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UCC inspires growth and learning. We nurture in each student the unique combination of head, heart and humanity that represents their best self.  
— Sam McKinney, Principal
    • Sam Mckinney with student

The UCC Difference

From our founding in 1829, Upper Canada College has been educating the next generation of leaders and innovators, inspiring them to make a positive impact on their world. In our nearly 200-year history, the school has undergone incredible transformation. Alongside the historical landmarks many associate with UCC —  the ivy-covered walls, iron front gates, majestic clock tower — stand modern facilities and adaptable learning spaces equipped with the latest technology.

"Gold standard" for university preparation

Our approach to education has similarly evolved. The College’s foundational focus on a liberal education is delivered through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes, globally recognized as the gold standard for university preparatory programs. In addition, our commitment to needs-based financial assistance has expanded substantially, offering more than $5 million annually to students of the highest potential, enabling a diverse learning community that reflects our city and nation.

Unsurpassed opportunities to grow, discover and thrive 

These innovations have shaped what is only a part of the UCC difference. We are not just about academic heights reached, championships won, or brilliant theatrical performances —  although these are integral to what makes the College the outstanding place it is. What’s equally important is how our students take forward the transformational learning experiences that are a hallmark of a UCC education.

Grounded in our vision to inspire boys to be their best selves is our commitment to fostering a vibrant school community that reflects the pluralism and promise of Canada. We offer an extraordinary range of opportunities for growth and discovery, as well as the support needed for students to thrive among a network of dedicated faculty and staff, and lifelong friends.

We encourage you to learn more here, then visit us and experience the UCC difference. We look forward to welcoming you.

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  • Sam McKinney

    Sam McKinney is the 19th principal of Upper Canada College. Under his leadership, the College has set a course for the next decade — leading to the College’s bicentennial — through its Strategic Directions: Towards 2029. He is passionate about the College’s renewed vision and mission, which hinge on the intention to provide transformational learning experiences and to inspire students to be their best selves.
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