“Breadth, excellence, innovation, and caring; this is what defines the essence of the Appleby College experience.” – Innes Van Nostrand, Principal
Q | Describe your students.
Appleby College students and families represent a broad and diverse community with students coming from public, separate, and private schools in neighbourhoods throughout Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga and the western GTA, as well as from 52 other countries. Our student body is comprised of 800 students (526 day and 274 boarding) in grades 7 to 12 with the ratio of girls and boys almost split equally at 50:50.
Q | What do you look for in a teacher?
We value original and creative thinkers; teachers who are comfortable and effective in adapting to change; who embrace and promote diversity in all its forms; and, who possess a compassionate and empathetic spirit.
Q | In an increasingly competitive landscape for entry to postsecondary education and real-world preparedness, how does a private institution set itself apart from other options available to parents?
Smaller class sizes and commitment to educational excellence enables and encourages students to learn and discover independently and collaboratively. Hallmarks of the Appleby experience include our Grade 12 boarding programme, our emphasis on global learning and cultural understanding, and our experiential education programme centred around the S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus in Temagami.
Q | What does technology—both in resources and STEM courses—offer the contemporary student in a private school?
Appleby’s Technology Classroom offers an innovative space where science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and the arts (STEAM) come together. Students sometimes get frustrated by pursuing studies that they don’t see as having long-term applications. This classroom space addresses this by combining the notions of science with imagination.
Q | What do graduates tend to remember most from their time at your school?
Whether it is those who graduated this past June or those who left 50 years ago, they talk about the enduring nature of the Appleby experience, powerful bonds of friendship, and preparedness for life.
Q | What kind of relationship do alumni have with current students?
Appleby’s Alumni Mentors Programme pairs alumni who have recently entered the workforce or are in their third or fourth year of study at a post secondary institution, to work one-on-one with an alumni mentor. Alumni Mentors are established professionals committed to helping those with similar career interests and goals to prepare for the transition to work, further education, assist in strengthening their understanding of their chosen field, and help to expand their professional networks.
Q | What role does athletics serve on your campus?
Appleby offers 65+ competitive and instructional teams in sports. Through this wide range of offerings, our students are not only establishing the basic fundamentals of sport, and the value of active living, but they are also exposed to the importance of sportsmanship, reflection, support and overcoming challenges.
Q | What is Round Square and how does it benefit your community?
Round Square is an internationally diverse network of 200 schools in 50 countries on 6 continents that collaborate to offer world-class programmes and experiences in developing global competence, character, and confidence in students. Students have the opportunity to attend international conferences/exchanges and participate in International Service Projects which encourage personal development and responsibility in students.
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