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Merit College

3601 Highway 7 East, Suite 808, Markham, Ontario, L3R 0M3
220 Duncan Mill Road, Suite 412, North York, Ontario, M3B 2V1
Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
2 to 10
Day: 100 (Gr. 9 - 12), Homestay: 50 (Gr. 10 - 12)

School Address
3601 Highway 7 East, Suite 808, Markham, Ontario, L3R 0M3
220 Duncan Mill Road, Suite 412, North York, Ontario, M3B 2V1

About this school:


Merit College offers a transformational, academic and life-long journey for our students. Our experience in working with new immigrant and international students integrate into Canada and Canadian schools is unparalleled. We understand how important getting a quality education is for the students and their families and work with them to overcome their struggles, including language barriers, cultural barriers and other obstacles. 


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Our Take: Merit College

our takeSince it was founded, Merit College has served primarily the Chinese Canadian community, with homestay available for students arriving from overseas. The focus at Merit College is very firmly placed on academics, leadership, and communication skills, and it has gained its reputation through preparing students to thrive within a North American university setting. The school community is small, personal and close-knit, and while the school may lack some of the bells and whistles of larger schools—such as breadth of extra-curricular or athletic offerings—the students that enroll here are looking for a challenge, and to gain academic confidence and language skills with an eye to gaining acceptance at leading universities in Canada and the US.  

Principal's Message


Peever, Michael

For almost a decade, Merit College has been helping young and talented students from all over the world reach their full potential and get accepted into a suitable post-secondary program. Merit offers a rigorous academic program that is individualized in a small class learning environment. Our highly qualified teachers attend to each student’s needs. We pride ourselves on developing young leaders of tomorrow who are confident, caring and responsible global citizens.

On behalf of Merit College and our dedicated staff, I would like to invite you and your family to our school for a visit. I’m confident that you’ll quickly find out why Merit is the right choice for you and your family. 

Looking forward to meeting you soon. 


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

What Merit College says: N/A

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Gifted, Special needs

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Merit College says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Science Expository

      Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • 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

    • What Merit College says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What Merit College says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages
    • What Merit College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • What Merit College says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology
    • What Merit College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Merit College says: This information is not currently available.

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

    What Merit College says: This information is not currently available.

    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 Merit College says: This information is not currently available.

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

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What Merit College says: Our Individualized Education Planning and Programming is tailored to meet each student’s needs especially our Excellent Cross-Cultural Understanding helps newcomer students smoothly transition into Canadian culture. If needed from students, One-on-One Tutoring and Small Class Sizes will be arranged to provide maximum individualized attention and interaction conducive for learning. Besides, our Professional Education Consultants provide continuous support until students gain admission into post secondary education.

    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 Merit College says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Special needs school

    Special needs school

    Full-time programming is offered for all students which is exclusively focused on one or more special needs.

    • 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
    • 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 gifted school

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration (The main focus is on acceleration. This means that all students work at a much quicker pace than public school peers (usually working at least one grade-level ahead). )

    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 Merit College 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, Merit College students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Merit College 15 mins30 mins45 mins60 mins
    Site Average70 mins80 mins96 mins109 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Academic achievement reporting9 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting9 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Merit College says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid



    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 11 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$1,000

    Application Deadline:
    December 31, 2017

    More information:

    Application Details:

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 150
    Average enrollment per grade38
    Average class size2 to 10
    Gender (grades)Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview9 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)9 - 12
    Entrance Essay9 - 12
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Homestay students:

    What Merit College says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Merit College is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Day Homestay

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type9101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    Homestay Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **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): McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, Waterloo University, Ryerson University
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, Waterloo University, Ryerson University

    Stories & Testimonials


    2017 Graduate

    I'm glad to give a speech as a grade 12 Student Representative. First, I want to congratulate all the grade 12 students that have receive offers from your ideal universities or colleges. To get the offers, all of you have paid a lot. Take IELTS for instance, most of us spent tons of time and energy on it, especially Hilary. In the end, this was worth it. Although the process was difficult, all of us ended up with good consequences. Next I want to thank all the teachers, without your help we would have met more difficulties with our studies and applications. Besides, as an experienced person I want to give some advice to grade 11 and grade 10 students. First, your grade at school will play a pivotal role on your application, so when you have a hard time with studying, it is better to find teachers to help you solve your problems, study hard and understand all the homework questions, you will make a great improvement. Then for the students who are required to take IELTS test, it is better for you to prepare for it right now, take the test first to figure out your problems and discuss with teachers to find the solution. Keep practicing and ask teachers for help, you will pass it sooner or later.

    At last I hope all of us can get our ideal jobs or the offer form your ideal university in the future. 


    2017 Graduate

    Today I am glad to speak here as a representative of student council. This is my first year at Merit Education. Thanks for your trust, and thanks for giving me a chance to be the president of student council. During this year our student council organized a variety of activities. All of these activities have had great success and our friendships have grown closer during these times. School life at Merit makes you feel warm. The longer we stay here the more we feel like a family. The one year life in Merit education has given me not only knowledge, but also more importantly, has allowed me to build many valuable friendships with teachers and students alike!

    We have all made many memories over the course of our high school journey. We studied together here, and we worked hard together here, as well. After we overcame many difficulties, we finally tasted the sweet taste of success. This year, every grade 12 student received an offer from top universities and colleges, and we each are going to the university that we dreamed of next semester. Congratulations to all of you. Each one of you has unlimited potential in the future, and your university life will pave a much broader road for your future. Our success comes from the hard work and effort that we have put in, and we could not have done that without our friends, family and teachers. They gave us help and constantly encouraged us to keep working hard. Today we can all walk out of here and feel proud of all we have accomplished over this year.

    Today, we are graduating from high school. Everyone will start the next stage of their life journey, and I have no doubt that all of you will be successful in your universities and colleges. 


    2016 Gruadates

    Good afternoon everyone, I’m so glad that I can make a speech in my graduation ceremony, and I’m so excited as well. Though I stayed in Merit College for only a year, I still had lots of unforgettable memories and moments. Now, here we stand and are about to leave in several weeks.

    I’m going thank the principal, vice principal, all the mentors and teachers in this school. It was you guys who devoted yourselves to our students. You are so helpful and professional. You never tire of answering our questions; even sometimes it could be stupid questions. I thank you.

    Mostly from my perspective, I also have something to say for the students who are younger than me or lower than my grade. As students, we will have 

    lots of obstacles and failures on our road to achieve something. It’s impossible to live without failing at something. Nobody else is paying as much attention to your failures as you are. So, just move on. Don't be too sad. Asking questions is always a good way to solve the problem. By doing this, things will be more clear to you. So, don't be hesitant to ask questions. Farewell doesn't always have to be stressful; we still have couple of weeks to enjoy together. Wherever we go and whatever we do, may we always be friends when we meet again.



    2016 Graduates

    Terrance received high marks in all six of Gr.12 courses with an overall average over 90%. In addition, as President of Student Council, Terrance was an excellent role model for the other students and actively contributed to the Merit community. As a result, Terrance was accepted into most of the top universities to which he applied, including the University of Western Ontario, McMaster University, the University of British Columbia, Queens University and the University of Toronto with scholarship. He has decided to go to the University of Toronto to study the most popular program - Commerce in the fall.  


    Over past 2 years, I have been studying at Merit Education, which makes me a successful student not only in academic studies, but also in extracurricular activities. As a young person, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to come to Canada to continue my secondary education. My participation in extracurricular activities has significantly improved my social skills, leadership, and communication skills.

    Last year, as a Business Council Leader in student council, I hosted the 2015 UNICEF Charity Gala run by my school, Merit Education.Compared to China, there are more extracurricular activities in Canada that schools encourage students to participate in. As a Business Council leader, I took the initiative and applied for the Host position for the UNICEF Charity Gala. This role gave me the opportunity to write, practice, and deliver a very touching speech. I had never spoken at such a grand event and the preparation really paid off.

     This year I have been elected as the student council chairman. Our students have actively involved in different extracurricular activities, such as the volunteer event. We have done such a great job and raised more than 15000 dollars for the children in need. All of this could not have been done without support from our principal, our teachers and our staff.






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