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St. Andrew's College

Grades Gr. 5 TO Gr. 12 — Aurora, ON (MAP)

St. Andrew's College:

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  • Grades
    Gr. 5 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
    All boys, All girls
  • Class Size
    17 students
  • Tuition
    $4,100 to 80,800/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
    CAIS, TABS, CIS Ontario
  • Enrolment
    571 day students, 260 boarding students
  • Curriculum
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School address

  • 15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

St. Andrew's College offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider AM only.

The regions St. Andrew's College offers busing from are:

  • Caledon
  • Kleinburg
  • King City
  • Nobleton
  • Vaughan

Additional notes: SAC offers a luxury shuttle service with a maximum seating of 21 students. The bus only operates in the morning as afternoon schedules vary for each student depending on co-curricular engagements. Students must be registered to take the bus ahead of September and seats are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Our Perspective

How we see St. Andrew's College

The program at St. Andrew’s has long been distinguished by a high rate of success, with the list of notable alums providing an abbreviated who’s who of Canadian arts, leaders, politics, and entrepreneurship. While Dr. Bruce Macdonald left the headmastership in 1935, the culture of the school, even today, remains very much an expression of his vision. This is in part due to the fact that, in a lot of ways, he was well ahead of his time. For example, he was the first boys-school headmaster in Canada to hire a female instructor, something he did in 1905. Macdonald wanted the school to develop “the complete man, the well-rounded citizen”—athletics and arts, in addition to academics, were vigorously promoted. What’s interesting is that, even with those sorts of progressive ideals, Macdonald was also keen on tradition, which gave students a sense of being part of something bigger than themselves. While there are a few schools that retain their cadet corps, St. Andrew’s is the one that has retained it entirely intact, with military ranks, pipes and drums, kilts, and sporrans all firmly still in place. St. Andrew's completed a substantial capital campaign in 2015 that included the creation of athletics facilities as well as the Wirth Theatre. All of that, as well as all the development over the century of the school’s life, has created a school that is strikingly modern while retaining a sense of participation in tradition. It’s a nice mix. The ideal student is one given to making the most of the varied programs on offer.

School's Perspective

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How St. Andrew's College sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"SAC offers a rigorous curriculum in an activity-based environment. SAC’s mission to ‘develop the complete man, the well-rounded citizen,’ is complemented by a range of co-curriculars. Boys participate in extensive athletics (72 teams across 21 sports), and in its internationally acclaimed arts, drama, robotics, and music programs. Graduates gain entry to top Canadian, U.S., and international universities, and are known for their strong values, dedication to community, lasting achievements, and lifelong friendships."

  • Founded in 1899
  • Excellent university placement record
  • $42M in new facilities & renovations over the past two years
  • 72 rep. teams across 22 sports
  • Strong arts, music, & drama programs
  • Business, leadership, & robotics programs
  • Financial aid & scholarships available

School Facilities

Photo-tour of facilities

Athletics facilities

Arts facilities




Shared spaces

School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see St. Andrew's College

Video reviews of St. Andrew's College

Alum, Troy Tsai (0)

Watch our alum interview with Troy Tsai to learn about the unique experience of attending St. Andrew's College.

Alum, Bryce Neil (2021)

Watch our alum interview with Bryce Neil to learn about the unique experience of attending St. Andrew's College.

Alum, Xander Smith (2020)

Watch our alum interview with Xander Smith to learn about the unique experience of attending St. Andrew's College.

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Michael Roy, Class of 1985, Director of Admission, Marketing and Business Development

Parents and students have the luxury of choice in selecting an independent school. As you investigate the options for your son, we believe you will come to view St. Andrew’s College as a truly unique place. With a tradition dating back to 1899, we remain the single largest all-boys boarding school in Canada. The many defining features of SAC provide a comprehensive and fulfilling educational experience.

We offer a broad range of academic courses to satisfy the most curious minds. In an all-boys’ academic setting, teaching and learning styles are geared specifically toward how young men learn best. From our Middle School (grades 5-8) through Upper School (grades 9-12), our curriculum challenges each boy to reach his potential. We are proud of our 100% university placement from each graduating class. With more than 6,000 active alumni spanning the globe, SAC graduates benefit from worldwide connections.

Our athletic, art, and co-curricular programs are among the most varied and comprehensive of any independent school in Canada and inspire our students to discover their passion by tackling new challenges. With a school population of approximately 651 students, comprised of 393 day and 258 boarding students, our boys learn to live in a multi-cultural setting, gaining a global perspective on world issues and viewpoints.

Our 126-acre campus provides an ideal setting for learning and growth. While our facilities are exceptional, St. Andrew's primary strength is its people. Faculty, staff, and students combine to make SAC a wonderful place to spend one’s formative years preparing for university.

To learn more about how your son can gain admission to SAC and better understand why our school mission statement is The development of the complete man, the well-rounded citizen, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.

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