Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute's Mission Statement
Stephen Leacock C.I. is the Centre of Innovations for Skills and Technologies for the North East region of the Toronto District School Board. With the support to the Ministry of Education, we offer two Specialist High Skill Major Programs: Information Communications Technology (ICT) and Hospitality and Tourism. Our ICT program offers students a unique opportunity to develop key skills for careers in Television and Media Production, Robotics and other communications and technology related industries. Our Hospitality and Tourism program allows students to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge for apprenticeship training, college and university placement, or more directly into the workplace.
Stephen Leacock is the proud recipient of the Anne Hope Award to recognize its contribution to equity. Our Robotics Team recently won a championship in Fall Fiesta First Canadian Robotics Competition. Our school also performs well in Canadian and international mathematics and science contests. We ranked 6th among 33 schools in Canada in the Canadian Team Mathematics Competition hosted by the University of Waterloo in 2022. One of our students also ranked 1st place in the Individual Performance at the same contest. Our Girls Basketball Team has won the city championship 3 years in a row and advanced to OFSAA. Academic excellence and student engagement is at the heart of our school.
Specialist High Skill Major: ICT
This program is supported by the Ministry of Education, and students receive a red seal in their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students are offered a unique opportunity to develop key skills for careers in Television and Media Production, Robotics and other communications and technology related industries.
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Specialist High Skill Major: Hospitality/Tourism
This program is supported by the Ministry of Education and students will get a red seal in their Ontario Secondary School Diploma upon graduation. It allows students to focus on Hospitality and Tourism while earning their secondary school graduation requirements. It also supports their transition after graduation to apprenticeship, college, university or workplace.
Digital Media TV Program
Stephen Leacock C.I. has been offering a one-of-a-kind Television/Broadcasting program since 1970 and has been instrumental in the training and placement of many Canadian broadcasters. It is a one of the most in-depth media programs offered in an Ontario public high school. Mike Myers of Shrek Fame, is a former student and graduate of Stephen Leacock.
New to Canada?
We welcome students from all over the world and offer extensive academic programs including support courses in Science, and Mathematics. We house a LEAP program that provides intensive support for newcomers. Our New Maple Leaf Association offers a wide range of activities not only to enrich the school life of the newcomers but also to engage them in the community.
Test Drive Potential Courses and Careers
Through career counselling, work placements, Mentorship programs and education/career fairs, our counsellors and co-op teachers help students prepare for their life goals. Students can gain valuable work experience and test future careers through Co-op placements with our community partners such as Toyota, The Gap, Sunnybrook Hospital and many other prominent employers.
- School Wide Literacy/Numeracy Focus
- Robotic Club and Competitions
- Eco Schools Platinum Status
- Science Olympics
- Transition Activities for Grade 8's
- Leadership Development
- ASD Program
- Fully accesible school
Student Life - Where You Belong
Student leadership groups mentored by experienced staff members organize many activities to enrich the school spirit and support the school community. The school also offers many extra curricular activities such as athletics, music and leadership development. Our "Wall of Fame" displays a celebrated list of alumni including Mike Myers, Bill Carroll and Rick Toccet. We are also the proud recipient of the Malvern Bicycle Classic Award sponsored by the Toronto Police Services. Our Student Council regularly hosts movie nights for the community, and fun and meaningful events for the students such as semi-formal, Prom, Halloween costume contests, holiday door decoration contest just to name a few. Students at Stephen Leacock have ample opportunities to develop their leadership skills as we are committed to nurture responsible citizenship for the 21st century.
WHAT SETS US APART
Stephen Leacock values collaboration with our community and below are some of our community partners and initiatives:
Close link with Agincourt Community Youth Services, Birchmount/Finch Community Services, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, The Metropolitan University, TESL language students, York University, Metro Toronto Police Association and Co-op placements such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Toyota and other prominent employers in Toronto. Music Nights in collaboration with John Buchan Senior Public School, Senior students mentoring at Pauline Johnson, Tam O'Shanter and Highland Heights elementary schools and continued fundraising for local and international charitable organizations.
We also offer a free Breakfast and snack program that is funded by the Toronto Foundation for Student Success. Also a Student pantry provides free weekly groceries for students from Metro.
PARENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Stephen Leacock values the support and input of our parents/guardians. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to seek information and give input by attending our School Council Meetings. We host the following evenings for our parents/guardians: Parent-Teacher Conferences, Newcomers' Night, Course Selection, College/University, and Feeder School Transition Evenings. Parents/Guardians are welcome to help with the breakfast club, library, and field trips. We also value the working relationship between home, school and student. We provide parents/guardians with regular updates regarding student progress and significant events. We also welcome community partnerships with colleges, universities and local businesses to expand the postsecondary and career opportunities for our students. The Community Barbeque organized by our staff, parents/guardians and students in 2022 was a huge success!