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We offer high-achieving students a truly transformative experience where they thrive in a community of engaged peers and are nurtured by a team of stellar specialist educators.

Thank you for your interest in UTS!  The Office of Admissions is here to personally guide families through the admission process and identify students who we believe will thrive at UTS.  We look forward to getting to know your child and your family as you learn more about us. We offer a variety of admission events throughout the year to better inform your understanding of our School's mission, programs, and application procedure.

For more than a century, University of Toronto Schools has celebrated its tradition of excellence through ​​exceptional levels of academic, athletic, and artistic accomplishment ​which ​distinguish ​us ​as one of the best independent schools in the nation.  We place intellectual enquiry, creativity, and breadth and depth of learning at the heart of our program along with an emphasis on wellness, physical activity and community involvement. ​ ​Merit-based admission and financial accessibility are cornerstones of the UTS philosophy​ and ​we ​attract some of the best candidates from across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond from all backgrounds. ​ ​Through our bursary program we work to ensure that financial limitations do not present a barrier to entry and that any child who is qualified to attend, can do so.  

We encourage you to start your journey by Booking a Tour with us.  

Please contact Kristine Maitland, Admissions Officer at admissions@utschools.ca or 416-946-7995 or Nandita Bajaj, Head of Admissions at nandita.bajaj@utschools.ca or 416-946-7088 to let us know how we can help guide you.

Eligibility requirements
Applicants must:
  • Be legal residents of Canada (citizen or landed immigrant/permanent resident)
  • Live with a parent or legal guardian (documentation required if living with a legal guardian) 
 
Annual New Enrollment
  • Grade 7: 96 students
  • Grade 8: No new enrollment
  • Grade 9: 24-28 new students
  • Grades 10 and 11: 1-4 students, based on attrition.
  • Grade 12: No new enrollment
 
Stage 1
  • February - November
    All applicants interested in applying for the 2018-19 school year are encouraged to Book A Tour to receive a school tour and meet the Admissions team
     
  • October 14 - December 9
    Applicants write the middle level (Grade 7) or upper level (Grades 9 - 11) SSAT (Standard or Flex)
    Applicants select UTS as a Score Recipient upon SSAT registation
     
  • December 1
    Applicants complete the UTS Standard Application Online by using the SSAT login information.  The application includes:
    1. Student Biographic Profile
    2. Student Essays
    3. Proof of Canadian Residency Status
    4. Provincial Report Card 1 - February 2017
    5. Provincial Report Card 2 - June 2017
    6. Progress Report Card - November 2017
    7. Individual Education Plan (IEP), if applicable
    8. Psychological Assessment, if applicable
    • Grade 9 students only: Items 1-8 listed above and recommendation form by Grade 7/8 teacher (to be submitted online by teacher)  
    • Grades 10 and 11 students only:  Items 1-8 listed above and recommendation form by Grade 9 Mathematics teacher (to be submitted online by teacher)  and recommendation form by any Grade 8/9 teacher (to be submitted online by teacher)
 
Stage 1 Results
  • December 22
    Results from Stage 1 are emailed to all applicants and selected applicants are invited to Stage 2; these results are based on the SSAT scores, report cards, teacher recommendation form(s) (only for Grades 9, 10, 11) and the completed application.
 
Stage 2 
Applicants who are invited to Stage 2 complete the following steps:
 
  • January 10
    Applicants complete The Character Skills Snapshot online from their SSAT account and select UTS as a score recipient.
    Applicants in financial need submit an application to Apple Financial Services online at applefinancialservices.ca
     
  • January 20
    Grade 7 - Applicants visit UTS for a 2-part process: Multiple Mini Interviews (see below) and a UTS Math and English entrance exam (60 min)
    Grade 9Applicants visit UTS for Multiple Mini-Interviews (40 min)
     
  • January 29 - February 2
    Grades 10 and 11 Applicants visit UTS for one-on-one interviews (30 min)
 
Stage 2 Results
  • February 23
    Results from Stage 2 are emailed to all applicants and selected applicants are offered admission to UTS.  For Grade 7 applicants, results are based on the interviews, entrance exams, report cards, and the completed application.  For Grades 9-11 applicants, results are based on interviews, SSAT scores, report cards, teacher recommendation form(s), and the completed application.
 
Offers of Admission
  • February 28
    Stage 2 applicants who are offered admission report their decision to UTS
The SSAT (Secondary School Assessment Test) is a standardized test that measures the basic verbal, math, and reading skills that students need for successful performance in independent schools. More information about SSAT can be found on https://ssat.org/
 
SSAT at UTS
The SSAT allows UTS to assess and compare applicants equitably regardless of their background or experience. UTS accepts scores from either a Flex or Standard SSAT test – learn more about the difference.  Students write the SSAT during Stage 1 of the UTS Application Process.  Only the scores that you choose to send to UTS through your SSAT account are used for admission consideration.
 
Preparing for the SSAT
The only preparation recommended by UTS for the SSAT is the SSAT Practice Online.  This is the only official SSAT practice program created to align closely with content on the SSAT and designed with hours of input from parents and SSAT test takers.
The following resources are available for preparing for the SSAT:
 
Free
A 30-minute diagnostic online test
A list of SSAT topics to study based on your test results 
Hundreds of lessons, exercises, and videos study tools in all 3 areas – quantitative, verbal, and reading
 
The Official SSAT Practice Online - $79.95/full year
3 Full SSAT practice tests online (timed to simulate the actual SSAT)
15 individual online section tests
Hundreds of free study tools
Ongoing recommendations on SSAT topics to study, based on your practice test results
Content refreshers throughout the year
Online version of The Official Guide to the SSAT
Summary of highest and lowest scoring topics
Coming this fall – hundreds of short quizzes on targeted SSAT topics
Coming soon – on-demand videos from the creators of the SSAT
 
TIP: Sit through 1-2 mock tests at home by following the same time constraints and guidelines as the real SSAT test to become comfortable with SSAT test-taking skills.  Visit SSAT’s strategies for preparing for the test: https://ssat.org/prepare
 
UTS Statement About Test Prep Companies
UTS does not endorse nor participate with any outside companies in the business of preparing students for the SSAT.  We strongly discourage families from using such services – there are a multitude of sources, both online and offline, that promise to prepare applicants for the SSAT and increase their test score.  Unfortunately, none of them offer true facsimiles of the real SSAT for the simple reason that actual SSAT tests are never released to the public.  An elaborate statement can be found on the SSAT website: https://ssat.org/prepare/test-prep-company.
 
Writing Multiple Tests
UTS discourages candidates from taking multiple tests in the same cycle unless warranted by extenuating circumstances, such as illness, as multiple testing often leads to unnecessary anxiety and expenses. Experience from both UTS and SSAT has shown that there is insignificant change in the SSAT scores of candidates who write a second test within months of the first one without a drastic change in their preparation practice.
 
Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) consists of a series of short, structured interview stations used to assess non-cognitive qualities including cultural sensitivity, maturity, teamwork, empathy, reliability and communication skills.  Inspired by McMaster University’s Medical program, UTS now employs the MMI technique for its admission process for entry into Grade 7 and 9.
 
MMIs at UTS
The interview room consists of 6 interviewers sitting at their respective stations.  The UTS MMI consists of 6 interview questions, assessed respectively by 6 interviewers.  Prior to the start of each mini interview rotation, candidates receive a question/scenario and have one minute to prepare an answer.  Candidates engage with the first interviewer for 4 minutes.  At the end of each mini interview, the interviewer evaluates the candidate’s performance while the applicant moves to the next station. This pattern is repeated through 6 rotations and takes about 40 minutes. The questions are designed to assess candidates’ ability to express themselves authentically and clearly while being able to share their own uniqueness and candidacy for UTS.  There are no right or wrong answers to the MMI questions as they are not designed to test specific knowledge about any subject.
 
Preparing for the UTS MMIs
The best way to prepare for the MMIs is to become familiar with the style and timing of the interviews.  During the interviews, you will engage with 6 different interviewers for 5 minutes each, so practicing with a couple of family members will help you gain confidence. The primary focus of the MMIs is to get to know you to the best of our ability through an unbiased interview process.  Therefore, an important aspect of the preparation for the MMI is to spend some time getting to know yourself so that you can articulate your thoughts confidently and effectively to the interviewers.
A recommended practice in preparation of the interview is to outline a list of your key characteristics that make you “you”, such as your personality traits, strengths, weaknesses, areas of passion, likes and dislikes, personal values, family values, etc.  Then, practice talking about them out loud to yourself or to your family members. Once you have gone through this process a couple of times during the week before the interview, leave it alone and relax.  Strive to get a good night’s rest before the interview day and a nutritious breakfast the morning of the interview.
 
What to Expect During the MMIs
Each of the 6 interviews is held in the form of a dialogue.  The interviewer will provide you with a question and give you 1 minute to prepare your response.  You will then have 4 minutes to discuss the response with your interviewer.  During this time, the interviewer may ask you follow-up questions or provide you with prompts to help to elaborate your response.  Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if the question is not clear to you.  Interviewers know that you may be anxious and they will do their best to make you feel comfortable.  Remember - we want to get to know you – so be yourself!
 
UTS Statement about MMI Preparation Companies
UTS does not endorse nor participate with any outside companies in the business of preparing students for the MMIs.  We strongly discourage families from using such services as they jeopardize the candidates’ natural thought process and hinder their ability to respond authentically.  Such courses teach students to respond with answers that may be deemed to be ideal or favorable.  On the contrary however, students who respond with insincere and rehearsed answers are not able to articulate themselves freely and thus, do not perform well on the interviews.
 
 

 

The UTS Admissions Policy can be accessed here

 

 

UTS Admissions Team

Nandita Bajaj
Head of Admissions

Kristine Maitland
Admissions Officer

UTS Admissions Committee

Garth Chalmers
Vice Principal

Garry Kollins
Head of Student Life

Anand Mahadevan
Head of Academics

Adam Gregson
Math Teacher

Julie Stoyka
English Teacher