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St. Michael's College School
St. Michael's College School
1515 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5P 3H4
Contact name:
Mr. Greg Paolini, Director of Admissions

Phone number:
(416) 653-3180×
St. Michael's College School

St. Michael's College School

1515 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5P 3H4

Grades (Gender):
7 to 12 (Boys)
$18,575 to $19,200 per year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 1,030 (Gr. 7 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Mr. Greg Paolini, Director of Admissions

Phone Number:

School Address
1515 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5P 3H4

About this school:

Founded in 1852 by the Basilian Fathers, St. Michael's College School stands as Ontario's only independent Catholic high school for young men. The school offers an enriched, Catholic, liberal arts programme that prepares young men for university and to carry on as leaders in their community. Our mission is to educate the whole person through the teachings of the Catholic Church and a demanding curriculum that extends beyond the classroom into our diverse array of co-curricular programmes. Our campus is fully networked and offers students the opportunity to make use of modern research tools, electronic study aids, and state-of-the-art athletic, art, and music facilities. Each year, over 95 per cent of St. Michael's graduates are accepted at their university of first choice; approximately half of these graduates are recognized as Ontario Scholars. After graduation, your St. Michael's connection continues as a lifelong bond shared within a dynamic Alumni Association of over 8000 active members worldwide. For more information, please contact our Admissions Office at 416-653-3180, Ext. 195 or Ext. 438, or visit us on the web: www.stmichaelscollegeschool.com.

Principal's Message


Mr. Terence Sheridan, Principal

Successfully preparing young men for the world of tomorrow is something that St. Michael’s College School prides itself in doing.  Through an integration of faith, academics, and co-curriculars, SMCS believes it helps develop the Catholic leaders of tomorrow.  In a challenging and often self-centered world, our young men develop an understanding of the dignity of each person and of their own self-worth through a strong contemporary curriculum, moral and ethical discussions, and authentic service initiatives.  It is the belief of the faculty and staff at St. Michael’s College School that we do more than just teach subjects, coach sports, and moderate activities – we teach, coach, and role model for young men.  It is this essence of teaching, instilled in us by our founding Basilian Fathers, that makes a St. Michael’s College School education much sought after and unique.




Primary Curriculum:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses

  • Mathematics
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    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

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    Humanities and Social Sciences
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    Foreign Languages
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    • Languages Offered: • French • Italian • Latin • Spanish

    Fine Arts
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      Subject = offered
      Visual Arts
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    Computers and Technology
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      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
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    Religious Education
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    Curriculum Pace

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

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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
    • Supportive

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    Developmental Priorities

    Primary Developmental Priority:

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    Special Needs Support Limited


    school offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:

      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    school does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.


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    St. Michael's College School has not provided this information.

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

    Tuition & Financial Aid



    School has not provided this information.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students$300
    Early paymentall students$100

    Need-based financial aid

    School has not provided this information.

    Merit based Scholarships

    St. Michael's College School
    Amount: $24,500
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 9—For each entry year, Grade 7 and Grade 9, and based on the results of the SSAT, the admissions with the highest six scores will receive a scholarship. Scholarship values will reflect the positioning of the recipients from first to sixth. The top scholarship will be valued at $3,500, second and third at $2,500 and fourth through sixth at $2,000 each.
    For more details, visit: www.stmichaelscollegeschool.com/admissions/scholarship-information/index.aspx
    St. Michael's College School
    Amount: $12,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 12—Father Matthew Mulcahy Scholarship ($5,000), is awarded annually by the Basilian Fathers to the graduating student with the highest academic average on six Grade 12 SMCS subjects taken in the graduating year, The Father Albert Butler Scholarship ($3,000) for second highest academic average, The Father Joseph Penny Scholarship ($2,000) for third highest academic average, The Father Leo Burns Scholarship ($1,000) for the fourth highest academic average, and the Father James Rent Scholarship ($1,000) for the fifth highest academic average.
    For more details, visit: www.stmichaelscollegeschool.com/admissions/scholarship-information/index.aspx
    St. Michael's College School
    Amount: $50,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 9—Awarded annually through the E. & G. Odette Foundation to one or more students entering Grade 9. Based upon a combination of three criteria: good academics, a healthy participation in co-curricular school activities and in school athletics. Individual application must be made through the Office of Admissions. This scholarship is renewable at the discretion of the Selection Committee, the Principal and in accordance with the Edmond Odette - Fr. Thomas Mohan Scholarship Fund guidelines. Initial scholarship values and renewed scholarship values can vary among recipients and from year to year.
    For more details, visit: www.stmichaelscollegeschool.com/admissions/scholarship-information/index.aspx
    St. Michael's College School
    Amount: $60,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 11—The St. Michael's Academic Awards are awarded annually by the Basilian Fathers to individuals attaining the top five academic averages in each grade level from Grade 7 to 11. The average is based on eight SMCS subjects taken each year. They are $5,000 for first standing, $3,000 for second, $2,000 for third standing and $1,000 for fourth and fifth standing.
    For more details, visit: www.stmichaelscollegeschool.com/admissions/scholarship-information/index.aspx
    St. Michael's College School
    Amount: $4,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 12—Awarded annually to the graduating student whose life at St. Michael’s College School encompasses academics, athletics, and spiritual experience in a special way, as was depicted by Marc, a graduating student and President of the student council who passed away in the spring of 2001. Awarded through the Marc Santi Foundation. Application deadline is late May. Applications should be forwarded to the Director of Admissions.
    For more details, visit: www.stmichaelscollegeschool.com/admissions/scholarship-information/index.aspx
    St. Michael's College School
    Amount: $4,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 12—Awarded annually through the Anderson family to a graduating student who has had a ‘well rounded’ career at St. Michael’s College School, desires to enter the life sciences at university aspiring to the medical field or a related health profession and is in need of financial assistance. Dr. Anderson was a co-founder of MDS Health Group Ltd. as well as Vice-President of Medical Affairs at Toronto General Hospital. Qualified applicants will be asked to compose a 250-word essay that speaks of how their sense of community and vision contribute to their goal and aspiration of entering the medical field. Based on this essay, the eventual recipient will be chosen and will receive the scholarship and a commemorative plaque. The deadline for application and submission of essays is late May. Application and essay should be forwarded to the Director of Admissions.
    For more details, visit: www.stmichaelscollegeschool.com/admissions/scholarship-information/index.aspx
    St. Michael's College School
    Amount: $28,500
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 11—Any student attaining a 90% average or better, in grades 7 – 11, but not in the top five academics, will receive a Basilian Book Award valued at $300.
    For more details, visit: www.stmichaelscollegeschool.com/admissions/scholarship-information/index.aspx


    Total enrollment 1,030
    Average enrollment per grade172
    Gender (grades)7 to 12 (Boys)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: We do not have this data for St. Michael's College School




    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)N/A

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    December 01, 2014

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    Acceptance Rate:


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    Student Entry Points

    Student Type789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    100 (100%)0125 (100%)000

    University Placement

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    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 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)

    Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Robert Joseph Birgeneau 1960 Ninth Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. Fourteenth President of the University of Toronto.
    David Staines 1964 Award-winning literary critic, writer, and professor. Member of the Order of Canada. Awarded the Order of Ontario.
    Robert Deluce 1968 President and CEO of Porter Airlines
    Sergio Marchionne 1970 Chairman and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC. Corporate turnaround artist. Credited with saving Fiat (automotive group).
    Eugene Melnyk 1977 Founder, chairman, and CEO of Biovail Corporation. Sole-owner and chairman of the Ottawa Senators hockey team.
    Tyler Seguin 2008 NHL hockey star currently playing for the Dallas Stars. Drafted #2 overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
    Jason Spezza 2000 NHL hockey player for the Dallas Stars. Drafted #2 overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
    Luke Gazdic 2005 NHL hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers.
    Dominic Moore 1998 NHL hockey player currently playing for the New York Rangers
    Frank Mahovlich 1956 Winner of six Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee. Liberal Senator in the Canadian Senate.
    Red Kelly 1945 Winner of eight Stanley Cups (NHL hockey). Federal Liberal Member of Parliament.
    Andrew Cogliano 2005 NHL hockey player.

    Stories & Testimonials



    "St. Michael's College School was an environment that enlightened my understanding about life and about dedication. This community gave me the opportunity to compete in both athletics and academics against the top competition in the province. St. Michael's truly made me a better person, allowing me to interact with unbelievable people on a daily basis, and most importantly inscribing the Teach me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge motto in my life"

         Andrew Cogliano, Class of 2005, Anaheim Ducks, National Hockey League

    "Everyone who walks through the doors of St. Michael's will quickly appreciate its long-standing tradition of academic and athletic excellence. During my memorable years at the school, I learned about leadership, adversity, and the importance of pursuing my dreams."

         Eugene Melnyk, Class of 1977, Owner, Governor, and Chairman of the Ottawa Senators & Corel Centre

    "Thank you so much for everything. We have lived in several major cities, always looked for the best schools, and no school has come close to the spirit and tradition you have there every day. I hope everyone realizes what a gift and what a blessing it is to be part of St. Mike's.

         Lynn Blanford, Past Parent

    "I have had a great love for St. Michael'€™s since my student days over 50 years ago. I was given an education and moral values that served me well in my university and professional career. My sons have likewise benefited from St. Michael'€™s and the tradition continues as now my grandsons are attending the school. St. Michael's must continue as a leading Catholic school, teaching goodness, instilling knowledge and importantly an awareness of God and His way, a way of life that is centered in God and keeps us aware of His great love for us."

         Dr. John K. Wilson, Class of 1943, Retired Head of Cardiology St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto

    "Through its traditions of academic and athletic excellence, St. Michael's College School instilled in me the importance of community, discipline, teamwork and dedication. St. Michael's provides the foundation for young men to succeed in all spheres of life and I feel honored to have gone to school there."

         Dr. Jonathan Cardella BSc., MSc. MD. Class of 1993. Resident Physician, General Surgery University of Toronto


    Faith Development

    Faith development is an integral aspect of school life at St. Michael’s College School. Our Catholic, Liberal Arts education helps our students discover that human excellence includes having a good relationship with God and with one’s neighbour. Each student at St. Michael’s takes a theology course every year. Theology enables the student to become more familiar with the teachings of Jesus Christ, to live a more full and complete Christian life and to receive answers to many of the questions our modern world poses.

    Students have several opportunities to practice their faith at St. Michael’s through morning prayers and daily opportunities to receive both the Eucharist at Mass and to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The celebration of school Mass and the promotion of school retreats further the spiritual development of our community. There are also opportunities for individual spiritual direction and counseling.

    The development of faith results in the consistent practice of goodness, discipline, and knowledge.



    Consistent with the philosophy of the Basilian tradition, St. Michael’s believes that students should experience athletics as an integral part of a well-rounded education. Cardinal Flahiff, a Basilian priest, a renowned professor of History, and a Superior General of the Basilian Community, spoke and wrote about sport and education. He believed that humankind gave glory to God when every human talent was actualized.

    Our Athletics Programme enables students to develop their talents and instils in them a sense of pride and commitment to the St. Michael’s community. We believe that through the life lessons learned on the athletic playing fields, sport helps to develop the Christian values that would be expected of a Catholic gentleman.

    St. Michael’s College School has a long and storied tradition of success in athletics. Our goal is to provide as many students as possible with the opportunity to participate in our diverse athletics programme during their time at the school.

    Our membership in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletics Association (CISAA), gives our student-athletes several opportunities to grow to their full potential. St. Michael’s also offers several opportunities for students to compete in the sport of their choice at the intramural level. Each St. Michael’s student is encouraged to participate in the athletics programme at either the varsity or intramural level.



    The Arts Programme at St. Michael’s College School encompasses the Departments of Music, Media and Visual Arts, with drama activities offered in the co-curricular programme. In the Basilian Fathers’ tradition of educating the whole person, the arts programme plays an important role in providing students with an avenue to develop a sense of culture, creativity, leadership and independence.

    The Music Department offers students of all grade levels and ability an opportunity to learn to play a band instrument as well as to study the theory and history of music. Students are encouraged to learn and utilize the most recent computer technology to compose, edit, and record their own pieces. St. Michael’s offers its students several options of bands and ensembles which perform for public audiences. Each year, the Music Department is well represented at various music festivals through the participation of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and both the Senior and Junior Jazz Ensembles. Special trip bands are created for each grade to offer the students enriched performance opportunities by participating in an international tour to destinations such as Chicago, New York, Florida, and Europe. Students can also participate in our Drumline – a unique marching percussion ensemble for students of all grades and musical backgrounds.

    St. Michael’s offers high-quality Media Arts programming. The Media Arts course encourages exploration in developing new skills, techniques and understanding of various software media. Courses are studio-based in well-equipped facilities and utilize video, audio and other media to offer students an intense educational program. Through hands-on experience, with a special focus on portfolio development and current arts practices, students learn to combine practical, theoretical, and critical skills to develop their own unique voice as artists, creators, and arts enthusiasts.

    Visual Arts at St. Michael’s consists of a wide spectrum of styles and techniques from across the globe. Students develop knowledge and skills through industry-related assignments in media and digital art, as well as the more traditional skills of painting, sculpture, and drawing. Visual Arts students are taught about the connections between works of art and their historical contexts.

    The Dramatic Arts celebrate a long history at St. Michael’s. Each year a dramatic play is produced in the fall or early winter as well as a lavish Broadway-style musical during the month of April. Our musical and dramatic performances are showcased in our own Centre for the Arts, a state-of-the-art, 450-seat theatre.

    Celebration of the Arts Week is held each spring at St. Michael’s to appreciate and honour the achievements of our students. During this week, the Campeau Lecture Hall is converted into an Art Gallery and the cafeteria becomes “Club Blue Note”, our own version of a jazz club.



    St. Michael’s provides a liberal arts education for young men from Grade 7 through Grade 12. The Grade 7/8 Core Intermediate Programme academically prepares the students for our university preparatory high school curriculum. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity for the young men to socially transition into the high school setting seamlessly. Our Grade 9-12 academic programme provides a liberal arts education for students bound for university. All courses are taught at the Academic level in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training Guidelines.

    Subject areas include Biology, Careers/Civics (in-class and online), Chemistry, Classical Civilization, Contemporary Studies, Design Technology, Economics, English, French, Geography, History, Italian, Latin, Law, Mathematics, Media Arts, Music, Music Theatre, Philosophy, Physical and Health Education, Physics, Religion, Science, Spanish, Visual Art, World Religions and Writer's Craft.

    St. Michael’s offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in English, European History and Mathematics when warranted by demand. Although AP courses are not offered in other disciplines, St. Michael’s students annually write the AP exams with outstanding success based on their preparedness from our academic delivery.

    With virtually a 100% graduation rate, almost all of our graduates attend the university of their choice. Over 50% of our graduating class is designated as Ontario Scholars having an 80% academic average, or better, in their graduating year. A further distinction is awarded to 25% of our student body which maintains an academic average of 80% or better over their St. Michael’s high school career. These students are inducted as honoured members of the St. Thomas More Society recognizing their academic excellence. In addition, each year a number of St. Michael’s graduating students receives academic scholarships from Canadian and American universities.
    St. Michael’s offers an extensive outdoor education programme through which students have an opportunity to develop leadership skills, gain an appreciation of the outdoors, and learn about each other. These out-of-classroom experiences help students develop a sense of community spirit.


    In the News


    October 10, 2014 - St. Michael's College School To Host Basil Bowl Football Game

    St. Michael's College School is pleased to announce details of the upcoming Basil Bowl football game this Saturday, October 11, 2014. ...

    December 9, 2013 - In Memory of Fr. Thomas Mohan, C.S.B.

    The St. Michael's College School community has been deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend Fr. Thomas Mohan, C.S.B. ...

    December 5, 2013 - SMCS Board Appoints New President

    November 22, 2013 - Fr. Dennis Noeike, C.S.B., Chair of the Board of Directors of Toronto's St. Michael's College School, is pleased to announce the appointment of Fr. Jefferson Mark Thompson, C.S.B. '79, as President of St. Michael's College School. ...


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