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Hillfield Strathallan College

299 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton, Ontario, L9C 1G3

Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler (18 months) to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$6,902 to $43,394 /year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
16 to 20
Day: 1,190 (Gr. NS - 12), Homestay: 40 (Gr. 9 - 12)

School Address
299 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton, Ontario, L9C 1G3



About this school:


Established in 1901, HSC is one of Canada’s leading co-educational independent schools, offering enriched academic, art and athletic programs to students 18 months through Grade 12. We offer purposefully designed programming with robust support services to ensure student success. Through our state-of-the-art facility and 50-acre campus, we encourage our students to learn with joy and live with purpose. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Hillfield Strathallan College

our takeThe school began its life in 1901 as the Highfield School for Boys, though it has grown, amalgamated, moved, and changed its name a few times since then. All of that is reflected in the physical plan of the school, one that bears no outward signs of the school's age. Certainly, the development path from 1901 has been anything but linear, including associations and amalgamations between Highfield, Hillcrest, and Strathallan schools and colleges, their names combining to form the one under which it is known today. Montessori is offered at the preschool and kindergarten programs, though the method isn't reflected beyond that, something that is perhaps emblematic of the programming overall. The feel is that of a mosaic of academic traditions rather than an expression of a single, consistent tradition. A robust philanthropy program has resulted in a strong infrastructure. A strategic plan initiative begun in 2013 will culminate in 2020. While the program remains strong, the plan provides a timely opportunity to bring clarity and direction to the continued development of the school and the programs offered there.

School busing:

HSC offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider. The regions it offers busing from are Grimsby, Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, Hamilton, Milton, Brantford.
Additional notes: HSC 's Transportation Program offers multiple trips and destinations daily for our students. Main -route transportation meets our parents and students needs across a broad catchment area. Please contact admissions at [email protected] to learn more.

Upcoming Events Next event: June 06, 2018

upcoming events
  • June 06, 2018College-Wide Open House
    Hillfield Strathallan College, 299 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, June 06 from 09:30 am - 07:30 pm

    The best way to experience all that our community has to offer is to join us at a College-wide Open House! We will open our campus from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

    Tour the College, meet our dedicated faculty, and learn about our programming from Montessori Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. For more information, or to RSVP, please e-mail [email protected] or call 905-389-1367.

  • September 01, 2018Rolling Application
    Hillfield Strathallan College, 299 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton, Ontario
    Register by Saturday, September 01 from

    Applications for admission to HSC are accepted on a rolling basis, and thus there is no application deadline. 

  • December 01, 2018Entrance and Scholarship Exam Writing Day
    Hillfield Strathallan College, 299 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, December 01 from 08:30 am - 12:00 pm

    We make attending HSC accessible by providing a broad Scholarship Program, Financial Aid and Tuition Payment Choices.

    Senior School Entrance Scholarships
    Senior School Scholarships are offered to students entering Grade 9.  All new candidates must submit a regular Application for Admission, as well as the completed Scholarship Application. Our Senior School Scholarships are valued from $1,000-$10,000 and are offered as one-time awards for students entering into Grade 9. 

    Alumni Association’s Leadership Scholarships 

    The Alumni Association’s Leadership Scholarships celebrate two students annually (one male and one female) entering Grade 9. These awards highlight and recognize the leadership achievements and potential of each recipient. Each Scholarship is valued at $10,000 and is offered as a one-time entrance award.

    Alumni Association’s Legacy Honourarium 
    For an external or internal student successfully entering Grade 9.This one time honourarium in the amount of $500 will be given to any child or grandchild of an alumnus to celebrate the family’s legacy at the college. An alumnus will be defined as any student who fulfilled a minimum of one year at HSC (or it’s predecessors). Internal recipients will be recognized during Grade 8 graduation.  

    HSC Arts Scholarship
    Awarded to an external or internal student successfully entering HSC in either Grades 9, 10 or 11. This scholarship is valued at 70% of tuition for up to four years and is only offered once every four years. This scholarship will be presented to an incoming student for the 2016-2017 school year.

    For more information, please call 905-389-1367, ext. 160.

Principal's Message


Mr. Marc Ayotte, Head of College

Welcome to HSC

A Whole School Connected, We are Better Together

Welcome to Hillfield Strathallan College—a community where children and their learning are at the forefront. Each child is known, challenged to do their best, and supported in that pursuit. We believe the best education of any child is achieved through a partnership between the school and the family, with the shared goal of helping students to achieve their full potential.

HSC consists of four small schools united by a common commitment to a shared Mission and Ideals. We are committed to ensuring a balance between the development of student independence and guidance from a caring faculty, sensitive to the age and stage of the student. We aim to develop students who ask great questions, are resilient problem-solvers and are connected to the wider world. All students learn differently, and we make every effort to address individual learning needs and styles.

True learning occurs when curriculum is meaningful and relevant, and we believe learning is not restricted to the classroom. Students who are most successful in university and beyond are those who are engaged fully in a rich program of co-curricular offerings, in addition to a solid academic program. HSC students discover and follow their passions, whether they lie in academics, athletics, fine arts, outdoor education or community service. Through shared experiences, the close-knit HSC community helps students bond with their classmates and teachers for life.

Please explore our site to learn a bit more about the incredible opportunities available at HSC. However, the true flavour of the HSC experience can only be gained by paying us a visit. You will see engaged and happy learners, students and faculty working together, students pursuing their dreams on the fields, in the gymnasia and in the theatre, or simply enjoying on another's company in the dining hall. I hope you will join us to discover what makes Hillfield Strathallan College such an amazing place.

Marc Ayotte
Head of College


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What HSC says: HSC offers enriched academic, art and athletic programs to students 18 months through Grade 12. We are committed to shifting practices and methodologies from a teacher-directed, content-oriented environment to one that is strongly influenced by student inquiry, creativity and innovation. The role of the teacher becomes even more important in the learning process and changes to greater facilitation, coaching and mentoring. Knowing each student’s interests, talents and skills builds an effective learning partnership that will better enable students to reach their full potential. Students learn in a resource-rich, small class environment and are encouraged to seek academic challenges and to take risks in their learning. Our curriculum is designed to foster a love of learning, and to provide a great beginning for our students as they embark on their educational journey. In a community that celebrates diversity, students share goals and aspirations, learn from each other, seize opportunities and gain different perspectives.

  • Approach:

  • 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 HSC says: At HSC, our students will be able to connect mathematics to the world around them and confidently use these skills in their everyday life. In elementary grades focus is put on, developing number sense, developing and understanding patterns, and problem solving. Traditionally, teachers of mathematics have relied solely on direct instruction in which teacher deliver knowledge to the students, show them examples followed by a series of practice opportunities. HSC also provides students with more opportunities to discover the joy of mathematics and to have more exposure to hands-on activities and the use of manipulatives. In the Senior School, students are offered both regular and applied mathematics depending on their mathematical ability and learning styles. As part of HSC's Advanced Placement Program, HSC students may take the AP Calculus in their final year. It is our belief that all students should be exposed to challenging problems, such as mathematics contests.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What HSC says: HSC's Early Reading curriculum consists of learning sequencing skills - top to bottom, left to right progression, recognizing child’s own first name, introducing upper and lower case letters and their sounds, discriminating between upper and lower case letters, developing rhyming skills, and organizing thought process to share ideas and stories. By the end of the program, students will be able to read and write competently and comprehensively, will be exposed to a wide variety of literature (both fiction and non-fiction), na d will be encouraged to develop a love for the written word.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What HSC says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What HSC says: At HSC, we believe students need to be given opportunities to become better communicators. As a result, we provide activities that allow students to express themselves in a variety of ways, such as formal, creative, and reflective writing, which is then shared as text, orally, or through multi-media presentations. Extension and enrichment takes place both in and outside of the classroom through activities such as the Writer-in–Residence Program, Unfinished Writing Tours, Public Speaking Contests and Writing Contests

    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: At HSC, units of study in the science curriculum provide authenticity, academic rigour, components of meta-cognition, community involvement, process skills and the appropriate technology in addition to content. In later years of Senior School, students are able to branch in to specific topics in the science curriculum, including biology, chemistry, physics and earth and space science. As part of HSC's Advanced Placement Program, students are offered the opportunity to earn college credits through AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics.

    • 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 HSC says: HSC emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy,communication, and critical and creative thinking skills nec-essary for success in academic and daily life. Students analyzea range of challenging literary texts from various periods,countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informationaland graphic texts; and create oral, written, and media texts ina variety of forms.

    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What HSC says: Students in HSC Social Studies investigate the world from a variety of perspectives. A strong emphasis is placed on understanding our local community through field trips, guest speakers and research of personal history and interests. Students are introduced to a global perspective through investigations of world cultures and the exploration of our planet’s physical forces. A strong emphasis is placed on making connections between historical events and society today, as well as the exploration of current world issues.

    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 HSC says: The Humanities and Social Science programs at HSC place a strong emphasis on making connections between historical events and society today, as well as the exploration of current world issues. Students mix traditional skills (mapping, text research, model building and oral presentation) with 21st century skills (collaboration, internet research and interactive presentations) and demonstrate these skills to their peers and the wider community. Ultimately, authentic learning opportunities in social studies lead students to a greater understanding of the world that we depend on and a willingness to contribute positively to our society.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What HSC says: Our foreign language programs foster learning of other languages and other cultures; and to develop written and oral communication skills necessary to express ones’ self in real life practical situations.  Our interactive programs develop inquisitiveness, motivation and persistence in learning via specific communication challenges presented to students; it addresses all learning styles and can be adapted to both new language learners and those seeking enrichment opportunities. To further empower our students and to allow them to expand their foreign language skills, we offer language experiences in both Quebec and France. As part of HSC's Advanced Placement Program, students have the opportunity to take AP French.

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

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What HSC says: In Visual Arts, students create new and original artwork using a variety of media. In Middle School, music students in Grade 5 build on choral skills established in the Junior and Montessori schools prior to learning a musical instrument in Grade 6. Dramatic skills are developed through cross-curricular opportunities and the Drama program in Senior School. At HSC, students are encouraged to expand their artistic interests by taking part in the extensive co-curricular program, ranging from musicals, plays, wind ensemble, jazz, and visual arts clubs. Whether they are performing on stage or having their artwork on display throughout the College, our students form a real sense of pride and self-confidence in their artistic abilities.

    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 HSC says: HSC is a BYOD school, allowing students to bring devices that they are comfortable using, and connect to the school’s Wi-Fi networks. Technology use is built into the curriculum through everyday use of software like Firstclass, Google Drive, and the use of Smartboard technology in every classroom. In the Senior School, all grade 9 students are required to take “Exploring Technologies”, where they will be work with a variety of tools, equipment, and software commonly used in industry. If they choose so, they can continue taking courses in HSC’s Technological Education program, including “Communications Technology” (print, web, radio, broadcast media), and “Technological Design” (interior design, architecture, robotics). Starting in grade 10, students can also take “Computer Science”, where, if they continue to progress, will learn programming languages like python, Java, HTML/CSS, and even code their own smartphone application.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What HSC says: The HSC Physical Education program offers participants exposure to a variety of physical activities in a co-operative and enjoyable environment. The emphasis is on experiencing fun and fitness through physical activity and on actively participating. Creativity, confidence and general physical fitness are developed through movement exploration and an introduction to basic sports skills. The activities allow practice, repetition, modification, refinement, consolidation and application of physical skills to movement activities. Academic skills are reinforced through the use of games that emphasize active learning. The health units explore healthy active living, growth and development and substance use/abuse with a focus on preparing the students to make informed decisions. In upper years of Senior Schools, students are provided the opportunity to spend a week in Hawaii where they will earn their "personal trainer certification".

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP English Language and Composition
    • AP European History
    • AP French Language
    • AP Macroeconomics
    • AP Microeconomics

    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What HSC says: HSC uses the Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum as a guideline. Based on the age and stage of the student\'s we carefully assess the sensitivity of the materials presented in health class, especially those that relate to sex education and drug education. For further information please contact the HSC Admissions Office at [email protected]

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What HSC says: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What HSC says: We have been providing exceptional early education programs in our Junior and Montessori Schools for decades. Our curriculum is designed to foster a love of learning, and to provide a great beginning for our youngest students as they embark on their education journey.\n\nFor more information on our Montessori School please visit: www.hsc.on.ca/montessori\n\nFor more information on our Junior School please visit: www.hsc.on.ca/junior\n

    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 HSC says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    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 HSC says: HSC provides a rigorous academic learning environment to best prepare our students for post secondary success. This programming is delivered in a supportive and individualized fashion, to ensure that the unique learning needs of each student are met.

    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 HSC says: At Hillfield Strathallan College (HSC), we will encourage your child to learn with joy and live with purpose. In our supportive environment—1 College, 4 Schools—your child’s full potential will be realized at every age and stage of development.

    Special Needs Support Withdrawal Assistance

    Withdrawal Assistance

    Students remain in a regular classroom for most of the day, but are pulled out for extra support from a qualified special education teacher.

    • 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 HSC says: Students with identified learning exceptionalities have an HSC Individual Learning Plan (ILP) created by our Learning Services Specialist in consultation with the school administration, the parents and the student. For further information please contact our Admissions department at [email protected]

    • 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
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      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

    Gifted Learner Support Dedicated class; in-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    In-class adaptations:
    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 HSC says: This information is not currently available.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Hillfield Strathallan College students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    HSC 0 mins0 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins90 mins90 mins
    Site Average0 mins2 mins6 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins69 mins80 mins95 mins108 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesNursery/Toddler to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackNursery/Toddler to 12
    Academic achievement reportingNursery/Toddler to 12
    Habits and behaviour reportingNursery/Toddler to 12
    Parent-teacher meetingsNursery/Toddler to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What HSC says:
    • HSC U13 Boys’ Basketball Team Captures National CAIS Title: On January 28-30, 2016, the Hillfield Strathallan College U13 boys’ basketball team travelled to Collingwood School in Vancouver, BC to compete among the top 16 teams in Canada for the CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools) national championship title. HSC won the tournament on three previous occasions – 2002, 2006 and 2009 – and hoped to reclaim the national title.
    • Reach for the Top Champions: Before March Break, some of HSC’s finest minds gave their best efforts to finish off four years of “Reaching for the Top” in style! Our two Senior teams placed first and second within the league, winning the regional championship.
    • CISAA Snowboarding Championships: On Wednesday, February 3, in the face of wretched weather and snow conditions, HSC Snowboarders demonstrated Trojan grit and fortitude. Once again, they return from the CISAA Championships weighed down with hard-won hardware.
    • Grade 6 student Gavin Priest has won the 44kg Boys' Weight Class in the Kids Division at the Canada East Wrestling National Championships held in St. Catharines on May 8-9.
    • For third consecutive year, the HSC Senior Boys’ Slow-Pitch team is the CISAA Division 1 Champion. The team beat Villanova 12-11 in extra innings and defeated Lakefield in the finals, 21-3 on May 20. Congratulations to this hard-working team!
    • HSC Robotics Receives Honourable Mention at Innovation Nation Robotics Competition: HSC earned an Honorary Mention in Robotic Innovation award. Congratulations to the team as this wraps up the 2014-15 HSC Robotics season. They dedicated many hours and have earned all of the accolades they have garnered this year.
    • On Friday, February 6, four HSC students bested top teams representing schools from across the region during the provincial heat of the Kids Lit Quiz Competition. Middle School students Erica Pusch, Aidan Bennett, Hunter Korman and Ethan Karmiol—all members of the HSC “Book Scouts”—won first place with an outstanding score of 84.5. The team now advances to the National Competition
    • The HSC Senior School puts on "Grease"! Relive the antics of Danny Zucko, Sandra Dee and the gang, as the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts is transformed into Rydell High. Don’t miss as Senior School students don poodle skirts and leather jackets and perform beloved songs from the musical, including Greased Lightnin’ and Summer Nights.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Cross-country skiing
      Downhill skiing
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Mountain biking
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Habitat for Humanity
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Online Magazine
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    This information is not currently available.

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: JK to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$1,400,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
    The HSC financial aid program assists parents/guardians who expect their annual family income to grow as their children grow. It affords parents an opportunity to enrol their children immediately and work up to being a full fee payer. The program also provides short-term assistance to existing families. If you have any questions, please contact Sheriann Heath-Johnston, Director of Admissions at [email protected] or by calling 905-389-1367, ext. 106.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Grade 7 Academic Scholarship
    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: N/A
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to —

    HSC provides an Academic Scholarship Program for students entering Grades 7 and 9. Through a competitive process, successful candidates may earn academic awards that are applied towards tuition. All new candidates must submit a regular Application for Admission, as well as a completed Academic Scholarship Application. Our Academic Scholarships are valued from $1,000-$10,000 and are offered as one-time awards.

    Application Details:

    All new candidates must submit a regular Application for Admission, as well as the completed Scholarship Application(s).

    For more details, visit: www.hsc.on.ca/page/admissions/scholarships--awards
    Grade 9 Academic Scholarship
    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: N/A
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 9 to —

    HSC provides an Academic Scholarship Program for students entering Grades 7 and 9. Through a competitive process, successful candidates may earn academic awards that are applied towards tuition. All new candidates must submit a regular Application for Admission, as well as a completed Academic Scholarship Application. Our Academic Scholarships are valued from $1,000-$10,000 and are offered as one-time awards.

    Application Details:

    All new candidates must submit a regular Application for Admission, as well as the completed Scholarship Application(s).

    For more details, visit: www.hsc.on.ca/admissions/financial-aid/scholarships
    Alumni Association Leadership Scholarship
    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: 11/23/2018
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 9 to —

    The Alumni Association Leadership Awards celebrate two students annually (one male and one female) entering Grade 9. All new candidates must submit a regular Application for Admission, as well as the completed Alumni Leadership Award Scholarship Application. These awards highlight and recognize the leadership achievements and potential of each recipient. Each scholarship is valued at $10,000 and is offered as a one-time award.

    For more details, visit: www.hsc.on.ca/page/admissions/scholarships--awards
    Alumni Association Legacy Honourarium
    Amount: $500
    Deadline: N/A
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 9 to —

    The Alumni Association Legacy Honorarium is offered to new or current students successfully entering Grade 9. This one-time honorarium, in the amount of $500, is given to a child or grandchild of an alumnus to celebrate the family’s legacy at the College.

    An alumnus is defined as any student who fulfilled a minimum of one year at HSC (or its predecessors). Current students are recognized during Grade 8 graduation.

    For more details, visit: https://www.hsc.on.ca/page/admissions/scholarships--awards


    Total enrollment 1,230
    Average enrollment per grade72
    Average class size16 to 20
    Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler (18 months) to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

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    InterviewNS - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)5 - 12
    Entrance Essay
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    What HSC says:

    HSC's application process requires you to submit an application form together with an application fee. School reports for the current school year and the final report from the previous two years are also required as supporting documents.


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    Type of student Hillfield Strathallan College is looking for: Through our admissions process, we endeavour to select students who will be active participants in all aspects of College life.

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    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size120
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements38
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

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

    **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)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): Top post-secondary choices in Ontario include: Western University (London, Ontario), Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), and McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) Top post-secondary choices in Canada include: Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), McGill University (Montréal, Quebec), and University of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia) Additional international post-secondary choices include: Duke University (Durham, North Carolina, USA), Parsons The New School for Design (New York, New York, USA), Cat Tales Zoological Park (Spokane, Washington, USA), Newcastle University (Newcastle, United Kingdom), and University of Leeds (Leeds, United Kingdom)

    Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Steven Paikin 1978 Mr. Paikin is a Canadian journalist, author, and documentary producer and current host of TVO's "The Agenda with Steve Paikin".
    Colin Glassco 1961 Colin Glassco’s and his charity, The Glassco Foundation, mandate is to seek out children's issues in Canada and overseas, and to provide financial/organizational assistance as well as onsite support.
    Shelia Singh 1990 Sheila Singh is part of the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute. During her PhD, Dr. Singh identified a stem cell that may drive the formation of brain tumours.
    Gail Robinson 1960 Dr. Gail Robinson, a Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Women’s Mental Health Program, has been awarded the Order of Ontario.
    Ronald Bremner 1967 Mr. Ronald S. Bremner serves as President of the Gold Medal Consulting Group Ltd. Past roles include President/CEO of the Calgary Flames, and President/CEO of BCTV, among others.
    Robert Young 1972 Robert "Bob" Young is the founder of open source software company, Red Hat Inc., and the owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
    Randall Echlin 1969 The Honourable Justice Randall Scott Echlin, a judge of the Ontario Superior Court, contributed inordinately to the world of HR law.
    John van Nostrand 1967 John van Nostrand is an architect, urban planner, and founding partner of architectsAlliance. He is recognized for his thinking around the issues of homelessness, affordability and transformation of urban spaces.
    Coulter Osborne 1950 During his time on the bench, the Honourable Coulter A. Osborne served on the Supreme Court of Ontario, Court of Appeal, and became Ontario’s Associate Chief Justice.
    Robb Webb 1974 Robb Webb is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Human-Resources Officer for Hyatt Hotels Corporation and is on the board for the Human Rights Campaign, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, among others.

    Stories & Testimonials


    Alumni Hall of Excellence 3

    “My dreams and aspirations began here, in this very school.” “HSC provided me with a safe and caring community, full of opportunities that allowed me to develop an understanding of who I was. Often the most useful things you learn are outside your direct field of study, so being open-minded, eager to learn and curious about everything helped in the long run.” Sheila Singh ’90 Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Researcher As one of only a handful of women in Canada who work in pediatric neurosurgery, Dr. Singh decided early in her career to balance her surgical career with research. Today she is a highly regarded neurosurgeon and the lead author of a ground-breaking scientific paper that provided a new direction in brain cancer research. ...

    Alumni Hall of Excellence 2

    “HSC facilitated my dream.” “I can’t imagine I could have pursued my dream and excelled at school if it weren’t for the teachers at HSC. They taught me the focus I needed to be successful at school and at work. I was often away for acting assignments, but my teachers gave me the attention I needed to be an honour student. Even as a professional actor I found a very vibrant arts culture here. I feel so fortunate to have gone to HSC.” Ashley Taylor ’02 Theatre Actor, Performer Ms. Taylor is a busy working actor whose career began at the age of 10. Her long list of credits include roles on television and in movies, but her true passion is for the theatre, where her credits include the renowned Shaw and Stratford Festivals. ...

    Alumni Hall of Excellence 1

    “HSC gave me the opportunity to pursue excellence.” “I don’t think many schools offer you the flexibility and support to pursue excellence the way HSC did. They were willing to bend rules and change programs to accommodate my interests. They did everything they could to support my participation in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Milwaukee in 1981.” Mr. Winch went on to win first prize in the Engineering Category at that competition. Alex Winch ’81 Environmentalist, Businessman His next “science project,” a solar-powered retro-fit of a laundry mat, came after he retired at age 31 from a successful career in finance and business. Mr. Winch’s award-winning laundry mat resulted in the launch of an innovative company that makes it financially feasible for companies to convert to renewable energy. ...


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