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  • SCHOOL LOCATION

    Distance From

    Map

    Address

    Address

    12 Bond Crescent, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4E 3K2, Canada

    200 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2X8, Canada

  • SCHOOL OVERVIEW

    Basics

    Basics

    Founded

    1993

    1829

    Enrolment

    280

    1260

    Grades

    1 to 8

    SK to 12

    Gender

    Coed

    Boys

    Living arrangements

    Day

    Day, Boarding

    Language of instruction

    English

    English

    Faith Based

    School focus

    Academic

    Academic

    Developmental Priorities

    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Balanced
    Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation.
    Balanced
    Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation.
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics

    Curriculum

    Traditional

    Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate

    Curriculum pace

    Accelerated
    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).
    Accelerated
    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).

    Academic culture

    Rigorous
    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”.
    Rigorous
    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”.

    Avg. Class Size

    Varies

    20 to 25

    Special needs support

    Gifted learner support

    Dedicated gifted school

    Accelerated curriculum

    Preschool/K curriculum

    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.
    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    Tuition

    Tuition

    Day Tuition

    $18,500

    $36,750 to $39,900

    Boarding Tuition

    $66,620 to $71,875

    Financial aid (FA)

    No

    Yes

    Students on FA

    0%

    18%

    Eligible grades for FA

    None

    5 to 12

    Median FA package size

    $0

    $15,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment

    Avg. enrollment per grade

    35

    90

    Percent in boarding

    0%

    6%

    Admissions

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    75%

    0%

    Day entry years

    SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    Boarding entry years

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    Day admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Dec 01, 2021

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Not available

    Rolling

    Interview required?

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

    Yes: grades SK - 11

    SSAT required

    No

    No

  • OUR PERSPECTIVE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

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    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    Upper Canada College (UCC) is one of the oldest and most storied schools in Canada. Its alumni include a who's who of Canadian political, business, and cultural life. Its history is, in many ways, the history of independent schooling itself; to attend is to become a part of a Canadian cultural tradition, one that retains a prominent place in Canadian education. The school leads in the provision of financial assistance, with a robust program of scholarships and bursaries intended to attract the brightest students in Canada and from around the world.
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

    The PACE program was developed with gifted students in mind, based in an understanding of what they share—overall ability—as well as what they don't, such as specific talents, interests, and curiosities. The term of art is differentiated programming, though it's a term that can easily lend itself to misunderstanding. It doesn't mean that different students proceed through the curricula at different rates or are each given separate tasks based on their individual abilities. Rather, within a differentiated program all students proceed at the same pace through the material, while instructors provide multiple entry points that address the needs of individual students within the class. The ideal student is one who has been identified as gifted, and who requires challenge in order to succeed in academic work.

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    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    UCC is one of the oldest and most storied schools in Canada. Its alumni include a who's who of Canadian political, business, and cultural life. Its history is, in many ways, the history of independent schooling itself; to attend is to become a part of a Canadian cultural tradition, one that retains a prominent place in Canadian education. The school leads in the provision of financial assistance, with a robust program of scholarships and bursaries intended to attract the brightest students in Canada and from around the world.

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  • INSIDER PERSPECTIVES

    Written Reviews

    Written Reviews

    ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

    "he administration and teaching staff truly want all students to succeed to their highest potential."
    Melanie Maresch - Parent   (Mar 09, 2023)
    Both of our kids love the culture and environment at PACE. They have many close friendships that hav... View full review

    "It offers a challenging, yet well-balanced curriculum in every grade."
    Yuliya M - Parent   (Mar 13, 2023)
    Our daughter's experience at the Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E. has been rewarding. She has ... View full review

    "The quality of teaching at PACE has always surpassed our expectations."
    Raminder Juneja - Parent   (Mar 22, 2023)
    Both of our children have had wonderful experiences at PACE. The collaborative, supportive learning ... View full review

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    "We have a saying at the College called 'Never Walk Alone'. This motto is a great summary of the type of culture we have at the school and I can relate to the saying more and more each year."
    Will Huang - Student   (Jan 23, 2018)
    My time so far at Upper Canada has been absolutely amazing. I truly love every time I come to school... View full review

    "The school spirit and school community is like no other."
    Julia Pantalone - Parent   (Feb 23, 2018)
    My boys have had an amazing experience at Upper Canada College since Day 1. They engage the boys rig... View full review

    One day, our SK boy came back and said "Mom, I think patience is a virtue"
    Pierre Pong - Parent   (Oct 10, 2019)
    I feel my child likes the teachers the best, they care, they are energetic, fully engaged, responsib... View full review

  • School’s perspective

    Who are you, as a school?

    Who are you, as a school?

    ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

    "P.A.C.E. provides a differentiated curriculum built on greater depth and breadth of instruction. Our primary goal is to identify and enhance the abilities of our students, while simultaneously addressing their social and emotional needs. P.A.C.E. is based on the premise that gifted children require high-powered learning experiences to challenge their minds and ensure intellectual growth and achievement. A fully balanced program, including Arts and Athletics, complements this specialized academic program."

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    "UCC was founded in 1829 and is an IB Continuum World School, enrolling 1,220 students (day and boarding) in SK through Year 12. Located in central Toronto on 35 acres of green space, UCC delivers transformational learning experiences. Approximately 20 per cent of students receive financial assistance, with more than $6 million available annually to Canadian students. An alumni community of more than 12,000 in 80+ countries includes leaders and innovators in politics, finance, arts, athletics and beyond."

    • High-achieving, all-round students
    • Challenging but rewarding IB program
    • First rate academics, athletics and arts
    • 19 different sports and 80+ clubs
    • Boutique urban boarding program
    • Comprehensive wellbeing program
    • $5M financial assistance available
    • Entry levels: SK, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 9

    Array

    What do you do differently and uniquely well?

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    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    "UCC delivers transformational programs grounded in a liberal arts education through experiential learning in state-of-the-art facilities, such as our new design labs equipped with the latest technology; our hockey arena with two world-class ice pads; and our 535-acre outdoor campus at the Norval School that teaches students about ecosystems, math and environmental stewardship while engaging with the natural world. Combined with our rigorous IB program, graduates leave UCC prepared to succeed."

    Array

    What tradeoffs has your school made to serve families in this way?

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    What key junctures in your school's history have most shaped its present?

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    What type of student is a good fit for your school?

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    Under what conditions would you advise a family against choosing your school?

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    To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

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    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    "Families know that sending their students to UCC will give them the competitive advantage of the International Baccalaureate, while encouraging creativity and fuelling curiosity. UCC provides students with a well-rounded education that balances academics and a wide range of co-curricular offerings. Parents appreciate the focus on wellbeing — teaching students how to take care of their physical, mental and academic selves, with an emphasis on community and service."

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    How would you characterize your school's image amongst the public?

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    What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

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    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    "Founded in 1829, a UCC education supports a diverse and well-rounded student experience. Hosting more than 80 co-curricular activities and sports, UCC’s offerings include options not available at other institutions, including Model UN, cricket, softball, squash and rowing. Our students take advantage of six outdoor sports fields, a hockey arena with two ice pads — one NHL-sized and one Olympic — and a swimming pool for programming, practice and play."

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    What might families find surprising about your school?

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    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    "With a strong commitment to representing socio-economic breadth, UCC offers the most generous financial assistance program in Canadian independent schools. One in five UCC students receives financial assistance each year, making an exceptional education more accessible. Families are also often surprised at the size of the campus. Located in the heart of Toronto, the College sits on 35 lush acres, creating a sanctuary in Canada’s largest city for students to learn and grow."

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    What improvements or changes has your school made recently?

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    How will your school change in the next 5 years?

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  • SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

    Message from school leadership

    Message from school leadership

    My journey at P.A.C.E. began in 1999 and in 2019 I was delighted to assume the role of Director/Principal. The most rewarding part of my job is interacting with the students. They are fun loving, witty and demonstrate an intellectual curiosity that is any educator's dream. The energy level in the building is very high, the questioning by the students is incessant, and there are a lot of laughs. The skills for succeeding at P.A.C.E., whether in the role of teacher or student, are the same: a love of learning, high motivation, an excellent work ethic and a sense of humour. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by excellent teachers and a strong administrative staff: Liana, the Assistant to the Director; our Vice Principals, Caroline Corbit and Joanne Abela; and our Administrative Assistant, Irina. Every September we look forward to yet another passionate and exciting year for all.

    Samuel James McKinney is the 19th principal of Upper Canada College and began his tenure on July 1, 2016.

    Principal McKinney was formerly the deputy headmaster and head of senior school at St. Peter’s College in Adelaide, South Australia. “Saints,” as it is known in Australia, is a 168-year-old boys’ school that has produced 42 Rhodes Scholars and three Nobel Laureates. With a student population of more than 1,400 boys, including 90 boarders, Saints offers both the IB Diploma and the South Australian Certificate of Education.

    The son of schoolteachers, Principal McKinney was born and raised in the Niagara region and attended St. Catharines Collegiate before receiving his bachelor of arts from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1990. He furthered his education in Australia, receiving a graduate diploma in education from the University of Adelaide in 1993 and a master’s of education from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia in 2003. More recently, he has undertaken study at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Principals’ Centre and resilience training through the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Centre.

    In appointing Principal McKinney, UCC is also welcoming his wife, Rose, and their three boys, Jack ’17, Connor ’19 and Charles ’20. Also a teacher, Rose has taught in the Junior and Middle schools at Pulteney Grammar School in Adelaide since 2007.

    Message from Principal McKinney:

    From our founding in 1829, Upper Canada College has been educating the next generation of leaders and innovators, inspiring them to make a positive impact on their world. In our nearly 200-year history, the school has undergone incredible transformation. Alongside the historical landmarks many associate with UCC —  the ivy-covered walls, iron front gates, majestic clock tower — stand modern facilities and adaptable learning spaces equipped with the latest technology.

    Our approach to boys’ education has similarly evolved. The College’s foundational focus on a liberal education is now delivered through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes, globally recognized as the gold standard for university preparatory programs. In addition, our commitment to needs-based financial assistance has expanded substantially, offering more than $5 million annually to boys of the highest potential, enabling a diverse learning community that reflects our city and nation.

    These innovations have shaped what is only a part of the UCC difference. We are not just about academic heights reached, championships won, or brilliant theatrical performances — although these are integral to what makes the College the outstanding place it is. What’s equally important is how our boys take forward the transformational learning experiences that are a hallmark of a UCC education.

    Grounded in our vision to inspire boys to be their best selves is our commitment to fostering a vibrant school community that reflects the pluralism and promise of Canada. We offer an extraordinary range of opportunities for growth and discovery, as well as the support needed for boys to thrive among a network of dedicated faculty and staff, and lifelong friends.

    I encourage you to learn more here, then visit us and experience the UCC difference.

    We look forward to welcoming you.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

      Information not available

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      International Baccalaureate


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

      Not applicable

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

      P.A.C.E. is a magnet school for students who have been identified as intellectually gifted by means of a psycho-educational assessment. The curriculum is differentiated through various methodologies and strategies i.e. compacting, identifying learning styles, creative problem solving, acceleration, inquiry-based learning, addressing the critical thinking skills, sophisticated field studies, greater depth and breadth of instruction, etc. in order to meet the special needs and characteristics of gifted kids. Our courses reflect high powered learning experiences for our gifted learners, including pre-AP courses offered in grade 8. To address the needs of the whole child, wonderful Fine Arts, Athletic, and Co-Instructional Programs complement our strong academic program. There is something truly special about being surrounded by people passionate about everything they do.

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      As an International Baccalaureate World School, UCC aims to develop well-rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind. IB learners are better prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex, unpredictable situations. They strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. These attributes represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics


        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        P.A.C.E. is a blend of old and new, allowing for the mastery of basic skills while creating exciting new initiatives in how to learn mathematics. It's not all about numerical operations but the understanding of mathematical concepts and the application of mathematics to real world experiences.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        In the Primary Years Programme (SK-5) we provide instruction, experience and practice in patterns, numeration, place value, computation, geometry, measurement, decimals, fractions, graphing and problem solving. This includes drill, mental math challenges, hands-on activities, cooperative learning and the sharing of solutions. Most lessons begin with a math message or provocation; there are opportunities to work in small groups according to readiness, interest and learning profiles. Games may used for practice and to develop depth of understanding. In the Middle Division (6-7) the major areas of study are Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterning and Algebra, and Data Management and Probability. Calculator skills and the use of technology are further developed. There is an emphasis on problem solving which include participation in the Canadian National Mathematics League and Gauss contests. There are also opportunities for student-directed investigations and independent learning throughout the year.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        A number of different textbooks are used at the high school level. But, most importantly, we create Resources Booklets for our students which allows us to draw from many different sources.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Everyday Math, Kahn Academy, Jump Math, Mathletics and additional materials


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        To foster the development of mental math students in grades 1-6 do not use calculators. Starting in grade 7 calculators are used for basic computational skills. Graphing calculators are taught and used in grades 8- 12, but only scientific calculators (without graphing capabilities) are used for evaluations.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        In Grades 6-7 calculator skills and the use of technology are further developed. At the Upper School, an approved calculator is an essential tool.

      • Early Reading


        Approach

        Approach

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Phonics-intensive

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Children entering in to grade 1 are reading at various levels; from one or two sentences with pictures, to chapter books. Therefore, often there are 2 or 3 reading groups each with different reading assignments. Typically, by January, all of the children have reached a comparable level in their reading fluency but not necessarily in their reading comprehension. By the end of grade one all of the children are reading the same novels.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        A well balanced reading program motivates students to read for pleasure and information, fostering a lifelong love of reading. Students need to develop the skills necessary to decode, construct meaning and think critically about what they read. As part of this process, students must acquire a broad and varied vocabulary and an ability to interpret written conventions. Students read a wide range of materials that illustrate different forms of writing. Teachers provide a print-rich environment, and model and promote a passion for both fiction and non-fiction texts. Students use library time to listen to stories read aloud, to browse, make choices and to read independently. They are introduced to a wide variety of genres and new and familiar authors and books. Students learn bibliographic and locational skills, and how to use resources for their projects and class work.

      • Writing


        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Our children love to write, and we begin to introduce analytical writing as well as creative writing in grade one; the sophistication of which increases as writing assignments are introduced into writing categories: poetry, short stories, essays, and dialogues/monologues.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        In order to communicate effectively, students need to select and organize their ideas logically with an audience in mind, and utilize appropriate conventions. Students have opportunities across the curriculum to read a rich variety of texts and write daily. Learning to write is a developmental process. Students focus first on meaning rather than accuracy. Writing conventions are introduced and mastered gradually along a continuum. As boys engage in meaningful writing activities that challenge them to think critically about various topics, they are motivated to master written communication skills throughout the curriculum. Once boys reach the IB Diploma Programme, they are required to complete a 4,000-word Extended Essay on a topic of interest from within the IB curriculum, usually taken from one of their Higher Level subjects. Students at UCC complete the EE during their IB1 (Grade 11) year.

      • Science


        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        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.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        A variety of methodologies work best with our students. It is very important for our students to be exposed to the expert, to work effectively with their peers, and to creatively design their own scientific experiments.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        In the Prep School, students explore concepts in biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science, and develop skills in the processes of scientific inquiry. They learn about the interrelationships of ecosystems, learn the basic principles of heat and temperature, investigate the relationship between form and function in various natural and man-made structures, and investigate the fundamentals of chemistry — mixtures, solutions, atomic structure and the periodic table. Mankind’s impact on the environment is a recurring theme throughout the year. Our school’s practices aim to provide immediate access to technology and to harness boys’ engagement with technology through the use of individual iPads in grades SK–3 and laptops from grade 4 onward. Students spend time each term at the Norval Outdoor School and participate in a program designed to encourage respect and understanding for the environment. Details about the Upper School science program are available upon request.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

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

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Zoology

      • Literature


        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Literature comes alive through multiple interpretations and rich performance tasks that include choral speaking, debates, trials, videos, music and drama.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Students at the Middle Division are introduced to three literary genres: prose fiction, poetry, and drama. Reading is encouraged with a reading period outside regular English class time. On a regular basis, students practice various forms of writing, including narrative pieces, poetry and essays. Core language skills (including formal grammar skills) are taught with the aid of classroom review and written exercises completed in their grammar workbook; students’ individual language skills weaknesses are addressed by the teacher as part of the writing process. Core vocabulary is drawn from the literature studied and from other subject areas. During library time, students are introduced to a wide variety of new and familiar authors and books through book talks and reading aloud. Students also use the periods to browse, choose books and read for pleasure. Further details about literature studied at the Upper School are available upon request.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Social Studies


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Through our broad-based issues and themes, students learn in a very holistic manner as opposed to learning content and facts in isolation. The exploration of the dynamic activities enhance the critical thinking skills and students learn how to apply, analyze and evaluate information. It is through these theme based assignments that our younger students learn to hone their research skills - both through written report and oral presentation.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        There are no formal history or geography classes at the IB Primary Years Programme (SK-5) level. In grade 6 students have their first formal study of history. It begins with an introduction to geography and its relation to history, and proceeds to the study of Roman civilization, from its founding through the Republic and Empire periods. Students spend the second term considering the genesis and development of world religions with a particular focus on Islam, and conclude the year studying Early Modern Europe, with an emphasis on the Renaissance, Reformation and the Age of Exploration. Throughout the year, students are introduced to historical concepts such as time sequence, evidence, cause and consequence, continuity and change, perspective, bias and moral judgment. The geography skills introduced in the first term are woven into the history program over the entire year.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences


        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

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

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Through our life skills course, civics, history, law, philosophy and classical civilization students develop their critical thinking skills through discussion, debate and analytical essay writing. Students enjoy discussing BIG IDEAS while respecting the opinions of their peers in a safe and open learning environment. Application to real life experiences remains an important aspect of any social science or humanities course.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        The interaction of environment, culture, population and location lies at the heart of Geography. This definition implies a need for knowledge about the earth — knowledge about the ways in which humans use the earth’s resources and skills to recognize, describe and explain the spatial patterns that result from the interaction of people and their environment. To study History, Economics and Philosophy is to embark on a voyage of discovery, to seek in many ways to advance beyond the limitations and preoccupations of the present. Only by exploring the human experience in the past can we see how and why society changes and develop a sense of perspective on where we are heading in the 21st century.

      • Foreign Languages


        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        The acquisition of French as a second language includes the concrete sequential mode of learning as well as interactive group work. Our French Language program addresses the four components: Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Written and Oral Expression. Students study French cultural and language heritage as well as the constructs of formal grammar.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        The study of additional languages adds to the international dimension of our UCC program, with French, Mandarin, Spanish and Latin offered. While learning the target language, the student also becomes aware of the similarities and differences between his own culture. This awareness fosters a greater respect for other peoples and the way in which they lead their lives. Through the study of authentic texts, students investigate and reflect on cultural values and behaviours. The main focus of all language courses is the acquisition and development of language skills through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material. Such materials will extend from everyday oral exchanges to literary texts and should be related to the cultures concerned. This will enable students to develop mastery of language skills as well as intercultural consideration.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Information not available

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts


        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Students engage in making art come alive using a collaborative approach to learning. Taking risks, emoting and developing the aesthetic sensibilities create the ultimate performance in both drama and music.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        The Art Department offers students a challenging and flexible program that is innovative but also rooted in historical precedents. The Visual Arts curriculum provides students with a classroom/studio environment that fosters inventive thinking, independence of expression, reflective assessment of creative processes and products, and an appreciation for different points of view. In Music all students study an orchestral instrument from the woodwind, brass or percussion families. Students are strongly encouraged to perform in one of the three concert bands, three jazz ensembles, the string ensemble or the UCC Singers. The Drama and Theatre program is a dynamic, stimulating and rewarding program which prepares boys to be participants, critics and creators of theatre. The Film program uses state-of-the-art equipment to teach the building blocks of filmmaking: still photography, photo manipulation, storyboarding, script-writing, cinematography, sound recording, color correction and both picture and sound editing.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy


        Approach

        Approach

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Medium integration

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        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.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        All students use personally owned devices to enhance learning experiences and opportunities in various disciplines throughout the regular school day. Robotics plays a very large role in our technology program and the instruction of coding begins in grade four.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        UCC has a 1:1 Apple device program from SK through to university prep. The Computer Science Department offers a progression of courses with an emphasis on problem solving (individual work) and project development (team work). Our emphasis is less on keystrokes and mouse clicks, and more on the development of ideas and algorithms to meet evolving communication and computational needs. Our goal is that students both understand the historical development of technology and the technological culture, as well as possess a strong set of skills in the design, programming and day-today use of digital devices, systems and networks. All learning in computer science courses is hands-on and activity-based. Thus, the students will gain the confidence and competence to deal with the broad range of computer technologies found around the world today.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

        The development of a healthy mind and body is critical to success.

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Through courses offered by the Physical and Health Education Department, students will grasp the importance of physical fitness throughout their lives and, of equal importance, learn the value of good decision making and good judgment with respect to healthy choices. In the early years of the Physical Education program, team sports are used to develop fitness and fundamental skills. Sportsmanship is taught and developed through healthy competition. In the later years, the Physical Education curriculum begins to emphasize carry-over sports that the student can enjoy for the rest of his life. We want the students to leave the school with a desire to remain active, fit, healthy and happy.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM


      Approach


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

      Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

      Information not available

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      Students in Forms SK–5 follow the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate, which focuses on preparing children to be world citizens and lifelong learners. The PYP's transdisciplinary, inquiry-based approach to curriculum sees preset themes recur in various play-based activities. French as a second-language is taught to all children. Students enjoy immediate access to technology through the use of individual iPads. Library time sees students listen to stories read aloud, browse, make choices and read independently. Outdoor education takes place at Norval and in our Learning Garden. Math, arts, physical education and science are core subjects.

    • CURRICULUM PACE


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

      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).

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      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).


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

      Information not available

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      UCC helps students achieve their academic goals through the Wernham & West Centre for Learning, a high-support environment.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

      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”.

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      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 the school says

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      There’s a reason why UCC boasts a 100 per cent university acceptance rate around the world among its students. Its first-rate modern liberal arts academic program is backed by experienced, dedicated, passionate teachers who ultimately give students the tools they need to learn on their own. By the time students graduate, they are primed in every way possible to embark on a successful university education. The International Baccalaureate (IB) is the principal diploma program at UCC and is undertaken by all students in their final two years at the Upper School.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES


      Primary

      Primary

      ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      Balanced
      Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation.


      Secondary

      Secondary

      ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

      Balanced
      Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation.

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

      Addressing the needs of gifted children through a well balanced education that attends to the cognitive as well as social emotional needs of the children allows for us to groom good people who will be productive citizens in society.

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      UCC has been preparing the country's leaders for more than 190 years. Whether it's business, politics, athletics, arts, medicine, finance or anything in between, a UCC grad is well positioned to take the next step in leadership development. This means possessing a broad set of practical skills as well as social and intellectual intelligence; having a global perspective; empathizing with different people and issues. And it requires grit, determination and perseverance. These are the hallmarks of a UCC grad.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

    Ultimate


    Clubs Offered

    Clubs offered

    ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

    • Our students participate in many extracurricular competitions, most notably in drama and improv, robotics, reach for the top, model UN, chess and athletics.

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    • UCC has several championship varsity sports teams, as well as 19 house league and inter-school teams available.
    • There are more than 80 different groups and clubs to participate in.
    • All students play a musical instrument at the Prep School.
    • Students can take part in field trips focusing on everything from the arts and athletics, to camping and the outdoors.
    • Students participate in global humanitarian trips that exemplify the school’s service value.
    • Students can participate in coding and STEAM competitions.
    • UCC’s more than 11,000 graduates have the opportunity to maintain their life-long friendships and make new connections by participating in alumni activities across the world.
  • Financial Aid

    Grades eligible

    Grades eligible

    5 - 12

    Students on aid

    Students on aid

    0%

    18%

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    $0

    $15,000

  • ADMISSIONS

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    75%

    0%

    Day entry years

    SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    Boarding entry years

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    Day admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Dec 01, 2021

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Not available

    Rolling

    Interview required?

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

    Yes: grades SK - 11

    SSAT required

    No

    No

    SSAT(out of province) required

    No

    Yes: grades 8 - 12

    Entrance exams required

    No

    Yes: grades 3 - 6

    Entrance essay required

    No

    No

    Application fee required

    No

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

    The first critierion for P.A.C.E. is that the student is identified as intellectual gifted. We are looking for bright individuals who are passionate about learning and are productive citizens within the school.

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    Upper Canada College seeks to admit well-rounded boys who stand out from the crowd in a variety of ways – through academic performance, involvement in co-curricular activities, and demonstrated social skills. We are looking for the best boys, from across Canada and around the world.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN - P.A.C.E.

    All students are required to have a psycho-educational assessment (WISC V).  If the student scores in the 95th percentile or higher in verbal reasoning and visual perception, on paper, that child would qualify for P.A.C.E.  The next step would be to have a meeting with the family and for the student to visit for the day. Feedback regarding the child's visit is provided. 

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    After exploring UCC and its programs either virtually or in person, prospective families must go to UCC's website, create an account, submit their application and pay the application fee. They will then be guided through submitting birth certificates, report cards and other documents, if applicable, as well as further interviews and assessments depending on the year the student is entering.

    Once decisions are issued, families will receive registration instructions that include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Registration of new day students:

    Parents or guardians must confirm Registration by completing the online registration within 7 days of the date of offer (as indicated in the emailed letter of offer). The Initial Registration Fee of $8,500 and the first instalment of $2,000 are applicable for all payment plans and must be forwarded to the College within 7 days of the date of offer.

    Registration of New Boarding Students:

    Parents or guardians must confirm Registration by completing the online registration within 10 days of the date of offer (as indicated in letter of offer). The Initial Registration Fee of $5,000.00 and the first instalment of tuition and boarding fees must also be forwarded to the College within 10 days of the date of offer. The second instalment of fees for new boarding students and new international boarding students will vary according to the chosen payment plan.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    Alumni

    information not available

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Robertson Davies (1932)
    One of Canada's most internationally celebrated novelist, playwright, journalist, and essayists
    David Gilmour (1968)
    Journalist and Governor General's Award for English language fiction winning novelist
    Stephen Leacock (1882)
    Celebrated writer, humourist and economist. The most widely read English-speaking author in the world between 1910 and 1925.
    Peter C. Newman (1947)
    Peabody award-winning journalist and former editor of Macleans and the Toronto Star. Noted chronicler of the "Canadian Establishment"
    Foster Hewitt (1921)
    Legendary broadcaster and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
    Galt MacDermot (1942)
    Grammy Award winning musician and co-author of the Broadway musical Hair
    Geraint Wyn Davies (1975)
    Stage, film and television actor (Forever Knight)
    Leonard Dick (1982)
    Emmy Award, Golden Globe, and Writers Guild Award winning producer and writer of Lost, House, The Good Wife and many other sitcoms
    Michael Snow (1948)
    Internationally recognized modern artist, with public works featured prominently throughout Toronto. Exhibited around the world, including at MoMa.
    Timothy Eaton (1852)
    Founder of the now-defunct Eaton's department store
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