Frequently Asked Questions


What kind of child/family are you looking for?

  • We believe that all children can be successful at Mabin. We meet each child where they are, and challenge them optimally.
  • We are looking for families who share our philosophy and who believe in the importance of community.
  • We know that open communication about each child’s education and development is critical to his/her success. A dialogue between parents and teachers creates a partnership in which students can thrive.

When is the best time to apply?

  • JK and SK are the primary entry years, but spaces sometimes do become available in Grades 1 to 6 (e.g. if a family moves away).
  • The best time to start the application process (i.e. come to a tour, submit an application) is in the fall, as we start interviewing prospective families in January.
  • We have a rolling admissions policy, and people are welcome to contact the school to find out more information and submit an application at any time.

How many classes are there for each grade?

  • The school has one class of each grade level.

What is the average class size?

  • The average class size is 20 children with an equal ratio of boys and girls, where possible. Part of each child’s day, however, is spent in half-groups. As an example, while one half of the class is in Math, the other half may be in Art or Music.

What is the student-teacher ratio?

  • The ratio is 6:1, and is unsurpassed by other schools.

What does the interview process look like?

  • We are proud of the fact that our Admissions Interviews look different than many other schools. The comfort of the child is foremost in our minds. The parent(s) and the child are together throughout the interview process.
  • A visit begins with a check-in at the office, where families are welcomed to the school and given name tags. Families then either begin their visit with a tour or with an interview.
  • During the tour, two Grade 6 students will show the family around the school, share their own experiences, and provide their perspective on Mabin. This is another way of ensuring the comfort of the children.
  • During the interview, the parent(s) will sit with our Director of Admissions and our Principal. There are no “trick questions.” This is really just an opportunity to learn about the child’s early years, to gain a better understanding of their unique qualities, and to answer questions prospective families may have about our school.
  • The child, who is in the same room, sits with one of our faculty members for a play-based experience. There are no formal tests or assessments.
  • More specific information regarding the timeline of offers of admission will be provided on the day of the interview.

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