Victoria Park Collegiate Institute

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Victoria Park Collegiate Institute
VictoriaParkCI Logo.jpg
Perge et Perage
"Take Action and Pursue our Goals with Enthusiasm"
Address
15 Wallingford Rd.
North York, Ontario, M3A 2V1, Canada
Information
School board Toronto District School Board
Superintendent Angela Nardi-Addesa
Area trustee Harout Manougian
Principal Vance Scott
Vice Principals Todd Bushell
Colin MacNeil
Suzanne Read
School type Public High school
Grades 9-12
Language English
Mascot Panther
Colours Scarlet and Gold         
Established 1960
Enrollment 1429 (September 2014)[1]
Homepage http://www.victoriaparkci.ca
Victoria Park Collegiate Institute as of May, 2007

Victoria Park CI, formerly Victoria Park Secondary School, is a collegiate institute located south of York Mills Road and west of Victoria Park Ave. at 15 Wallingford Rd. in the North York area of Toronto, Canada. It is the first publicly funded school in Ontario to host the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme since July 1987, the programme is taught in English and is the largest in Ontario with over 500 students enrolled. The school is open to male and female students. Some feeder schools include Milne Valley Middle School and Donview Middle School.

History[edit]

Victoria Park Collegiate Institute was officially opened to students in 1960. Approximately two decades after its founding, Victoria Park C.I. became the first public school within Ontario to offer the International Baccalaureate Program.

Academical achievements[edit]

Provincial assessment[edit]

For the year 2010/2011,

International Baccalaureate program[edit]

Victoria Park C.I. was the first public school in Ontario to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, beginning in 1987. Grade nine and ten students are admitted into a pre-IB program at Victoria Park where they are given the opportunity to gauge the IB curriculum. Individuals who wish to apply for the pre-IB program must write a student application essay of 400-500 words. The applicant then must attend an interview with the IB Coordinator in order to complete the application process. Starting 2013, the program also required potential students in grade 8 to write an admission math exam seeing several students doing poorly in the rigorous IB math curriculum in grade 9 in the years before the introduction of the math exam.

IB graduates from Victoria Park C.I. consistently score in the top 10% worldwide, with many individuals in the top 5%. In the graduating class of 2013, 16 students out of 94 achieved a total score of 40 points or above, including one student who scored 45 points.

Sports, Teams, and Clubs[edit]

Sports offered at Victoria Park C.I. include:

  • Baseball
  • The Varsity Boys' Baseball offered again in the 2006-2007 school year
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Archery
  • The archery team was founded in 2002 and has won a medal every year since 2003.
  • Girls' Field Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Resumed in the fall of 2010 after a 15-year hiatus
  • Ice Hockey
  • Swim Team
  • Track and Field
  • Cross Country
  • Chess
  • The Senior chess team placed first at the city championships and 2nd overall at the provincial championships in 2009-2010.
  • The Senior chess team placed first at the city championships and overall at the provincial championships in 2002-2005.

Library[edit]

Victoria Park Collegiate Institute's library

Victoria Park C.I., like all high schools in the TDSB, has a resourceful library. The library offers over 20 workstations, two computer labs, independent study areas, printing services, and photocopying service. The library is also the home to over a thousand books of all genres. The library occasionally holds fundraisers for the Hospital for Sick Children and much more.

Some programs on the hundreds of computers (which run on Windows 7 and Windows XP) are Turing programming software, Microsoft Office 2010, and graphic editors such as Adobe Photoshop. TDSB encourages the use of technology in its schools, and free Wifi is provided around the school.

White Pine at VP[edit]

The White Pine high school reading program started in Victoria Park C.I. in the spring of 2003. Every year at the beginning of semester two, a meeting is held in the school library to gather students who are interested in participating in this reading program. All books nominated for White Pine are young adult fictions written by Canadian authors. The ten nominated books are introduced to the students who will have to read at least seven out of the ten selections to be eligible to vote for their favourite book.

A meeting takes place every three weeks in the library where students get an opportunity to discuss, with their peers as well as other teachers, about the books they have read. The voting for the favourite book takes place in mid May at the school. After all the votes from across Ontario have been accounted for, teachers and students of Victoria Park CI who have participated in the White Pine reading program are then invited to the ceremony where the winning author of the nominated books is announced.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Victoria Park CI Toronto DSB". 
  2. ^ "Victoria Park CI Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics, 2010-2011". Toronto District School Board. Education Quality and Accountability Office. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Victoria Park CI Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, March 2011". Toronto District School Board. Education Quality and Accountability Office. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.michaelcoteau.onmpp.ca/mBiography
  5. ^ http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/team/index.php?team=1&Lang=EN
  6. ^ http://www.chessinthelibrary.com

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°45′21″N 79°19′17″W / 43.755768°N 79.321445°W / 43.755768; -79.321445