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“The Upper School (Grade 9 & 10) strives to provide a breadth of experience for our students, from our academic and co-curricular programme, to experiential trips at our S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus in Temagami. Students have a multitude of opportunities to establish their identity, both their own and within their school community. The confidence that students gain leaves them well prepared for the challenges ahead.”

Director, Upper School
Teacher, English

The Strength of Upper School

Rich curriculum

  • Focus is on character education
  • Academic blocks take the place of traditional December exams to create meaningful course assignments
  • Students have a rich choice of electives ranging from Arts to World Languages
  • Students partake in innovative collaboration through a digital learning environment
  • Students study English in small classes at an oval table (the Harkness table) to encourage dialogue and discussion amongst their peers.
  • Strong group of Upper School core courses keeps Senior School course options open
  • Click here to view the course calendar

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 diploma, 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

Advisor programme

  • Advisors work with students, their parents, teachers and school directors to encourage, guide and provide support
  • Upper One (Grade 9) students are assigned to an Advisor, with a group of eight to 10 other students
  • Advisor groups allow students to transition into a new grade, discuss school issues, seek peer advice and learn from knowledgeable faculty members
  • Advisor groups stay together from Upper One (Grade 9) to Senior Two (Grade 12) so Advisors can follow a student's development


Co-curricular Passport

  • The Passport is the guide for students in choosing co-curricular options over the course of their Appleby experience
  • Provides flexibility so students can pursue areas of individual interest whether in Athletics, Arts or Service
  • Ensures students take a variety of options from Arts, Athletics, and Service
  • Athletics exemptions are offered, allowing students to pursue up to 12 terms of sports


  • Students can develop leadership skills through a variety of workshops and conferences
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills include the Upper School Council, International Council, Service Council, Arts Council or various leadership clubs
  • Students learn about leadership through the co-curricular program, the advisor program and the residential life program
  • Experiential education opportunities are provided through global education, the northern campus and co-curricular leadership roles
  • Students have the opportunity to apply to a variety of formal leadership positions in the spring

Intercultural Learning

  • Cultural immersion programme allowing students to broaden their perspectives outside their own culture
  • Students engage with multiple aspects and influences of culture, including language, religion, the arts, history, geography and globalization
  • Allows students to bring meaningful intercultural experiences to the classroom
  • Inspires students to be leaders in creating a future where active citizenship can impact the world

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

International Exchange

  • Provides new perspectives and helps students gain a greater insight into the world
  • Exchanges range 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

Outdoor Education

  •  The Upper One (Grade 9) Northward Bound component is an autumn canoe trip to Appleby's S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus in which they learn wilderness navigation techniques and an appreciation for the natural environment

  • Each winter, Upper Two (Grade 10) students participate in a six-day trip to Rabbitnose Island, Temagami for winter camping and to learn survival skills

  • Throughout the trip, they receive instruction in a variety of wilderness skills, including snowshoeing, wilderness navigation with map and compass, outdoor cooking and camping skills

  • Each group is assigned one Senior Two (Grade 12) and two Senior One (Grade 11) outdoor instructors

Experiential Education

  • Global Experiential trip and Intercultural Learning trip options in December, March, and Summer 

  • Locations include Costa Rica, Cambodia, Mongolia, Macedonia, New Zealand, Panama, Spain, and Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, Nelson House to name a few

  •  Inspires both students and teachers to be leaders in creating a future where active citizenship demands that people are intentional in their actions and recognize their ability to either positively or negatively impact the world

  • Participation in a global experience is a core requirement of the Appleby College Diploma which is included as part of tuition fees for students entering Upper School


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

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