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St. Andrew's College
St. Andrew's College
15800 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7
Contact name:
Michael Roy

Phone number:
(905) 727-3178×
St. Andrew's College

St. Andrew's College

15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7

Grades (Gender):
5 to 12 (Boys)
$27,825 to 57,940/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 362 (Gr. 5 - 12), Boarding: 260 (Gr. 6 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Michael Roy

Phone Number:

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.

Upcoming Events Next event: October 21, 2015

upcoming events
  • October 17, 2015: Visit this school at the Toronto Private School Expo: booth #28
    Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2J5
    Join us Saturday, October 17 from 11:00 am - 03:00 pm

    The Toronto Private School Expo is the largest event of its kind. Exhibiting schools include both day and boarding traditional, arts, Montessori, Waldorf and special needs schools from across the GTA and as far away as Switzerland or Hawaii. Attend the Expo on October 17th, 2015 to learn more!

  • October 21, 2015Experience SAC Day
    St. Andrew's College, 15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, October 21 from 09:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Throughout the year there are many different ways to visit and explore St. Andrew’s College. We invite you to take advantage of one or more of our Open Houses or Experience SAC Days so you can see for yourself how well our faculty members engage their students and the level of enthusiasm with which our boys approach everything they do.

  • October 27, 2015Open House
    St. Andrew's College, 15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, October 27 from 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

    Throughout the year there are many different ways to visit and explore St. Andrew’s College. We invite you to take advantage of one or more of our Open Houses or Experience SAC Days so you can see for yourself how well our faculty members engage their students and the level of enthusiasm with which our boys approach everything they do.

  • December 01, 2015Open House
    St. Andrew's College, 15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, December 01 from 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

    Throughout the year there are many different ways to visit and explore St. Andrew’s College. We invite you to take advantage of one or more of our Open Houses or Experience SAC Days so you can see for yourself how well our faculty members engage their students and the level of enthusiasm with which our boys approach everything they do.

  • January 12, 2016Open House
    St. Andrew's College, 15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, January 12 from 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

    Throughout the year there are many different ways to visit and explore St. Andrew’s College. We invite you to take advantage of one or more of our Open Houses or Experience SAC Days so you can see for yourself how well our faculty members engage their students and the level of enthusiasm with which our boys approach everything they do.

  • February 24, 2016Experience SAC Day
    St. Andrew's College, 15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, February 24 from 09:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Throughout the year there are many different ways to visit and explore St. Andrew’s College. We invite you to take advantage of one or more of our Open Houses or Experience SAC Days so you can see for yourself how well our faculty members engage their students and the level of enthusiasm with which our boys approach everything they do.

  • April 05, 2016Open House
    St. Andrew's College, 15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, April 05 from 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

    Throughout the year there are many different ways to visit and explore St. Andrew’s College. We invite you to take advantage of one or more of our Open Houses or Experience SAC Days so you can see for yourself how well our faculty members engage their students and the level of enthusiasm with which our boys approach everything they do.

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 116 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 625 students, comprised of 365 day and 260 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.



Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

  • Pedagogies and subject courses

  • Mathematics
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    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.
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    • Teaching approach: The Science department strives to develop lifelong learners who are interested in understanding the world around them, are capable of generating their own questions, and have the skill set to find their own answers. Our courses are geared toward utilization and application of knowledge vs. acquisition of knowledge. To achieve this we include numerous inquiry-based labs (approximately 350 experiments across nine course offerings and 30 class sections), collaborative problem solving activities, critical thinking exercises, and student driven learning. All of our courses make an effort to contextualize the curriculum to make it relevant and meaningful to the students. We do this purposefully; we want to encourage our students to develop a natural curiosity in the sciences so they themselves strive for greater knowledge rather than having them feel that they just have to meet the basic curricular objectives of the course.

    • 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

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    Social Studies
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    Humanities and Social Sciences
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    Foreign Languages
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    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • German • Spanish • ESL

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

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    Computers and Technology
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    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
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    Religious Education
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    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.

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    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

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    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”.

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    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Emotional

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

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    Special Needs Support High


    St. Andrew's College provides a high degree of support for special needs students.

    • Academic Support:

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

      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:

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

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

      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    St. Andrew's College does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, St. Andrew's College students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Site Average40 mins46 mins62 mins68 mins83 mins92 mins105 mins112 mins

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


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

    Tuition & Financial Aid



    Day Boarding (Domestic) Boarding (International)
    Boarding (Domestic)$53,260
    Boarding (International)$57,940


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students$600

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 5 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid26%
    Average aid package size$11,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid26%
    Total aid available$2,300,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
    If a family believes they require financial aid they will apply through Apple Financial. Apple will provide and analysis and recommendation back to the School as to whether a family qualifies. If a student is accepted to SAC and is considered mission appropriate, the Financial Aid Committee will review the file and make a final decision on the amount to be provided.

    Merit based Scholarships

    St. Andrew's College
    Amount: $0
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 5 to 12—

    Scholarships are merit based and awarded upon entrance to SAC. Every element of a boy’s application is closely evaluated and a prospective student will compete against other incoming students in his grade. Of the $1.9M awarded last year, $108,000 (roughly 10%) was provided in scholarship monies. The remaining dollars were allocated toward need-based bursary assistance.

    For more details, visit: www.sac.on.ca/admission/affording-sac/index.aspx


    Total enrollment 622
    Average enrollment per grade78
    Gender (grades)5 to 12 (Boys)
    Boarding offered Gr. 6 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)42%
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)43%

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment1834464162535553
    Boarding Enrollment282538586465




    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT9 - 11
    SSAT (out of province)9 - 11
    Entrance Exam(s)N/A

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Boarding students:

    What St. Andrew's College says:

    - Complete Online Application ($175 fee, payable online)
    - Register for an SSAT or CAT (Upper School vs. Middle School)
    - Submit Candidate Statement
    - Submit applicable Certificates and Awards
    - Submit applicable English Proficiency Exams (if necessary)
    - Submit two years of school reports (including most recent)
    - Have teacher submit the Confidential School Recommendation Form
    - Book Interview with Admission Officer


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student St. Andrew's College is looking for: We look for well-rounded students with solid academics, character, participation in athletics and co-curricular activities, and leadership qualities.

    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type56789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    18 (76%)17 (69%)13 (59%)7 (59%)20 (76%)3 (56%)1 (50%)0
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    2 (40%)8 (75%)19 (68%)22 (49%)18 (43%)19 (64%)0

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size117
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements51
    **Ivy+ placements19

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

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

    What St. Andrew's College says:

  • The 124 members of the Class of 2015 received 552 offers of admission, 61 outside of Ontario, 35 U.S., and 28 international. On average there were 4.5 acceptances for each student. The graduating class received more than $1.6 million in scholarships and awards toward their post-secondary education, and 85% graduated as Ontario Scholars. Since 2005, these are the top 10 universities our students have chosen to study at: Western University - 111 University of Toronto - 103 Queen's University - 84 Wilfred Laurie University - 68 McGill University - 51 University of British Columbia - 35 University of Waterloo - 30 McMaster University - 28 University of Guelph - 19 Dalhousie University - 19

  • 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
    Stephen Amell 2000 Actor
    Brad Smith 2002 Actor, reality TV star, Show Host, entertainment reporter
    Roy McMurtry 1950 Judge

    Alumni Highlights

    • St. Andrew's has over 6,000 active alumni around the globe.

    Stories & Testimonials


    Meet Our Students

    Meet the students and graduates of St. Andrew's College by visiting www.sac.on.ca/admission/meet-our-students/index.aspx.


    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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