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Appleby College Campus

Appleby College

540 Lakeshore Rd. W, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3P1, Canada





Sophie Grossman





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60 Acres

School Profile

Founded in 1911 and located on a picturesque 60-acre campus in Oakville, Ontario, Appleby College is a university preparatory, coeducational day/boarding school for students in Grades 7–12.

Founded in 1911 and located on a 60-acre campus in Oakville, Ontario (30 minutes west of Toronto), Appleby College is a university preparatory, coeducational day/boarding school for students in Grades 7–12. At Appleby, we believe every student deserves an opportunity to pursue an education that excites and challenges them. An education that offers them the chance to discover and embrace their passions both inside and outside of the classroom. Hallmarks of the Appleby experience include our Grade 12 boarding programme; our extensive athletics, arts, service and clubs; our emphasis on global learning and cultural understanding with participation in a global learning experience as a core requirement of the Appleby College Diploma; our commitment to financial assistance with over $5.3 million in bursaries, loans and scholarships annually; and our experiential learning programme centred around the S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus in Temagami which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. This coming school year we will be introducing three new diploma specializations in Business, S.T.E.M., and the Creative Arts to complement the existing Global Leadership and AP Capstone programmes.

To learn more about Appleby please visit us at

To arrange a tour, please contact Sophie Grossman, executive director, admissions at

Mission & Values

Our Mission

To educate and enable our students to become leaders of character, major contributors to, and valued representatives of their local, national and international communities.

Our Values

Ever since its establishment in 1911, Appleby College has been focused on the purpose that inspired the Founders: to develop leaders of strong character who will make a positive impact on their communities.

Society has changed dramatically over the last century, and each Appleby generation has had its own distinct experience. The challenges facing graduates and the nature of their communities are constantly evolving; so has and must Appleby. The world of today and that in which our students will be making their own contributions, is increasingly dominated by unabated change – economic, socio-political, environmental and technological. Communities are becoming more interconnected, blended and global, and many societal structures and systems are being eliminated or reinvented. This brings great opportunity for those who are prepared.

In order for our alumni to lead, contribute and flourish in this world, we believe that they require a variety of skills and characteristics built on self-awareness, which together reflect the whole person. Appleby graduates must be adaptable, determined and resilient. They must be able to capitalize on changes by facing them with persistent curiosity, a creative problem-solving mindset, global literacy, superb intercultural and interpersonal abilities, and critical thinking skills in order to provide greater clarity in an increasingly complex and ambiguous world. At the same time, we expect our graduates will be defined by those traits that make caring, responsible citizens: strong empathy, compassion, courage, integrity, a spirit of service to others, and a well-developed moral compass.

We believe that the people in our community will best be developed in a positive school culture that is values-based and built upon relationships which are inspiring, empowering and enduring. Our employees must be continually developing and growing. The student experience will unite breadth and excellence, challenging students with opportunities to discover and pursue a wide range of passions at a high level. While the Appleby program will continue to be academically rigorous, increasingly our practices will be defined by engaging, powerful, experiential learning.

We believe that Appleby College will be sustained by a commitment to outstanding people, a strong financial foundation, and a lifelong sense of community connectedness. Our spirit will be infused by innovation, inclusivity and ambition, and built on our shared values of respect. responsibility, integrity, and compassion. True to the Founders, we believe in a sense of public purpose in which we define our communities as local, national and international.

We will be a world leader in education, a beacon of learning and caring.

Applications & Fees

Application Deadline:


Application Fee

$300.00 CND

Domestic 7-Day Boarding Tuition:

$79,280.00 CND

International 7-Day Boarding Tuition:

$85,970.00 CND

Day Tuition:

$43,090.00 - $52,310.00 CND

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Need-Based Aid:


Merit Scholarships:


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Admission & Entrance Test Requirements

Admission Requirements
  • In addition to an application form that can be accessed via, students and families interested in applying to Appleby College are also required to submit the following items:

    PROOF OF AGE: A copy of the applicant’s passport, birth certificate or other legal document that confirms applicant’s age.

    REPORT CARDS: A copy of your child’s final report card from the 2022-2023 school year as well as a copy of their final report card from the 2021-2022 school year. If your child has received an interim report card from the current 2023-2024 school year you can also submit it.

    CONFIDENTIAL SCHOOL REPORT: Please ask one of your child’s Teachers, their Principal or a Guidance Counsellor to complete and return directly to Appleby College the Confidential School Report. Once completed the form can be e-mailed to or sent via mail to 540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3P1.

    KIRA TALENT INTERVIEW: Following submission of their application, Appleby College will send an invitation to complete an online assessment for Admissions 2023-2024. Included in the e-mail will be a set of instructions outlining the steps to take. This e-mail will be sent to the Parent 1 e-mail address provided in the Household Information section of the application form. If you are submitting an application form for more than one child, a member of Appleby’s admissions team will contact you to confirm which address the Kira Talent online assessment should be e-mailed to.

    ADMISSIONS INTERVIEW: Should you be contacted for an interview with an Admissions Officer upon submission of your application, every effort should be made to arrange a personal interview. A Skype, Microsoft Teams or Zoom interview may be arranged when distance creates a great inconvenience.

    EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT (IF APPLICABLE): To help us ensure that the applicant (upon condition of acceptance) receives the appropriate support needed to have a successful experience at Appleby, a copy of their last assessment is appreciated if available.

    SIR EDMUND WALKER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME (OPTIONAL): Appleby offers a merit-based scholarship in the form of the Sir Edmund Walker Scholarship programme, named after the school’s founding patron. Up to five new incoming students to Appleby will receive $20,000 per year starting with the recipient’s year of entry. The full scholarship amount will be applied directly against annual tuition fees. We encourage all applicants to learn more about the scholarship by visiting The application deadline is December 15, 2023.

    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (OPTIONAL): Appleby’s commitment to financial assistance is designed to ensure that financial need should not prevent a student from reaching their full potential. All financial assistance decisions are need based and are designed to assist families who believe in an Appleby education but are unable to meet the full financial commitments. Applications are reviewed by an independent financial services firm, Apple Financial Services. For more information, please visit Students applying for financial assistance are strongly encouraged to submit their application in concurrence with their admissions application as it can take four to six weeks for Apple Financial Services to process.

Entrance Test Requirements
  • ESL LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT (IF APPLICABLE): If the applicant is a non-native English speaker applying for grades 10 through 12 please provide your TOEFL, or IELTS test date. For non-native English speakers applying for grades 7 through 9 please provide your TOEFL Jr or iTEP test date.  Please note that, for those who are unable to access one of the above English Language Assessments, we are currently accepting Duolingo as an alternative.

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School Differentiators

- Academic rigour of the Appleby College Diploma plus four Diplomas of Distinction and the AP Capstone programme.

- Global outlook and perspective embedded in all aspects of the Appleby Student Experience.

- Diverse community with students from 40+ countries and cultures and 8,000+ Alumni worldwide.

- Belief in the power of Experiential Learning; Appleby’s Outdoor Education, Boarding Life and Global Experiential programming.

- Commitment to Financial Assistance with over $5.3 million provided annually.

- Breadth of Extra-Curricular programming in the Arts, Athletics, and Service.


Advanced Placement Offered
Program Details:

In 2016-17, The College Board® recognized and accepted Appleby as one of a select group of schools in Canada to deliver the AP Capstone Diploma. Students engaged in this 2-year programme will complete a minimum of 4 AP® exams along with a Seminar course and a Research component, the latter two elements modeling the critical thinking skills necessary and the scholarly research-based investigations conducted in university.

Appleby offers 20 AP courses: English Composition, English Literature, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Computer Science A, Art History, French Language, Chinese Language, Human Geography, Macroeconomics,  Psychology, World History, U.S. History, Physics 1, Physics 2, Biology, Chemistry, Research and Seminar.

Top Post-secondary Destinations

  • University of Toronto
  • Western University
  • University of British Columbia
  • McGill University
  • Cornell University
  • Princeton University
  • University of California, Berkley
  • The New School - Parsons School of Design
  • University of St. Andrews
  • King's College London


  • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools
  • Oakville Independent Schools
  • CIS Ontario
  • Round Square
  • World Leading Schools Association
  • AP Capstone
  • The Association of Boarding Schools
  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • Global Education Benchmark Group
  • Independent Schools Experiential Education Network
  • G30 Schools
  • Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Canada

Community Service & Trips

Service Learning is an integral part of each student's experience at Appleby College that fosters an appreciation for the needs of others as well as opportunities to think critically about the underlying social justice issues affecting communities. This provides students with the skills to take positive action for change as well as reflect on how their experiences have impacted both themselves and others. Service Learning encourages leadership skill development and builds character.

Additional details about service clubs and co-curriculars can be found on our website, please click here:

Appleby College has offered global experiential programming for over 20 years. Our wide breadth of Global Experiential Trips aim to introduce experiences that are the perfect foundation for fostering community and providing intercultural education while granting opportunities for personal growth, leadership, building teamwork skills, reflective practices and furthering global understanding outside their own culture. Students and teachers are inspired to be leaders in creating a future where active citizenship demands that people are intentional in their actions and recognize their ability to impact the world. Past trip locations include: Belize, Cambodia, Columbia, Germany, Morocco, Panama, Romania, Senegal and Nepal. Participation in a global learning experience as a core requirement of the Appleby College Diploma.

For more information, please click here:

Appleby College's Outdoor Education Program

The Outdoor Education Program strives to introduce and immerse our students into a total experiential learning environment. Vital life skills such as, self-confidence, resiliency, understanding relationships, personal growth and a dedicated responsibility toward our local and global communities, as well as our planet, are developed by using the medium of the out-of-doors. Challenging our students in settings and situations inherent to the program's activities provides the opportunities to practice these skills under the guidance of qualified instructors. Activities include high-ropes, rock-climbing, canoe tripping, wilderness living and navigation, leadership training, environmental awareness, and winter camping.

Participation in the Upper One fall trip and the Upper Two winter trip to Appleby's S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus located on Rabbit Nose Island in Temagami, Ontario are required components of the Appleby College Diploma.

For more information, please click here:

Summer Programs

Appleby's Summer Academy provides summer learning opportunities through Academic Credit Courses and Enrichment programs. Both streams are appropriate for students seeking either credit, advancement, or simply a fun and engaging learning experience. Facilities including leading-edge technology formats combined with dedicated instructors ensure a formidable summer learning experience.

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Appleby's Summer ESL Program offers students ages 12-16 from around the world the opportunity to experience life as an Appleby student. The program provides an unparalleled boarding experience in Canada where students are immersed in Canadian culture and form long-lasting friendships across nationalities and languages.

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  • 3D Design
  • Accounting
  • Acting
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • Algebra
  • Animation
  • Anthropology
  • AP Art History
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Chinese Language and Culture; Law
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP English Language
  • AP English Literature
  • AP French Language
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Physics
  • Appleby College Diploma with Distinction in Global Leadership
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Statistics
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP World History
  • Arabic
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ballet
  • Band
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Calculus
  • Calculus AB
  • Canadian History
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • Choral Music
  • Choreography
  • College Counselling
  • Community Service
  • Composition
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science A
  • Creative Writing
  • Current Events
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • Design
  • Directing
  • Drama Club
  • Drawing
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Enrichment Centre (for academic support)
  • Environment
  • Environmental Science
  • Ethics
  • Exchange Programs
  • Extended French
  • Extensive Exchange Programs Offered
  • Film and Video
  • Finance
  • French
  • Functions
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geometry
  • German
  • Global Leadership Diploma
  • Graphic Design
  • Guidance and Career Education
  • Guitar
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Health
  • History of Music
  • Human Geography
  • Laptop Program 
  • Law
  • Leadership
  • Learning Centre
  • Literature
  • Modern Dance
  • Multimedia
  • Musical Theatre
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Orchestra
  • Orchestral String
  • Outdoor Education
  • Painting
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Piano
  • Poetry
  • Psychology
  • Public Speaking
  • Recording
  • Religious Studies
  • Robotics
  • Social Justice
  • Social Studies
  • Sociology
  • Stage Band
  • Statistics
  • Strings
  • Studio Art
  • Teacher Advisor
  • Technology Centre
  • Television Production
  • Theatre Arts
  • Theatre Design
  • U.S. History
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music
  • Voice
  • World History
  • World Issues
  • World Religions
  • Writer's Craft
  • Yearbook


  • Aerobics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Biomedical Club
  • Choral Music
  • Craft Club
  • Cross-Country
  • Chess Club
  • Computer Club
  • Community Service
  • Dance
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Drama Club
  • Drawing Club
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Environmental Club
  • Field Hockey
  • Food Council
  • Golf
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Horticulture Club
  • Ice Hockey
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Leadership Program
  • Math Club
  • Meditation Club
  • Model UN
  • Music Appreciation Club
  • Newspaper
  • Outdoor Education
  • Peer Counselling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Photography Club
  • Rock Band
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rugby
  • Robotics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Stage Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Swimming
  • Sexualities Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Publications
  • Table Tennis
  • Tech Club
  • Tech Crew
  • Tennis
  • Theatre
  • Track and Field
  • Ukulele Club
  • Volleyball
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
  • Weightlifting
  • War Child Canada
  • Weekday and Weekend Planned Activities


  • All-Weather Track
  • Artificial Turf Field
  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Dance Studio
  • Dignitas
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Health Centre
  • Hockey Rink
  • Ice Hockey Training Facility
  • Indoor Basketball Court(s)
  • Indoor Climbing Wall
  • Indoor Pool
  • Kitchen 
  • Ktichenette
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lounge
  • Newly Renovated
  • Pool
  • Round Square
  • Sand Volleyball Court(s)
  • Soccer and Sports Fields
  • Squash Courts
  • Student Life Centre
  • Technology Centre
  • Tennis Courts
  • Theatre
  • TV Station
  • Varsity Strength & Conditioning Centre
  • Vending Machines
  • Volleyball Court(s)
  • Weight Room
  • Wireless Internet
  • S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus located on Rabbit Nose Island in Temagami, Ontario