The Founders of Southern Ontario Collegiate were themselves international students - University of Toronto graduates - who wanted to make the Canadian educational experience a more positive one than they had experienced personally. They aimed to create the optimum environment for academic excellence but with a more balanced approach. They set the standard of small class sizes, with a low teacher to student ratio and high level of care.
Southern Ontario Collegiate opened its doors to 21 international students. The location was 1289 Upper James Street in Hamilton (now home to Denninger’s Delicatessen). The first years saw students from China, Korea, Cambodia and Vietnam with emphasis on ESL to ensure that students developed the English language skills needed to excel in core subjects.
SOC moved to 35 Brant Street in Hamilton former site of St. Emeric’s School). This space was much larger and had a full-size gymnasium. Student numbers increased rapidly and news of SOC’s success began slowly reaching parents around the world.
SOC relocated to a new more modern site at 430 York Boulevard where it continued to prosper. The strong student population was made up of overwhelmingly of Chinese students, with about 10% from Nigeria.
SOC moved to our present location at 28 Rebecca Street in the flourishing downtown core of Hamilton. The new location provided the school with a full-size gymnasium and a 300-seater auditorium for assemblies, concerts and drama classes. The school had grown in size and in diversity, with students from various countries.
The school came under new ownership, bringing a renewed sense of commitment to our vision and mission, bold new ideas for the future and respect for the achievements of the past.
Southern Ontario Collegiate is proud to have educated more than 5,000 students from more than 30 countries around the world. Going forward we will continue to innovate and improve on the proud legacy of achievements thus far.