Letter from the Head of School
Dear Prospective Parent,
By taking the time to visit our web site and learn more about who we are you have demonstrated that you are taking a thoughtful approach to finding the right school match for your child.
At Kempenfelt Bay School, we recognize that this a meaningful life event for you and our goal is to make the process as seamless as possible. While you will investigate many facets of our school including school culture, class size, academic programme and co-curricular offerings, I submit that what you are truly looking for is a school that shares your values.
We are a values based school much as you are a values based parent. We value courage at KBS for it is courage that allows for the development of our 4 C’s; Confidence, Competence, Character and Community. Our students are presented daily with authentic opportunities to test the development of the 4 C’s and our faculty provide the mentoring and support to grow from these opportunities.
No amount of online research, however, can alone tell the true story of Kempenfelt Bay School. For that, you must visit us, tour, have conversations and allow who we are to become apparent. What you will learn is that we are a community of learners who value the educational journey we are taking together.
I look forward to meeting you when you visit.
Christopher White – HBPE, BEd, MNA
Head of School
Kempenfelt Bay School
Is there a cost to attend KBS?
Yes, as an independent school we self-fund our facility, staff and programme costs. However, KBS is a non-profit, registered charitable organization.
What is the difference between an independent school and a private school?
An independent, non-profit school’s goal is to charge an amount of tuition equal to that of the school’s operating costs. It is not owned by anyone and is guided by a volunteer board of directors and operated by the school’s administrative staff. This differs from a private school whereas that type of school is normally owned by private individuals or a corporation and is operated for-profit.
Is financial assistance available?
Yes, we do have a financial assistance programme available.
Our financial aid program allows us to build a diverse and engaged student body that reflects the Barrie of today.
As a great independent school, KBS seeks to admit great students: students with a variety of tangible and intangible talents that collectively define the school, and reflect the community. A school populated with a diversity of innate traits, passions, personalities and experiences is fertile ground for creative thinking fueled by perspective.
Having outstanding students in our classrooms, art studio, music room, science lab and on our playing fields elevates the performance – academic and otherwise – of every KBS student, and we understand and appreciate the investment families make when they enroll at KBS. We do our best to assist families who qualify for need-based financial aid and we use Apple Financial Services to assess financial need. Apple will do a thorough assessment of a families current financial situation and based on that assessment they will make a recommendation to KBS regarding an award amount.
Our goal is to help as many families as possible to the greatest degree possible.
Please feel free to call the school for further information on affording a KBS education.
The website for Apple Financial is – www.applefinancialservices.ca
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When should I apply?
An application to attend KBS may be made at any time during the year. However, our applications for September enrolment are normally received the fall before the intended year of entry. We encourage families who are interested in KBS to apply the school year before their intended start date as it allows applicants to experience a Visit Day.
Most students start their school year at KBS in the fall, but we understand that might not work for everyone. That’s why we accept new students at different times during the school year if a classroom spot is available. Please contact us for more information.