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Appleby College
Appleby College
540 Lakeshore Road West
Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3P1
Contact name:
Matt Sheridan-Jonah

Phone number:
(905) 845-4681×
Appleby College

Appleby College

540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3P1

Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
7 to 12 (Coed)
$32,670 to 62,750/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 16
Day: 496 (Gr. 7 - 11), Boarding: 271 (Gr. 9 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Matt Sheridan-Jonah

Phone Number:

School Address
540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3P1

About this school:

Founded in 1911 and located on a picturesque 60-acre campus in Oakville, Ontario, Appleby College is a coeducational day/boarding school for students in Grades 7–12. At Appleby, we believe every student deserves an opportunity to pursue an education that excites and challenges them. An education that offers them the chance to discover and embrace their passions both inside and outside of the classroom. We promote the development of the whole student, blending academic excellence, athletic achievement and creative expression with opportunities for leadership and community engagement both at home and around the world. Hallmarks of the Appleby experience include our Grade 12 boarding programme, our emphasis on global learning and cultural understanding, our commitment to financial assistance with over $3.0 million in bursaries, loans and scholarships annually, and our experiential learning programme centred around the McLaughlin Northern Campus in Temagami. To learn more about Appleby please visit us at www.appleby.on.ca. To arrange a tour or shadow visit, please contact Kim English, admissions counsellor at kenglish@appleby.on.ca or 905-845-4681 ext. 252. We look forward to seeing you at the Toronto (booth #73) and Halton (booth #10) Our Kids Fairs.

Principal's Message


Innes van Nostrand, Principal

What are your dreams? Where will you be in 20 years? How will you measure success?

These are the questions that fascinate us, that focus us, and that drive us to ensure that the Appleby College education speaks directly to our mission:  enabling men and women to become leaders of character - major contributors to their local, national and international communities.

As a parent, there is nothing I want more than for my children to live lives of purpose, to recognize and reach their potential. Just as it is for my own children, the formula for how you unlock the potential of every young man and woman is its own unique blend of support, motivation, challenge, and connection. At Appleby, we believe this includes a broad range of opportunities and engaging experiences that blend academic excellence, athletic achievement and creative expression, with leadership opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. Just as important, we ask our students to explore the meaning of character, of spirituality, and notions of citizenship, both in Canada and internationally. We believe that this is an essential foundation for a successful and rewarding life. An Appleby education serves both today and tomorrow.

One of the hallmarks of the Appleby experience is the sense of community we provide to students – especially through our unique day/boarding blend. I am always impressed by the contagious enthusiasm with which recent graduates and their families talk about their time at Appleby, how well prepared they were for university, and how they have a family of Appleby brothers and sisters that will always be a part of their lives. Most of all, they describe how their Appleby experience has inspired them to pursue their own dreams and to live their lives with meaning and purpose. In fact, some of these individuals were beneficiaries of Appleby’s Financial Assistance programme. As a school, we believe that financial need should never prevent a student from reaching their full potential, which is why we provide over $3.0 million in bursaries, loans and scholarships annually.

To learn more about us, please visit www.appleby.on.ca.

I look forward to welcoming you!

Innes van Nostrand




Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

What Appleby College says: Appleby offers a distinguished curriculum. A diverse range of required components provides students with stimulating challenges and the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills and values. The achievement: preparation for university and life. The defining characteristic of an Appleby education is the mandatory participation in each of its core curricular components, leading to an Appleby Diploma upon graduation. Appleby develops young men and women of personal integrity, who are prepared for university, societal change, responsible involvement and leadership in their local, national and global communities. The curriculum focuses on: critical-thinking skills, individual potential, self-discipline, respect, responsibility and commitment, spiritual and moral development, democratic principles, personal fitness and health, environmental awareness and stewardship, the role of gender, ethnicity, race and culture in building rich, diverse communities.

  • Pedagogies and subject courses

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Appleby College says: The mathematics program at Appleby College provides a solid foundation for the study of mathematics at the university level. Students develop fundamental skills and an understanding of applied mathematical concepts utilizing a variety of tablet-based software applications, preparing them to further explore and visualize mathematical relationships. From a common enriched curriculum at the Middle One level, students follow a path that prepares them for the diverse mathematics courses they may encounter in university. For students interested in taking Advanced Placement courses in Calculus (AB and BC) or Statistics in their senior years, a vertically integrated Advanced Placement stream of courses is available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: [Appleby College has not provided this information]

    • Calculator policy: All students are required to have a non-graphing, scientific calculator. The required model is the CASIO fx-991MS. Note: Phones and other hand-held electronic devices that have calculator applications and calculators with graphical displays are not a substitute as they are not allowed in tests and examinations.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: The study of science allows a student to make a personal search for the logical patterns that explain the behaviour of the universe. Scientific study also develops skills in thinking and problem-solving, developing the overall academic abilities of each student. Lessons on the scientific method can also be applied to other areas of study and to many aspects of life. Appleby’s Science and Technology program provides students with the opportunity to develop the attitudes and skills of scientific thinking, helping them make sense of the rapidly expanding technological world. These skills enable students to understand the major concepts of science, how the concepts were developed and how they are used to explain the behaviour of the natural world.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Appleby College says: The Appleby English program prepares students for the study of university English and develops competence in speaking, written expression and reading that is instrumental in the pursuit of other disciplines. Students follow a structured curriculum from Middle One to Senior Two. The Appleby program is literature-based, with emphasis on the integration of a critical awareness of language and media. Thus, the aim is to achieve a balance of these elements in the student’s oral and written expression. All courses concentrate on developing the students’ abilities to understand and convey information; to evaluate and present facts and opinions; to express experience, emotions and imagination; to manipulate conventions such as paragraphing, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling; to recognize implicit meaning; and to cultivate an awareness of style.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Appleby College says: The study of Social Sciences is an integral part of the Appleby curriculum. In the early years, classes aim to develop an awareness of the wider community, an imaginative interest in the past and a respect for the relationship between people and their environments. Progressively, the student is introduced to Canadian heritage and geography, religion and spirituality, and a host of optional subjects. Students may choose from courses in geography, history and religion, as well as accounting, economics, philosophy and political science. Students are taught increasingly sophisticated analytical and critical-thinking skills, with particular emphasis on integrating modern educational technologies and effective research methods into all levels of study. Programs place a particular emphasis on teaching an appreciation for each student’s role and responsibilities in Canadian life and the development of a strong global perspective.

    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Appleby College says: The Language and Culture Department consists of French, German, Mandarin, Spanish and Arabic. French is a compulsory subject from Middle One to Upper Two (2D or 3U) and students are required to take an additional international language of their choice in Upper One. A highlight of the program is the Middle Two International Languages course. Students explore a round robin comprised of Mandarin, German, Spanish, and Arabic while also continuing the French program. This introductory program focuses on the cultural aspects of the languages through the use of basic conversational skills. Exchanges - Students studying modern languages have the exceptional opportunity to participate in language-based exchange programs to Québec, France, Spain, South America, China, and Germany. While totally immersing themselves in the language and the culture of the country, students follow a full program of studies at the host school. These exchanges greatly enhance the students’ fluency and comprehension.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   10
    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • German • Spanish

    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Appleby College says: The performing arts - dance, drama, and music - present opportunity and challenge as individual academic courses. In conjunction with the visual and media arts, students, teachers, the school, and the community benefit from creative, expressive, and performance opportunities. Music and Visual Arts are required courses of study in the Middle School, and students must choose at least one credit in Music, Visual Arts, or Drama in Upper One. Students pursuing elective courses in all four streams have the opportunity to take History of the Arts, a university-level AP course. Each of the disciplines involve practical, theoretical, and presentation elements and the courses are designed for a wide range of student interests and abilities, including those students who wish to pursue university arts programs.

    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Appleby College says: Appleby’s classrooms are designed to enable exceptional teaching and engaged learning, seamlessly integrating wireless capabilities with EPSON projectors and interactive televisions in the classroom. Appleby classrooms provide a modern integrated learning and lecture environment complete with audio, video, and programmable lighting all controlled through a touch panel. While faculty can teach from anywhere in the classroom, mobile seating allows for flexible seating arrangements, supporting collaborative learning, as well as independent, student-centred lesson design. Innovation plays a key role in the Appleby experience. Today, the majority of student school work is accessed, completed and submitted on their pen-based Fujitsu tablet. Using Microsoft OneNote, teachers and students are able to write, sketch, organize and edit information in their own digital “binder”. While teachers can “see” each student’s section, students can only access their own section or that of their group (if working on a collaborative project).

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Appleby College says: The Health and Physical Education Department combines the Physical Education and Northward Bound programs. The aim of the department is to ensure Appleby students have healthy minds and bodies. Health and Physical Education gives students a platform with which to develop lifelong health and fitness learning. The Health and Physical Education program provides students with opportunities to improve their personal fitness, sport skills and an understanding of healthy living principles and is compulsory for Middle One to Upper One students. Students enjoy access to Appleby’s athletic facilities including the playing fields, gymnasium, squash courts, tennis courts, weight training room, cardio room, pool and arena. The Northward Bound program is mandatory in Upper One and Upper Two. The program’s emphasis on outdoor skills, fitness and leadership skills complements and enriches the students’ Physical Education studies.

    • Appleby College 's approach to sex-ed: [Appleby College has not provided this information]

    Religious Education
    • What Appleby College says: [Appleby College has not provided this information]

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Art History
    • AP Music Theory
    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Physics 2
    • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
    • AP Physics C: Mechanics
    • AP Psychology
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Spanish Language
    • AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
    • AP United States History
    • AP World History
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Calculus BC
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Chinese Language and Culture
    • AP Computer Science A
    • AP English Language and Composition
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • AP European History
    • AP French Language
    • AP German Language
    • AP Human Geography
    • AP Japanese Language and Culture
    • AP Macroeconomics
    • AP Microeconomics

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Appleby College says about flexible pacing: [Appleby College has not provided this information]

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Appleby College says: Appleby College believes in the importance and value of completing a secondary education. Our school philosophy includes a commitment to reach every student to help him or her achieve a successful outcome from their school experience at Appleby. The concept of completing a secondary education is essential. Obtaining a high school diploma has become an increasingly important prerequisite for economic and social mobility in the world. Young people with a high school education are much better equipped for the modern life.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    What Appleby College says: Appleby College develops young men and women of personal integrity, who are prepared for university, societal change, responsible involvement and leadership in their local, national and global communities. The defining characteristic of an Appleby education is the mandatory participation in each of its core curricular components, leading to an Appleby College Diploma upon graduation.

    Special Needs Support High


    Appleby College provides a high degree of support for special needs students.

    • Academic Support:

      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • What Appleby College says: Appleby College Student Services is committed to accommodating the needs of students with disabilities in a way that responds to a student’s unique circumstances. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Appleby will accommodate the needs of students with disabilities to allow them to access educational services equally, unless to do so would cause undue hardship. While the school does not have a special education department, we are able to offer certain accommodations to assist students with special needs to develop their individual potential. Appleby does not remove program requirements based on a special need.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:

      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:

      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:

      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • Summary: N/A

    • What Appleby College says: Appleby College Student Services is committed to accommodating the needs of students with disabilities in a way that responds to a student’s unique circumstances. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Appleby will accommodate the needs of students with disabilities to allow them to access educational services equally, unless to do so would cause undue hardship. While the school does not have a special education department, we are able to offer certain accommodations to assist students with special needs to develop their individual potential. Appleby does not remove program requirements based on a special need.

    Gifted Learner Support Moderate


    Appleby College offers gifted learner support in the form of inclusive practices -- special, custom arrangements made for advanced learners (who otherwise remain in the regular classroom).

    Inclusive practices:

    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What Appleby College says: [Appleby College has not provided this information]

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Appleby College students perform an average of >2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Appleby College 60 mins60 mins90 mins120 mins120 mins160 mins
    Site Average55 mins60 mins73 mins83 mins96 mins108 mins

    This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades7 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback7 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting7 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings7 to 12


    What Appleby College says:
    • In May 2015, Appleby's Varsity Girls' Soccer team defeated Villanova College 3-2 in the final game of the season, becoming the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) champions.
    • Senior One student Jakob Nielsen captured gold in Varsity Boys' Singles Tennis at the the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) Championships.
    • Appleby's Under-14 Boys' Rugby team won gold becoming Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) champions with a final score of 19-12 against Ridley College.
    • Appleby's Integrated Science Club recently visited the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, which provides state-of-the-art synchrotron radiation for science research. It was a great hands-on learning experience for the students.
    • Appleby was well represented in the Conference of Independent Schools (CIS) as many students participated in the CIS music, dance and drama festivals. As well, students from the Senior Music classes performed at St. Martin of Tours Church for Senior Music Night.
    • The Varsity Girls' Field Hockey Team won gold at the 2014 Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) Finals, this is the second year in a row that they won, and this is the third title in four years.
    • In May the co-ed mixed doubles team of Thomas Zhang and Vivian Yin won the gold medal at the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) Championship Tournament.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      Round Square
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid



    Day Boarding
    Boarding $60,080$53,620
    What Appleby College says: Appleby College bundles its fees, so that you will not be asked to pay for certain items over and above the annual tuition. Included items are; required school outings e.g. Northern Campus, ASCENT; Daily lunch; yearbook (print version); Parents’ Association fees; Health Centre & Athletic Therapy; Tablet computer with warranty, accident protection and software.

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 7 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid16%
    Average aid package size$20,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid16%
    Total aid available$3,100,000

    Application Deadline:
    January 04, 2016 Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
    All financial assistance decisions at Appleby are need based and are designed to assist families who believe in an Appleby education but are unable to meet the full financial commitments. All applications are reviewed by an independent financial services firm, Apple Financial Services (www.applefinancialservices.ca), who will provide Appleby with a confidential analysis of a family's financial ability to contribute towards their child's education. The financial assistance application fee is $100 (includes HST). To download the financial assistance application forms, please visit www.applefinancialservices.ca.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Sir Edmund Walker Scholarship Programme
    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: 01/06/2015
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 12—

    To be eligible for the merit-based scholarship, interested students must meet the following requirements: -Achieve high academic standing having participated in a rigorous academic programme in their previous two years of schooling. In most cases students should have an overall average in excess of 85 per cent. -Be an active participant in athletic and/or arts programs either at their school or in the community. -Demonstrate leadership within their current school community and their non-school endeavours. -Have a proven commitment to giving back to others through service within their local community and is able to submit a minimum of one non-academic letter of reference. -Submit a reflective piece on “How you can make a difference in the lives of others.”

    Application Details:

    The Sir Edmund Walker Scholarship Programme

    The Sir Edmund Walker Scholarship Programme awards up to ten one-time $10,000 scholarships to incoming students who demonstrate exceptional leadership skills, both inside and outside of the classroom. The scholarship award is applied against tuition fees, and all scholarship recipients will also be eligible to apply for Appleby’s $3.1 million dollar Financial Assistance Programme.

    “With the Sir Edmund Walker Scholarship Programme, we are reinforcing our commitment to supporting exceptionally talented and motivated students who are on the path of becoming tomorrow’s leaders,” said Innes van Nostrand, Principal. “As one of Canada’s most eminent businessmen of his time, Sir Edmund Walker’s vision for Appleby College was to produce potential leaders for the nation, who aspired for more than money, and who understood the importance of the world beyond Canada. This vision lives on today.”

    Students interested in applying for the 2016-17 Sir Edmund Walker Scholarship Programme must meet the following requirements:

    • Have achieved high academic standing having participated in a rigorous academic programme in their previous two years of schooling. In most cases students should have an overall average in excess of 85% or letter grade of A- or higher.
    • Have been an active participant in athletic, arts  and/or community involvement either within their school community or externally.
    • Have demonstrated leadership within their current school community and their non-school endeavours.
    • Have a proven commitment to giving back to others through service within their local community, and is able to submit a minimum of one non-academic letter of reference.
    • Have submitted a written reflective piece on “How they can make a difference in the lives of others".

    Completed applications must be submitted no later than 12:00 p.m. Monday, January 4, 2016 to:

    Appleby College, Admissions Office
    540 Lakeshore Road West
    Oakville, Ontario L6K 3P1

    For more details, visit: www.appleby.on.ca/page.cfm?p=3389


    Total enrollment 767
    Average enrollment per grade128
    Gender (grades)7 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 9 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)35%
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)42%

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment6464113115140
    Boarding Enrollment173645173




    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview7 - 12
    SSAT7 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)7 - 12
    Entrance Exam(s)

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    January 04, 2016

    Boarding students:

    What Appleby College says:

    To apply to Appleby College please complete the following steps as outlined on our website at www.appleby.on.ca/admissions;

    1. Please complete the on-line application form including the $200 non-refundable application fee for Canadian residents or the $300 non-refundable application fee for International residents;

    2. Provide the Confidential School Report form to your child's Teacher, Principal or Guidance Counsellor and ask them to return the completed form directly to Appleby College at 540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3P1. You can download a copy of the form from the website www.appleby.on.ca/admissions;

    3. If you did not upload either a photo of your child or copies of their report cards while completing the on-line application, please send in a photo along with their most recent report card and a copy of the final report cards from the previous two years to Admissions at Appleby College (please see address above);

    4. For native English speakers applying for all grades (Middle One through Senior Two), please provide your Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) result. For Ontario applicants wishing to write the SSAT please visit http://www.ssat.org/test/registration. SSAT dates hosted at Appleby College are as follows: November 28, 2015, January 16, 2016 and February 6, 2016. For applicants outside of Ontario, please visit http://ssat.org/test-center-search. All native English speaking students who complete their application in full prior to October 31, 2015, will not be required to submit a Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) result;

    5. For non-native English speakers please indicate the test type, date and location the applicant is registered to write. For non-native English speakers applying for Middle One through Upper One (grade 7-9), please provide your TOEFL Jr., iTEP or Vericant* test date. For non-native English speakers applying for Upper Two or Senior One (grade 10-11), please provide your TOEFL, IELTS or Vericant* test date. And, for non-native English speakers applying for Senior Two (grade 12), please provide your TOEFL, IELTS or Vericant* test date and SSAT test date. *Vericant is only available in China, Hong Kong and the Republic of Korea. To learn more about Vericant, please visit http://students.vericant.com/. Appleby reserves the right to request an English language test pending results of the Vericant interview;

    6. To schedule an interview with an Admissions Counsellor please contact Appleby’s Admissions Office at 905-845-4681 ext. 216 or admissions@appleby.on.ca. Every effort should be made to arrange a personal interview. A Skype telephone interview may be arranged when distance creates a great inconvenience.

    7. Appleby College’s commitment to financial assistance is designed to ensure that financial need should not prevent a student from reaching their full potential. All financial assistance decisions are need based and are designed to assist families who believe in an Appleby education but are unable to meet the full financial commitments. Applications are reviewed by an independent financial services firm, Apple Financial Service. To access the financial assistance application forms, please visit http://www.applefinancialservices.ca/.



    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Appleby College is looking for: Students who are passionate about learning, inquisitive, energetic, engaged, and who get involved. Current students and alumni quite often say that “you can’t be a passive by-stander at Appleby. The faculty and your peers won’t let you. Appleby offers students incredible learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom but in return it demands a lot.”

    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    52 - 60 (48%)6 - 10 (36%)55 - 65 (49%)10 - 15 (28%)5 - 10 (37%)
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    15 - 20 (49%)15 - 20 (28%)20 - 30 (37%)1 - 5 (20%)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size150
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements66
    **Ivy+ placements24

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University of Alberta or Dalhousie.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    What Appleby College says:

  • Western University
  • Queen's University
  • McGill University
  • Wilfred Laurier University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Toronto
  • York University
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Julliard School of Music
  • Michigan State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Princeton University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Yale University
  • Oxford University
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • University College London
  • University of St. Andrews
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Alberta
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  • Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Jeff Batchelor 2006 Canadian professional snowboarder and Olympian.
    Phil Mackenzie 2005 Canadian rugby union player, and member of the national rugby team.
    Lara Baldesarra 2003 TSN and CNN sports anchor.
    Evanka Osmak 1998 Sports anchor for Rogers Sportsnet.
    Bryan Baeumler 1992 Gemini award winning television host to HGTV/HGTV Canada shows such as "Disaster DIY", "Disaster DIY: Cottage Edition", "Leave it to Bryan", and "House of Bryan".
    Colin Ferguson 1990 Actor (The Vampire Diaries), director, and producer.
    Mani Haghighi 1988 Iranian film director.
    Tim Footman 1986 Author and journalist. Editor of the Guinness Book of World Records.
    Daniel Hays 1958 Canadian Senator. Speaker of the Canadian Senate. Liberal Leader in the Senate. Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
    Norman Atkins 1953 Canadian Senator.
    John Marshall Harlan II 1916 Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
    Raymond Massey 1914 Actor with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    Brianne  Jenner 2009 A member of Canada's national women's hockey team, an Olympic gold medalist, and a member of Cornell's Big Red women's ice hockey program.

    Alumni Highlights

    • Appleby College has more than 7,000 alumni worldwide.

    Stories & Testimonials


    Middle Two Students Attend CAIS Leadership Conference

    Middle Two students Alyssa Gaylard, Sawsan Haider, Rachel Schoester, and Lucas Poirier, along with faculty member Kate Lane, attended the 2015 CAIS Middle School Leadership Conference from September 25 - 28 at Onondaga Camp located in Minden, Ontario. Students collaborated with other Middle School peers from across the country and engaged in a wide variety of leadership seminars.


    Upper Two Physics Class To Work with Students in France

    On October 6, 25 students from Dr. Ahooja's Upper Two physics class participated in a Skype meeting with students from College J. J. Waltz, Marckolsheim, France. The classes will collaborate on a project in which they will compare electricity consumption in households and different aspects of their culture such as food.


    Integrated Science Club Visits Cornell

    From May 26 to 29, 11 members of Appleby's Integrated Science Club, along with faculty members Anjuli Ahooja and Bluky Ng, travelled to Cornell University's High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) to use the synchrotron for an experiment. On the last day of the trip, the group presented a video of their analysis and learning to the staff and scientists at CHESS. Their professionalism and performance throughout the trip impressed everyone!


    Varsity Girls' Soccer Team Wins CISAA Gold!

    On May 26, Appleby's Varsity Girls' Soccer team ended the season with a 3-2 win against Villanova College, and captured the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) gold medal. Congratulations on a great season!


    Students Attend Girl Talk 2015

    On June 3, Upper School students Eve Peng, Krysten Chapman, Emma Lobo and Ana Sotomayor attended Girl Talk 2015. There were many empowering messages and inspirational musical performances. Equality, self-esteem and leadership were amongst many themes touched on.


    Distinguished Musician Award

    Four Appleby students have been awarded the Distinguished Musician Award by the Canadian Band Association for their leadership and commitment to instrumental band. Middle One student Angela Vastis was awarded this honour for Middle School band, Upper Two student Chloe Currie earned the award for Upper School, Senior One student Graeme Francolini earned one of the Senior School awards for his dedication and leadership in the percussion section of both the Senior Band and Concert Band, and Senior Two student Matthew Helsdon won the award as a graduating senior. 


    El Cinco de Mayo

    On May 5, Appleby's Hispanic Club celebrated El Cinco de Mayo in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. Student-created Mexican decorations were displayed and delicious Mexican cuisine was served. A photo booth with traditional Mexican clothing and a trivia table were set up for attendees to enjoy and everyone was treated to a mariachi band.


    Student Returns from Exchange in Thailand

    From February 23 to April 2, Upper Two student Jordan Savage participated in an exchange to The Regent's School Pattaya, Thailand, where he found his classmates to be fun and welcoming. During his stay, Jordan set a new record for the school's swim team - swimming 25 metres in 15.16 seconds and his name was added to the record holders' wall.


    Fashion Designer Presents to Middle Two Students

    On May 1, Lebanese designer Maya Charbin presented to Middle Two World Language classes about Arabic fashion; a topic chosen by the students for their culture project.


    Students Visit Cadbury Chocolate Factory

    On April 30, Senior Two students from Appleby's Accounting and International Business classes visited the Cadbury Chocolate factory in Toronto where they learned about the origins of chocolate and observed how chocolate is manufactured and packaged for mass production.


    Troy Sexton Helps Upper School Students Prepare for Cabaret

    On January 7, Troy Sexton of Rhythm Works, a high energy rhythm, dance and music company using body percussion, STOMP-style drumming and beat-boxing, presented a workshop to Appleby's Upper One drama students. This opportunity helped them prepare a rhythmic piece which will be performed at this month's Upper School Cabaret. While on campus, Mr. Sexton also worked with Middle One students, Upper One music students, Upper Two dance students, as well as Senior One and Two dance students. 


    Appleby's International Service Trip to Costa Rica a Great Success

    Pura Vida! On November 29, 19 students, along with faculty members Doug Buchanan, Alysha Decker and Erin Cater, travelled to Costa Rica to participate in a two-week International Service Project. Students completed construction projects in the Central Valley and on the Caribbean coast. The group also participated in educational sessions on sustainable energies and environmental protection, with a special focus on the protection of sea turtles. Students released 71 baby green turtles during their visit to the Widecast Conservation Centre.


    Walkathon - A Great Success!

    Thank you to the volunteers and supporters of Appleby's 2013 Walkathon! The wind was chilly, but the energy along the route helped keep the runners and walkers moving. Funds are still being counted, but the event has raised more than $66,000 so far for the United Way of Oakville, Kerr Street Ministries, Oakville Community Foundation and the Oakville Hospital Foundation.


    Varsity Girls' Field Hockey Team Wins Gold!

    On October 23, Appleby's Varsity Girls' Field Hockey Team won gold at the 2013 CISAA Finals. This is the second title in three years for the Varsity program. The team advanced to the CISAA final by defeating Villanova College 4-1 in the semi-final, and Trinity College School 9-2 in the final. Congratulations!  ...

    Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) National Soccer Tournament Champions!

    The Varsity Boys' Soccer Team is this year's Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) National Soccer Tournament Champion, winning gold at the CAIS National Tournament held October 18-19 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Seeded No. 6, the team won the round robin before defeating St. George's School (Vancouver) 2-1 in the quarter final; Upper Canada College (Toronto) 3-2 in the semi-final and Trinity College (Port Hope) 1-0 in the final game. This is Appleby's second tournament medal, having won silver in 2009.  ...

    Students Perform for Guest Artists

    On June 11, over 50 Upper One music students enjoyed a day of solo and ensemble performances followed by workshops with visiting guest artists as part of the ASCENT program. Students in strings, instrumental and vocal programs had the opportunity to perform for guest artists Dave Anderson, Elizabeth Beeler, Celina Di Cecca, Susan Barber-Kahro, and received valuable feedback on their performances.  ...

    Appleby Field Hockey Exhibition Game With Peebles High School

    On June 4, Appleby played an exhibition field hockey game against Peebles High School from Scotland as part of the visiting team's 12 day tour of Canada. The team was a combination of Middle Two and Upper One students and the game ended in a 1-1 tie. Everyone enjoyed a barbecue after the game and the chance to get to know one another.  ...

    Appleby Students Release Treehouse Tunes Song Collection

    On May 21, students from Appleby's Senior vocal class, joined by faculty members Sarah Morrison and Christopher Patterson, visited Clanmore Montessori School in Oakville to teach a selection of songs from their newly released Treehouse Tunes Song Collection. Senior vocal students have been working on their children's song compositions since February, and recently published the songs in a songbook format. All song compositions were student written and the primary school vocal workshops were all student directed by members of the Senior vocal class. ...

    Appleby Students Speak With Dr. Rolf Landua

    On May 22, Advanced Placement physics students from faculty member Dr. Anjuli Ahooja's class, and Senior Two students from faculty member Yiqin Wu's physics class, participated in a video conference with Dr. Rolf Landua, a senior physicist at The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). CERN is one of the largest and most prestigious scientific laboratories in the world and is famous for giving the World Wide Web (WWW) internet to the world, and for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Dr. Landua answered students' questions on the Higg's Boson, antimatter, and the Big Bang. ...

    Appleby Students Participate in Round Square Global Forum

    Earlier this reporting period, as part of the Round Square Global Forum initiative, faculty member Connie Serra's Upper One French class participated in an online collaboration with students from a French class at Lower Canada College in Montreal. Both groups were studying the theme of the environment and students were asked to post an entry that described their hobbies, recent travel experiences and vision for the environment. Using the online forum provided by Taking It Global for Educators (TIGEd), students commented on each other's entries and posed further questions in French. Everyone enjoyed the online interaction, and both schools plan to continue the partnership. To learn more about the Round Square Global Forum or to read some of the students' entries, please contact  Connie Serra, director, Round Square. ...

    CIS Drama Festival

    From April 25 to 27, Appleby's Senior Two Drama class participated in the annual Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS) Drama Festival at The Country Day School in King City. Organized and hosted by faculty members Lisa Kapp and Kip Longstaff, the festival involved drama students and faculty from 14 CIS schools. Professional practitioners inspired students and teachers in the 24 offered workshops on topics such as: theatrical make-up, lighting, Shakespearean text, film, improvisation, stage combat, mask and script writing. Each school performed a theatrical piece that was adjudicated professionally, and the material ranged from serious societal issue student written scripts, to a comedic spoof of Hamlet presented by Appleby's Senior Two students.  ...

    Fifth Annual Upper Two Service Day

    Each year, Upper Two students, their advisors and a group of Senior One student leaders go into the local community to "Work hard. Get dirty and make change." On May 2, Appleby partnered with Evergreen, a national not-for-profit environmental organization, and the Town of Oakville, to continue work that began last year at South Shell Park. Over the past two years, Appleby students have planted native trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials to provide food and shelter for wildlife. The day also included a series of team challenges in which the advisor groups competed for the coveted Green Cup. Congratulations to the 2013 winners, The Buzz! ...

    Powell's and Colley House Service Days

    Over the course of two weekends this April, Powell's and Colley House residents volunteered their time, energy and strength to assist Kerr Street Ministries with their Community Garden Initiative at the Freedom Centre in Oakville. Under the supervision of house faculty and community garden volunteers, students built veggie plots, set-up pea trellises, weeded, cleared undergrowth, transplanted vines and built a square-foot garden. The work was especially meaningful for many of the students as this is the same site they worked on in Upper One as part of the ASCENT program; they broke ground to install the original garden beds in 2010. ...

    Appleby Hosts CAIS Student Leadership Conference

    From April 24 to 28, Appleby hosted over 100 students for the CAIS Student Leadership Conference, Who Are You. Senior Two Student Directors put in a winning bid to host the conference in May 2012 after attending the CAIS Student Leadership Conference at Selwyn House in Montreal. Who Are You was chosen as a theme to allow delegates to explore eight different areas of leadership, and gain a better understanding of who they are as people and leaders in the areas that interest them most. Conference workshops were run and organized by Appleby faculty and 26 Senior One and Two students helped to make the conference a fun and engaging environment. In addition to the workshops, participants travelled to Toronto for a City Chase event, completed service placements in Oakville, enjoyed four keynote speakers and many loud and enthusiastic cheers, all capped off with a banquet and dance. With everyone's help and dedication, the conference was a huge success!  ...

    Middle School Math Students Get Creative!

    On April 30 and May 2, 39 Middle Two students completed GeoPet creatures for their MAT8J mathematics summative project. Adorable pets included pigs, turtles, penguins, unicorns, birds, and gorillas. Students calculated the volume and surface area of their GeoPet, which caused a few challenges and made for some good problem solving!  ...

    Appleby Students Learn About Serigraphy

    On April 15, Appleby's Senior Two Visual Arts students spent the day learning the art of serigraphy with a hands-on field trip to The Peach Berserk Silkscreen Studio in Toronto. With guidance from instructor Kingi Carpenter, students had an opportunity to stretch and burn their own screens and print designs they brought to the studio.  ...

    GuitarFest 2013

    On April 19, Appleby's Guitar Club held their annual GuitarFest in Willis Hall. The evening featured students singing and playing acoustic guitar, bass guitar and mandolin with all genres of music covered including jazz, pop and rock. For the finale, all performers took the stage for a group performance. It was a wonderful evening of guitar entertainment which was enjoyed by the artists, students, parents, faculty and employees.  ...

    Middle School Service Council Book Drive a Success!

    For the Middle School Service Council Book Drive from April 8 to 18, over 1,000 books and learning resources were collected, sorted, packed and shipped to help students in need at three schools in St. Lucia. Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and is essential for eradicating poverty and helping to reduce child mortality. Appleby's collected books will go to One World Schoolhouse Foundation to make a meaningful difference in promoting literacy rates in our shared world.  ...

    Appleby Cantus Chamber Choir Performs at Carnegie Hall

    From April 4 to 8, 32 members of the Cantus Chamber Choir travelled to New York City for a weekend of rehearsals, cultural tours and choral workshops, all culminating with a debut performance at Carnegie Hall on April 7. Choir members were thrilled to perform a solo set of Canadian choral music under the direction of faculty member Sarah Morrison and accompanied by Lianne Tan and Upper Two student Xin-Xin Wang. Cantus choristers also performed as part of the National Youth Choir of over 300 voices. Cantus choristers were honoured to perform on the Perelman Stage in the Isaac Stern auditorium at Carnegie Hall, the premier performance venue in North America. ...

    In the News


    July 15, 2015 - Career Day gives Middle School Students a peek into the future

    More than 100 of Appleby's Middle One and Two students participated in Middle School Career Day. ...

    July 15, 2015 - Appleby welcomes distinguished guests to campus

    Appleby recently welcomed three renowned Canadians - the Honourable Michael Wilson and authors Joseph Boyden and John Boyko. ...

    July 15, 2015 - Canadiana Winter Community Weekend a spirited event

    Students and employees enjoyed community-building events during the school's inaugural Canadiana Winter Community Weekend. ...


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