PHONE NUMBER: (416) 396-2410

GRADE RANGE: 9 to 12

Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute's Mission Statement

Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute is one of the most diverse secondary schools in the TDSB. The secret to our student success stems from the many cultures that come together to create an amazing learning and social environment where students, staff and our community learn from one another. MGCI offers many unique programs; horticulture, financial securities, English as a Second Language, Special Education, SHSM, and our TOPS program. We also have over 70 student-led co-curricular activities and a wide range of competitive team sports. At MGCI, we ensure that every student that enters our building has choice in programming and a safe learning environment where they fully apply their creative talents.

Marc Garneau: What We Offer

In addition to the regular instructional programs mandated by the Ministry of Education, our school offers choices in a variety of program areas: Arts, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, Co-operative Education, Languages and Athletics. We also offer core ESL and ESL-sensitive courses to our early language learners.  Details of these programs can be found in the Choices document available at  

More Information About Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute

Talented Offerings for Programs in the Sciences

TOPS is our enrichment program for students who share a love and interest in mathematics and science. Our students work together for four years sharing goals and interests similar to their own, while being provided with many enrichment opportunities. Students must meet all application requirements. These requirements can be found at:

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

Supported by community industry leaders through our Co-op program, students earn additional qualifications and are provided with reach-ahead opportunities towards a Red Seal OSSD. Enhanced ICT learning experiences help students work towards any career path, including healthcare, engineering, business, trades and more.    

English as a Second Language

ESL helps students to learn English and develop the academic skills they need for success. ESL-sensitive courses for newcomers are available in geography, history, business, math and science. Credit courses in English Literacy Development (ELD) are for students accelerating their literacy skills. 

Special Education

A variety of special education supports are offered to meet the needs of all students, including those with behavioural, physical, and intellectual special needs.  We also accommodate students with multiple exceptionalities.  We have a support team that include teachers, counsellors and educational assistants to help our students thrive and succeed.

Additional Features

  • After School Literary Classes
  • ECO Team
  • Grade 9 Mentors
  • Peer Leadership
  • Student Success Team
  • Tutoring Programs

Student Life - Where You Belong


Marc Garneau students raise funds for Sleeping Children Around the World, Canadian Cancer Society, Food Share and many others. We also offer a wide variety of sports including cricket, soccer, tennis and swimming. Students participating in our athletic program develop skills such as teamwork, leadershipand communication. They also develop a healthy and active lifestyle that they take with them when they graduate from Marc Garneau.
If you enjoy the Arts, Marc Garneau provides courses in drama, music, visual arts, photography and dance. Students participating in the Arts have been the recipients of numerous drama and dance awards, such as the National Theatre School Festival.
Our Student Council is a large and active organization that promotes student leadership and school spirit. It is instrumental in the organization of our school's activities and events.
All of our students are encouraged to develop a well-rounded education which also includes participating in the various aspects of school life.


Cooperative Education – Test Drive Your Future
Whether your pathway is university, college, apprenticeship or work, cooperative education offers you the opportunity to explore a variety of career options. Our mission is to prepare students to realize their vocational maturity. We have a wide variety of placements available to help qualify students for the dream job of the 21st century. 
Through the Apprenticeship Program students can complete an apprenticeship in one of over 130 trades while still attending high school and graduate with experience that will be transferred to the regular program.
Once students graduate, they transfer their experience to the regular apprenticeship program. Accelerated apprenticeship programs linked to colleges are available to students in their last semester.
Our Dual Credit program provides students the unique opportunity to experience new and varied learning that appeals to their interest, strengths and learning profile. Students successfully completing these college-delivered courses earn both a secondary school and college credit.


We are partners with the Thorncliffe Community Association which provides a multitude of programs that support our students. Our students also share team-building activities through extra-curricular programs provided under the direction of Moorelands and Junior Achievement.  
Marc Garneau has a very active Overlea/Garneau Alumni Association. They hold regular meetings with the goal to raise scholarship funds for our students.
Marc Garneau has an active and supportive School Council that meets throughout the year. If you would like to participate in our meetings, please call the school for more information.
The Marc Garneau community is informed of important school related events and programming through our school web site and newsletter.