FAQ

When should one contact UTS for information about application to Foundation 1 (grade 7) or Upper Level (grades 9-11)?
When are the application deadlines?
How many students are there at UTS?
What is the size of the entering grade 7 (Foundation 1) class?
How many students apply for admission?
What is the tuition fee?
Will my chances for admission be affected if I apply for financial aid?
What is the waiting pool?
Does it help if the applicant is a child of an alumnus/a or a sibling of a
UTS student?

Do you offer transportation services?
What are the hours of school?
What elementary school will prepare my child for UTS?
Is it true that students leave UTS in grade 11, in order to get higher marks for university admittance?

 

When should one request information about application to Foundation 1 (grade 7) or Upper Level (grade 9-11)?
For Foundation 1 (grade 7) we recommend that parent(s) contact us one to two years in advance of entrance to UTS, namely when the applicant is about to start grade 5. For Upper Level, please contact us in August, or sooner, one year before entry. The Admissions Officer, Kristine Maitland, will be happy to answer your questions and walk you through the online application process.  She can also send you a school brochure on request. She can be reached at 416-946-7995.

When are the application deadlines?
December 1 for Foundation 1 (grade 7) and December 5 for Upper Level (grades 9 to 10).

How many students are there at UTS?
Annual enrolment is approximately 650 students, across all six grades (7 to 12).

What is the size of the entering grade 7 (Foundation 1)  class and the entering grade 9 (M3) class?
To grade 7 we offer admission to 96 students with an equal number of boys and girls. Each class is composed of approximately 23-4 students. To grade 9 we offer admission to 25 students (with the aim to maintain gender parity).

How many students apply for admission?
Each year, upwards of 325 grade 6 students apply for admission to grade seven. In recent years we have seen an increase in the number of grade 9 applications. We expect 100-125 applications for 25 or so spots in grade 9. Applications for grades 10 and 11 will vary, and we generally admit 3 - 5 students in grade 10, and 1-3 in grade 11.

What is the tuition fee?
The 2015-2016 tuition fee was $23,590 which included a student activity fee, course fees, and outdoor experiential education trip. New students must also pay an enrollment fee, which was $2000 in 2015. Additional costs including texts, supplies, class field trips, etc. can range from $300-600 depending upon the grade. All overnight trips that are not covered by tuition and student activity fees are optional. Participation in an athletic team or other team (e.g. chess) will not generally incur additional costs.

Will my chances for admission be affected if I apply for financial aid?
Absolutely not. Our admissions decisions are merit-based. Applications for financial assistance can be made only after an offer of admission is received.

What is the waiting pool?
At the end of the admissions process, offers of admission will be mailed to successful applicants. In addition, some applicants will be placed in a waiting pool. If a family declines our offer of admission, we will then offer a place to a candidate in the waiting pool. Over the past few years we have taken between 4 to 8 students from the waiting pool.

Does it help if the applicant is a child of an alumnus/a or a sibling of a UTS student?
No. Applicants are admitted to UTS solely on the basis of high academic potential and the results of the entrance examinations. However, if everything is equal, we may consider siblings first.

Do you offer transportation services?
No. Students travel by TTC or carpool, arranged by their families.

What are the hours of school?
School generally begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3:52 p.m. However, extra-curricular activities, and athletic practices are often held before school starting at 7:30 a.m. or after school ending between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Students not involved in school activities are unsupervised before 7:15 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. Parents are required to drop off their children no earlier than 7:15 a.m. and to pick them up no later than 5:00 p.m.

What elementary school will prepare my child for UTS?
No one school in particular will prepare your child for UTS. Students come from across the GTA from Montessori to French schools, Catholic to alternative, public to private. 65% of our incoming students are from public schools and 35% from independent/private schools; 30-35% come from gifted programs. Our studies of first-year students indicate that there is no direct correlation between high achievement at UTS and previous enrolment in a gifted program.

Is it true that students leave UTS in grade 11 in order to get higher marks for university admittance?
No. Our annual attrition rate (the rate at which students leave the school early) continues to be low (2015 <3%) attests to this. We are proud of our rigourous and enriched program and of our extensive co-curricular offerings. Our students are accepted into limited enrollment and specialized programs across Canada, the U.S. and beyond and our graduates consistently report that they were extremely well-prepared for university. In addition, the majority of students also receive scholarship offers or other awards from universities to which they have applied. 

For more information please email: info@utschools.ca.

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