David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute (Gr 09 - 12)
Sine Magno Nil Labore (Nothing worthwhile is accomplished without hard work)
David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute welcomed it's first students in September, 1958. Since then, Thomson has maintained a reputation for academic excellence. The programs for Grades 9 to 12 are semestered to accommodate the program needs of all students. The school's population of approximately 1250 is ideal for teacher/student mentoring. In Grade 9, students receive special attention throughout the year in order to ensure a smooth transition to high school. Extensive use is made of peer leaders in Grade 9 classes, as well as PASS (Peer Assistied Student Success), and peer tutors.Read more
Specialist High Skills Majors
Thomson offers Specialist High Skills Majors in Information and Communication Technology and also in Health and Wellness. SHSM enable senior students to enrich their studies and gives opportunity to expand their learning experiences and certifications. Each student who completes the SHSM will be given special accreditation on their OSSD diploma when they graduate. Thomson also has Dual Credit opportunities with colleges that allow students to recieve a college credit while still in high school.
Information and Communication Technology
Access to information and communication/computer technology is available in all areas through subject-specific and cross-curricular labs and is an essestial component across the curriculum.Thomson innovatively uses Moodles, Wikis, Blogs, e-learning courses, Promethian Boards and Smart Boards to enhance the learning environment. To further promote student success and different learning styles, teachers utilize technology to provide a blended learning environment for students, including: live events, self-paced learning, collaboration, online assessment and performance support materials. Thomson is also one of eight TDSB e-Learning centres.
Our athletics department is extremely active and enthusiastic with the focus on student participation. Each year there are over 40 varsity teams that compete in a variety of team and individual sports as well as intramural sports activities available to Thomson students.
Students can choose from a wide range of leadership opportunities and can earn a Leadership certificate. One example is PASS (Peers Assisted Student Success). PASS is both a grade 9 transition program and a senior leadership course. Senior students enhance their leadership skills by "linking" with grade 9 students, providing them with a smooth transition to Thomson. Read more about Student Leadership
Professional Learning Teams
Thomson staff is actively working as a Professional Learning Team to improve curriculum delivery and student success. Thomson's PLTs work towards achieving our school's vision: "Thomson is a student-centred, collaborative learning community that embodies equity and mutual respect in the pursuit of personal excellence".
The Thomson Experience
Thomson offers students the opportunity to experience a rich variety of program choices. Our goal is to encourage students to become successful productive citizens through experiences in all facets of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to develop leadership skills through participation in clubs, activities, and school-wide committees and initiatives.