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 Shirley Chan
School number 4106 / 890722
Principal Roy Hu
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 2007, 76% of the student body speaks a primary language other than English.[3] Additionally, 18% of its students have lived in Canada for five years or less.[3]

Special programs[edit]

Advanced Placement Program[edit]

Agincourt now offers the advanced placement program for their sciences, math and French departments since the beginning of September 2006.[citation needed]

French Program[edit]

[4] 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 honours.

Music Program[edit]

ACI is well known for their award-winning music program.[5] 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
  • Women'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
  • Influence 11 - gr. 11
  • North East Jazz - gr. 12
  • Guitar Ensemble - gr. 10-12

Current music groups[edit]


Grade Winds Strings Choir Jazz
9 Wind Concert Orchestra Concert Choir Little Bits O' Jazz
10 Wind Concert Orchestra Concert Choir Xper
11 Wind Symphony Orchestra Agincourt Sing Influence 11
12 Wind Symphony Chamber Orchestra Madrigal Sing North East Jazz

Strings and choirs[edit]

The Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra are led by Amanda O'Reilly, The Concert Choir is led by Graham Church, Amanda O'Reilly, James Pinhorn, and David Lum. The Agincourt Singers are led by James Pinhorn and Amanda O'Reilly, and Madrigal Singers are led by James Pinhorn.[7]

MIDI and others[edit]

All junior and senior MIDI classes are headed by Mr. Pinhorn and Ms. Lintott as well as student volunteers.[citation needed]

Design, IT, Automotive 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.[citation needed]


Agincourt C.I. is not very well known for its sports but year in and year out they produce championships. In 2013 the varsity mens soccer team achieved 1st place in the City finals. They went on to OFSAA and performed admirably.

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.[8] 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.[9]

Notable staff[edit]

ACI has a few faculty members who have some recognition on their own.

Jim Veltman[edit]

Jim Veltman is the former captain for the Toronto Rock, a team in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), and widely regarded as one of the best indoor lacrosse players in the world. 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, now he coaches the Toronto Rocks After his retirement on April 2008. Off the floor, he is a physical education teacher at ACI, where he also coaches the lacrosse team.


  • 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.[10]
  • In 2012, Louie Papathanasakis was named one of Canada's Outstanding Principals.[10]
  • 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. ^ a b "School Profile for Agincourt Collegiate Institute School Year: 2009–2010" (PDF). TDSB website. Toronto District School Board. 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  4. ^ "ACI TDSB". TDSB. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "ACI Music". Agincourt Collegiate Institute Music Department. Archived from the original on 20 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  6. ^ "ACI Music". ACI Music. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
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  8. ^ "Guilty verdict in 1995 slaying of Toronto sisters". Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  9. ^ "Walk in memory of Agincourt Collegiate's Ottey sisters". Scarborough Mirror. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "Hollywood All Stars: Jim Carrey Profile and Images". 1962-01-17. Retrieved 2016-06-25. 

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