St. Michaels University School

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St. Michaels University School
3400 Richmond Road
Victoria, British Columbia, V8P 4P5, Canada
Headmaster Robert Snowden
Director of Senior School Andy Rodford
School type Private Day and Boarding
Grades K-12
Language English
Mascot Blue Jaguar
Team name Blue Jags
Colours Red, White, Black, Blue

1906 (University School) 1910 (St. Michaels School)

1971 (amalgamation)
Enrollment 918

St. Michaels University School (SMUS or SMU) is a private day and boarding school in the municipality of Saanich, which is a suburb of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The school is currently under the direction of headmaster Robert Snowden. Previous headmasters include David Penaluna (1988–1994) and John Shaffter (1977–1988).[1]

SMUS History[edit]

In 1906 University School was founded by R. V. Harvey, Rev. W. W. Bolton and J. C. Barnacle and four years later, in 1910 K. C. Symons founded St. Michaels School. In 1971 the two Schools, University School and St. Michaels School amalgamated to form St. Michaels University School. In 1979 girls were, for the first time, enrolled at SMUS as day and boarding students from grades 10-12. Schoolhouse was renovated and extended in 2005-06.

The Latin Motto of University School was "Mens sana in corpore sano," which means "A healthy mind in a healthy body." St. Michaels School had the Motto "Nihil Magnum Nisi Bonum," "Nothing is great unless it is good." The current motto of St. Michaels University School is "Vivat!", or "Long live the school!" This ties into the school's song, "Vivat - Universitas!", written by Capt. R. V. Harvey originally for University School.

Brown Hall was renovated on 1964. It was officially built to provide foods to students.


Richmond Road Campus:

  • School House: Administration, Library, Mathematics
  • Brown Hall: Dining Hall
  • Chapel
  • Crothall Centre for the Humanities and Arts: Classrooms, Lecture Theatre, Drama Room, Art Room
  • William Monkman Athletic Complex: Gymnasium, Squash Courts, Fitness Center
  • John and Anne Schaffter Hall for Music
  • Science Building: Science Classrooms and Computer Labs
  • Infirmary
  • Residence Buildings: Barnacle, Bolton, Harvey (boys) and Winslow, Symons, Timmis (girls)
  • Wenman Pavilion (Senior Lounge and home to the Daily Grind Cafe)
  • Reynolds House (Headmaster's Residence)
  • Middle School


Tuition Fees per year:

Boarding Fees(Grades 8-12):

  • BC boarding students: $41,870
  • North American boarding students: $46,120
  • International boarding students: $54,780
  • ESL students: $64,210

Day Fees(Grades 9-12):

  • BC day students: $18,990
  • North American day students: $23,240
  • International day students: $31,900


SMUS is located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The Senior and Middle School Campus is located in Saanich, a suburban area in Greater Victoria, and the Junior School Campus is situated in Oak Bay.

Notable alumni[edit]






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Coordinates: 48°27′08″N 123°19′40″W / 48.45222°N 123.32778°W / 48.45222; -123.32778