École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé

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300 Banbury Rd

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Coordinates43°45′08″N 79°22′17″W / 43.75218°N 79.37149°W / 43.75218; -79.37149Coordinates: 43°45′08″N 79°22′17″W / 43.75218°N 79.37149°W / 43.75218; -79.37149
School typePublic High school
MottoUnité dans la diversité
(Unity in diversity)
Religious affiliation(s)Secular
School boardConseil scolaire Viamonde
(Conseil des écoles françaises de la communauté urbaine de Toronto and North York Board of Education)
School number907588
PrincipalRoland Desloges (2016-2018)
Enrollment577 (2013-14)

École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé (French pronunciation: ​[ekɔl səɡɔ̃dɛʁ etjɛn bʁyle]) is a French-language public high school located in North York, Ontario, Canada part of the Conseil scolaire Viamonde.[1] It serves the French population of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

It is featured in the NFB documentary Une école sans frontières (A School Without Borders) by Nadine Valcin.[2]


Throughout the mid 1960s, Étienne-Brûlé was part of the North York Board of Education. A four-year battle resulted in the opening of the school on September 2, 1969: following the adoption of Bill 141[clarification needed], a group of Francophones demanded that a French-language public high school be established in the Toronto area.[3]

To this end, 15 portable classrooms were set up on the grounds behind the English-language secondary school York Mills Collegiate Institute. At the time, 310 students from Francophone families living not only in Toronto, but also in Oshawa, Georgetown, Burlington and Mississauga, formed the first student body at Étienne-Brûlé.

In 1973, the school officially inaugurated its first building, which is still located at 300 Banbury Road in North York. The majority of students were of Franco-Ontarian origin, while others came from Quebec and the Atlantic provinces, and a few from outside of Canada. Today, Étienne-Brûlé reflects the highly diverse population of modern-day Toronto; students come from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

The school was part of the Conseil des écoles françaises de la communauté urbaine de Toronto of the Metropolitan Toronto School Board. In 1998, it became the part of the newly formed Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest, which is now le Conseil scolaire Viamonde.

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