Total Care Development®

Maximizes Character Development


Go Beyond the Classroom

International students, away from home, do not get the constant benefit of their parents as their daily role models for character development.

As part of the holistic model of education Total Care Development® at CIC takes on the responsibility of building important character values which are the foundation for success in life. We believe high school isn’t only about the content of the textbooks. It’s also about how students grow into adult maturity, ready to take on the challenges of university and beyond. Total Care Development is unique to CIC as no other schools in Canada have character development as a deliberate, integral part of their education program.

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Students also have the option to compete in various Model United Nations Conferences, for which they receive leadership training, as well as instructions in current affairs debate and presentation skills.

This valuable experience gives our graduates an excellent record of achievement for their resumes and makes them stand out when applying to universities. Our graduates, with their extensive leadership training, are admitted to world-class universities such as: Yale, Columbia, Chicago and Cornell in the USA; Imperial College and Cambridge in the UK; and the University of Toronto, McGill, UBC.

Total Care Development® delivers student success

Teaching the Values Necessary for Solid Character

  • Daily life at CIC has the right mix of academics, extracurricular activities, and residential programming
  • Students are regularly nurtured on eleven key personal characteristics, to ensure they are developing as a whole person

Reinforcing Important Personal Life Skills

  • By participating in events, clubs, sports, and community service, students learn through experience
  • Dedicated skill sessions on communication, teamwork, time management, and priority setting

Training Future Leaders

  • Students at CIC receive training at the Bark Lake Leadership Centre, our own 700-acre outdoor education facility
  • CIC partners with the world renowned Duke of Edinburgh Award Program, which fosters leadership, independent thinking skills and healthy personal growth

Our 11 character keys were chosen by students and staff:

Respect / Honesty / Integrity / Responsibility / Peaceful & Positive Conflict Resolution
Inclusiveness / Fairness / Caring / Optimism / Self-Confidence and Self Advocacy / Perseverance

Nurturing Personal Growth

CIC’s multifaceted academic and experiential approach offers extensive opportunities for students to engage in leadership and character enrichment outside the classroom. Students develop a routine for success by participating in various after school, age-tailored programs customized to their individual ASEP needs. These fun activities instill discipline and consistency in our students’ daily routine, enabling them to have healthy social and emotional lifestyles.


Residence Life Prefects
Community Service Prefects
Social Justice Team
Diversity Team
Health Action Team
Model United Nations Team
Student Council Executive
General Student Council
Athletic Prefects
Varsity Athletic Teams (Soccer, Basketball)
ESL Transition Team
International Translation Team
Various Special Event Teams
Community Service Teams
Leadership retreats at Columbia International College and Bark Lake


Art Clubs Including:
Painting, Polymer Clay, Origami, Glee, Improv, Acting, Collage Making, Scrapbooking, Animation, Pottery, Knitting International Film, Film Making

Science Clubs Including:
Robotics, Virtual Reality, Digital Culture, Mad Science, Outdoor Adventure, Video Game Design, Coding, Environmental, Drone Racing

Cooking Clubs Including:
International Chefs, Baking, Asian cuisine, Food Art

Media Clubs Including:
Newspaper, FIFA Through
The Ages, NBA Court Sur ng, Toastmasters, Gaming, Comedy

& Trips

School Events Including:
International Cuisine Series Dinners, Games Day, School Dances, Fashion Show, Spirit Week, Variety Shows

Residence Events Including:
Coffee House, Patio Party, Picnics, Video Game Tournaments, Movie Nights, Athletic Challenges

Trips Including:
Niagara Falls, CN Tower, Professional Sporting Events (NBA, MLB, NHL, CFL), Canada’s Wonderland, Professional Theatre and Musical Productions, Museums


Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Floor Hockey, Flag Football, Table Tennis, Fitness, Running, Badminton, Archery, Yoga, Swimming, Aqua Fit, Dance (Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Ballroom)


Inside CIC Including:
participating and organizing charity projects and events, mentoring new students, community service clubs, peer tutoring

Outside CIC Including:
participating in or fundraising for local hospitals, foodbanks, retirement residences, community festivals, parades