Southern Ontario Collegiate (SOC) is a private, university–preparatory, secondary school in Hamilton, Ontario. We specialize in preparing international students to meet admission requirements for universities in Canada, USA, UK, and Australia. The school is registered with the Ontario Ministry of Education and undergoes rigorous government inspections of its academic programs.

SOC was founded in 1980 on the principle of mutual respect and with a commitment to develop each student academically and socially through quality programming and proper guidance.

Our students come from diverse cultural backgrounds and represent countries on four continents. We build on the cultural diversity of our students to ensure that they are equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century global community.

The school has created an exciting learning environment, led by excellent teachers who are specialists in their academic fields and who ignite students’ ambition, curiosity and creativity.

We offer a full secondary school program from Grades 9 through 12, leading to the internationally-recognized Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Our bespoke ESL programs provide a bridge to academic courses. Our guidance and tutoring department provides support in program selection, university application and academic learning.

SOC provides students with a choice of safe and comfortable accommodation, either in the homes of carefully selected Canadian families or in our family-style, fully-chaperoned official residences.

We are proud to maintain our almost 30-year tradition of welcoming new students to Canada: to help them develop the skills, wisdom and knowledge to meet their potential, build their future and excel in their chosen fields.

Our Vision


“To ensure that every student reaches their full potential and has every opportunity to achieve success.”

Our Mission


“To hold ourselves to the highest standards of teaching, learning and quality of care; to advocate the values of mutual respect, integrity and intellectual growth and to promote an ethos of “learning for life” for our students and the Collegiate as a whole.”