Agincourt Collegiate Institute

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Agincourt Collegiate Institute
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2621 Midland Avenue
Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, M1S 1R6
Coordinates 43°47′20″N 79°16′45″W / 43.78889°N 79.27917°W / 43.78889; -79.27917Coordinates: 43°47′20″N 79°16′45″W / 43.78889°N 79.27917°W / 43.78889; -79.27917
School type Public high school
Motto Ad Omnia Paratus
(Prepared for all things)
Religious affiliation(s) none
Founded 1915
School board Toronto District School Board
(Scarborough Board of Education)
Superintendent Andrew Howard
School number 4106 / 890722
Principal Mira Nam-Wong
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1351 (2014-15)
Language English, French
Colour(s) Forest Green and white         
Mascot Lancer
Team name Agincourt Lancers

Agincourt Collegiate Institute (known locally as ACI or Agincourt) is a secondary school located in Agincourt, a neighbourhood in the Scarborough area of Toronto, Ontario owned and operated by the Toronto District School Board that was sanctioned by the Scarborough Board of Education prior to merger in 1998.


Agincourt Continuation School was on second floor of the Agincourt Public School from 1915 to 1929

The school, founded in 1915 as Agincourt Continuation School to provide part of the then secondary schooling in the area (final years or junior/senior matriculation were done in Markham High School until 1930).[1] school was renamed Agincourt High School in 1954, and Agincourt Collegiate Institute in 1957. A.C.I is the oldest school in the former Scarborough. From 1915 to 1929 it was housed on the second floor in what is now Agincourt Junior Public School building on the west side of Midland Avenue north of Sheppard Avenue. Agincourt's first permanent home opened on the east side of Midland Avenue in 1929, a three floor brick building. The second and current building replaced the second school in 1952.[2]

Currently its feeder schools are Sir Alexander Mackenzie Senior Public School, Henry Kelsey Senior Public School, and Sir Ernest MacMillan Senior Public School. In September 2011, Emily Carr Public School with a grade 4 Extended French Programme which started in 2006, became another feeder school for Extended French students.

ACI is located in the region of Agincourt, one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Scarborough. As of 2016, 39% of the student body speaks a primary language other than home as often as English, and 18% of its students speak mostly or only a language other than English.[3]

Special programs[edit]

Advanced Placement Program[edit]

Agincourt CI offers the advanced placement program for physics, chemistry, biology, statistics, calculus and vectors, and French since the beginning of September 2006.[4]

French Program[edit]

Agincourt also offers French Immersion and Extended French programs from Grades 9 through 12. Students have the opportunity of studying various subject areas such as français, arts dramatiques, arts visuels, éducation physique, mathématique, géographie, histoire, informatique. After accumulating the required number of credits, students receive an Immersion or Extended French Bilingual Certificate with possible honors.[5]

Music Program[edit]

ACI is well known for their award-winning music program.[6] The ACI Music department prides itself on the idea of "Tradition, Excellence and Legacy". Currently, there are 16 performing ensembles at Agincourt C.I. as well as a music technology (MIDI) program. They are:

  • Wind Ensemble - gr.9-10
  • Wind Symphony - gr. 10-12 (auditioned)
  • Concert Choir - gr. 9-10
  • Agincourt Singers - gr. 11-12
  • Men's Chorus - gr. 11-12
  • Madrigal Singers - gr. 10-12 (auditioned)
  • Concert Orchestra - gr. 9-10
  • Symphony Orchestra - gr. 11-12
  • Chamber Orchestra - gr. 10-12 (auditioned)
  • Little Bit's O Jazz - gr. 9
  • Xperiment - gr. 10
  • North East Jazz - gr. 11-12
  • Guitar Ensemble - gr. 10-12

Current Music Groups[edit]


Grade Winds Strings Choir Jazz
9 Wind Ensemble Concert Orchestra Concert Choir Little Bits O' Jazz
10 Wind Ensemble Concert Orchestra Concert Choir Xperiment
11 Wind Symphony Symphony Orchestra Agincourt Singers North East Jazz
12 Wind Symphony Chamber Orchestra Madrigal Singers North East Jazz

Design, IT, Automotive, and Tech[edit]

Agincourt C.I. has a small, yet strong technology education department. Courses range from integrated technology to animation/mechanical design, to computer science, to automotive technology. The school is also equipped with an in-school, 2-bay automotive workshop. In 2013, two students from the automotive classes won the Toronto Automotive Technology Competition.

Specialist High Skills Major[edit]

Agincourt C.I. is one of the few schools in the GTA that offer the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)[8] program. SHSM is applied for and offered to students with outstanding academic grades in a specialized field. Some mandatory courses such as a two credit or four credit co-op are required to graduate in the program. On completion, students enrolled in the program are honored with a red seal on their graduation diploma, representing the success they have achieved. The only specialized course offered at ACI is Business.

Ottey Walk[edit]

Every year ACI holds a walk to honour Marsha and Tamara Ottey and remember the two remarkable young women. Marsha, 19, was a track star at the school and had been awarded a track scholarship just weeks before she was murdered and Tamara, 16, was the star athlete of the ACI flag football team.[9] The two young women were murdered by Marsha's ex-boyfriend in 1995 and starting the year after, the walk was held once a year every year in their memory.[10]

Notable staff[edit]

  • Jim Veltman is the former captain for the Toronto Rock, a team in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), For the 2004 NLL season, he was named league MVP. He was Awarded the nickname of "scoop" after he scooped his 2000th career loose ball.[11] He taught at ACI, but left after the 2016-2017 school year and currently teaches at Cedarbrae.


  • In 2014, two students from Agincourt went on to represent the city of Toronto at the Canada Wide Science Fair held in Windsor, Ontario.
  • All of the performing musical groups have received numerous awards including gold in the Ontario Band Music Festival and MusicFest Nationals.
  • Agincourt had 35 awards at the Provincial DECA competition and 5 students achieved honours at the internationals in Atlanta, Georgia (One of whom placed 2nd overall) (2007–2008)
  • 14 students made it to the international DECA competition in Anaheim, California (One of whom placed 3rd overall) (2008–2009)
  • The Senior boys' soccer team make it to OFSAA and win the first game in school history. Ranked 8th in all of Ontario (2013-2014).
  • 2 grade 12 students, Matthew Ho and Asad Muhammad, sent a Lego-man helium balloon into the atmosphere.[12]
  • In 2012, Louie Papathanasakis was named one of Canada's Outstanding Principals.[12]
  • In 1999, the school's Reach for the Top team won the Scarborough city championship, and went on to compete in the provincial finals.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Agincourt's 'Little A' school celebrates its 100th anniversary". Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  2. ^ "Agincourt School Historical Plaque". 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  3. ^ "Agincourt CI (890723)". EQAO School and School Board Profiles and Reports. Educatiopn Quality and Accountability Office. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "ACI TDSB". TDSB. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  6. ^ "ACI Music". Agincourt Collegiate Institute Music Department. Archived from the original on 20 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
  7. ^ "ACI Music". ACI Music. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Ontario Specialist High Skills Major Program (SHSM)". Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  9. ^ "Guilty verdict in 1995 slaying of Toronto sisters". Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  10. ^ "Walk in memory of Agincourt Collegiate's Ottey sisters". Scarborough Mirror. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
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  12. ^ a b Wocks, Matthew (2012-02-16). "Agincourt's principal of the year, just don't tell his students". The Toronto Observer. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  13. ^ "Hollywood All Stars: Jim Carrey Profile and Images". 1962-01-17. Retrieved 2016-06-25.[user-generated source]
  14. ^ Brown, Heath (27 November 2001). "Carter skating toward career season". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
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