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University of Toronto Schools

371 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2R7
30 Humbert St., Toronto, Ontario, M6J 3A9
Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
23 to 24
Day: 650 (Gr. 7 - 12)

School Address
371 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2R7
30 Humbert St., Toronto, Ontario, M6J 3A9



About this school:


Founded in 1910, University of Toronto Schools offers a transformative education to high-achieving students in Grades 7 to 12. UTS graduates take initiative and innovate as socially-responsible global citizens. We place intellectual enquiry, creativity, breadth and depth of learning, wellness, physical activity and community involvement at the heart of our program. Merit-based admission and financial accessibility are cornerstones of our philosophy. Proudly affiliated with University of Toronto. — Visit school website



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Our Take: University of Toronto Schools

our takeUTS began its life in 1910 as a laboratory school within the University of Toronto department of education. Then, as now, it shared a building with that faculty. When it was founded the intention was that there would ultimately be more than one school, including a girls' school, as the initial enrollment was just boys. Hence the plural "schools" in the name, though there has only ever been one. UTS is remarkable for all kinds of reasons, including an alumni that includes 2 Nobel Laureates, twenty Rhodes Scholars, eleven Olympians, and three ambassadors. In the century since it was founded, UTS weathered some interesting times, including student protests in the 1960s. At one point a student presented the headmaster with a blank sheet of paper saying "this is a list of our demands." It might sound a bit silly now, but the school was at the centre of the debates that would, in time, bring some important advances to public schooling in Canada, including the abolition of matriculation exams and a 4-year secondary school program (rather than 5). Those changes, and many others, are symbolic of the school's excellence, and it remains one of the foremost schools in the country. While not a gifted school, at least in name, the ideal student is one who thrives within a challenging, brisk academic environment. 

Upcoming Events Next event: October 13, 2018

upcoming events
  • October 13, 2018UTS Open House
    University of Toronto Schools, 30 Humbert Street, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 am - 02:00 pm

    Open House Schedule: Regration will be available at utschools.ca/admissions

Principal's Message


Rosemary Evans, Principal

I get a feeling of pure joy sitting in my office, listening to the sounds of the school reverberating around me. Whether it’s the locker doors slamming shut, the melodic sounds of musical instruments tuning up and getting in sync, or a Student Services lunchtime feast in the foyer. These are but a few of the reminders of our school’s vitality and inclusive harmony.

UTS is an empowering, transformative institution; built by the people who comprise our community. Students converge at UTS from all over the GTA. They are critical thinkers who are curious, creative, and collaborative. Their synergetic support of one another produces remarkable results. Our brilliant educators care deeply about their students as individuals, preparing them for a future as global citizens. 

The UTS community also includes parents and guardians who are active and devoted to education, as the UTS Parents Association contributes immeasurably to school life. Our alumni and the UTS Alumni Association give back in countless ways, including mentorship, support, and advocacy for the school. I am frequently reminded of how UTS was pivotal to their growth and development, and am enamoured that their UTS friendships endure far beyond graduation.

Our illustrious history – and, through the renewed Affiliation Agreement, our present and future – is closely connected with the University of Toronto. We are grateful that our various partnerships with U of T professors, departments, and facilities enrich the UTS curricula. We remain steadfast in our commitment to continually expand and prosper.

Community and commitment, caring and learning: UTS is music to my ears!

If you would like to learn more about UTS, and discover if it is the right fit for your child, we are waiting to hear from you.

Email me at [email protected], or call me directly at 416 946-7396.

Follow Rosemary on Twitter @Rosemary_Evans

Rosemary Evans


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

What UTS says: UTS provides an environment for academically bright, high-achieving students to realize their potential through its enriched curriculum (including AP courses) and wide range of co-curricular opportunities. UTS graduates take initiative and innovate as socially-responsible global citizens.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What UTS says: Through study of mathematics at UTS, students will develop the mathematical concepts and skills required of knowledgeable citizens and become prepared for successful studies in university. There is a dual emphasis on application of mathematics to real world applications such as personal finance, statistics and computer science and recognition of the beauty of pattern, shape and design inherent in pure mathematics. In addition to developing computational skills, students will develop their critical thinking abilities and reasoning techniques through study of problem-solving involving numerical analysis, algebra and geometry. For those students showing a keen interest and/or extraordinary mathematical ability, the department sponsors a student-run mathematics club, and encourages participation in local, provincial, national and international mathematical contests. Please see page 50 of our Course calendar on our website for course details: https://www.utschools.ca/Uploads/public/CourseCalendar/Course-Calendar.pdf

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: No textbooks used for math courses.

    • Calculator policy: n/a

    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.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: Studies in General Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are offered at the academic and university preparation levels in order to prepare students for University. The aim of these courses is to involve students in the process and philosophy of science while learning the factual knowledge relevant to the courses. Courses will include laboratory investigations, discussions, seminars, and research projects. In the senior grades it may be possible for students to undertake more extensive investigations. Please see page 54 of our Course calendar on our website for details: https://www.utschools.ca/Uploads/public/CourseCalendar/Course-Calendar.pdf

    • 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

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What UTS says: In our study of literature and language at UTS, the principal objective is the development of an inquiring and perceptive mind. Clarity, depth, and creativity in oral and written expression are valued. Through reading, speaking, listening, writing, and the exploration of various media, students will be encouraged to reflect upon the nature of the human experience. Please see page 27 of our Course calendar on our website for details: https://www.utschools.ca/Uploads/public/CourseCalendar/Course-Calendar.pdf

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What UTS says: The school’s Vision and Mission calls upon students to become socially responsible global citizens. Social responsibility and global citizenship are the core subject matter of UTS’ offerings in Canadian and World Studies which seek to build, by reflecting upon the past, understanding the present, and planning for the future, competencies in the skills, knowledge, and attitudes we require to make effective decisions fully aware of their implications for ourselves and the wider communities of which we are a part. At the senior level, Canadian and World Studies offers a number of courses in specialized disciplines, including Civics, Law, Politics, Economics and Philosophy. This specialization exposes students to the study of various social science and humanities disciplines which they may choose to pursue in further depth at the university level. Please see page 21 of our Course calendar on our website for details: https://www.utschools.ca/Uploads/public/CourseCalendar/Course-Calendar.pdf

    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What UTS says: The goal of the French program is to give students the opportunity to become functionally bilingual, to achieve a high degree of proficiency. Learning cooperatively is an essential part of this program. The German and Spanish programs provide students with opportunities to develop thinking, analytical and communication skills in everyday and literary usage of these languages. Students will acquire a high degree of language proficiency. In addition to classroom, computer lab and library research activities, additional language immersion experiences are offered. The Latin program offers students the opportunity to study the foundation language and culture of the Romans, Extensive work in etymology and linguistic comparison direct the students to make connections between Latin and English and other modern languages. See page 42 of our Course calendar: https://www.utschools.ca/Uploads/public/CourseCalendar/Course-Calendar.pdf

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • French • German • Latin • Spanish

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What UTS says: Expressive Arts at the University of Toronto Schools includes Drama, Interdisciplinary Studies (Art and Design), Music and Visual Arts. Students develop creative and critical thinking skills and apply the creative process through these subject areas while building on vital forms of communication. The development of dramatic, musical, interdisciplinary and visual literacy enables students to foster awareness and appreciation in the arts in their own and other cultures. In producing their own creative works, they communicate their insights while developing artistic skills and aesthetic judgment. Please see page 32 of our Course calendar on our website for details: https://www.utschools.ca/Uploads/public/CourseCalendar/Course-Calendar.pdf

    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What UTS says: Computer science courses at UTS provide a detailed look at the principles of computing with an eye toward possible careers in scientific or computer related fields. Throughout each course a conscious effort is made to focus on concepts and principles that will be of lasting value in the face of changes and improvements in technology. Additional enrichment opportunities in Computer Science at UTS are available through student run clubs when there is sufficient interest and computing contests when it is feasible to offer them. Please see page 53 of our Course calendar on our website for details: https://www.utschools.ca/Uploads/public/CourseCalendar/Course-Calendar.pdf

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What UTS says: The aim of the Health and Physical Education program is to encourage students to enjoy being physically active and to motivate them to be more physically active on a regular basis. The program emphasizes regular participation and involvement in a variety of enjoyable physical activities. The program strives to meet the needs of young people by providing a balanced curriculum of individual and group activities. These activities stress ways to improve physical fitness, competence and awareness in conjunction with relevant health issues and leadership opportunities. Classes will use the school gym, Robert Street playing field, swimming pool and Ridley Fitness Centre. Motor skill development, physical fitness, and living skills are all integral parts of the curriculum. See page 39 of our Course calendar on our website for details: https://www.utschools.ca/Uploads/public/CourseCalendar/Course-Calendar.pdf

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Physics 2
    • AP Statistics
    • AP World History
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Computer Science A
    • AP English Language and Composition
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • AP European History
    • AP French Language
    • AP Human Geography
    • AP Microeconomics

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

    What UTS says: Additional guest instructor programs that we offer at UTS:\n\nSpeak OUT (Grades 7-12): Speak OUT uses the arts to educate students on gender and sexuality, challenge homophobia and transphobia in schools. Participants creatively explore gender expectations, trans identities, sexual orientation, societal pressures, and bullying/harassment. The program culminates with a creative photography project that encourages positive self-expression. Participants’ photos are shared through the youth-led online photography project.\n\nThe C-Word (Grades 11-12): The C-Word is an interactive workshop focused on CONSENT & COMMUNICATION, which prepares students for Prom season and entering College/University. Participants critically examine sexual pressures, gender norms, and the effects of alcohol/drug use on consent. They gain essential skills in communication and building positive relationships.\n\n

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What UTS says: The University of Toronto Schools follows the guidelines set by the Ministry of Education for the Province of Ontario.

    Curriculum Pace Accelerated

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What UTS says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    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”.

    What UTS says: The University of Toronto Schools is a community of active learners. Most students are best described as high achieving, with many identified as gifted. They truly enjoy both the academic and co-curricular program. UTS students excel in many areas as demonstrated by the variety of prizes and awards won at the National and International level.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    What UTS says: Vision Statement UTS is a transformative learning community focused on intellectual growth and individual development. We build on a tradition of academic distinction and leadership to develop socially responsible, global citizens.

    Special Needs Support Resource Assistance

    Resource Assistance

    Students remain in a regular classroom for the whole day, and periodically receive break-out support (individually or in small groups) within the classroom from a qualified special education teacher.

    • 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
    • What UTS says: UTS employs a full school support model. Students with identified learning differences will receive accommodations, as recommended by a psych-educational assessment. UTS makes very effort to support the needs of every student.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • Summary: n/a

    Gifted Learner Support Accelerated curriculum

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What UTS says: The University of Toronto Schools does not offer a segregated program. UTS is a community of active learners. Most students are best described as high achieving, with many (but not all) identified as gifted.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, University of Toronto Schools students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    UTS 60 mins60 mins60 mins90 mins90 mins120 mins
    Site Average53 mins57 mins69 mins80 mins95 mins108 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades7 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback7 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting7 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting7 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings7 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What UTS says:
    • Other Clubs and Extracurricular Programming include:Amnesty Club;Best Buddies; Classics Society; Dance Committee; Dramatic Productions, including "The Show" (yearly musical theatre production written, choreographed and created independently by UTS students); Gay-Straight Alliance; Gender Equity Committee; Modern Language Newspaper ("Echo"); Music: Bands, Choirs, Orchestras; Public Speaking; Publicity Club; Reach for the Top Team; South Ontario Model Assembly (SOMA); Stage Crew; The Cuspidor (monthly student newspaper); The Twig (student yearbook); UTS Wellness Committee

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Habitat for Humanity
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Outdoor Education
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What UTS says: We welcome all students who are passionate and hard working to apply to UTS. Last year, one in five students received financial aid, with bursaries covering 5% to 100% of tuition. Please visit www.utschools.ca/tuition-and-financial-assistance for complete information.

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 7 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid20%
    Average aid package size$11,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid20%
    Total aid available$1,300,000

    Application Deadline:
    January 10, 2017 Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
    See webpage below for details.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 650
    Average enrollment per grade108
    Average class size23 to 24
    Gender (grades)Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment96110125105105105



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview7 - 11
    SSAT7 - 11
    SSAT (out of province)7 - 11
    Entrance Exam(s)7 - 11
    Entrance Essay7 - 11
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    December 01, 2017

    What UTS says:

    Eligibility requirements

    Applicants must:

    • Be legal residents of Canada (citizen or landed immigrant/permanent resident)

    • Live with a parent or legal guardian (documentation required if living with a legal guardian) 

    Please visit www.utschools.ca/admissions to learn about the Admissions Process.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student University of Toronto Schools is looking for: We admit students on the basis of academic and overall performance. Our students are intellectually curious, eager to take initiative, and supportive of one another, with strong character skills and self-awareness.

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    96 (25%)026 - 28 (12%)1 - 4 (10%)1 - 2 (10%)0

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size115
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements86
    **Ivy+ placements120

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

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

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): CANADA University of Toronto University of Waterloo University of Western Ontario McGill University McMaster University Queen's University University of British Columbia Carleton University Memorial University Dalhousie University Concordia University Emily Carr University of Art and Design University of Guelph University of Kings College Halifax Wilfrid Laurier University York University INTERNATIONAL Harvard University University of California, Berkeley New York University University of Pennsylvania Princeton University Stanford University Boston University Brown University Berklee College of Music California Institute of Technology Columbia University Cornell University Curtis Institute of Music John Hopkins University University of Aberdeen University of St Andrews Yale University King's College London Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sciences Po University of Chicago Washington University in St Louis
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): CANADA University of Toronto University of Waterloo University of Western Ontario McGill University McMaster University Queen's University University of British Columbia Carleton University Memorial University Dalhousie University Concordia University Emily Carr University of Art and Design University of Guelph University of Kings College Halifax Wilfrid Laurier University York University INTERNATIONAL Harvard University University of California, Berkeley New York University University of Pennsylvania Princeton University Stanford University Boston University Brown University Berklee College of Music California Institute of Technology Columbia University Cornell University Curtis Institute of Music John Hopkins University University of Aberdeen University of St Andrews Yale University King's College London Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sciences Po University of Chicago Washington University in St Louis

    What University of Toronto Schools says:

  • Top 10 Universities 2013 to 2017: U of T, U of Waterloo, McMaster University, U of Western Ontario, McGill Univervity, Queen's University, Harvard University, U of California Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, New York University
  • UTS graduates are admitted to highly-selective universities and colleges – many on scholarships. For the graduating class of 2017, these scholarships totaled $1,928,598.

  • Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Donald Agnew 1915 Brigadier-General and Commandant of Royal Military College (RMC)
    Chris Alexander 1986 Ambassador to Afghanistan. Federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Officer of the Order of Canada.
    Alexander Charles Baillie 1957 CEO of TD Bank Financial Group. 12th Chancellor of Queen's University.
    Ian Brodie 1985 Chief of Staff in Stephen Harper's Prime Minister's Office
    Jim Chamberlin 1933 Aerodynamicist and key player in the design of the Avro Arrow
    Sujit Choudhry 1988 Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law. Rhodes Scholar.
    John Robert Evans 1947 9th President of the University of Toronto. Helped create the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. Member of the Order of Canada. Rhodes Scholar.
    James Fleck 1949 Chairman and CEO of Fleck Manufacturing Inc. Chairman of ATI Technologies Inc. Harvard Business School professor. Noted philanthropist and activist. Officer of the Order of Canada.
    David Frum 1978 Journalist, political commentator, and speechwriter for George W. Bush.
    John Tory 1972 Mayor of Toronto. Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Radio talkshow host on CFRB. President and CEO of Rogers Media.
    Harry Stinson 1971 Prominent real estate developer and president of Stinson Properties Inc. Has been called Toronto's "condo king".
    Peter Godsoe 1956 President, Chairman and CEO of the Bank of Nova Scotia. Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario.
    Lawrence Hill 1975 Award-winning novelist and writer of "The Book of Negroes"
    Laurie Graham 1978 World Champion downhill skier and Member of the Order of Canada. Inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
    Chris Giannou 1967 War surgeon: Chief Surgeon for the International Committee of the Red Cross. Member of the Order of Canada.
    Peter George 1959 6th President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University. Member of the Order of Canada. Order of Ontario.
    James Fraser Mustard 1945 Medical pioneer. Founder of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Companion of the Order of Canada. Order of Ontario. Inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
    John Polanyi 1947 Won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research in chemical kinetics
    John Josiah Robinette 1924 Considering one of Canada's very best litigators. Companion of the Order of Canada. Chancellor of Trent University.
    Robert Gordon Rogers 1937 24th Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia
    Jeffrey Simpson 1967 Governor General's Award-winning journalist, commentator, and author. National affairs columnist for The Globe and Mail.
    Michael Spence 1961 Won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on information flows and market development

    Alumni Highlights

    • Branching Out is a mentoring program that brings together senior UTS students with a diverse selection of young, established alumni in one-on-one mentoring partnerships. The program supports students’ development as engaged, socially responsible leaders in their fields of interest by facilitating the exploration of career/university goals, personal passions and pursuits. For alumni, Branching Out strengthens their connection to the school community by encouraging them to share their knowledge and experience with a new generation of UTS students.

    Stories & Testimonials


    UTS Music Program

    Music is compulsory for the first two years at UTS, with students choosing to play an instrument from the string or wind/percussion program. UTS Music courses provide a breadth of experiences geared to the beginner through advanced player including: performance, informed listening, collaboration, improvisation, composition, music technology, arranging, theory, and historical and cultural research (including the study of classical music, world music, jazz and popular music). Computer technology is used for research and as a creative tool for arranging and composition projects. Through these activities the physical, intellectual, emotional and social aspects of the complete musical experience are developed. In the senior years, students are encouraged to make a significant contribution both to UTS and the community as a whole. The Music Department, OISE/UT and the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, continue to develop partnerships to further enrich the Music Program. ...

    Leadership and Outdoor Education

    UTS' annual outdoor education events are the core of its Leadership Program. The program is vital to UTS’s commitment to producing tomorrow’s leaders. Camp Couchiching, near Orillia, occurs in mid-September. Grade 12 students organize the weekend which introduces new grade 7 students to UTS' familial atmosphere and cherished traditions. The young students are introduced to the House System and early in the school year begin to gain the spirit of the school and their House. Camp Wanakita, in Haliburton, is host to the winter leadership programs. They are four days long and take place in February and March. The programs combine outdoor activities, such as cross-country skiing and hiking, with workshops and activities to develop students’ leadership skills. The grades 7 and 8 programs are lead by specially trained grade 11 students. The grade 7 program focuses on community building, where students learn what it means to be a part of a community and what their role is within it. The grade 8 program is based on team building, where students engage in activities in which they have an opportunity to be both leaders and team members. The activities require the cooperation, respect and encouragement of all team members. The grade 11 program trains students to be group leaders at the grades 7 and 8 Wanakita programs. The training sessions address a variety of leadership skills including communication and safety, as well as activity guidance and group facilitation, and provide an opportunity for the leader teams to bond. Camp Ahmek, in Algonquin Park, runs for three days and is a new destination for UTS. This grade 9 leadership retreat focuses on individual leadership skills. Students begin to identify and harness their own leadership strengths as well as work together in group situations. Again, the program combines outdoor activities, such as canoeing and climbing, with leadership workshops. ...

    Athletics at UTS

    University of Toronto Schools believes that a dynamic program of student athletics is vital to the educational development of our students. We believe our athletic program should function as an integral part of the total curriculum. It should offer opportunities to serve the institution, to assist in the development of positive relationships and good will, to promote self-realization, all-around growth and good citizenship qualities. At UTS, athletics play an important role in the life of our students and the school. Young people learn a great deal from participation in interscholastic athletics. Lessons in sportsmanship, teamwork, competition, and how to win and lose gracefully are integral parts of our athletic program. Further, athletic participation plays an important part in helping students develop a healthy self-concept as well as a healthy body. Athletic competition also improves school spirit and helps students develop pride in our school. Coaching leadership at UTS is of the highest quality. Measurement of leadership success at UTS is not measured in terms of tangible evidence of the victories and defeats. Instead, character, courage, and integrity, are our major objectives of the athletic program. UTS proudly competes in two of the finest athletic associations in Ontario and Canada, the Toronto District Elementary School Athletic Associations (Foundation Level grades) and the Toronto District Secondary School Athletic Associations (Grade 9-12). Both athletic associations provide UTS with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of interscholastic athletics, including the opportunity to play at the provincial level in the OFSAA (Ontario Federation of Secondary Schools Athletic Association) championships. ...

    Dedication to the Student

    The University of Toronto Schools (UTS) is dedicated to the education of students of outstanding academic ability. The rigorous liberal arts and science curriculum prepares them exceptionally well for university stressing a balance among disciplines rather than early specialization. Each year more than 500 applicants from Toronto and environs compete for one of 110 places. Selected through competitive examinations, academic reports and an interview, the culturally and ethnically diverse student body is indicative of Greater Toronto's cultural richness. UTS students have always been expected to strive for breadth and depth, both within and outside the traditional classroom environment. At this school, learning is valued, individuals are respected, intellectual activity is encouraged and physical needs well served. UTS has established a record of unparalleled accomplishments by its students. A measure of the school's success in developing well-rounded students is the awarding of 20 Rhodes Scholarships to our graduates and two Nobel Prizes, a remarkable achievement for a school of its size. ...

    Working for Habitat for Humanity

    A student shares his experience working for Habitat for Humanity in El Salvador: This past March Break, I was one of ten UTS students who traveled to El Salvador to participate in a Global Village ˜Build™ with Habitat for Humanity. The goal of our trip was to assist in the construction of sustainable housing for families who live in substandard conditions. At the outset of the trip, I don'™t think any of us knew what to expect. Would the work be extremely arduous? Would we overcome the cultural and language barriers? Each question was answered with a resounding "YES" over the course of the trip; we experienced much more than we could have ever dreamed of. Our time spent in El Salvador, however, was about much more than just the construction of the house. We witnessed first hand the effects of poverty in a developing nation; thousands of El Salvadorians faced unhealthy living conditions and troublesome economic difficulties. We learnt a lot about the El Salvadorians'™ way of life simply by taking walks through the village adjacent to our construction site, and listening to those around us, and were astounded by a level of poverty entirely new to us. But despite (and perhaps because of) the hard work and poverty, we all had a fantastic experience. It was truly amazing to see our group work in such a cohesive manner; the trip brought us closer together as friends and teammates. We also became closer to many of the El Salvadorians'“ we developed a strong bond with the host family, the masons, and our translators. I think we would all agree that our trip to El Salvador was, in a word, incredible. In closing, I'd like to leave you with a quotation which embodies our work with Habitat for Humanity, and sends chills down my spine every time I read it: "œNever doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ...

    Canadian Teens in Zambia

    Eight UTS students traveled to Lusaka, Zambia to film a documentary about the feminization of AIDS. The girls stayed at the Umoyo Training Centre, a haven for AIDS orphans, street kids, and victims of sexual abuse. Stephen Lewis, former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS, describes Umoyo as "the best example of girls"™ empowerment I've seen in many a year in Africa [The girls] come together in this residential setting for a year, and emerge from the desperate trauma of death and loss, fully self-confident, brimming with excitement about education and life, open and informed about the danger of HIV/AIDS and ready to tackle the world. In Nyanja, a common dialect in Zambia, the word "Umoyo" means life. Through Umoyo (life), the documentary the UTS crew filmed, with support from the National Film Board, the students are sharing the remarkable stories of the girls they met at Umoyo with their peers back home, and abroad. They previewed the documentary at the XVI International AIDS Conference, and traveled across Canada to screen the film at schools and community centres. They also traveled to to Germany, where the documentary was screened at a film festival in Frankfurt. The festival is occurring in conjunction with the biennial Austro-German conference on HIV/AIDS. The students hope to continue their outreach efforts, raising awareness and funds to support young HIV/AIDS-affected women, as they embark on their university careers. To learn more, please visit http://citizen.nfb.ca/umoyo-life-through-eyes-young-women ...

    The UTS Alumni

    UTS keeps in touch with over 4000 graduates worldwide through the support of the UTS Office of Advancement. The UTS Alumni Association (UTSAA) coordinates active networking events each year, important not only to maintain and enhance the friendships graduates forged at UTS, but also to enable the Alumni to assist the School in achieving its fundraising and Advancement goals. The School greatly values the perspectives and enthusiasm alumni are able to contribute through the UTSAA Board of Directors, its various committees and at networking functions. Alumni Year Representatives also provide an important link between their class and both the Alumni Association and the school. Through this network, Alumni can continue to play an important role in the life of the school and act as ambassadors of UTS. Further information regarding UTSAA, visit http://www.utschools.ca/alumni/ ...


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