Nelson A. Boylen Collegiate Institute

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Nelson A. Boylen Collegiate Institute
155 Falstaff Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
School type High school
Grades 9-12
Language English
Motto Good things come from small schools
Enrollment 243 (2013)

Nelson A. Boylen Collegiate Institute (Nelson A. Boylen CI, NABCI, Boylen CI, or Boylen; originally Nelson A. Boylen Secondary School) is a high school located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a very small school, yet the student body is known[by whom?] to be one of the most multicultural in Toronto, with students representing countries from all around the world.


Built in 1954, Nelson A. Boylen Secondary School opened its doors welcoming its first students in September 1955 and later became an Collegiate. The school was named after Nelson A. Boylen, who served as North York Township Deputy Reeve for Ward 3 from 1941 to 1945 and from 1947 to 1949. He served as the township's 7th Reeve from 1950 to 1952 and served as Councillor for Ward 3 from 1954 to 1955 and from 1947 - 1949, and as 7th Reeve from 1950 to 1952, as well as Councillor for Ward 3 in 1954 and 1955.

Special education[edit]

Nelson A. Boylen has a considerable percentage of handicapped students. As an effort to ensure the success of all students, the school has a Multiple Exceptionality program to help those that are struggling in school because of a mental and/or physical handicap.;


Because the student body is so ethnically diverse, many students require English as a Second Language (ESL)/English Literacy Development (ELD) training to enhance classroom efficiency. The ESL/ELD program at Nelson A. Boylen is considered[by whom?] one of the strongest in the TDSB.

International studies[edit]

Nelson A. Boylen is one of very few TDSB secondary schools that offer the International Studies program. Since the student body represents countries from all around the world, school administrators felt that this type of program would represent the school well. The program attracts hopeful students from across the TDSB, and has a strong focus on business, science, and technology, three fields in which there are many job opportunities. Students who enroll are offered enriched opportunities such as participation in the I.S. Student Association, enriched co-curricular activities, international co-op/visits, and education travel. In order to successfully complete the program, students are required to take two to three I.S. credits per year, complete at least three modern language courses, participate in at least two enriched co-curricular activities yearly, and complete a minimum of 10 I.S. credits by graduation. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a special International Studies certificate, as well as the standard Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). It is the hope of Nelson A. Boylen Collegiate Institute and the International Studies program[citation needed] that all graduating I.S. students will be well-prepared for life in the 21st century.

Co-curricular activities[edit]

Nelson A. Boylen continuously encourages students to actively participate in school life. The school doesn't have many sports teams or clubs as can be found in the larger schools.

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Coordinates: 43°43′02″N 79°29′45″W / 43.717160°N 79.495756°W / 43.717160; -79.495756