The first step in finding out more about UCC and whether it’s a good fit for your educational goals is to submit your email and receive Admission’s newsletter Blues News, to get a feel for student life and community goings-on. Once you’ve submitted the inquiry form, we can offer you many opportunities to visit us throughout the school year.
We seek boys who together represent a broad range of experiences and backgrounds and who, with the support of their family, demonstrate the motivation to get involved in school life at UCC and beyond. In general, successful applicants show strengths in three different developmental areas:
Your son is not expected to know everything. While we require a solid foundation in English literacy and numeracy, we also look for potential and a willingness to listen, learn and embrace challenges.
Your son has a spark. We look for a cross-section of talent – in arts, athletics and other co-curricular activities – and boys with potential to contribute to school life beyond the classroom.
Your son is an individual and part of a larger group. We look at social skills and overall self-regulation – inside and outside the classroom. Above all, we consider the whole boy.
While tuition covers most curricular costs there are some incidental charges which are not covered. Please visit the Affording UCC page to get a better idea of what the total cost may be per year. PLEASE NOTE: these charges will vary from student to student.
Many studies have shown that the traditional co-ed classroom setting does not favour boys nor does it support their learning styles. At UCC, we believe in boys. Our faculty have become experts in boys’ education, through professional development opportunities and research conducted by our own Centre for Learning. For more information and research on the benefits of boys' schools, visit the International Boys' School Coalition website.
We do not recommend any one school or program for UCC prep. We admit a wide variety of boys from different educational backgrounds who meet UCC’s academic, co-curricular and social skills criteria. Parents should always choose a school based on “fit” — the school that will best meet the needs of their family.
UCC is a one-to-one laptop school starting in Year 5, with iPads regularly used in classrooms beginning in SK. Students receiving laptops each have a MacBook Air. Students receive the laptops loaded with all the programs required, plus there is a wonderful IT HelpDesk in case they run into problems. The vast majority of our classrooms have SmartBoards, and technology is strongly encouraged and used at UCC. Additional technology is being employed as part of our Continuous Learning Plan.
We do not offer a French Immersion program at UCC, although French is taught as a second language in all grades. Students arriving into Year 6 and 7 are placed in one of three streams: Core Basic, Core Advanced and Extended. Most students will follow our Core French program at either the Basic or the Advanced level. Some students will be recommended for the Extended French program on the basis of a demonstrated strong background, fluency and skills in the language. At the Upper School, students need to study French for at least one year in Year 8. In Year 9 they can continue with French or choose Latin, Spanish or Mandarin and continue with this language until Year 12.
At UCC, the language of instruction is English and therefore students need to demonstrate proficiency in English. UCC does not have a formal ESL program, however the Wernham West Centre for Learning provides a great deal of support for boarding students. Over the years we have had boys arrive into the boarding program at UCC with varying levels of English.
Over the years UCC students have welcomed First Nations guest speakers, visited First Nations and Inuit communities, and discussed Indigenous Peoples and the issues they face in a variety of contexts. Here are some current examples of how UCC recognizes and pays respect to Canada’s Indigenous population:
In a Year 5 unit of inquiry, the central idea is that “people have different perspectives that influence interactions,” and students explore the features of Indigenous societies.
In Year 7 history and geography, the relationship between European explorers and Indigenous societies is a main topic of discussion.
In Year 8 and Year 9 English, students participate in an exchange with Manitoba high school students where written pieces focusing on personal experiences are shared and used to start a dialogue about First Nations history, identity, and culture.
In Year 11 Language and Literature, students learn about residential schools through documentaries, editorials, poems, political cartoons, testimonials, and newspaper articles.
UCC’s Amnesty International club raises awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
At both the Prep and Upper Schools, an Acknowledgement of Traditional Land is read aloud at the beginning of special assemblies and events.
Students work with our University Counselling Office (UCO) to learn about schools and programs that best fit their educational goals. The UCO assists students to put together applications, prepare for entrance requirements and decide ultimately which school will be their ideal match. Every year, we have a number of students who choose to attend prominent schools in the United States and around the world.
UCC has a rigorous hiring process and a dedicated HR department to oversee it. Job applicants who are selected for an interview are questioned by several current staff members in the related department as well as a senior administrator. Once the successful candidate is chosen, reference checks are done with previous employers. If those meet our requirements, we require a previous satisfactory criminal reference and vulnerable sector check, and request a new one from the police. New checks take up to two months to process so we ask for a previous one as insurance.
We do not offer any bus or shuttle services. Some private transportation companies service UCC, and some families carpool. More information on transportation options is available during orientation for new families.
The application for financial assistance is separate from the application for admission. Both must be submitted in order to be considered for financial assistance. Candidates wishing to apply for financial assistance must complete and submit the Financial Aid for Canadian Students (FACS) application form available via the Apple Financial Services website. The fee for applying is $120 and regretfully we do not offer waiver codes for the financial assistance application. All new student financial assistance applications must be completed no later than December 31 to be considered for the following entry year.
Financial assistance is offered on the basis of family need. The Financial Assistance Review Committee (FACS) makes recommendations to UCC based on the information provided by you in the Parents’ Financial Statement. This includes, but is not limited to, the parents/guardians’ gross family income; net income (after taxes and other deductions); assets and liabilities; and information about dependents and other expenditures. The computation is based on a process of analysis developed by a standing committee of experienced financial aid officers. It measures what is possible, though not necessarily comfortable, for a family to contribute toward educational expenses. Schools assume that parents, to the extent that they are able, will bear the primary responsibility for financing their children’s education, sometimes at the expense of other discretionary expenditures.
There are no predetermined levels or ranges used to determine financial assistance eligibility. We’ve created tools using our current data to help applicant Day families determine whether or not they may qualify for financial assistance. The table offers an at-a-glance look at all current families receiving financial assistance based only on gross family income. The calculator also factors in the number of dependent children in the household. As noted above, many other factors impact financial assistance eligibility beyond family income and dependent children. These tools should only be used as a rough guide.
Boarding families are also eligible for financial assistance; 34.5 per cent of boarding families are receiving some amount of financial assistance, the majority of whom are Canadian. For more information on financial assistance eligibility for boarding, please contact David McBride at email@example.com or 416-488-1125 ext. 2220.
While there are a limited number of merit-based Entrance Scholarships offered to our top applicants, 98.5 per cent of financial assistance offered is determined by family need. You do not need to apply for merit-based Entrance Scholarships, they are awarded automatically to the top applicants.
While the Financial Assistance Review Committee (FACS) provides the financial analysis, it is only a recommendation to UCC. The College’s FACS makes all decisions about the actual amounts of assistance offered. Applications for financial assistance are reviewed and evaluated independently from admission applications.
The Financial Assistance Review Committee (FACS) meets frequently during the winter term to review FACS recommendations and to determine assistance allocation. Financial assistance decisions are sent with admission offers.
We can only accept one active application for any candidate. If you're unsure as to whether a day or boarding application is the best fit, please contact the Office of Admission prior to submitting an application to discuss options.
Every year in September we contact families who are eligible to reapply with updated admission information. Families then need to resubmit the online application form and include the most recent final report card. We will provide eligible families with a fee waiver code so they don’t need to pay an additional application fee.
The College is committed to honouring relationships with legacy families and applicants with siblings attending the school. Sons, grandsons and nephews of alumni (whom we call Old Boys) and siblings will be interviewed but will go through the same process as all other applicants.
Late Day applications are accepted on an individual basis — contact the Office of Admission to inquire. This applies to both entry year and limited-entry year applications. Boarding applications are accepted from September to May. If you are interested in applying to Boarding after May, please contact the Office of Admission first to inquire about availability.
It is our usual practice to admit students based on year of birth. Exceptions may be made following a review of all admission requirements in cases where a student has been accelerated or kept back a year.
Applicants who are not born in the entry level birth year indicated, or who have not had adequate English language schooling as evidenced by report cards, will be reviewed individually to determine eligibility. Ineligible applicants will be notified as soon as possible prior to any entrance test.
When space exists at a limited-entry level following re-enrollment of current students in March, we review all completed candidate files and select two or three boys per available space for an assessment and interview. We understand that many families, including some legacy and sibling families, may be disappointed not to hear from us. Our main goal is admitting the best students while managing the expectations of possible outcomes for all families.
We understand that sometimes report cards don’t tell the whole story. Once you’ve submitted your application and the required documents, please contact your admission representative to discuss submitting any additional documents. In terms of co-curricular achievement, we gain a better understanding of any arts or athletics involvement through the interview. If you would like to bring additional documents as evidence of co-curricular achievement to your interview, they will be added to your file at that time.
If the applicant has been home-schooled, we require proof that the boy does not attend school (i.e. a letter of acknowledgement from the school board that the child has been excused from school attendance) in lieu of report cards. Please note that in some cases we may request additional material in order to supplement an applicant’s file.
Once you submit your online application, you can log back into your account to view the status of required materials. Please allow at least two business days for your materials to be processed and marked as received on your checklist.
We base our decision to interview selected candidates on the information provided in the application form and the strength of their report cards. We look at all information provided to gain a basic understanding of the student’s abilities in academics, extra-curricular activities and behaviour. Selected candidates must demonstrate good work habits and proficiency in both English and mathematics. In some cases, we wait for test results to determine if an applicant meets our baseline academic criteria.
Applicants to entry level grades who are invited for an interview, family visit or entrance test are provided information in advance of their arrival, including evaluation criteria and some sample questions. Generally speaking, all testing is age-appropriate and the Year 3, 5, 6 and 7 tests have timed sections in math, reading comprehension as well as a short writing sample. Again, we do not encourage any test preparation — it’s important for us to know what the boy knows, and doesn’t know, in order to set him up for success.
There are no additional application requirements for international students. Visit the Canadian government’s Study In Canada information site to determine whether or not your son will require a student visa.
The account created when an application is submitted will live with one of the parents/guardians of the student through the admission process and after they become enrolled. Because our registration is all done online with legal requirements around agreements and payment of fees, we do require that this account belong to a parent or guardian of the applicant. To ensure that an agent's contact information is included on an application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions prior to submitting an application.
We make every effort to communicate our application process in a very straightfoward manner so that parents have all the information they need to complete an application. If translation is required during the admission process, we appreciate the parents advising us. Agents do not have any impact on the admission process at the College.
Currently we have a very small number of agent agreements in place, in regions where we do not have consistent representation. In other regions where we already enjoy great interest, such as China, we do not offer any commission to agents. If you would like to inquire about an agent agreement, contact email@example.com before beginning any application. We cannot offer commission to an agent for an application in process.
The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is a standardized entrance test used by many schools in North America, administered by the U.S.-based Enrollment Management Association. It measures the basic verbal, math, and reading skills students need for successful performance in independent schools like Upper Canada College. Because it’s standardized — meaning it’s developed, administered and scored in a consistent (or standard) manner — it gives admission professionals an equitable means to assess and compare applicants, regardless of their background or experience. All applicants to Year 8 and above are required to register for and write the SSAT as part of the admission process at UCC. The deadline for day applicants to register for the test is December 31.
All applicants to Year 8 and above should register to write the SSAT between September 1 and December 31 of the application year. Test results from before September 1 of the application year will not be accepted, and results received after January 15 may not be reviewed in time for decisions. Applicants should visit About the SSAT to learn more about the test and testing options, including SSAT at Home.
There are no SSAT tests scheduled at UCC for the 2020-2021 school year. Applicants in Canada and the U.S. should visit About the SSAT to learn more about the test and testing options, including SSAT at Home. Applicants writing the test from outside Canada and the U.S. should visit SSAT Options for Other Countries.
It costs $132 USD to write the Standard test in Canada and the U.S., and $257 to write the test in other countries. Additional fees may apply if registering late, changing a test date or location, or writing a Flex test through an educational consultant. UCC has a limited number of waiver codes for applicant families who are also applying for financial assistance. Please contact UCC’s Office of Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about waiver code availability.
All levels of the SSAT contain multiple-choice verbal, quantitative (math), and reading comprehension sections, and an unscored writing sample. At the beginning of the test, you are given 25 minutes to write a story based on one of two provided creative prompts. This gives admission officers a feel for how well you write and organize your ideas. The multiple-choice questions are administered in timed sections, with timed breaks. The total time required to sit the test is 3 hours and 5 minutes. More information is available on the SSAT website:
Students who are currently in Grade 6 or 7 should take the Middle Test. Students who are currently in Grade 8 or above should take the Upper Test. Either the Standard Test or the Flex Test is acceptable — the test is the same, it’s just the way they’re administered that’s different. The Standard Test is administered around the world on eight Saturdays throughout the academic year, whereas the Flex Test is offered at other times. You can take multiple Standard Tests throughout the year, but you can only take one Flex Test in a testing year (August 1 – July 31).
When you register for a test, include UCC (test centre 7858) as a score recipient when you register so that we receive test results in a timely manner. If you don’t indicate UCC as a score recipient when you register, you can log back into your SSAT account at any time and add UCC as a score recipient. Here are instructions on how to do that. We cannot accept test results sent to us by email, we must receive them directly from SSAT.
Test scores are used along with other information gathered during the admission process to give us a big-picture view of our applicants. In some cases, we require test results before selecting a candidate for an interview. There is no minimum score requirement.
Many independent schools in the GTA choose to use the SSAT to help limit the number of entrance tests an applicant may need to take during the application period, but not all. We recommend investigating the admission process at other independent schools to find out about their entrance test requirements.
The boarding program is home to 88 students each academic year. Students hail from different parts of Ontario, other provinces in Canada and over 20 other countries, including those in North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Boarding is offered beginning in Year 8 (age 13 minimum) and goes to Year 12 (graduation). We don't admit any boys directly into Year 12. At the minimum, boys must complete the two-year IB Diploma Programme in Year 11 and Year 12.
Tuition and fees vary depending on the entry year and whether the student is a Domestic (Canadian passport holder) or International applicant. Please visit Affording UCC for more information about the application fee, registration fee and ongoing tuition and fees for boarding. There may be other additional costs, such as Legal Guardianship, related to boarding. Please refer to the Financial Handbook in that section for more information.
Students have three styles of dress: Fall/Spring Dress, Regular Dress and First Dress. • Fall/Spring Dress is worn from September to mid-November, and from mid-March until the end of the school year. It consists of beige or tan cotton pants (khakis) with a belt and a crested UCC golf shirt. Polishable topsiders may be worn in place of dress shoes. • Regular Dress is worn during the rest of the year Tuesday through Friday and consists of a dress shirt of conservative colour or stripe, UCC or House tie, grey flannel pants and polishable black dress shoes. A sports jacket, blue crested College sweater or fleece top are optional and available for purchase in the Sports Shop. • First Dress is worn on Mondays and special events, and consists of Regular Dress plus a blue blazer with the UCC crest. Uniforms can be purchased online. For more details on uniforms during virtual learning times, please see the Continuous Learning Plan.
Boarders have breakfast, lunch and dinner during the school week. On weekends there is a full brunch and dinner served at designated times. On hours where the dining room is closed, the milk and toast room is stocked with microwave, toaster, toaster oven, cereal and milk, bread, granola bars, fruits for a light meal at any time. During the school week, the cafeteria is open throughout the school day.
Each student has the below amenities in their dormitory. Students often provide their own bedding and bring their own additional small items to personalize their rooms and make them more homey and comfortable:
Single bed and bedding (twin sheets, blankets, pillows and pillow cases)
New boarders are asked to complete a survey to communicate their likes, dislikes and routines. With that information we match up students to their roommates to ensure the best fit. With the importance of the international experience, typically boarders of different cultures and backgrounds share rooms during their first year. After their first year, boarders can request a roommate. Rooms are shared with one student with the exception of our graduating seniors who have their own room.
Linens are washed weekly by our laundress. Building toward university independence, students in Year 11 and Year 12 do their own laundry. The laundry facilities are in the boarding houses and all students have access to them at any time by using a swipe card. For younger boys, laundry is done once per week on an assigned day.
In the Forest Hill neighbourhood and at Yonge St. and St. Clair Ave, the major banks have branches. We would recommend you open an account for your son as that’s the easiest way to send pocket money, etc. Banks include CIBC, BMO, TD, HSBC, RBC.
All boarders have use of playing fields, swimming pool, tennis courts. fitness centre, training room, music practice rooms, art and film room, computer labs and more. Boarders also have ice time and indoor tennis scheduled for recreational use two to three times a week.
Being in the centre of the city as big and diverse as Toronto, our students are fortunate to have world-class opportunities available to them throughout the year. During the school week, students have a full routine from breakfast through to bedtime. A typical evening includes a meal, study time and house meetings. After-school activities might include a work-out in our fully-equipped training studio or playing videogames with housemates. Weekends are a time to have fun and the school organizes many outings, some of them with nearby girls' schools. They include: • orientation program for new students at UCC’s Norval Outdoor School, our private nature sanctuary outside Toronto • getting to know Toronto using its convenient transit system • visits to Canada’s Wonderland amusement park • bike tours • rock climbing • live theatre • winter ski program • professional baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer game
Outside of school hours and on weekends, residential students may wear casual attire. Students should bring a full range of comfortable casual clothing, sufficient for about eight days (to allow time for laundering). Other suggested items include: • Dress shirts (white, light blue, plain light colour, quiet stripe or pattern; some shirts available at the back-to-school uniform sale) • Sports coat • Running shoes • Sandals • Polished leather dress and casual shoes • Pajamas • Bathrobe • Washcloths • Bath towels • Rainwear • Bathing suit • Gym shorts (blue or white; also available at UCC Sports Shop) • Underwear or boxers • Belts • Dark socks • White socks • Toiletries • Warm winter clothing (winter coat, hat, gloves, ski jacket) • Laundry bag • Athletic gear for personal use such as golf clubs, skates, cleats, snowboard and ski wear • Bedding is provided, but many students like to bring their own to personalize their rooms (standard twin comforter is recommended; standard twin sheets, blankets, pillows and pillow cases are optional) The uniform items below can be purchased at the start-of-school uniform sale (alterations available) and throughout the year at the Blues Shop. • UCC crested blazer • 2 – 3 pairs of grey flannel pants • 2 – 3 pairs of khaki, beige or tan cotton pants • Gym T-shirts (UCC-specific) • UCC navy crested golf shirts • House and School Ties • UCC crested sweater or fleece These are the school supplies we also recommend you purchase at the beginning of the year: • 3-4 binders and dividers (if you want a binder for each subject you will need 7). Typically boys use one binder for a few subjects • lined paper (loose leaf) • pens, pencils, highlighters, pencil case, ruler, pencil crayons (Geography) • TI83 or TI84 (not CAS) model calculator • post-it notes
All boarders must carry a cell phone. This is an integral communication piece between the boys and boarding staff. There are a number of providers in the neighbourhood including Bell and Rogers. Laptops and cell phones are turned into the Residential Adviser on duty before 11 p.m. every night and are returned before breakfast.
For the 2020-2021 school year, the campus is closed to visitors. When the campus is open, we welcome families and friends to visit. Please let us know when you’ll be here so we can sign your son out for special meals, etc. during your stay. You are most welcome to join us for meals as well. There are many special events throughout the year that provide great opportunities to see students in action outside of regular school hours. School events such as Association Day (Homecoming) in late September, Winterfest in January and the Nuit Bleue art festival in April are alive with activity and community and good times for visiting.
The school is closed for four of the five designated weekends during the school year. If home is too far away, most boys stay with other boarders or with day families. Weekend programs and host families stays can be organized for a fee. At Christmas and March Break, most boys return home with the exception of March Break when some students are involved in international service trips.
While UCC does not offer an English Language Learning program, support is available through the Richard Wernham & Julia West Centre for Learning. Some students will have support sessions incorporated into their timetable while others will be scheduled outside of school time.
Each student has a Senior House Adviser. They are your connection to UCC and available by video calling, phone or email at all times. They also work with your son’s Academic Adviser on academic progress and can set up parent teacher interviews here at the school or by video call.
The Health Centre is staffed by two nurses, a school counsellor and sports injury specialist. As well our school doctor is located close to the school for required appointments and referrals. Further, there are many world class hospitals located within 20 minutes of UCC, and boarding staff will accompany your son 24 hours per day.
Visit the Canadian government’s Study In Canada information site to determine whether or not the student will require a student visa. Trips outside Canada may also require your son to have a visitor’s visa — you can discuss these opportunities with your son’s Residential Adviser at the beginning of the school year.
In addition to completing a notarized Custodianship Declaration the role of a custodian includes: • 24 Hour emergency contact • When necessary, organization and placement for your child during holidays, school closures, illness, suspensions or emergencies. The custodian is NOT financially responsible for the student.
Parents and custodians must complete the Custodianship Declaration Form. Once completed, a copy of this form must be provided to Upper Canada College. This form is also required for the initial study visa application and all renewal applications.
We do not provide immigration, legal guardianship or visa application services. To apply for a study visa, students require a Proof of Enrolment letter which we are happy to provide. If you require further help, please contact Tricia Rankin at email@example.com.