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“The Senior School (Grade 11 & 12) is focused on developing well-rounded individuals. Engaging in areas such as our diverse and expansive academic course offerings, co-curriculars, leadership roles, and Boarding Life programming, students learn to develop the vital skills necessary to succeed now and in the future.”

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 Boarding 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

  • Global Leadership Interdisciplinary credit course in Senior Two (Grade 12)

  • Two different types of Global Experiential trips

  • Outdoor Education components

  • Prolonged study of World Languages

  • Intercultural boarding programme engagement

  • Development of a Global Action Plan

  • Global, Social Justice or Intercultural focus in co-curricular activities


AP (Advanced Placement)

  • Challenges, accelerates
    learning and motivates students
  • AP examinations are accepted as first-year credits at all Canadian and most U.S. colleges and universities

  • 531 AP exams were written in 2021-22

  • 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 and pass AP Seminar and AP Research and an additional four AP exams

  • English Composition
  • English Literature
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science A
  • Art History
  • Studio Art
  • French 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

  • Appleby's 2022 graduating class will be attending 59 different post-secondary institutions

  • Our graduates have been accepted into some of the world’s finest post-secondary institutions such as University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, McGill University, Queen’s University, University of Toronto, Western University, University of California, Berkeley, Brown University, Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, King’s College London, University of St Andrew’s and the University of Cambridge


Global Experiential Program

  • Experiential immersion enhances student learning, service leadership, teamwork and understanding in intercultural environments

  • Trips typically include exploration of topics such as climate change, history, community partnerships, indigenous and / or local culture
  • Activities include social, environmental and community development

  • Inspires students to become empathetic world leaders in creating a future where active citizenship can impact the world

  • Essential component of the Appleby College Diploma and Appleby College Diploma with Distinction in Global Leadership

International Exchange

  • Provides new perspectives and helps students gain greater insight
  • into the world and develop their intercultural capacities and adaptability

  • Exchanges ranging from three weeks to an entire school reporting period (in-person or virtual) in a diverse range of countries including Germany, Spain, Peru, Oman, Switzerland, France, Australia, South Africa, Thailand and India

  • Language-based exchanges strengthen oral and comprehension skills of the language

  • Culture-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

  • Students have the opportunity to
    attend domestic and international conferences/
    virtual dialogues/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 to a graduating student in recognition of their outstanding commitment to global leadership and community engagement

  • Virtual exchanges and dialogues allow students to connect with other students around the globe to discuss cultural perspectives and global issues

Outdoor Education

  • Senior Two (Grade 12) and Senior One (Grade 11) students
    in the Outdoor Leadership classes participate and aid in guiding the Upper Two (Grade 10) winter trip

  • Leadership team transfers knowledge and skills associated with the outdoors

  • Outdoor instructors exemplify and promote co-operation, self-confidence, commitment, trust, responsibility and common sense

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

  • Students who are new to Appleby College in Grade 11 or Grade 12 complete a New Student Outdoor Education trip at Appleby's McLaughlin Northern Campus

Student Leadership

  • Develop leadership skills through the creation of programming or advocacy for their council areas
  • Events affiliated with these clubs: Leadership workshops, leadership conferences, lunch time activities, awareness weeks, and Community Weekends

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

  • This international award has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold

  • Founded by the late HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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

  • 100% of Appleby College Diploma recipients are supported in achieving their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

  • The Appleby College Diploma with Distinction in Global Leadership requires Silver level completion

  • 98 Duke of Edinburgh's Silver Award recipients over the past three years at Appleby 
  • 2 Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award recipients in 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

Senior School Facts




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arts co-curriculars


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