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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Meadowridge School

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Upper Canada College

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1985

     

    1829


     

    Enrolment

     

    665

     

    1170


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    SK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Boys


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Boarding, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    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."
     
    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

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate

     

    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

     

     

    Accelerated curriculum


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    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.
     
    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

     

    $22,500 to $32,500

     

    $30,860 to $33,860


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $55,060 to $61,560


     

    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

     

    44

     

    84


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    8%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    33%


     

    Day entry years

     

    JK, 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 02, 2016


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades SK - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Meadowridge School

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Upper Canada College

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Meadowridge is a school that intends to inspire and teach through direct, personal involvement. They don't just teach art, for example, they immerse students within it, including an on-site collection of works from an a-list of Canadian artists, including Tom Thomson, Kenojuak Ashevak, and Lawren Harris. The campus includes a forest, so the links between art and the environment are profound. Likewise, gardens and greenhouses provide an entrée to ecology and biology, and a design lab provides an entrée into technology and engineering. Those, and other examples, provide a unique balance between traditional learning and experiential learning. The buildings, the 27-acre campus, the proximity to Vancouver as well as a range of natural environments—all of it would rightly be the envy of any school. The ideal student is one who is curious, engaging, and prone to make use of the range of programs and opportunities that Meadowridge provides.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Meadowridge School

    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.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Upper Canada College

    User reviews

    User reviews

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    information not available

    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...
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    "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...
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    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...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Meadowridge is a school that intends to inspire and teach through direct, personal involvement. They don't just teach art, for example, they immerse students within it, including an on-site collection of works from an a-list of Canadian artists, including Tom Thomson, Kenojuak Ashevak, and Lawren Harris. The campus includes a forest, so the links between art and the environment are profound. Likewise, gardens and greenhouses provide an entrée to ecology and biology, and a design lab provides an entrée into technology and engineering. Those, and other examples, provide a unique balance between traditional learning and experiential learning. The buildings, the 27-acre campus, the proximity to Vancouver as well as a range of natural environments—all of it would rightly be the envy of any school. The ideal student is one who is curious, engaging, and prone to make use of the range of programs and opportunities that Meadowridge provides.

    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.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Meadowridge School

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Upper Canada College

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    • IB World School
    • Safe, caring learning environment
    • Coeducational
    • 100% post-secondary acceptance
    • International travel opportunities
    • Full-day Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten
    • Average class size of 15
    • Over 35,000 library resources
    • Fine arts, athletics & community service opportunities

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    • High-achieving, all-round boys
    • Challenging but rewarding IB program
    • First rate academics, athletics and arts
    • 19 different sports and 65+ clubs
    • Boutique urban boarding program
    • Comprehensive wellbeing program
    • $5M financial assistance available
    • Entry levels: SK, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 9

    Description

    Description

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Meadowridge creates a safe space for children to learn through imagination, emotion, and community building. The entire school, from classroom to natural woodland, is the setting for our program that challenges students to find out more about their own beliefs and society through striving for excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and service to the community. As students prepare to graduate there is the profound knowledge that in order to change the world, they must first be a part of it.

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    Founded in 1829 and located in central Toronto on 35 acres of green space, Upper Canada College is Toronto's premier K-12 day and boarding school for boys. An International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, UCC delivers transformational learning experiences and fosters the development of head, heart and humanity, inspiring each boy to be his best self. UCC is committed to ensuring 20 per cent of students receive financial assistance, with $5 million available annually to Canadian students.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Meadowridge School

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Upper Canada College

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    Message

    Often, we have people tour our school, thinking about investing in an education for their children. Such tours are conducted by our student ambassadors, and we often receive comments about how direct, polite, thoughtful, and friendly they are. Most parents want their children to be just like the students who conducted the tour. It is our best guide to how others see us: their delight in meeting our students.

    The students behave the way they do, of course, because families and the school share values, because we come to know each other, because we insist on similar things, because we stay involved with each other, and because virtually everyone here is noticed and is important. We are attached, all of us: old and young, students, teachers, parents, and staff, joined in the common cause of education that will make a difference to our children, and a difference to the world they will inherit and will lead.

    Our Mission Statement: Learning to live well, with others and for others, in a just community.

    We have a community of concern, and one that will help our children to grow into fine young adults. It is a pleasure to watch my children grow up within this fine community, and I know I share this pleasure with the parents of all of our students from Junior Kindergarten through to Grade 12.

     

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

    Mr. 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, Mr. 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 Mr. 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

       

      Meadowridge School

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Upper Canada College

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      International Baccalaureate


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.

      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

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      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.

      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

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      At Meadowridge our Mission, "learning to live well, with others and for others, in a just community" is woven into our everyday actions and interactions, both at the school and in the community at large. It acknowledges the importance of positive interactions with others and in seeking to better the community as we better ourselves. It looks beyond gender, nationality, culture and class. It guides staff, administration, students, and families to meet responsibilities and fulfill dreams. This atmosphere of respect combined with a challenging and enriched curriculum provides many opportunities for students to excel in the core academic subjects of reading, writing, math, science and areas of creative expression and original thought, such as performing and visual arts, athletics, clubs, computer science and drama - all of which foster a strong sense of personal and community pride and cause for celebration. We believe in the importance of celebrating our students’ individual and collective accomplishments as we strive for their highest level of performance, whatever their stage of development.

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      As an International Baccalaureate World School, UCC aims to develop well-rounded boys 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. The liberal IB program at UCC is unique, enhanced by years of research and discovery in boys education.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Discovery Math

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Discovery Math turns traditional math on its head: it frequently begins by introducing a novel problem to students, and works its way back to “discovering” a method of solving the problem. The goal is to ground mathematical procedures and algorithms firmly in their applications, and to challenge students to think critically about how they might go about solving the problem right from the beginning. Generally associated with the “Chicago Math” movement and related Everyday Math textbooks (Grades 1 to 6), Discovery math spends less classroom time mastering established algorithms and more time getting students invested in and thinking critically about novel mathematical problems and concepts. In this sense Discovery Math aims to establish conceptual and applied understand before procedural understanding.

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        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

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        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.

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Part of learning to read at Meadowridge is also learning to love reading. We offer an extensive library full of resources and a Kindergarten specific Family Reading Program created by our very own Teacher Librarians and Kindergarten teachers.

        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.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Process approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        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

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Inquiry

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        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)

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Physics

      • Literature

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        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

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Thematic


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        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

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        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

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        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)

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Students learn through creative expression: they learn to understand and to analyze, to problem solve and to self-express, and they learn about themselves and about the world around them. So while they strum, or stroke, or sing, or sculpt, they learn a new way to express themselves and to convey feelings; students learn to become active meaning-makers, not passive recipients. By learning from the entire symbolic range, students evolve as both artist and learner of the arts. Through language and art, dance and movement, photography, film and multimedia, students learn to understand the essence of things – of people, culture, art, business, sciences, politics – and the nuances within them.

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Medium integration

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        At Meadowridge, we teach our students to acquire, use, and share information in multiple forms and ways so that it becomes meaningful knowledge. When it comes to technology, every decision we make is based on learning, and that’s because technology cannot replace outstanding teaching or collaboration with other learners. We make sure that our school and our students control technology, and are not controlled by it.

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        In Physical and Health Education, students learn to appreciate the value of physical activity and develop the motivation for making healthy life choices. PHE is taught so that students learn about and learn through physical activity. Students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which contribute to a healthy and balanced lifestyle: a balanced lifestyle which includes a healthy body, mind, and spirit. PHE is a critical element of a well-rounded learner. All students in the PYP and MYP participate in PHE, and have additional requirements for physical and activity outside of their courses.

        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

       

      Meadowridge School

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Upper Canada College

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


      Approach

      Approach

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Play-based


      Our Take

      Our Take

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      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.

      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

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Meadowridge’s Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs provide developmentally-appropriate learning opportunities for children to explore, socialize and grow in a safe and supportive environment. This takes place in a brand new, purpose built Early Childhood Education building. Children are active learners. In Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten children learn by exploration and problem-solving in a safe environment. Students learn through play and units of inquiry based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. This includes exploration into science, art, community, literacy, math, dance, athletics, technology, music, and more. Student develop skills through a hands-on activities where they can test, try, and engage.

      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 boys. Boys enjoy immediate access to technology through the use of individual iPads. Library time sees boys 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

       

      Meadowridge School

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Upper Canada College

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


      Pace

      Pace

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Accelerated


      Our Take

      Our Take

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      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

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      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

       

      Meadowridge School

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Upper Canada College

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


      Culture

      Culture

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      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

      What the school says

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Our program challenges our students to find out more about their own beliefs, their own bodies, and society. When students graduate, they are equipped to deal with the complex realities of life, where critical thinking is at a premium. There are trained to question: how could this be better? In every unit of instruction, the children have a guiding question which they seek to answer. At the younger grades, the question is generated by the teacher, and smaller questions arise from the students. In older grades, we expect students to generate their own questions, and to personalize their learning.

      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

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      "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

       

      Meadowridge School

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Upper Canada College

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


      Primary

      Primary

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

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

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      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

      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

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      At the heart of all we do at Meadowridge is our Mission Statement, learning to live well, with others and for others, in a just community. We have created a just community within the school – one that is shaped by caring and trust, and also clarity of expectation and rules. We teach our students how to care for themselves, because a balanced and happy life is critical to their future. Students also learn to care for others, because a successful future is one in which common welfare is shared by all.

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      UCC has been preparing the country's leaders for over 180 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


    Meadowridge School

    Upper Canada College

    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

     

    Meadowridge School

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Upper Canada College

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    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

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    • 15 CISAA championships at the Upper School in 2014-2015
    • Over 60 different active clubs and student groups
    • All students play a musical instrument at the Prep School.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    33%


     

    Day entry years

     

    JK, 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 02, 2016


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades SK - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 12


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades K - 12

     

    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

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    A Meadowridge student is one that seeks challenges in order to grow. We are not looking for perfect children, as they don't exist, but children who love to learn and explore the world. Children who are kind, willing to make mistakes and learn from them, and share their knowledge with others. From Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 our students call Meadowridge home.

    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

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Our admissions process is set-up specifically to determine if your child and family are the right fit for Meadowridge. From inquiry to assessment, we strive to get to know each family and the potential of each child.

    There are tests and assessments but what it really comes down to is the fit. If your child will flourish at Meadowridge and your family will be an active member of our community is one of the most important factors for admissions.

    Not all children and families are the right fit for our school. Meadowridge is a challenging school. We offer a rigorous curriculum and have high expectations of our students, not just academically but intellectually and emotionally. We expect them to take our Mission to heart, "Learning to live well, with others and for others, in a just community".

    All Applicants:

    • Online Application Form completed 
    • Visit Us! Learn about our school and let us meet you at one of our Open Houses
    • Student Assessment/Observation
    • Family Meeting
    • Teacher Recommendation
    • Examples of student work/hobbies
    • Grade 1+ two report cards from previous years
    • Grade 6 to 11 SSAT

    Click here for a detailed list of requirements.

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    Copy of birth certificate or passport and final report cards from last two years.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    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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