Student Life


Character isn't always on exhibit on a grand scale. It's on display in the little moments, too. 
—Laurie Fraser, Co-ordinator, Student Wellness Programs
    • Director, Horizons Program
      Jyoti Sehgal

      Director, Horizons Program

Service isn't a subject. It's a life lesson.

Service learning starts here. We give boys plenty of age-appropriate opportunities to demonstrate stewardship — to benefit those in their own community, the broader Toronto community, and people in other parts of Canada and around the world. 

Developing compassion and other-mindedness
Whether you call these efforts “service learning,” “stewardship” or just “service” (the word used in the IB Diploma Programme’s Creativity, Activity, Service component), learning is a key part of what our boys are doing. As they reach out to help others, they also learn about their own strengths and areas for growth, recognize the ethics of their choices and actions, develop empathy, and may even engage in issues of global significance. 
Opportunities to be "of service" 
As stated in UCC’s mission, we aim to inspire each student to make a lasting and positive impact on his world — that can start locally through activities such as our peer-to-peer tutoring or, in the Preparatory School, welcoming classmates as a morning greeter, organizing a school food drive or visiting a local seniors’ residence. Service learning also occurs farther afield for older students, through our Nunavut exchanges, the One Laptop per Child program in Canada’s north, and through service trips to countries such as Uganda and Costa Rica, or Habitat for Humanity builds.
Because we want service experiences to be about more than raising money, we limit the number of fundraising events at UCC each year. Approved fundraisers, which are promoted and run by students, include the Terry Fox Run, Hoops for Heart, and certain Casual Dress Days that support local charities. 

Broadening Horizons

UCC's landmark service program  

The Horizons Program was created in 1998 as a partnership between Upper Canada College and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). It provides learning opportunities for both public and independent school groups and build mentoring/tutoring relationships between students.

School-year and summer program
It's comprised of two programs: a school-year tutoring program between our boys and students from TDSB and Catholic District School Board schools; and a summer program for students from priority neighbourhoods who come to UCC for four weeks each summer to enjoy a diverse range of fun programs and speakers. 

Involvement in Horizons allows UCC boys to develop mentoring and leadership skills as they also gain respect and empathy for the broader Toronto community. As many students will attest, this opportunity to learn about the life experiences of others can be a rewarding and sometimes life-changing experience.
Tutoring Program
Our Upper School students provide year-round academic tutoring for mainly Year 5 and 6 students from priority Toronto schools. They help build the skills of the younger boys and girls in areas such as math, visual arts and Model UN concepts. UCC students may also make a difference as tutors in sports and technology (coding and robotics).

Summer Program
In addition to the tutoring programs, Horizons offers an enriched academic summer program for up to 180 talented Year 6 to 8 students from priority neighbourhoods.

List of 1 frequently asked questions.

Getting Involved

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Parents

    Parents of UCC boys have opportunities to get involved with Horizons. Donation drives are help at the Prep twice a year, calling for winter clothes, books and sports equipment. For our most recent drive in 2017-18, schools supported included Lord Dufferin Public School and Winchester Public School. 
  • Old Boys

    Tom Lace ’06 spearheads an initiative for Old Boys to become involved as mentors for high-potential high school kids in the program. “The program had a huge impact on me,” says the investment analyst at Longview Asset Management. “There can be lots of red tape sometimes when you want to volunteer. This is a known community to Old Boys, a program with which they’ve already got some experience.” It is co-managed by alumni from UCC, the Bishop Strachan School and St. Clement's School, under the guidance of Horizons staff. 
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