MacLachlan College
MacLachlan College
337 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, Ontario, L6J 3H3
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MacLachlan College

MacLachlan College

337 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 3H3

School Type:
Progressive,  IB School
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 12 (Coed)
$9,100 to $21,600 per year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 300 (Gr. PS-12), Homestay: Varies (Gr. 7-12)

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Contact Name:
Heather Hwang

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School Address
337 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 3H3

About this school:

MacLachlan is a world-class school offering the benefits of small class sizes, highly dedicated and engaged teachers and an internationally recognized curriculum. A thriving and innovative coeducational learning environment for students in Pre-K to Grade 12, our small school approach embodies a strong sense of community where learning and international mindedness are nurtured. MacLachlan provides a rich and balanced education for every student by supporting academic achievement, accomplishments in the arts, extracurricular endeavors, community and international service, and other outdoor education pursuits. Believing that active learning has a central role in inspiring and supporting a new generation of learners, MacLachlan has embraced innovative classroom designs that facilitate collaboration, interaction, flexibility, engagement and resilience. MacLachlan is proud to be accredited as an IB World School, the only private school in Oakville with this prestigious accreditation. The International Baccalaureate is one of the world’s most rigorous and highly esteemed education programs. Adhering to standards of excellence, MacLachlan is accredited by the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools Canada (CAIS) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

More information on MacLachlan College
MacLachlan College is a progressive, IB school in Oakville, Ontario, offering both day and homestay options. The school offers programs for grades Preschool to 12 with enrolment of 300 students. MacLachlan College has an average class size of 15 students and has a tuition of $9,100 to $21,600 per year. Founded in 1978, this private school requires students to wear uniforms and the language of instruction is English.

Upcoming Events

upcoming events
  • October 18, 2015: Visit this school at the Oakville Private School Expo: booth #7
    Oakville Conference Centre - Holiday Inn, 2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6L 6P8
    Join us Tuesday, October 18 from 12:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    Chat with school representatives, parents, students and experts face-to-face and learn about many different schools in one day, at one location.

  • October 24, 2015Fall Open House
    MacLachlan College, 337 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 am - 02:00 pm

    MacLachlan's Fall Open House provides families an opportunity to meet teachers and students, tour the campus and learn about the outstanding academic and extracurricular programs MacLachlan offers students from Pre-K to Grade 12. We invite you to join us on Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is where your child belongs. Visit us to show you why. 

Principal's Message


Michael Piening, Head of School

MacLachlan College lives its mission statement by cultivating intellectual curiosity in its students and inspiring them to be active contributors to our ever changing world. Our small class sizes, averaging 14 in the lower school and 18 in upper school, ensure that every student is known on a personal level. This is a key feature of our school. MacLachlan College is committed to providing superior, world class education. Accredited as an IB World School, MacLachlan offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, making us the only private school in Oakville with this prestigious designation. The IB PYP programme is an internationally recognized curriculum designed for students from pre-school to grade 6. The IB is one of the world’s most highly esteemed education programs. In an increasingly globalized world, the IB challenges students to think critically, research deeply and develop internationally minded perspectives on a broad range of issues. Students become lifelong learners and conscientious critical thinkers. In grades 7 to 12 we offer a rigourous academic program with an option to work toward Advanced Placement courses of study. We believe in the traditional approach to education. However, true to our motto "Where tradition and vision meet", our methodology and approach to the use of communication technology is progressive. Our teachers and students engage in dynamic and interactive educational opportunities. Our approach leads to inquiry based learning and the development of higher order critical thinking skills. At MacLachlan College we believe in the personal touch. We take the time to listen. I would like to hear about your child and I invite you to call for a visit.



Application Deadlines:

Type Date
Day Rolling
Homestay Rolling

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School Entry Points:

  • Entry Points (Day): Students Admitted
    Preschool Limited
    JK Limited
    SK Limited
    K Limited
    1 Limited
    2 Limited
    3 Limited
    4 Limited
    5 Limited
    6 Limited
    7 Limited
    8 Limited
    9 Limited
    10 Limited
    11 Limited
    12 Limited
  • Entry Points (Homestay): Students Admitted
    7 Limited
    8 Limited
    9 Limited
    10 Limited
    11 Limited
    12 Limited

Tuition & Financial Aid



Type Tuition
Day Students $9,100 to 21,600 CDN
Homestay Students $10,000 CDN

Scholarships & awards:

  • Bursary
       Amount: $10,000
       Type: Need based
       Grade(s): 8 to 10

Stories & Testimonials


Empowering Youth and Supporting Community Charities

 As part of MacLachlan's Grade 10 program, students form groups to research deserving charities in the community. Each group is required to make a presentation to a panel of judges who select the winning presentation. The designated charity is then awarded $5,000 as part of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), to support their work in the Oakville community.
 Since 2002, YPI has granted over $12 million to community-based social service charities across Canada, the United Kingdom and New York City, 100% determined by 400,000 informed and empowered secondary students who have completed the award winning philanthropy project.
 Our winners for 2015 were the team of Rachel and Susan. As a result, $5,000 goes to Safety Net, a grassroots, local charity located in Oakville.


A Great Day on the Links Benefits MacLachlan's Bursary Fund

On Friday, May 29, MacLachlan College held its Swing Into Spring Social Event. It was an excellent day at Piper’s Heath Golf Course that benefitted the MacLachlan College Education Foundation significantly. The mission of the MacLachlan College Educational Foundation is to maintain a bursary fund that provides students from varying economic backgrounds access to a MacLachlan College education. It is with thanks to the generous support of parents, teachers, sponsors and other members of the community that through this fund we are able to maintain a diverse student body and help families that could not otherwise afford a private education.


MacLachlan College Voted Best Private School

MacLachlan College was awarded the Oakville Beaver Readers selection diamond first place award for best private school. Thank you to all our students, families and alumni for voting!


MacLachlan Make Your Mark Golf Classic - Raising Money for Education

Our MacLachlan Make Your Mark Golf Classic was held at Piper's Heath Golf Club on Friday, May 24th. Although the weather was cool and windy, parents, staff, alumni and friends all shared a great time on the links. Unfortunately, no one was able to make a hole-in-one and win the $50,000 nor the Mercedes-Benz.

We are pleased to report that our fundraiser for the MacLachlan College Educational Foundation Scholarship and Bursary Fund was a great success. Thank you to all members of the MacLachlan community for supporting this event and kudos to the many parents who gave of their time and energy to make Friday so rewarding. ...

MacLachlan Student Experience at Canada Wide Engineering Fair

The following article is written by MacLachlan Head Prefect, Ishan Aditya. He shares his experience at the Canada Wide Science and Engineering Fair held at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta.

I competed at the Canada Wide Science and Engineering Fair from May 11th to May 18th that was held at the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta. There were a total of 482 students all the way from Australia to Nunavut. The title of my project was: "Skeletal Muscle Inflammatory Cytokine Expression Predicts Metabolic Disease Risk". I chose to investigate the inflammatory chemokine CCL2 located on chromosome 17 in skeletal muscle tissue in lean, overweight and obese patients. The reason was because I wanted to see whether the skeletal muscle tissue experiences inflammation in a state of obesity as virtually nothing is known, and so the gene expression of CCL2 would serve as a novel representation of this. Then I combined a population study looking at South Asian and European male and female patients that were lean, overweight, and obese as I wanted to see what role genetics plays in terms of skeletal muscle inflammation. Since South Asians experienced a higher concentration of this inflammatory cytokine, this means that they are more highly predisposed to inflammatory disorders like insulin resistance which leads to type 2 diabetes mellitus.  The findings of my project essentially showed that the BMI scale needs to be re-defined and restructured as skeletal muscle inflammation occurs at different degrees in different ethnic groups of our world. This is a major finding as it's a scale that's used by physicians globally. With the findings of my experiment I am also one step closer to helping find a cure or a possible non-invasive treatment at an "in-utero" for type 2 diabetes mellitus and lower the risk of patients for cardiovascular disorders.
I presented my project to judges that were MDs and PhDs and my project was awarded a silver medal in the senior category, $300 in cash, and up to $10,000 in scholarships from the Universities of Dalhousie, Western, UBC, and Ottawa. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I had one of the best weeks of my life. I plan to continue my research at McMaster University in their Health Sciences program. ...

iPads a Part of Learning in Grade 1

Mrs. Duke's Grade One class is participating in a trial iPad one to one program. Each student will be receiving a school iPad for use in the classroom and also at home.  Over the last several months, Mrs. Duke has been working creatively planning how to effectively integrate the iPads into the curriculum and classroom routines. Starting this week, the students will be taking the iPads home. All grade 1 pupils will be using a variety of specially selected apps and reading resources to enhance their learning. Traditional learning methods, such as journal entries and math workbooks, will continue to be utilized as core components in the programme. The iPads will be used as an additional resource to reinforce and enhance math and language concepts in an interactive and engaging way. A large selection of leveled reading material has also been pre-loaded on the iPads.  We are very enthusiastic about this exciting educational opportunity and it is our belief that a technology rich environment will increase student interest and enjoyment of learning.


MacLachlan Student receives his Silver Award at Queen's Park

MacLachlan College Head Prefect, Ishan Aditya, was formally presented with his Silver Level of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Programme by the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The ceremony took place at Queen's Park in Toronto on Saturday, November 10th. Ishan has participated atively in the programme since grade 9, having previously completed the bronze level. He has successfully excelled in all four elements of the programme: service, two adventurous journeys, skills, and physical recreation. 


MacLachlan Students attend We Day

Along with about 20,000 screaming youths, Grade 6,7 and 8 students from MacLachlan College attended the annual We Day at the Air Canada Centre. Al Gore, Nelly Furtado, Martin Sheen, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Trudeau, and many other speakers and performers attempted to inspire their youthful and excited audience. Created by Free The Children to celebrate young people, We Day inspires students to create positive changes around the world.


Mac Public Speaking Team Excels at Internationals

Returning from the prestigious International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition (IISPSC) at Strathcona Tweedsmuir School in Calgary, Alberta, students touched down Monday afternoon at Pearson in the midst of the huffing and puffing of the leading edge of Hurricane Sandy. They blew into town with glad tidings from this year’s competition that welcomed 150 students from 41 schools and 7 countries. It was truly an international event drawing students from as far away as The Doon School and Vivek High School in India.
    MacLachlan College was represented at the championship by veteran IISPSC contestant Ishan Aditya (gr. 12) and two first-time attendees, Rafey Sattar (gr. 12) and Ella Purtill (gr. 11). Overall MacLachlan College finished 28th out of the 47 teams that participated, just behind fellow CIS school Appleby College but ahead of Ridley College.
Ishan participated in Impromptu, After Dinner and Dramatic Interpretation with his best finish coming in Dramatic (12th place) where he narrowing missed an invitation to compete in the tournament finals. Ishan noted that the comments he received for his dramatic monologue performance from Karl Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, were the most satisfying to him personally. Overall, Ishan finished in the top 3rd of all individual competitor’s at 44th place. Ishan was brimming at the airport saying goodbye to his colleagues for the last time. €œThis is the best. This whole experience has meant so much to me.
    Rafey competed in Persuasive, Interpretive Reading and Extemporaneous. His top finish was in Extemporaneous where he placed 9th overall. Also of note was his 25th finish in the persuasive category, a category that drew upwards of 80 competitors – more than any other category. When asked to comment, Rafey was not entirely sure of how to assess his 47th place finish. Coach Gregory Dominato put it into perspective this way: €œTo finish in the top 3rd at this competition is a significant achievement. I mean were talking about the top students from some of the top schools in the world.” He went on to point out the success that students from the IISPSC had at the world tournament last year: €œOf the 10 top individuals at last year'€™s Worlds, 7 were from this tournament [IISPSC]€. Moreover, he noted with some national pride, €œThey were all Canadians. Needless to say, Rafey finds himself in elite company. 
    First time IISPSC participant Ella Purtill put in a very solid performance finishing 8th in the Radio Newscast event. Her other two events were Dramatic and After Dinner. She was all smiles at the banquet held on the final day of the tournament. This is really fantastic,€ exclaimed Ella, “the competition, the excitement, the new friends, the day trip to Banff ¦ Wow!€ Indeed, Ella was already looking forward to the possibility of a return in 2013. €œI really have a good idea now of what it takes to do well here overall.
    Tournament organizer Lennard Fink from Strathcona-Tweedsmuir was beaming on the final evening. Thanking the large number of volunteers, he announced to the assembled audience of over 200 competitors and coaches that, €œThe IISPSC is a wonderful opportunity to bring one’s school community together. The effort is worth the result.
    Next years IISPSC will be hosted by Country Day School in King City, Ontario and will run from October 17-20, 2013. Coach Dominato wished to thank the school and the parents for their continued support in attending this event and observed that, €œTo be here at this tournament maintains MacLachlan’s profile amongst CIS and CAIS schools.


Build-a-School Change-a-Life

MacLachlan College has started an initiative to help build a school in a little village in the Dominican Republic. Over the last few years Lisa Duranleau, the Executive Director of MacLachlan College has been spending some of her school holidays in Puerto Plata Dominican Republic. After visiting a village near her resort Lisa began bringing donations for the village. After several visits she decided that she wanted to do more than bring clothing, books and school supplies for this impoverished village. Mrs. Duranleau decided that she would investigate how to build a school for this village. Lisa knows all about how to build a school here in Canada but she didn't know how to help build a school in the Dominican. She found out how it could be done and that her school could help do it. For MacLachlan this Holiday season begins with an initiative to help build a school in this village. MacLachlan believes that a school provides focus in a community and education provides children with the opportunity to change their lives and break the cycle of poverty in their community. Please view the Build-a-School Change-a-Life video on MacLachlan's homepage and consider donating. www.maclachlan.ca


MacLachlan Student Qualifies for World Competition

Following up on our second place finish in the Nora McRae Public Speaking Competition last spring, MacLachlan College competed again this year in the prestigious Independent Schools International Public Speaking Competition in Vancouver, British Columbia. The tournament drew over 160 competitors from over 50 international schools from as far away as India, Hong Kong, South Korea, Peru, Cyprus and the United Kingdom. Our team was comprised of three Mac Students, Alex, Letycia and Ishan. Our team made an excellent showing with Alex and Letycia performing very well in this demanding event. Our school's success was highlighted by a superb performance by Ishan Aditya. Ishan finished 6th overall and 4th from the list of Canadian competitors. This is our best individual result ever at the tournament and an outstanding achievement. Ishan has now qualified to represent MacLachlan College, and Canada, at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship in Brisbane, Australia in March/April. Our coach, Mr. Dominato, reports that the students were wonderful to travel and work with and reflected very well on our school. Members of the team shared their experiences with the students at our recent Upper School Assembly. A big thanks goes to Mr. Dominato for preparing our teams over the past 6 months. ...

MacLachlan Student Vote 2011

Prior to the Ontario Provincial Election, students at MacLachlan College joined with thousands of others across the province and cast their ballots as part of "Student Vote". Ms. Woodward's grade 5 class organized a polling station in room #209 for the Junior Division and Mr. Ferguson's grade 10 Civics class conducted their election on the third floor. As in the real election, Kevin Flynn of the Liberal Party was re-elected. ...

The Adventures of Sai and Saru

This is a story written by Nikita a Grade 2 Mac Student. One day in a small peaceful jungle there was a snake named Sai. Sai was a type of python snake. Sai lived in the south part of the jungle. However, Sai was not alone. In the jungle there also lived a spider. The spider’s name was Saru. Saru was a tarantula. Saru lived in the west side of the jungle. One day Sai was slithering to the west side of the jungle. However he did not know that he was slithering into Saru’s territory! Saru saw Sai slithering in his territory and he knew he had to do something about this! He was just about to jump in the ferocious python’s face but he stopped. He thought in his head, what if Sai was too powerful? What if he was a venomous snake? Saru overcame his fears and jumped into battle. Sai was actually impressed that a tarantula would face a python in battle. The spider tried to use his jaws to cut Sai into pieces. Fortunately Sai slithered back. Sai tried to use his venomous fangs to poison Saru. Saru used his spider web. The spider escaped but Sai was not giving up on his prey! Sai chased Saru down the west side of the jungle. Soon they came to a dead end! Sai accidentally pushed Saru down the cliff. They fell down. They thought they were going to perish but they landed in a soft fuzzy thing. At first they thought it was good but then they realized that they landed in a hawk’s nest. Saru and Sai panicked. Then Saru had a brilliant idea. Saru told Sai that he would make a silk path strong enough to hold both of them. Sai nodded. They worked together and became best friends. The End. ...

MacLachlan Earns IB World School Status

As a fully accredited IB World School, MacLachlan is the only private school in Oakville with this prestigious designation. The International Baccalaureate is one of the world's most rigorous and highly esteemed education programmes and as such IB schools are inspected on a regular basis to ensure adherence to standards of excellence. This guarantees that students receive a world class education - one that is Challenging, Engaging, Relevant and Significant. MacLachlan currently offers the IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) from pre-school to grade 6. The IB PYP is embedded in all subject areas and MacLachlan's IB trained teachers guide students to learn by inquiry so that higher order thinking skills are tapped. MacLachlan teachers are great listeners who facilitate rather than dictate lessons. This approach gives students more connection to the real world and allows them to explore new concepts by asking their own questions and developing their own ideas and opinions. "Be a part of it" Now accepting applications for Sept. 2012 Visit the school in action on any Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11:00 or contact Nancy Norcross, Director of Admissions, to set-up a personal interview and tour. MacLachlan College is a co-educational independent school from grades Pre K to 12. 337 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, 905-844-0372 ext. 235 admissions@maclachlan.ca www.maclachlan.ca ...

In the News


August 4, 2015 - MacLachlan Teachers "Take MACtion" in the Dominican Republic

This summer, a group of MacLachlan teachers, staff and family members put vacation plans on hold to volunteer in the Dominican Republic. ...

February 20, 2015 - MacLachlan Participating in OLA's

MacLachlan will be participating in the Blue Spruce Award (Gr. SK-2), the Silver Birch Award (Gr. 3-6) and the Red Maple Award (Gr.6-8) ...

October 7, 2014 - Our Trip to Queens Park

On October 1, 2014 the two classes in grade five and the grade 10 Civics class went on a tremendously exciting trip to Queen’s Park... ...

Curriculum & Programs

Curriculum & Programs

    Specialty Academics

  • AP courses
  • Career planning
  • Community service
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  • Honors
  • IB primary years program
  • Summer studies
  • University counseling

    School Support

  • After-school program
  • Before-school program
  • Full-day kindergarten
  • Half-day kindergarten
  • Lunch program
  • Private/Individual lessons
  • Transportation
  • Tutoring


  • Acting
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Drawing
  • Fashion design
  • Film & video
  • Graphic design
  • Music history
  • Music Theatre/Opera
  • Music theory
  • Orchestra
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Set design
  • Theatre design
  • Voice/Vocal/Singing

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Canadian history
  • Creative writing
  • Debate
  • European history
  • Independent study
  • Literature
  • Public speaking
  • World religions


  • English
  • ESL
  • French

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Computers

  • Algebra
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Computer programming
  • Computer science
  • Physics
  • Robotics

    Academic / Social Clubs

  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Math Club
  • Poetry/Literature club
  • Robotics club
  • Science Club
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook


  • Audiovisual Club
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Musical theatre/Opera
  • Photography


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Camping/Canoeing
  • Cricket
  • Downhill skiing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Skating
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoor Club
  • Outdoor Education
  • Racquet Ball
  • Running
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

    Moral Development

  • Character education
  • Leadership
  • Whole Child

    Admissions & Finances

  • Bursaries
  • Entrance exams
  • Financial aid
  • Interview required
  • Scholarships
  • Sibling discounts

    Religious Affiliation

  • Non-denominational


  • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
  • The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS) Associations
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations

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