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Upper 8-12

We’re not hard to find. The Upper School “clock tower” is a midtown landmark and a vibrant seat of learning our students will feel connected with forever. The Upper School’s outstanding liberal arts curriculum prepares students for the challenges of post-secondary study and ignites their curiosity and love of learning.


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UCC’s dedicated and passionate faculty encourage students not only to acquire subject-specific knowledge and skills, but also to develop the creative and critical thinking skills and the sense of self-confidence and knowledge of themselves as learners that will prepare them to embark on a rewarding lifelong journey.

UCC’s extensive range of student supports, excellent facilities, the application of new technology in many courses, and strong integration between academics and a vibrant co-curricular program, enhance this rich academic program.

All students undertake the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme in the final two years of the Upper School. With its academic breadth, depth and rigor, commitment to “structured inquiry” and experiential learning, the IB curriculum educates the whole student, developing a high capacity for research, problem solving, communication and collaboration. Universities around the world recognize that IB graduates are well prepared and research confirms that completion of the IB program is a predictor of success in university study.

Derek Poon

Derek Poon


Derek Poon received his BPHE in 1982 and his BEd in 1983 from the University of Toronto, and his MEd in 1990 from OISE, UofT. He’s been an educator and coach for the past 28 years (27 of them at UCC). Since joining the faculty at UCC in 1984 he has been a PE teacher, Chair of the PE department, was involved in numerous community life initiatives and coached badminton, track and field, basketball, tennis and volleyball. He was appointed Head of the newly created Intermediate Division in 2009.


Scott Cowie

Scott Cowie


Scott started at UCC in 1999 and has served in a number of different roles, including English teacher and department chair, varsity rugby and football coach, and as both a day and boarding house adviser. His range of experience is a great asset in his current position as Head of the Senior Division. You can read Scott Cowie’s blog here: “Cowie’s Corner.”