Admissions to St. Joseph's elementary school

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Admissions Policy

The Island Catholic Schools were originally established to provide an education for Catholic students residing in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria. Non-Catholic families may be interested in a faith-based education for their children, therefore, students not of the Catholic faith are also accepted.

Application Process

Complete and submit the following application form to the school

Please complete the Island Catholic Schools admission form.  Completed forms should be forwarded directly to the school via:

St. Joseph’s Elementary
757 West Burnside Rd.
Victoria, BC V8Z 1M9

Email address:

Elementary School Office
Phone: 250-479-1232
Fax: 250-479-1907

Preschool/DayCare (Early Learning Centre) Office and for Out of School Care
Phone: 250-479-1237

Registration and Admission September 2023

Admissions Notes


Complete Application

Application form and the following documents:

  1. A copy of the student birth certificate or passport
  2. A recent photo of the student
  3. Canadian Immigration documents of the student and parents (if applicable)
  4. Roman Catholic baptismal certificate (if applicable)
  5. A copy of the student’s most recent report cards
  6. $50 application fee per applicant : E-transfer <>
  7. Family Statement of Commitment (to be submitted with the application form)
  8. Practicing Catholic Tuition Rate Request (if applicable)


Assessment & Interview

New Student Assessment All new students to St. Joseph’s will be assessed for their readiness.

Principal Interview The student and parents will have a meeting with the principal, Mr. Pollard once the assessment is successfully done. This meeting will confirm possible acceptance.


Family Payment Schedule (FPS)

FPS outlines how the student’s tuition payments will be made along with the following:

  1. Payment of the first month’s tuition
  2. VOID cheque for Pre-Authorized Debit Agreement (if not paying the tuition in full)
  3. Post dated cheque for June 1, 2024, in the amount of $150 made payable to St. Joseph’s for the Parent Involvement Program (PIP)
  4. Some school supplies for K- Gr. 3 will be group-ordered, and the payment is payable to St. Joseph’s. Amount to be determined.
  5. For Financial Assistance, please review the following form:
    Financial Assistance Form

Space is limited and demand for the few available placements is high, so prospective parents are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible. If there is any problem accessing the Application Form on-line, please contact the school directly.

A $50 non-refundable administration fee is due upon submitting an application, however, the submission of the application does not constitute automatic acceptance. There will be placement testing for all grades prior to acceptance, and acceptance is subject to space and availability.

One month’s notice is required if a child is to be withdrawn from the school. If this notice is not received, an additional month’s tuition will be levied. There is also a one month’s probationary period for all new students to allow us to confirm that we have the resources to meet your child’s needs.

It is the parent/legal guardian’s responsibility to inform the office of any changes of circumstances or information.

Parents / legal guardians agree to ensure full payment of all fees in advance by one of the following methods:

  • By single advance payment of the full amount; or
  • By submitting 12 equal payments using the school’s pre-authorized debit form.
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