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“In Senior School (Grade 11 & 12), the focus is on developing well-rounded individuals. Through opportunities such as co-curriculars, leadership roles, Boarding Life programming, and the Appleby College Diploma with Distinction in Global Leadership, students learn to develop the vital academic and social skills needed to succeed at the next level of their educational endeavours.”

Director, Senior School
Teacher, Physical Education
Coordinator, Orientation

The Distinction of Senior School

Appleby College Diploma

  • More rigorous academic requirements than the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, combined with significant co-curricular requirements
  • Requires completion of 22.5 compulsory credits (Languages, Arts, Physical and Health Education, Science and Mathematics, Social Science, Guidance and Technology), completion of 9-12 elective credits, as well as Residential Life, Service, Co-Curricular, a Global Experience and Duke of Edinburgh's Award diploma requirements
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Colours & Pins

  • Arts Colours are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding performance in arts and model commitment, positive participation and enthusiasm
  • Athletics Colours are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding performance and leadership in competitive athletics
  • Service Colours are awarded to students who demonstrate a unique understanding of their service learning placement
  • Club Pins are awarded to students who demonstrate an exceptional contribution to their club, far exceeding expectations

Appleby College Diploma with Distinction in Global Leadership

  • Helps prepare students for an increasingly globalized world through empathy, understanding and developing an action orientation plan
  • Encourages exploration beyond their current communities and examination of their role as change-makers in addressing existing local and global issues


AP (Advanced Placement)

  • Challenges, accelerates learning and motivates students
  • Indicates to post-secondary institutions the advanced academic level of the student's secondary school
  • AP examinations are accepted as first-year credits at some Canadian and U.S. colleges and universities
  • High school scores on AP exams are a strong indicator of future success in university
  • 508 AP exams were written in 2017-18
  • AP Capstone is an innovative diploma programme providing students an opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly practice of the core academic skills necessary for successful university completion
  • To achieve the AP Capstone certificate, students must complete AP Seminar and AP Research
  • English Composition
  • English Literature
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Art History
  • Studio Art
  • German Language
  • French Language
  • Spanish Language
  • Chinese Language
  • Human Geography
  • Macroeconomics
  • Psychology
  • World History
  • U.S. History
  • Physics 1
  • Physics 2
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Research
  • Seminar

AP Capstone

  • Equips students with independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills
  • Provides unique research opportunities
  • Comprised of two AP courses — AP Seminar and AP Research
  • Master the argument-based writing skills that the AP Capstone programme develops


  • Senior Two (Grade 12) mandatory boarding
  • Enhances student accountability
  • Promotes the development of communication skills
  • Helps foster time management/planning skills in students
  • Helps encourage understanding of different people and cultures
  • Helps develop conflict resolution skills
  • Enables deep friendships and group bonds
  • Prepares students for life away from home at university


Where Our Grads Go

  • 100% of Appleby graduates attend university or college
  • 95% of Appleby graduates are accepted into their university of choice
  • Our graduates have been accepted into some of the world's finest post-secondary institutions including: McGill University, Queen's University, University of Toronto, Western University, Brown University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, Pratt University, King's College London, Maastricht University and the University of St. Andrews to name but a few

Global Experiential PRogram

  • Experiential opportunity to enhance learning, leadership, teamwork and understanding in intercultural environments
  • Unique hands-on experience where service and learning are equally important
  • Trips typically include construction, environmental and social development, combined with examination of the local host culture and geography
  • Essential component of the Appleby College Diploma with Distinction in Global Leadership

International Exchange

  • Provides new perspectives and helps students gain a greater insight into the world
  • Exchanges ranging from three weeks to an entire school reporting period in countries such as Germany, Spain, Peru, Oman, Switzerland, France, Australia, South Africa, Thailand and India
  • Language-based exchanges strengthen oral and comprehension skills of the language
  • Adventure-based exchanges allow the student to develop their sense of independence


  • Offers a Diploma in European Proficiency (DEP) to senior secondary students who have been active in the field of European studies
  • Requires a cultural exchange of 3+ weeks in a European country
  • Completion of a 4U programme in the target language in Senior Two (Grade 12)
  • Completion of an oral and visual presentation based on a study of a cultural aspect of the European country visited
  • Completion of a detailed study of some aspect of European institutions, History or Geography

Round Square

  • Appleby was the first Canadian school to join Round Square
  • Students have the opportunity to attend international conferences/exchanges and participate in International Service Projects
  • Based on the theories of experiential educational philosopher Kurt Hahn
  • Encourages personal development and responsibility in students
  •      The Round Square King Constantine Medal is awarded in recognition of outstanding commitment to the Round Square IDEALS

Outdoor Education

  • Each winter, the Upper Two (Grade 10) students are divided into four groups and are assigned one Senior Two and two Senior One outdoor instructors

  • During the Northward Bound experience, it is this leadership team that transfers the knowledge and skills associated with the outdoors

  • The outdoor instructors exemplify and promote co-operation, self-confidence, commitment, trust, responsibility and common sense amongst all group members

  • Students travel by snowshoe, cook over open fires and spend two cozy nights sleeping in a quinzhee, a snow-shelter they themselves build

Student Leadership

At the Senior School level students have an opportunity to develop, practice and apply leadership skills in a variety of settings. Through the co-curricular program, the advisor program and the residential life program, students learn about leadership. The have the opportunity to practice and reflect through leadership clubs including Senior School Council, International Council, Service Council, Arts Council, Residential Council Club or many more leadership clubs. Students can participate in a number of conferences including the CAIS Senior School Student Leadership Conference, a variety of international and regional Round Square conferences and workshops designed specifically for students in the senior school. In Senior One and Senior Two there are a number of formal leadership positions to which students can apply in the spring reporting period. Some examples of senior leadership roles include Senior One leaders, Chapel Wardens, House Council leaders and Prefects.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

  • This international award has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold
  •  Founded by HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

  • Encourages youth to be active, develop new skills and challenge themselves

  • 100% of Appleby College Diploma recipients achieve their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

  • The Global Leadership Diploma requires completion of the Silver level of the award

  • 118 Silver Award recipients over the past three years at Appleby 

  • 12 Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award recipients over the past three years at Appleby

  • Download the Duke of Edinburgh's ORB Participant app on IOS here or for Android devices here
"For those students considering going for a leadership role, I know that I had a lot of doubts after I applied for a Prefect role and went through the process. I encourage students to try and keep an open mind. Focus on knowing that you want to be involved as opposed to having to be a specific Prefect. And even if you don't get the role you want - still look for other opportunities. You won't regret it." - Nicole Lee '17

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