Vaughan College was founded in 2009 in order to provide a vibrant, robust preparation for success in post-secondary studies. The core academics are key, as they should be, though so is an attention to facility in their application, within specific disciplines, and as applied across the curriculum. The student body is smaller than the mean, allowing a very close-knit learning environment with a high level of teacher-student engagement. The atmosphere itself is a draw, one in which social currency is gained in part through academic achievement—all students arrive academically oriented, and therefore enter a community of learners that are all of a like mind. The program seeks to develop values as well as a global perspective, which is also a draw. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging learning environment, and able to grow into a sense of responsibility for their learning.