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If your child has been diagnosed with a language-based learning disability such as dyslexia, there’s no better place to be than Fraser Academy.

Our programs are designed to help students with language-based learning differences become successful, independent learners. If you feel that our school is a good fit for your family, we welcome you to contact our Admissions Team, explore the school, and submit an online application.

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How to Apply

2023/24 School Year

Submit your application via our Admissions Portal. Priority consideration for the first round of offers for the 2023/24 school year will be given to those who apply by February 15, 2023 (including submitted required documents). There is a $100 Early Bird Discount for applications received by December 1, 2022.

We invite prospective families to connect with our Admissions team to find out more about Fraser Academy prior to submitting an application.

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Have a question? Please submit your inquiry via our Admissions Inquiry Form, call us, or click here to schedule a time for our Admissions team to call you. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Application Deadline

Those who complete their application by February 15, 2023 will be given priority consideration for first-round offers. Applications completed after February 15, 2023 will be considered if space in the grade (or waitpool) remains.

The date you complete your application determines the non-refundable application fee (payable when you submit your online application form):

  • $500 Regular Fee; $400 Early Bird Fee if completed before December 1, 2022
  • $50 Reapplicant Fee (completion before February 15, 2023)

How to Submit

First:

To start your 2023/24 application, create an account and login to our Admissions Portal:

  • Select the appropriate application form, click “Fill Out,” complete and submit.

For returning users (including reapplicants):

  • Ensure the application form you see on your Admissions Progress page relates to entry to the 2023/24 school year. If not, scroll to the bottom right of the page and click the red “Apply Another Child” button. Then, select your child’s name (or add the name of a sibling if applying for another child), enter the year and grade you are applying to, and select either the “New Applicant Form – 2023-24 entry” or “Reapplicant Form – 2023-24 entry” to complete and submit.
  • Note for recent reapplicants: Applicants who previously submitted a complete application and who were waitpooled for the 2021/22 and/or 2022/23 school year should “Fill Out” the “Reapplicant Form – 2023-24 entry” to reduce their reapplication fee to $50.

Next:

Within 1-2 business days following submission of the online Application Form, please log back into your myFA portal. There you will find an applicant checklist to which you can upload all requested supporting materials to complete your application.

Supporting Materials Required

We recommend collecting the following supporting materials prior to beginning your online application:

  • Step A – Applicant photo (headshot); family photo; applicant’s birth certificate; current PsychoEducational Assessment (dated no later than 2020); and any previous PsychoEducational Assessment(s) (if applicable).
  • Step B – School reports for the school years 2020-21 and 2021-22 (plus 2022-23 if available); Individual Education Plan (IEP) (if available); any assessments or reports relevant to an academic, health, or social emotional perspective; and (for Grade 10-12 applicants only), a list of all courses anticipated to be completed during the 2022/23 school year.

Financial Assistance Applications

Financial assistance is available to new applicants and a separate application must be submitted by February 15, 2023. For more information about how to apply, see the section “Bursary Assistance” below.

Following review of your complete application, if it is determined that your child is a potential candidate for the school, we will schedule an interview and intake assessment (beginning January 2023). We want families to get a good sense of the school, and we’d like to get a good sense of your child.

To ensure that the match between your child and the school is the right one, we take many factors into consideration before making a decision, including:

  • Past academic performance and future academic potential
  • PsychoEducational Assessment(s)
  • Impressions gathered from the interview and results of the in-house intake assessment
  • Your child’s suitability for Fraser Academy’s program and learning environment
  • Availability of space in the grade
  • Recommendations from qualified psychologists, psychiatrists or certified education specialists.

Applicants who apply by the February 15, 2023 application deadline will receive priority consideration for first-round offers and be notified of our admissions decision by the end of March 2023.

Applications for all years are accepted, however, our main intake years are in the Junior School (Grades 1-6), Grade 8, and Grade 10.

Those who apply after the February 15, 2023 application deadline will be considered only if space in the grade (or waitpool) allows.

Decision Types

Following interview and assessment, students meeting our general admissions criteria may be:

  • Accepted;
  • Waitpooled (if there is insufficient space in the grade applied to, despite meeting admissions criteria for the 2023/24 school year). Candidates in the waitpool may be considered for future openings in that grade. Acceptance from the waitpool is based on best fit for the program and learning environment, not first come, first served;
  • Declined (not offered acceptance for the 2023/24 school year).

Our educational program is tailored to meet the specific individual learning needs of each student. We offer small class sizes with a maximum of 10 students (Grade 1-9) and up to 12 students (Grade 10-12), as well as one-to-one and small group (2-4 students) language instruction, and specialist teachers for athletics, music and the arts. As a non-profit organization, our tuition fees reflect the services we provide.

Many parents whose children are diagnosed with a language-based learning disorder have found that because of the school’s therapeutic instruction, Fraser Academy tuition has been accepted by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as a medical deduction or Qualifying Medical Expense (QME) (Court File No. 90-1931(IT)).

Please seek your own professional advice to determine if the following could apply to your family’s personal financial situation:

  • Claiming tuition fees as a QME when submitting your annual tax return (in the same way that you claim other medical expenses such as dental, vision etc.);
  • Paying tuition fees via a Health Spending Account offered by your employer’s medical insurance plan; or
  • For those who own their own business, speaking to an insurance broker to determine whether it would be advantageous to set up a Private Health Services Plan (PHSP) which is a CRA approved plan that may enable businesses to convert medical expenses into a fully tax deductible business expense.

Fraser Academy’s annual tuition fees are available by contacting our Team Lead of Admissions, Naomi Johnston, at 604 736 5575 x 5502 or admissions@fraseracademy.ca.

We believe that all children and youth, regardless of economic situation, deserve an education in a setting where they can learn and prosper. Every year, 10-15% of our families receive bursary assistance, covering up to 50% of tuition costs. If you are interested in applying for a bursary, please note the following:

  • Existing and prospective students may apply for bursary assistance.
  • A prospective student must have applied to Fraser Academy prior to applying separately for bursary assistance.
  • Bursary assistance applications are submitted to, and processed by, an independent third-party, Apple Financial – Apply Now.
  • A blind, case by case needs-based analysis guides the bursary committee in its decision making process. Information provided in each bursary application is kept strictly confidential.
  • There is a $130 application fee, payable online. The deadline for applications for bursary assistance for the 2023/24 school year is February 15, 2023. Please ensure that your application is submitted several weeks in advance of this deadline to give Apple Financial plenty of time to review and verify that your application is complete. Applications deemed incomplete by the deadline may be ineligible for consideration for bursary assistance.
  • Existing students will be notified by Spring Break 2023. Should your child be accepted to Fraser Academy, you will be notified of your financial aid award at the time of acceptance.
  • A student’s need for financial assistance does not affect admissions eligibility.

Fraser Academy is committed to working with families to make our school more affordable and ensures that all awards are fairly appropriated according to need and availability of funds. Awards are granted for one year at a time and must be applied for annually.

Some families have also had success applying for external grants from, for example, CKNW Kid’s Fund and Variety -The Children’s Charity.

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Admissions Team

Our Admissions Team is happy to answer any questions you may have. We make it our priority to ensure your family’s admissions experience is as individualized as possible.

To begin the conversation, submit the Admissions Inquiry Form, email admissions@fraseracademy.ca, call 604 736 5575 x 5502, or schedule a time for us to call you. We look forward to getting to know your family!

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