Students who demonstrate the most exceptional performance are eligible to apply for the Elite Pathway Partnership (EPP) Program with the University of Toronto in their Grade 11 and 12.

The two-year Program is designed to comprehensively prepare students for the rigorous requirements for entry to the world’s best universities.

This program offers academic, leadership, and extracurricular opportunities beyond the “Go Higher” program, and far beyond regular high school.

The CIC Edge

The CIC’s Total Care Education System® makes the challenge of this extra work, in class and outside of it, possible for these elite students because it provides top-notch academic training, a fully supported living environment and extensive leadership training opportunities.

CIC’s Elite Pathway Partnership Program – entirely unique in Canada and the only officially recognized partnership program in Canada by the University of Toronto – is designed to comprehensively prepare students for the rigorous requirements for entry to the world’s best universities.

Ken Withers

University Student Recruitment
University of Toronto

The Elite Pathway Program gives high performing students the most competitive edge.

University of Toronto Ranking

#1 in Canada

Top 20 in the World

An Elite Pathway to… Academic advantage

  • Advanced training in core subjects, including extra small-group classes and workshops
  • Academic competitions in major subjects

An Elite Pathway to… the pinnacle of leadership

  • Managing a community impact project from start to finish.
  • Participation in the Gold Level Duke of Edinburgh Program
  • Participation in the Model United Nation Conference in New York City
  • Skills training in public speaking, entrepreneurship and business
  • Site visits and lunches with business executives to gain deeper understanding of career paths in businesses

An Elite Pathway to… the University of Toronto

  • An early start and interaction with the University of Toronto campus activities
  • On-site campus experience at the University of Toronto to learn about living and learning first hand, including individual meetings with professors and administrators
  • Early conditional admissions to qualifying students
  • Exclusive, admission scholarships for students in the Program
  • University representatives visit and meet students at school to provide counselling and the most up-to-date admission requirements

Special 2-Year Program – Grade 11-12

This is a two-year program with admission only at Grade 11

Admission Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in Grade 10 or equivalent.
  • Can start the program in our August semester.
  • Complete our online Application form Have an average of 80% of above in their current studies. All applicants are required to provide transcripts starting Grade 9 from their home country. Certified translation of the transcript to English when necessary.
  • Have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. All applicants must submit results of external exams completed in their home country, such as TOEFL, IELTS, IGCSE, SSCE, O level, A level, and IB exams.
  • Pass our entrance examination in English and Math, with additional Science exam for science students
  • Pass the invitational interview with our Principa
  • Demonstrate involvement in community services or to provide a character reference letter from at least one teacher
  • Provide any certificates or awards with the application

Entrance Scholarship

  • Selected applicants may be considered for entrance scholarships valued at C$5,000 each
  • Selected applicants may be considered for graduation scholarships valued at C$3,000 each

Continuation on the program

  • At the end of the first year, all students will be evaluated on their performance in the program. Students must maintain a minimum average of 80% in order to proceed to year two in the program

Graduation Scholarships and early acceptance:

  • Top 3 EPP graduates will receive entrance scholarship to the University of Toronto valued at C$10,000 each
  • University of Toronto will issue early acceptance to the EPP graduates who qualify

The Program Foundation


To turn exceptional young people into future leaders in the global community.


The Elite Pathway Partnership Program identifies and prepares high-performing students to be outstanding candidates for the world’s top universities, where they will excel and in their lives beyond that.


Designed for students who have finished Grade 10, the two-year program combines strong personal growth and high academic rigour – the balanced characteristics that top-ranked universities seek in applicants.