St. Andrew's College
St. Andrew's College
15800 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7
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St. Andrew's College

St. Andrew's College

15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7

School Type:
Grades (Gender):
5 to 12 (Boys)
$32,825 to $57,940 per year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 367 (Gr. 5-12), Boarding: 259 (Gr. 6-12)

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Contact Name:
Michael Roy

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School Address
15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7

About this school:

St. Andrew’s College (SAC) is an independent, all-boys preparatory school for grades 5-12. Located 40 minutes north of Toronto in the town of Aurora, our 110-acre campus is home to a mix of 630 boarding and day students. SAC offers a rigorous academic curriculum with multiple Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities including AP Capstone, and a rich, activity-based educational environment. A wireless tablet program adds to the learning experience, incorporating the latest technology into the classroom. We welcome boys from around the world with strong academic backgrounds who also want to become active members of our community. As set out in our mission statement, SAC’s academic program is complemented by a wide range of co-curricular activities designed to develop 'the complete man and well-rounded citizen.' All boys participate in our extensive athletic program (71 teams across 22 sports), and the 110-year-old Cadet Corps. Many of our students also choose to participate in SAC’s internationally acclaimed arts, drama, and music programs, and are active in photography, robotics, community outreach, and more. A St. Andrew’s education is like no other. Graduates gain entry to top universities in Canada, the U.S., and abroad, and are renowned for their strong values, dedication to community, lasting achievements, and lifelong friendships.

More information on St. Andrew's College
St. Andrew's College is an academic school in Aurora, Ontario, offering both day and boarding options. The school offers programs for grades 5 to 12 with enrolment of 626 students. St. Andrew's College has an average class size of 17 students and has a tuition of $32,825 to $57,940 per year. Founded in 1899, this private school requires students to wear uniforms and the language of instruction is English.

Principal's Message


Michael Roy, Class of 1985, Director of Admission, Marketing and Business Development

Parents and students have the luxury of choice in selecting an independent school. As you investigate the options for your son, we believe you will come to view St. Andrew’s College as a truly unique place. With more than 115 years of tradition, we remain the single largest all-boys boarding school in Canada. The many defining features of SAC provide a comprehensive and fulfilling educational experience.

We offer a broad range of academic courses to satisfy the most curious minds. In an all-boys’ academic setting, teaching and learning styles are geared specifically toward how young men learn best. From our Middle School (grades 5-8) through Upper School (grades 9-12), our curriculum challenges each boy to reach his potential. We are proud of our 100% university placement from each graduating class. With more than 6,000 active alumni spanning the globe, SAC graduates benefit from worldwide connections.

Our athletic, art, and co-curricular programs are amongst the most varied and comprehensive of any independent school in Canada and inspire our students to discover their passion by tackling new challenges. With a school population of over 626 students, comprised of 367 day and 259 boarding students, our boys learn to live in a multi-cultural setting, gaining a global perspective on world issues and viewpoints.

Our 110-acre campus provides an ideal setting for learning and growth. While our facilities are exceptional, St. Andrew's primary strength is its people. Faculty, staff, and students combine to make SAC a wonderful place to spend one’s formative years preparing for university.

To learn more about how your son can gain admission to SAC and better understand why our school motto is The development of the complete man, the well-rounded citizen, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.



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Tuition & Financial Aid



Type Tuition
Day Students $32,825 CDN
Boarding Students $53,260 to 57,940 CDN

Scholarships & awards:

  • Bursary
       Amount: Varies
       Type: Need based
       Grade(s): 5 to 12
  • Scholarship
       Amount: Varies
       Type: Merit based
       Grade(s): 5 to 12

Notable Alumni

Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
Lawren Harris 1903 Pioneering Canadian artist and Group of Seven painter. Companion of the Order of Canada.
Kiefer Sutherland 1984 Emmy award and Golden Globe award winning actor, best know for his role as Jack Bauer on the hit show "24".
Anthony S. Fell 1958 Chairman of RBC Capital Markets. CEO of RBC Dominion Securities Limited. Officer of the Order of Canada
Rob McEwen 1968 Chairman and CEO of McEwen Mining Inc. Chairman of Lexam VG Gold Inc. Founder, Chairman and CEO of Goldcorp Inc.
Graham Towers 1915 First Governor of the Bank of Canada. Governor for Canada at the IMF. Chairman of the National War Finance Committee. Order of Canada.
Charles S.L. Hertzberg 1901 Major General, Chief Engineer of the First Canadian Army, and commander of the Canadian Engineering Corps during the Second World War. Prominent structural engineer with many works
H.F.H. Hertzberg 1904 Major General and Commandant of Royal Military College (RMC) during the Second World War. Quartermaster General and Adjutant General. Companion of the Order of Bath.
John Crosbie 1949 12th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. Federal Minister of: Fisheries and Oceans, International Trade, Transport, Justice, and Finance.
Vincent Massey 1905 18th Governor General of Canada
John Alexander Douglas McCurdy 1904 20th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Canadian aviation pioneer.
Frank Moores 1951 The second Premier of Newfoundland
Edward Roberts 1958 11th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador
Gilbert de Beauregard Robinson 1924 A Canadian mathematician most famous for the Robinson-Schensted algorithm.
Michael Del Zotto 2007 NHL hockey player

Stories & Testimonials


Robotics Team to Compete in Brazil

Staunton Gallery was full of bright and curious minds last week as SAC Robotics Club members vied for a spot at RoboCup Junior in Brazil this summer.

The club was only re-introduced last year, but the investment is already paying dividends. Grade 9 and 10 students competed in the Rescue Challenge against Trinity College School, and grade 11 and 12 SAC teams competed against each other in soccer. Eight Robotics Club members qualified to represent Canada in the rescue category and an additional seven boys qualified for the senior soccer finals.

To compete in soccer, each team had to build and program two robots that could track a plastic ball emitting infrared light. The robots could not be remote-controlled in anyway – they had to ‘think’ for themselves. One robot was designed as a goalie and the other as the striker. The objective was to score more goals than their opponent on a modified soccer-style field.

“The competition was a pretty close call even after all the weeks of preparation leading up to it,” said Parth Agarwal of the soccer team. “It was suspenseful and exciting at the same time.”

For the Rescue Challenge, a robot had to follow a black line in a maze-like fashion and then up a ramp. At the top, there was a can of pop that had to be located, lifted, and moved to a platform in one of the corners of the game field. All the tasks had to be done autonomously.

“It was definitely one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking days of this entire school year,” said Gary Zhou of the rescue team. “Looking at the robot moving by itself and navigating through the stage was a truly amazing thing. The team and I had really put in a lot of time and effort into that little thing, and fortunately it didn’t disappoint us.”

The following boys qualified for the soccer team: Parth, Jordan Brown, Henry Hsieh, Mark Hsu, Brayden Kerr, Justin Lai, and Cedric Lau. Rescue team members include: Dylan van Eeden, Charlie Elliott, Artiom Lisin, Eric Lowry, Darrian Spampinato, Tristan Tsvetanov, Derek Zhang, and Gary. The students are hoping to see a repeat of SAC’s performance in 2011, when their team finished first in the world in the RoboCup Junior Soccer Superteam category held in Turkey.

While the rescue group’s robot only made it halfway through the challenge, the team will be spending the next few weeks working out the kinks. “I am very excited for Brazil and looking forward to what the robot’s full potential is on the international stage,” Gary commented.

In order to fully understand the complexities and impressiveness of these robots, one needs to see the robots in action. From a distance, it looks as though the robots are controlled remotely, but they are autonomous, ‘thinking’ for themselves using input from their infrared detectors for sight, ultrasonic range finders for distance, and a compass for direction.

“With the final competition coming up, our first priority is to tweak our robot to a more stable and reliable design, one that can consistently perform the same task at a competitive pace,” Parth remarked.

According to the RoboCup website, “There are few events that match the complexity of RoboCup. It is both a venue for artificial intelligence and intelligent robotics research and a display of the advancements in a format visible for people who are not experts, and allows them to share the enthusiasm of the researchers.”

The popularity of robotics at St. Andrew’s has grown steadily over the past few years. What started as a club in 2006 turned into a grade 11 and 12 computer engineering course and a club was introduced for grade 9 and 10 students.


Biology Students Earn Top 1% in Canada

It has been an exciting week for the biology department at St. Andrew’s with results back on their remarkable student achievement in the University of Toronto 2014 National Biology Competition.

Of the 3,436 eligible contestants from schools within Canada, grade 12 students Will Pidduck and Peter Song finished in the top 1% at 16th and 21st place respectively. They were awarded a certificate for National Biology Scholars with Distinction and a $50 cash prize each.

“Mr. Galajda did an amazing job compiling study notes for this contest,” said Peter, who admittedly didn’t prepare for the test outside of class time. “I think that shows how effective Mr. Galajda was with his notes and preparing us in class.”

This year Peter has maintained a 98.6% average in biology, while classmate Will a 98.5%.

“The showing of our boys is a testament to the strength of our science program and in particular Mr. Galajda’s commitment to the senior biology program,” said Michael Paluch, Assistant Headmaster Academics. “We are very proud of the work of Will, Peter, and the entire class as this test is extremely challenging.”

Excitement continued to build over the week as more students were recognized. Amongst them were grade 12 students Geoffrey Wei (65th place), Peter Grantcharov (89th place), and Luke Simpson (149th place) who earned certificates as National Biology Scholars.

In previous years, the School’s highest ranking has been 8th, but as a team, the College came in third place out of 256 participating schools. Because of this, the College received a Certificate of Excellence from the University of Toronto Biology Competition.

“This is huge news for the biology department,” said Upper School science teacher David Galajda, who was thoroughly pleased to be spreading the great news. “These are truly impressive results.”


Debaters Bring Home Cup

Thanks to the persuasive oratory skills of two Upper School debaters, the coveted Fulford Cup has returned to St. Andrew’s College.

It has been five years since SAC last won the prestigious Fulford League Debate Tournament, which draws participants from independent schools across Ontario in fall, winter, and spring competitions.

Four members of SAC’s Public Speaking and Debate Society attended last Saturday’s spring Fulford Tournament at Upper Canada College. After three rounds of both prepared cross-examination and impromptu parliamentary-style debate, the combined scores of Jadyn Dragasevich ’16 and Saad Siddiqui ’15 edged out Toronto’s Branksome Hall for top school.

Jadyn and Saad finished first and third respectively, with scores so close they were separated by less than a point. Jadyn’s win was all the more impressive as the grade 10 student moved up to the senior division to compete with grade 11s and 12s. In the junior division, Artiom Lisin ’16 and Zain Naqvi ’16 finished in the top 20 among students in grades 8-10.

Jadyn and Saad will attend the International Independent Schools’ Public Speaking Competition (IISPSC) in Hong Kong next October, along with Cole Macgregor ’15.

“This is a significant win for our School, one that gives voice to our students’ pursuit and interest in skills that will be carried with them beyond life at SAC,” says Michael Paluch, Assistant Headmaster, Academics, and staff facilitator for the Public Speaking and Debate Society. It also shows areas our students excel beyond athletics.

Both Jadyn and Saad were introduced to debating in grade 6. Though Jadyn admits his first choice was drama, he “fell in love with it and hasn’t looked back.”

Saad shares this passion and spends hours preparing for competition. For the past two years, he has been the Head of the Debate Society, with assistance from Jadyn and others. This year there are approximately 30 Upper School and 30 Middle School students in the club. Saad narrowly missed qualifying for this year’s World Public Speaking and Debating Championships (WPSDC) in Lithuania by placing just one below the top-eight qualifiers. He has competing at Internationals in Vancouver where he contributed to SAC’s 12th place finish.

As the boys prepare for next fall’s tournment in Hong Kong, they will work with debating coach, Shakir Rahim, a fourth-year student at University of Toronto, who has won at internationals and worlds twice.

The School’s interest in debating and public speaking dates back to the days of inter-school competitions between the ‘Little Big Four Schools’: SAC, Ridley College, Trinity College, and Upper Canada College. The Fulford League was founded in 1948 by the widow of Senator George Fulford and grew over time as more independent schools joined the league. In 1980, SAC’s Rupert Ray was elected as its first official president, and every seven years a member-school takes a turn hosting the Fulford Debating Tournament.

The last time SAC hosted was in January 2011, and the last SAC student to place at internationals was Jermone Biroo ’11, who went on to compete at the IISPSC world’s in Australia where he finished 19th overall.


Inspirational Experience at Stanford

A summer course at Stanford has given a grade 11 student an early taste of university life at one of America’s most prestigious schools.

Saad Siddiqui ’15 attended the Stanford Summer Humanities Institute in July. He was among 100 high school students from across North America to receive a coveted spot for one of two courses offered after “stumbling across the program” last year.

The application process was extensive, and in many respects similar to a college application process. “They wanted teacher recommendations, a seven-page writing sample, answers to short questions, and standardized test score results,” says Saad. “To my surprise, I got in!”

For three-and-a-half weeks, he experienced the life of a Stanford undergrad as he ate, slept, and studied at the school’s beautiful California campus. His course, a condensed version of a regular one, explored the intersections of philosophy and literature. It was taught by professors Joshua Landy and Lanier Anderson, who teach the course to Stanford freshmen.

The workload was rigorous and consisted of lectures, Stanford graduate T.A-led discussions, research papers, and lengthy assigned readings each evening. The course syllabus included advanced readings and analyses of Friedrich Nietzsche, Charles Baudelaire, William Shakespeare, Martha Nussbaum, and Alasdair MacIntyre, to name a few.

“I was surrounded by outstanding academic minds who are some of the most respected and advanced in their field,” marvels Saad, “The most valuable skill I acquired during my time at Stanford is the ability to think critically; developing the insight to view fictions as more than just a message or fable, but rather a source of creating actual change.”

His final 15-page dissertation explored the nature of morally improving literature and the effects of fiction on its consumer in a paper entitled Stylization and Aestheticism: Enhancing the Functions and Form of Literature.

"Overall, the experience was breathtaking,” explains Saad. “I was given the tools necessary to be able to understand and appreciate the vastness of a relatively unexplored field.”

Saad, who finished grade 10 with a 90% average, is head of a host of extra-curricular activities including Model United Nations, SAC Drama Society, Library Advisory Council, Debating & Public Speaking Society, and Writing and Publication Council. In October, Saad will represent SAC at the International Independent Schools’ Public Speaking competition where he will present a speech on the pitfalls of political correctness.

It is indeed a busy schedule, but Saad says he is “confident that the essential skills I’ve acquired this summer at Stanford will be instrumental in any of my academic undertakings at SAC and beyond.” ...

Chemistry students best national average

Marke Jones’ chemistry classes achieved some impressive results in two competitive examinations from the University of Waterloo.

On May 9, Mr. Jones’ grade 12 Advanced Placement Chemistry II class (SCH4UP) wrote the challenging University of Waterloo CHEM13 News Exam. His class was among 2,056 students from across Canada and internationally writing the exam that day.

When the results came in, the SAC class average (10 students) was 5% higher than the national/international average. Top students from our School were Michael Chiang and Aaron Leung, who fell into the 87th and 85th percentiles respectively.

On May 16, grade 11 Advanced Placement Chemistry I (SCH3UP) students wrote a 75-minute exam that was given simultaneously to 3,804 students across Canada and internationally. The Avogadro Exam was created 26 years ago by the University of Waterloo’s Department of Chemistry to recognize and reward achievement in a high school chemistry course.

Once again, the SAC students (18) outperformed the national/international average, achieving 10% higher than the average and any individual group.

SAC’s top 5 students in the Avogadro Exam were:
Peter Song 95th percentile
Michael Mardini 92nd percentile
JaeWoo Kang 89th percentile
Lucas Hu 88th percentile
Parth Agarwal 84th percentile

Mr. Jones’ SCH3UP class was one of the strongest ever at the School. He says that his students’ enthusiasm was motivating and because they enjoyed the challenges of this course, “it propelled them to achieve excellent results.”

This group moves to SCH4UP next year, and Mr. Jones says he is already excited about the prospects for achievement! ...

Reflections from a Graduate

Even now, in my second year of university, I am still discovering how being an Andrean has enabled me to accomplish so much. After my first week, I sent an email to my SAC philosophy teacher, Mr. Rush, thanking him for preparing me for university lectures. From note taking, to readings and research, Andreans are taught how to cope and excel in various disciplines. Aside from academics, St. Andrew's also gave me incredible experience, especially through its amazing arts program. As a Drama major, I have had to call on past experiences in the arts for so many facets of my studies. The experience I have gained from being an Andrean has helped me in acting and directing in professional productions, and even in serving on the Board of Directors for Queen's Musical Theatre. St. Andrew's taught me how to balance my time and all my activities so I could get the most from my experiences, whether that be as a student, actor, director, board member, campus tour guide, orientation leader or any of my roles here at Queen's. I owe a great deal to St. Andrew's for all it has given me, and I am incredibly proud to be an Andrean. ...

Meet an SAC Graduate

My brother Chad graduated from St. Andrew's College in 2006 and I remember coming to visit and thinking ‘this will be my school one day.’ Once I saw the campus and learned about the programs, I knew that SAC would be the perfect fit for me. I can say with confidence that my time here has made me a stronger person. I have learned a lot about myself and have come to appreciate my unique qualities. Teachers have high expectations for their students, and at the end of the year, the students have high expectations for themselves. SAC provides the perfect combination of athletics and academics for students to enjoy the best of both worlds. I have been able to maintain my roles as Prefect, a member of the Multicultural Society, a Warrant Officer in the Cadet Corps, a drummer in the Pipes and Drums, while also being a member of the Athletics Council and participating in Varsity Soccer, Varsity Swimming, Track and Field, and Triathlon. It has been an amazing experience to be immersed in such a wide variety of programs and groups. It is such a great feeling to know that you are helping out in the community and still have time to win a championship tournament. I have been able to expand my skill base, while making friends and having the time of my life. I have learned that a combination of hard work, discipline and dedication is the formula to success. This has been taught to me by my coaches and teachers through example. Having witnessed the benefits of amazing leadership, it is hard not to want to follow by example. When I had to make the decision about what path to take for my future, my teachers were there for me, always with an open mind to listen to my concerns. Together we brainstormed, weighed the positives and negatives of each choice, and made the final decision. The atmosphere just radiates team spirit, hard work and passion. It is with great honour and pride that I move to the next stage in my future. I know my experience at St. Andrew’s is unforgettable, and even though I will be leaving a part of me behind when I go, I know that I will carry with me a lifetime of memories and life skills. Craig has received a soccer scholarship to attend St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY next year. He plans to major in E-Commerce. ...

Meet an SAC Graduate

I come from a long line of St. Andrew's College graduates. Both of my brothers graduated as Head Prefects, and I am proud to have followed in their footsteps. My family plays a big part of my life and has always influenced the decisions that I make. I started at SAC in grade 6 and cannot believe seven years have passed so quickly. From start to finish, this has been one of the most unforgettable journeys that I will ever take. I like trying new things and exploring various avenues, and SAC is the perfect place for a boy to discover what makes him happy and how to go about achieving his goals. At this school, you are given the opportunity to discover your strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes by joining programs and groups. Throughout the years, I have tried all different kinds of things, from performing in school plays during FOCUS Festival of the Arts and playing in the Pipe Band for five years, to being an officer in the Cadets Corps and serving as a Middle School House Captain where I mentored younger students and provided them with advice and guidance from my own experience at SAC. I have played on different sports teams as well, including Squash, Baseball and Cricket. This year, I am the Head Prefect, Captain of the Varsity Squash team and President of Community Service Council - having acquired over 300 hours of community service. The lessons that are taught here stay with you and can be applied to decisions you make outside of the classroom. What is great about this school is that the teachers push you; they have great expectations for you, and in the end you start to realize what it is you can really accomplish. I am ready to take the next step in my life and in my education, knowing that I am incredibly well prepared and ready to tackle any challenges that present themselves. Kent will attend Brown University in Rhode Island this September to study Bio Chemistry. ...

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Curriculum & Programs

Curriculum & Programs

    Specialty Academics

  • AP courses
  • Career planning
  • Community service
  • Distance learning
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  • Exchange programs
  • Mentorship Program
  • Summer camps/program
  • Summer studies
  • University counseling

    School Support

  • Lunch program
  • Tutoring

    Special Needs

  • Learning study assistance


  • 3-D Design
  • Acting
  • Band
  • Ceramics
  • Choral Music
  • Directing
  • Drawing
  • Electric music
  • Film & video
  • Graphic design
  • History of Theatre
  • Lighting design
  • Music theory
  • Orchestra
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Production
  • Sculpture
  • Television/Radio
  • Voice/Vocal/Singing

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Canadian history
  • Creative writing
  • Debate
  • Journalism
  • Public speaking
  • World religions


  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • ESL
  • French
  • Spanish

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Computers

  • Algebra
  • Animation
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Computer programming
  • Computer science
  • Geometry
  • Physics
  • Robotics
  • Statistics
  • Web design

    Academic / Social Clubs

  • Animation
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Language Club
  • Math Club
  • Online Magazine
  • Robotics club
  • School newspaper
  • Science Club
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook


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


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Cycling
  • Downhill skiing
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Running
  • Ski/Snowboard club
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Weightlifting
  • Yoga

    Moral Development

  • Character education
  • Leadership
  • Self-esteem development

    Admissions & Finances

  • Bursaries
  • Entrance exams
  • Financial aid
  • Interview required
  • Scholarships
  • SSAT required
  • SSAT required (Out of province)

    Religious Affiliation

  • Non-denominational


  • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
  • The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS) Associations
  • The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Associations

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