How small are the class sizes?

Small class sizes at MacLachlan are one of our key strengths. We are a school that is small by design because we recognize the significant difference this makes, not only for our students, but the staff and the school community as well. Small class sizes ensure each and every student receives the attention they require to excel. The average class size for Primary and Junior classes (Lower School) classrooms is 15 students per class. The average class size for the Grade 7 to Grade 12 (Upper School) is 18 students per class. Our 350 students from PK to Grade 12 create an inclusive environment that allows our students to form strong bonds, and is a place where each voice is heard and given due recognition.

What is the IB PYP? How can it benefit my child?

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) is a globally recognized curriculum for students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6. The IB program combines the best research and practice from a range of systems adopted and adapted from around the world to create a relevant, engaging and global educational framework. The IB course of study prepares children from all over Canada and the world to participate in a truly global community, challenging students to think analytically, investigate fully, and to apply their knowledge broadly.

Is the IB Programme only for international students?

Absolutely not! Although many families who transfer to the area from schools around the world find continuity through the IB curriculum, the programme offers all children the opportunity to develop key skills, such as critical thinking, deep inquiry and advanced communication skills. At MacLachlan, we have ensured the transition from the IB PYP to the Intermediate and Upper School is seamless. Core skills cultivated in the IB PYP Programme are expanded in the Intermediate and Upper School levels, allowing each student to think analytically, investigate fully, and apply their knowledge broadly.

Is MacLachlan a co-educational school?

MacLachlan is a co-educational school. We believe co-education prepares students for the diverse world we live and work in. A co-education environment is a key factor in developing global citizens; allowing students to interact, collaborate, and gain a wider understanding of diverse perspectives. 

What types of clubs and activities are offered at MacLachlan?

MacLachlan recognizes that extracurricular activities excel, expand, and allow students to explore their passions and interests while advancing their team-work, communication, and time-management skills. MacLachlan offers robotics, running club, DECA, debate teams, music/choir/glee, chess, games, and the battle of the books clubs to name a few. Several of our clubs compete with other schools on a local and international basis. At the junior and intermediate grade levels our sport teams also compete with other independent schools throughout the GTA in a variety of sports including: baseball, basketball, volleyball, track and field, cross-country running, floor hockey, and soccer. 

What academic programs are offered at MacLachlan?

MacLachlan is Oakville’s first accredited IB World School to proudly offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. The IB PYP is an internationally recognized curriculum designed for students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6.

In Grades 7 through 12, MacLachlan delivers a rigorous and enhanced inquiry-based curriculum, which both meets and surpasses the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines. In addition to leadership opportunities, character development, and community service, Advanced Placement courses are offered in Grades 11 and 12 to further challenge and prepare students for university life.  Some courses offered at the AP level include: Biology, English, Calculus & Vectors, Physics, French, Computer Science and Visual Arts.

Does MacLachlan's Upper School (Grade 9 to Grade 12) operate on a semester system or year-long academic program?

MacLachlan operates on a year-long academic program. The Upper School program offers eight courses on a two-day cycle. Students have one set of 4 classes every other day. We believe there are several advantages to a year-long academic schedule. Offering courses from September to June allows for the continuation of knowledge, and ensures students do not have a gap in their understanding between grade levels. It also allows them to make major connections and recognize over-arching themes between the courses they are enrolled in.

What kind of Technology and Computer Labs does MacLachlan have?

MacLachlan recognizes the importance of technology, and the benefits it affords 21st-Century learners. As an active learning school, we incorporate the use of technologies into most of our lessons at all grade levels. The MacLachlan Laptop program enables all students in Grades 6 through 12 to bring their own personal computer to school on a daily basis. In the Lower School (Grade 1 to Grade 5) there is an iPad for every student in order to facilitate different learning styles and create a dynamic learning environment. In addition, MacLachlan offers a Robotics program that allows students to develop and enhance their design and programming techniques, integrating and combining their knowledge of Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Technology in the creation of a robot.

Does MacLachlan offer a lunch program?

MacLachlan has a hot lunch program available to all PK-Grade 8 students. We also have a Tuck Shop that is available to the Upper School students to heat up lunch items as well as vending machines with items they would like to purchase. The Parents’ Association also hosts pizza days weekly throughout the year. 

Are there any charities MacLachlan students can get involved with?

One of our goals at MacLachlan is the focus on creating global citizens. As such, MacLachlan is linked to several charities and initiatives in which our students are committed and can contribute to annually. Some charities we support and work closely with include the Me to We/Free the Children initiative, United Way of Oakville, Terry Fox Foundation, Canadian Red Cross Society, The Oakville Humane Society, The Women’s Shelter, Halton Children’s Aid Society, Unicef, The Fareshare Food Bank, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program, Youth and Philanthropy Initiative, and the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation of Nepal. 


What is the Everest Centre? How can it help my child?

The Everest Centre is a learning resource centre that complements and enhances the MacLachlan curriculum. It supports students by offering tutoring and enrichment programs that allow students to improve their understanding and grades. The Everest program can be tailored to each individual students’ need and can be used as a tutoring resource, or a resource for Gifted Students for an intensive application. The Everest program can work in combination with the Elite Athlete program to help students maintain and succeed in their academic careers. 

I am unable to pick my child up at the time classes end. Does MacLachlan have a before and after school care program?

We have an onsite Extended Day program that allows parents to drop off and pick up their child at a time more convenient for them. This program is available to students in the Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5 levels. Please inquire for more information about programs and fees. 

What is the Admissions process for Intermediate/Senior students like? What do I need to know to apply?

Step 1 is to complete the online inquiry form and arrange a tour of MacLachlan with Heather Birnie, our Director of Admissions and Communications (905-844-0372 Ext. 235). Step 2 is to begin the online application process and submit the non-refundable $150 application fee. Once relevant documents have been submitted, a personal interview and entrance testing is arranged. Once your child is accepted, their name will be placed on our waiting list if classes are full. A non-refundable registration deposit of $2,000.00 (1st installment of tuition fees) and $2,000 New Student Enrollment fee is required to reserve a place in the school once it is offered.

What are the Tuition costs I can expect from MacLachlan?

The Tuition costs vary by grade level and program the student is in. For the 2019-2020 academic year, tuition costs for Grade 1 to Grade 12 is $24,100. A Full Day Pre-K, Jr. K and Sr. K is $20,600. Pre-K and Jr. K tuition includes hot lunch and extended care before and after school days. A Half Day Pre-K, Jr. K is $12,000. International Students who require ESL are $30,800 and International Students who do not require ESL are $26,300. There are financing options, and scholarships and bursaries are available to help with tuition costs.

Does MacLachlan provide a bus service for its students?

MacLachlan College offers school bus service from Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga and Brampton areas. Please inquire for more information regarding routes and fees. 

What is MacLachlan's uniform policy?

MacLachlan has a casual uniform and a formal uniform which includes a dress shirt, tie, blazer, grey trousers or kilt. Students in all grades are required to wear the formal uniform during assemblies, special events, and some field trips. The casual uniform includes a choice of golf shirts, various sweater options, and grey trousers or kilt. In addition, the house system includes themed t-shirts, sweaters and hats that make up each house uniform. The school also offers several opportunities for casual “CD days” (no uniform) throughout the school year. 

Does MacLachlan offer other extracurricular or experiential activities?

We offer a range of diverse programs designed to challenge and allow our students to excel. Some programs include the Silver Birch/Red Maple reading program, Robotics, Debate and Public Speaking, DECA,  Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program, Mentoring programs, Outreach adventure travel, and Me to We initiatives.

What is the Admissions process for Kindergarten, Primary and Junior students like? What do I need to know to apply?

The process usually begins by completing the online inquiry form on our website, or by calling our admissions office to set up a school visit. Families are then asked to complete the online application form and submit the application fee. Admission procedures are more informal for children at the PK, JK SK levels. Primary and Junior grade level students will have an in-school assessment and a class visit may be arranged. To complete the online application process, families are required to submit report cards, birth date verification, confidential reference reports and other relevant documentation. 

What kind of trips/travel experiences does MacLachlan offer to students? Are there any upcoming trips planned for the 2019 - 2020 school year?

During the 2019-2020 academic year students will travel to India, Borneo and Chile to attend Round Square conferences. These trips continue a long-standing tradition of exposing MAC students to real-world experiences.

In March 2018, students travelled to Cuba on a service-focused trip. They visited a children’s oncology hospital, seniors and participated in community based projects such as gardening, painting, meal preparation and light construction. Students earned 15 hours towards their OSSD volunteer requirements. 

In March 2017, MacLachlan high school students travelled to Japan to visit Osaka, Hakaone and Tokyo. This trip was rich in cultural experiences including traditions, ceremonies, architecture and cuisine.

In March 2016, a group of upper year students travelled to Italy and France on an experiential/cultural trip. Students experienced the sights in Florence, Venice, Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo. The trip began in Florence where they toured the Accademia, the Cathedral, the Plazza Vecchio and the Loggia of the Signoria. Students then travelled to Venice followed by a second day of exploring in Florence before arriving in Nice to walk the Promenade des Anglais, explored the old town centre and visited the famous Marche aux Fleurs. Students also went on two day trips, one to Monte Carlo and the other to Cannes.

In 2015, MacLachlan students participated in a service trip building a community centre in the Dominican Republic. Each student brought 50-pound bags of humanitarian aid, including medical supplies, and personal hygiene items. These items are often in great demand in these regions. Additionally, our students raised funds to contribute to the building fund. The construction of the centre was in a rural village, approximately one  hour from Santiago. The students worked on the construction site and interacted with future students and the community at large. This experience allowed MacLachlan students to feel their own significance and power to create and enact positive change on an international level.

Do Upper Year students have the opportunity to leave campus for lunch?

The lunch break is about an hour long and students in Grades 9 to 12 can leave campus for lunch. Students can bring their lunch plus there are several options a short walking distance from the school including Whole Foods, Starbucks, South Street Burger and more. This enables students to socialize off campus and presents a traditional high school experience.

I am an International student. How do I apply to MacLachlan College?

MacLachlan College is pleased to accept International students every year from a variety of different countries including but not limited to Germany, France, Switzerland, Ireland, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Venezuela, the Middle East, Spain, Russia, and Mexico. MacLachlan offers an integrated ESL program both during the year and summer session. Please visit our page here for more information about our ESL program: MacLachlan ESL Program We also offer a Home-stay service for international students seeking to live with a Canadian family.

Please visit our page here for more information https://maclachlan.ca/international-applicants/

When can we visit MacLachlan?

During an Open House, you can learn more about our challenging and engaging academic programs, our newly designed classrooms featuring dynamic and integrative learning approaches, and meet students and staff to learn more about MacLachlan College. We run a Fall Open House in October of every year and a Winter Open House in January or February. Personal Tours can be schedued throughout the year during the school day.  Contact Heather Birnie, our Director of Admissions and Communications, who would be pleased to arrange a personal tour at a time convenient for you. Heather can be reached through email at hbirnie@maclachlan.ca or 905-844-0372 ext 235.

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