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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Upper Canada College

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    Appleby College

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1829

     

    1911


     

    Enrolment

     

    1170

     

    803


     

    Grades

     

    SK to 12

     

    7 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Boys

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Boarding, Day

     

    Day, Boarding


     

    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."
     
    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."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate

     

    Liberal Arts


     

    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).
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    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

     

    20 to 25

     

    12 to 16


     

    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $30,860 to $33,860

     

    $38,850 to $47,170


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $55,060 to $61,560

     

    $63,180 to $77,540


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    18%

     

    18%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    5 to 12

     

    7 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $15,000

     

    $31,250

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    84

     

    134


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    8%

     

    34%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    33%

     

    32%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Dec 02, 2016

     

    Oct 31, 2019


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades SK - 11

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Upper Canada College

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    Appleby College

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    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

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    While boarding isn't as much of a focus as it once was—the day students now outnumber the boarders, as they have since 1980—Appleby's stance is nevertheless predicated on the benefits associated with a boarding school environment: independence, self-discipline, and responsibility. The school prides itself on a reputation for academic excellence and innovation, and the program is designed to prepare students for the world that they will move into after graduation, one where the primary skill necessary for success is an ability to engage productively with others. Diversity is viewed as a core strength, and the school has instituted a range of programs intended create and maintain a diverse academic, cultural, and economic student population. The ideal student is one who is forthright, active, confident, and self-directed, and predisposed to making the most of the wide range of opportunities that the school provides.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Appleby College

    User reviews

    User reviews

    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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    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    information not available

    Our Take

    Our Take

    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.

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    While boarding isn't as much of a focus as it once was—the day students now outnumber the boarders, as they have done for some time—Appleby's stance is nevertheless predicated on the benefits that boarding can afford: independence, self-discipline, and responsibility. The school prides itself on a reputation for academic innovation, one that it has rightly earned. The program is designed to prepare students for the world that they will move into after graduation, and indeed it is a leader in that regard. Diversity is seen as a core strength, and the school has instituted a range of programs intended maintain a diverse academic, cultural, and economic student population. The ideal student is one who is forthright, active, confident, and self-directed.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Upper Canada College

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    Appleby College

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    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

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    • $4.5 million in financial assistance annually
    • 21 AP courses & AP Capstone programme
    • Social Emotional Learning and Positive Education
    • S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern campus
    • Student Leadership programme
    • Co-curricular Passport: athletics, arts, service and 100+ clubs
    • Grade 12 boarding programme
    • Appleby College Diploma with Distinction in Global Leadership

    Description

    Description

    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.

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    Founded in 1911 and located on a picturesque 60-acre campus in Oakville, Ontario, Appleby College is a university preparatory, coeducational day/boarding school for students in Grades 7–12. At Appleby, we believe every student deserves an opportunity to pursue an education that excites and challenges them. An education that offers them the chance to discover and embrace their passions both inside and outside of the classroom. Hallmarks of the Appleby experience include our Grade 12 boarding programme, our emphasis on global learning and cultural understanding with participation in a global learning experience as a core requirement of the Appleby College Diploma, our commitment to financial assistance with over $4.5 million in bursaries, loans and scholarships annually, and our experiential learning programme centred around the S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus in Temagami. To learn more about Appleby please visit us at www.appleby.on.ca. To arrange a tour, please contact Luke Seamone, executive director, admissions at [email protected]

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Upper Canada College

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    Appleby College

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    Message

    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.

    Deciding where to go to school is one of those choices that feels more profound looking at it in the rear-view mirror than it does over your dashboard. When you make the right choice, it can change the direction of your life in amazing ways. Ways that only become clear after the journey.

    When you speak with Appleby graduates – those who graduated last year to those who left 70 years ago, those who live across Canada and those who live around the world – they talk about the enduring nature of the Appleby experience. They talk about powerful bonds of friendship and preparedness for leadership that stay with them. Experiences that help define who they are.

    Breadth, excellence, innovation and caring – this is what defines the essence of the Appleby College experience.

    We challenge our students to develop high levels of capabilities across a wide range of activities – academics, athletics, the arts, service, global education, outdoor education, as well as living and working with people from a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives. This broad experience is all-encompassing and, we believe, the right approach to prepare our graduates to be major contributors to their local, national and international communities in the fast-changing, globally-connected world of today and tomorrow.

    Over the last couple of decades, we have garnered an international reputation for innovation, be it in the use of technology or global education or teaching methods. Today, we are in the midst of another exciting development as we look forward to enhancing the Appleby experience with the construction of a new athletics and student life space - the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life. Designed to transform our capacity for indoor athletics and training programmes, the new facility will also support our expanding academic and co-curricular aspirations.

    Great school culture must be central to a great student experience. We take pride in creating an environment where students know that they belong, where they find areas that they love, and where they both experience and contribute to a community that cares. We believe in growth through challenge. But equally, we believe that supporting young people is the best way to empower them to succeed in the face of that challenge.

    Appleby is not for everyone. But if breadth, excellence, innovation and caring are appealing, look through this prospectus, come on a campus tour, speak with our students and faculty, and find out whether Appleby is the right place for you. Decide for yourself whether Appleby is the kind of launch pad that you want as you look down the road at your future.

    I look forward to welcoming you!

    Innes van Nostrand

    Principal

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Upper Canada College

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      Appleby College

      APPLEBY COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      Liberal Arts

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      International Baccalaureate

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      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.

      APPLEBY 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

      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.

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      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.

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Appleby offers a distinguished curriculum. A diverse range of required components provides students with stimulating challenges and the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills and values. Our progressive curriculum provides students with the opportunity to discover and research topics of interest through inquiry-based learning, and focuses on critical-thinking, individual potential, self-discipline, respect, responsibility and commitment, spiritual and moral development, democratic principles, personal health and fitness, environmental awareness and stewardship, the role of gender, ethnicity, race and culture in building rich, diverse communities, and student-centred experiences creating leadership opportunities. Students are exposed to a rich variety of developmental experiences which serve to prepare them for futures in which they will be valued leaders and contributors to global communities. The defining characteristic of an Appleby education is the mandatory participation in each of its core curricular components, leading to an Appleby College Diploma and Ontario Secondary School Diploma upon graduation. Appleby develops young men and women of personal integrity, who are prepared for university, societal change, responsible involvement and leadership in their local, national and global communities.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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

        APPLEBY 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

        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.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        The mathematics program at Appleby College provides a solid foundation for the study of mathematics at the university level. Students develop fundamental skills and an understanding of applied mathematical concepts utilizing a variety of tablet-based software applications, preparing them to further explore and visualize mathematical relationships. From a common enriched curriculum at the Middle One level, students follow a path that prepares them for the diverse mathematics courses they may encounter in university. For students interested in taking Advanced Placement courses in Calculus (AB and BC) or Statistics in their senior years, a vertically integrated Advanced Placement stream of courses is available.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        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.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        All students are required to have a non-graphing, scientific calculator. The required model is the CASIO fx-991MS. Note: Phones and other hand-held electronic devices that have calculator applications and calculators with graphical displays are not a substitute as they are not allowed in tests and examinations.

      • Early Reading

         

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Balanced Literacy

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        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.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        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.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal balance

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        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.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        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.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        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.

        APPLEBY 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

        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.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        The study of science allows a student to make a personal search for the logical patterns that explain the behaviour of the universe. Scientific study also develops skills in thinking and problem-solving, developing the overall academic abilities of each student. Lessons on the scientific method can also be applied to other areas of study and to many aspects of life. Appleby’s Science and Technology program provides students with the opportunity to develop the attitudes and skills of scientific thinking, helping them make sense of the rapidly expanding technological world. These skills enable students to understand the major concepts of science, how the concepts were developed and how they are used to explain the behaviour of the natural world.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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

        APPLEBY 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)

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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

        APPLEBY 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

        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.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        The Appleby English program prepares students for the study of university English and develops competence in speaking, written expression and reading that is instrumental in the pursuit of other disciplines. Students follow a structured curriculum from Middle One to Senior Two. The Appleby program is literature-based, with emphasis on the integration of a critical awareness of language and media. Thus, the aim is to achieve a balance of these elements in the student’s oral and written expression. All courses concentrate on developing the students’ abilities to understand and convey information; to evaluate and present facts and opinions; to express experience, emotions and imagination; to manipulate conventions such as paragraphing, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling; to recognize implicit meaning; and to cultivate an awareness of style.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Thematic

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        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.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        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.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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

        APPLEBY 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

        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.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        The study of Social Sciences is an integral part of the Appleby curriculum. In the early years, classes aim to develop an awareness of the wider community, an imaginative interest in the past and a respect for the relationship between people and their environments. Progressively, the student is introduced to Canadian heritage and geography, religion and spirituality, and a host of optional subjects. Students may choose from courses in geography, history and religion, as well as accounting, economics, philosophy and political science. Students are taught increasingly sophisticated analytical and critical-thinking skills, with particular emphasis on integrating modern educational technologies and effective research methods into all levels of study. Programs place a particular emphasis on teaching an appreciation for each student’s role and responsibilities in Canadian life and the development of a strong global perspective.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        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.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        The Language and Culture Department consists of French, German, Mandarin, Spanish and Arabic. French is a compulsory subject from Middle One to Upper Two (2D or 3U) and students are required to take an additional international language of their choice in Upper One. A highlight of the program is the Middle Two International Languages course. Students explore a round robin comprised of Mandarin, German, Spanish, and Arabic while also continuing the French program. This introductory program focuses on the cultural aspects of the languages through the use of basic conversational skills. Exchanges - Students studying modern languages have the exceptional opportunity to participate in language-based exchange programs to Québec, France, Spain, South America, China, and Germany. While totally immersing themselves in the language and the culture of the country, students follow a full program of studies at the host school. These exchanges greatly enhance the students’ fluency and comprehension.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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

        APPLEBY 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)

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Information not available

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        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.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        The performing arts - dance, drama, and music - present opportunity and challenge as individual academic courses. In conjunction with the visual and media arts, students, teachers, the school, and the community benefit from creative, expressive, and performance opportunities. Music and Visual Arts are required courses of study in the Middle School, and students must choose at least one credit in Music, Visual Arts, or Drama in Upper One. Students pursuing elective courses in all four streams have the opportunity to take History of the Arts, a university-level AP course. Each of the disciplines involve practical, theoretical, and presentation elements and the courses are designed for a wide range of student interests and abilities, including those students who wish to pursue university arts programs.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Heavy integration

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        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.

        APPLEBY 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

        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.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Appleby’s classrooms are designed to enable exceptional teaching and engaged learning, seamlessly integrating wireless capabilities with EPSON projectors and interactive televisions in the classroom. Appleby classrooms provide a modern integrated learning and lecture environment complete with audio, video, and programmable lighting all controlled through a touch panel. While faculty can teach from anywhere in the classroom, mobile seating allows for flexible seating arrangements, supporting collaborative learning, as well as independent, student-centred lesson design. Innovation plays a key role in the Appleby experience. Today, the majority of student school work is accessed, completed and submitted on their pen-based Fujitsu tablet. Using Microsoft OneNote, teachers and students are able to write, sketch, organize and edit information in their own digital “binder”. While teachers can “see” each student’s section, students can only access their own section or that of their group (if working on a collaborative project).


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Upper Canada College

        UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        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.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        The Health and Physical Education Department combines the Physical Education and Northward Bound programs. The aim of the department is to ensure Appleby students have healthy minds and bodies. Health and Physical Education gives students a platform with which to develop lifelong health and fitness learning. The Health and Physical Education program provides students with opportunities to improve their personal fitness, sport skills and an understanding of healthy living principles and is compulsory for Middle One to Upper One students. Students enjoy access to Appleby’s athletic facilities including the playing fields, gymnasium, squash courts, tennis courts, weight training room, cardio room, pool and arena. The Northward Bound program is mandatory in Upper One and Upper Two. The program’s emphasis on outdoor skills, fitness and leadership skills complements and enriches the students’ Physical Education studies.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Upper Canada College

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      Appleby College

      APPLEBY COLLEGE


      Approach

      Approach

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      Play-based

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      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.

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Upper Canada College

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      Appleby College

      APPLEBY COLLEGE


      Pace

      Pace

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      Accelerated

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      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).

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Upper Canada College

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      Appleby College

      APPLEBY COLLEGE


      Culture

      Culture

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      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”.

      APPLEBY 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

      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.

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Academics at Appleby are based on a rigorous university preparatory curriculum. A diverse range of required components provides students with stimulating challenges and the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills and values. The achievement: preparation for university and life. Upon graduation students earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and the Appleby College Diploma. In addition to the OSSD requirements, the Appleby College Diploma has even more rigorous academic and significant co-curricular requirements. Appleby is also the first boarding school in North America to offer an integrated global education programme culminating with the Appleby College Diploma with Distinction in Global Leadership.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Upper Canada College

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

      Appleby College

      APPLEBY COLLEGE


      Primary

      Primary

      UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      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."

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Appleby College develops students of personal integrity, who are prepared for university, societal change, responsible involvement and leadership in their local, national and global communities. Joining Appleby from more than 50 countries, our students explore the meaning of character and leadership in the context of our global society as demonstrated in hallmark programmes such as the Global Leadership Diploma, Intercultural and Service Learning, and Residential Life. The defining characteristic of an Appleby education is the mandatory participation in each of its core curricular components, leading to an Appleby College Diploma upon graduation.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Upper Canada College

    Appleby 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

     

    Upper Canada College

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

    Appleby College

    APPLEBY COLLEGE


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    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

    APPLEBY 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

    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.

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    • In May 2015, Appleby's Varsity Girls' Soccer team defeated Villanova College 3-2 in the final game of the season, becoming the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) champions.
    • Senior One student Jakob Nielsen captured gold in Varsity Boys' Singles Tennis at the the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) Championships.
    • Appleby's Under-14 Boys' Rugby team won gold becoming Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) champions with a final score of 19-12 against Ridley College.
    • Appleby's Integrated Science Club recently visited the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, which provides state-of-the-art synchrotron radiation for science research. It was a great hands-on learning experience for the students.
    • Appleby was well represented in the Conference of Independent Schools (CIS) as many students participated in the CIS music, dance and drama festivals. As well, students from the Senior Music cl
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    33%

     

    32%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Dec 02, 2016

     

    Oct 31, 2019


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades SK - 11

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 6

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    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.

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    Students who are passionate about learning, inquisitive, energetic, engaged, and who get involved. Current students and alumni quite often say that “you can’t be a passive by-stander at Appleby. The faculty and your peers won’t let you. Appleby offers students incredible learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom but in return it demands a lot.”

    What the school says

    What the school says

    UPPER CANADA COLLEGE

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

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    HOW TO APPLY

    We are delighted that you are considering enrollment at Appleby College. To apply for admission to Appleby, please follow the steps below. Students who complete the application process by October 31, 2020 will receive notification of their status by December 11, 2020. Applications received by December 11, 2020 will be notified of their status by February 5, 2021.

    1. APPLY ONLINE
    To start the Application process please visit https://www.appleby.on.ca/admissions/apply and click on the Apply Now button and complete the on-line application form. Once you have completed the form you will be asked to pay the school's non-refundable application fee. For Canadian residents the fee is $200, for International residents the fee is $300;

    2. PROVIDE CONFIDENTIAL SCHOOL REPORT
    Provide the Confidential School Report form to your Teacher, Principal or Guidance Counsellor and ask them to return it directly to Appleby College. The document can be e-mailed to [email protected] or sent via mail to 540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3P1. To access the form please click here: https://www.appleby.on.ca/uploaded/Assets/forms/confidentialschoolreport.pdf.

    3. SEND ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS
    Send in a student photo along with a copy of your most recent report card and a copy of the final report cards from the previous two years to Admissions at Appleby College (please see address above). Alternatively you can attach a student photo and upload report cards as indicated within the application.

    4. NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS TEST RESULTS
    For non-native English speakers applying for grades 10 through 12 please provide your TOEFL or IELTS or Vericant* test date. Applicants to grade 12 will be required to submit both SSAT results and an English proficiency test result. Please note test dates for both. For non-native English speakers applying for grades 7 through 9 please provide your TOEFL Jr. or iTEP or Vericant* test date.

    *Vericant is only available in China. To learn more about Vericant, please visit http://students.vericant.com/. Appleby reserves the right to request an English language test pending results of the Vericant interview.

    5. INTERVIEW
    Should you be contacted for an interview with an Admissions Officer upon submission of your application, every effort should be made to arrange a personal interview. A Skype interview may be arranged when distance creates a great inconvenience.

    6. FINANCIAL AID
    Appleby College’s commitment to financial assistance is designed to ensure that financial need should not prevent a student from reaching their full potential. All financial assistance decisions are need based and are designed to assist families who believe in an Appleby education but are unable to meet the full financial commitments. Applications are reviewed by an independent financial services firm, Apple Financial Services. To access the financial assistance application forms, please visit http://www.applefinancialservices.ca/. Students applying for financial assistance are strongly encouraged to submit their application in concurrence with their admissions application as it can take four to six weeks for Apple Financial Services to process.

    STUDENTS REQUESTING ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATION
    Appleby College Student Services is committed to accommodating the needs of students with disabilities in a way that responds to a student’s unique circumstances. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Appleby College will accommodate the needs of students with disabilities to allow them to access educational services equally, unless to do so would cause undue hardship. While the school does not have a special education department, we are able to offer certain accommodations to assist students with special needs to develop their individual potential.

    Please look over the Student Access Document at https://www.appleby.on.ca/admissions/apply for full details and do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

  • 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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    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Jeff Batchelor (2006)
    Canadian professional snowboarder and Olympian.
    Phil Mackenzie (2005)
    Canadian rugby union player, and member of the national rugby team.
    Lara Baldesarra (2003)
    TSN and CNN sports anchor.
    Evanka Osmak (1998)
    Sports anchor for Rogers Sportsnet.
    Bryan Baeumler (1992)
    Gemini award winning television host to HGTV/HGTV Canada shows such as "Disaster DIY", "Disaster DIY: Cottage Edition", "Leave it to Bryan", and "House of Bryan".
    Colin Ferguson (1990)
    Actor (The Vampire Diaries), director, and producer.
    Mani Haghighi (1988)
    Iranian film director.
    Tim Footman (1986)
    Author and journalist. Editor of the Guinness Book of World Records.
    Daniel Hays (1958)
    Canadian Senator. Speaker of the Canadian Senate. Liberal Leader in the Senate. Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
    Norman Atkins (1953)
    Canadian Senator.
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