During my time there, the student body in the senior school (gr 9 to 12) was around 500 students. This was divided into 10 houses of both boarding and day students. Even day students stayed late most days until around 7pm, creating a strong sense of community and belonging at our beloved school. As mentioned earlier, the culture of "family" was strong in the halls of TCS, acceptance and openness was universal as students came from countless different countries, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds. One of the most prominent displays in the historic Osler Dining Hall is the countless array of flags of countries from which students have hailed. Many students fondly debate over which flag belongs to what country, and who in the school comes from such a far away land. Further, although TCS was established in the 19th century as an Anglican school, it is home to several religions, cultures, and practices of the multicultural students. These different cultures are often displayed proudly in morning chapel lessons geared toward the learning of new cultures. Finally, tuition costs of TCS may deter some students from applying, but the school offers an unusually high number of scholarships and grants programs to allow students to attend the school who show promise and drive. Overall, TCS is an eclectic international tapestry that fosters acceptance, learning, and overall "worldlyness".
The student body at TCS was small (roughly 120 students for each of grades 9-12), close-knit and enthusiastic. We often used to say that we were at an academic summer camp because we had so much fun with one another. Outside of being generally bright, TCS doesn't really have a 'typical' student because we come from all over the world, and the common assumption that a boarding school student is a rich, white kid doesn't stand. TCS has a robust financial aid system that serves further to diversify the student body both among Canadians and international students. As a recipient of financial aid myself, I certainly felt that my presence at TCS was the great equalizer and that my family's net worth had nothing to do with my ability to be a part of the community. My family sent myself, my two sisters and my cousin to TCS. There is a significant age gap between myself and my younger cousin, and it's been a pleasure to watch the school both evolve and stick to its roots since I first set foot on the campus. The school's collective values have not changed - integrity, connection of the heart and the mind, responsibility, courage etc... But it has also become a place that is more open to debate about key issues that impact the diverse student body - ethnicity, language, origin, socio-economic standing, gender and sexuality. Intersectionality is something that I value and I respect that the school has evolved to prioritize it.
If I was asked to describe the students to someone who has never visited the school I would tell them that everyone is truly welcoming upon your arrival into the school, they help you get to your classes on time especially when you are lost. When I think of the boarding and day students I can say that it feels more like a city with different people from different backgrounds, but when I isolate it into the boarding students, it feels more like a small town because you see these people every day and you live closely with them especially since all the students are split up into distinct "houses". As expected, I think the students who do well at the school are the ones who enter the school with a positive attitude and are able to carry that positive attitude over the course of the year because it becomes increasingly important the longer you are in the school, they also need to be hard workers who are not afraid to ask questions and they should also be open in order to socialize well, but they should have the strength to not change themselves or their values in order to "fit in". On the other hand, I find that the students who are always looking for shortcuts in their work and are lazy tend to struggle academically, also, if they close up themselves from everyone they struggle socially. I honestly do not think there is any school where every single person feels included, that is just the fact of life. But I must admit that upon your arrival into the school people do make an effort to welcome you and include you, it then becomes your decision on how you want to reciprocate their welcome in the way you feel will be the best for your student life at TCS.