At UTS, we offer students a transformative education. Our program encompasses the full scope of academic subjects, athletic pursuits, artistic engagement, co-curricular opportunities, and a deep commitment to the development of well-rounded individuals. Our cadre of exceptional, specialist educators engage with students in the cultivation of a lively, challenging and caring learning community.
Inquiry-based learning and problem solving are central to developing critical and inter-disciplinary thinking, collaboration, creativity and innovation. Integrally embedded in our approach is a commitment to equity and inclusion, wellness, and full-school support. The UTS curriculum allows for the study of a broader range of subjects in greater depth so students can continue to take a wide array of courses throughout their time at the school; all students take Health and Physical Education through grade 11.
Through our unique affiliation with the University of Toronto, UTS is engaged in many research and programming partnerships that further enrich our staff and students. Students also benefit from access to university libraries and sports facilities.
All aspects of our program engender the development of socially responsible citizens, and there are many opportunities for student leadership. Our robust athletics program features more than 30 competitive sports teams, and our many co-curricular offerings cover interests as diverse as robotics, entrepreneurship (through DECA), mathematics, the performing arts, and more.
UTS is organized into foundation (grades 7 and 8), middle (grades 9 and 10) and senior (grades 11 and 12) years – and uses a unique naming system:
Grade 7 – F1
Grade 8 – F2
Grade 9 – M3
Grade 10 – M4
Grade 11 – S5
Grade 12 – S6
This approach is used extensively at UTS. It focuses on designing strategies for answering questions and solving problems through investigation and exploration. It ensures that our curriculum provides students with multiple opportunities to collaborate in the knowledge-building process, and to develop their problem-solving skills both within specific disciplines and in interdisciplinary contexts. Students develop the skills to research aspects of a specific problem, formulate key questions, identify tacit and explicit models of the problem, and engage in creative exercises in order to generate solutions.
UTS is committed to using technology in ways that support learning and student growth, particularly in enabling students to work collaboratively, to be creative, to communicate their ideas, and to think critically about their growth. UTS teachers are embracing technology to enhance their teaching practice and innovate and redefine teaching and learning inside and outside of the classroom.
At UTS, we employ criterion-referenced assessment and grading that uses level grading – the process of determining a student’s grade against criterion-based performance descriptors. In a community of outstanding students, this method allows all students to excel by comparing their performance to standards, as opposed to each other.
One of our strategic priorities is a commitment to infusing “global citizenship education” into the curricular and co-curricular life of our school thereby preparing students to be “socially responsible global citizens”. We provide students and staff with meaningful opportunities to develop a global perspective, and an awareness of how we can all contribute and endeavor to become a force for good in the world.