King’s College – London, London School of Economics, Royal College of Surgeons – Ireland, University of St. Andrew’s