Bishop Allen Academy

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Bishop Allen Academy
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Address

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Canada
Coordinates43°38′02″N 79°30′17″W / 43.63389°N 79.50472°W / 43.63389; -79.50472Coordinates: 43°38′02″N 79°30′17″W / 43.63389°N 79.50472°W / 43.63389; -79.50472
Information
Former nameKingsmill Secondary School
School typeBill 30 Catholic High school
MottoGaudete In Domino
(Rejoice in the Lord)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Founded1989
School boardToronto Catholic District School Board
(Metropolitan Separate School Board)
SuperintendentAdalgisio Bria
Area 2
Area trusteeTeresa Lubinski
Ward 4
School number549 / 689360
PrincipalLisa Tomeczek
Vice PrincipalsAnze Chan
Joseph Smith
CSPC Chairs (2019-20)Maria Borreca
Staff120
Grades9-12
Enrollment1634 (2017-18)
LanguageEnglish, French (French only mandatory for grade 9)
Schedule typeSemestered
Team nameBishop Allen Cardinals
Gym UniformRed Shirt, Black Shorts, And White    
Regular UniformSummer: Dark Grey Pants, Navy Blue Shirt, All Black Shoes     Winter: Dark Grey Pants, White Dress Shirt, All Black Shoes    
ParishOur Lady of Sorrows
Specialist High Skills MajorJustice, Community Safety and Emergency Services
Program FocusAdvanced Placement
French Immersion
Gifted
Websitebishopallen.tcdsb.org

Bishop Allen Academy; officially known as Bishop Allen Academy Catholic Secondary School (alternatively as Bishop Allen, Bishop Allen Academy CSS, BAA, BAACSS, BA, Allen), is a high school located in the Queensway – Humber Bay neighbourhood in the Etobicoke area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada managed by the Toronto Catholic District School Board, formerly the Metropolitan Separate School Board which is one of the board's 31 secondary schools and houses about 1643 students as of the 2017-18 year and currently ranked 88 out of 740 schools in the Fraser Institute report card.[1] The school building opened in 1963 as Kingsmill Secondary School (1963-1988) by the Etobicoke Board of Education, which later became the Toronto District School Board, who leased the campus to the MSSB/TCDSB since 1989.

History[edit]

View of Bishop Allen's towers on the southern side.

The Bishop Allen Academy site is situated on 14+12 acres on a ravine that runs parallel to the Mimico Creek.[2] It was part of the original piece of land surveyed in the township of Etobicoke in 1793 by local developer Frederick Davidson which was set aside for the use of the government mill or the King's Mill located at the first rapids upstream from Lake Ontario and was later used for his 'Brookwood' estate. The house was eventually demolished in 1961 and the Etobicoke Board of Education constructed Kingsmill Secondary School (named after the Old 'King's' Mill) in 1962 designed by the architectural firm of Gordon S. Adamson & Associates on the 721 Royal York Road building just south of Royal York Collegiate Institute (now used today as Etobicoke School of the Arts).[3] The school was opened in October 1963.

During a period of reorganization of the Catholic school boards after the extension of full funding to Catholic secondary school, Kingsmill was one of three schools to be declared surplus by the Etobicoke Board of Education in June 1988 because of low enrollment and was transferred to the Metropolitan Separate School Board on July 1, 1988 which reopened the school a year later in September 1989 as Bishop Allen Academy. The original school was composed of 135 students under its founding principal Pat Gravelle.[citation needed] The area had previously been served by Etobicoke's first Catholic secondary schools in Our Lady of Sorrows Parish; Michael Power school for boys and St. Joseph's, Islington for girls which, having combined, moved from the area in the 1990s. Before it opened, it was used at one point as the temporary home of De La Salle College for its 850 students in early 1989 because of the flood caused by student vandalism in their own building.[4]

Bishop Allen Academy underwent four additions and renovations in 1991, 2000, 2005, and 2018. The new chapel and an under-used exterior courtyard was enclosed with a roof to expand the existing ground floor cafeteria was designed by the architect, Scott Morris. Most recently the school's chimney is being demolished because of falling bricks.

Many immigrant families had arrived in Toronto during the post war years including many Eastern Europeans, especially Byzantine Catholic Ukrainians, who made Etobicoke their home and whose descendants form a large part of the student body at Bishop Allen. The school is one of few in Toronto that has continued to grow during a period of falling student numbers as many families have moved to Toronto's suburbs.

The school is named after Bishop Francis Allen, an auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Toronto and former pastor of local Etobicoke Parish Our Lady of Sorrows[5] which serves Bishop Allen Academy. Bishop Allen was instrumental, together with fellow Auxiliary Bishop Francis Marocco and Archbishop Philip Pocock, in the Archdiocese of Toronto's 1960s campaign to establish and enlarge Catholic Secondary Schools in the Archdiocese.

With the former Kingsmill building built just for 717 students, the school has 30 portables on site to handle the growing student population. In 2008, health concerns and damp summer weather on all the portables that contained mould from one of the four forced to relocate Grade 10 students to the former St. Peter (now Monsignor Fraser College Annex) for one semester. The board installed three computer labs on that site.[6]

Overview[edit]

Bishop Allen Academy educates just under 1700 students with over 100 teachers. Recently, the school has taken moves to becoming a more academic-focused school, including adding several advanced placement (AP) classes. It also supports a French Immersion and Extended French program, as well as a gifted program called SAGE (Service, Awareness, Giftedness, Experience).[7]

Originally using a blue and grey colouring scheme to match the outside of the building and as a contrast to the red and black of local high school Father John Redmond, the school has recently moved to a red and black colouring scheme. The Canadian former style student council led by a 'Premier' with 'Ministers' was also changed to an American style council with a 'President', and later changed to the Bishop Allen Student Government (STUGO). Bishop Allen Stugo has its own website www.bishopallenstugo.com

On the Report Card of Ontario's Secondary Schools, Bishop Allen Academy ranked 58/725 (as of March 2013), and within the past five years, the average ranking was 70/691. These rankings are based on the Literacy Test and the EQAO results. Bishop Allen Academy has received an overall rating of 8.1 out of 10 (in 2012).

Building[edit]

Bishop Allen Academy has a two-storey 77,705 sq. ft. campus leasing the space formerly held by Kingsmill S.S. in an 11.5 acre land. It currently has 28 classrooms, four science labs, an expanded cafetorium formerly used by a quadrangle, a double gym that can be partitioned, three art rooms, a new library, guidance/administrative area, and a chapel. The school originally had a full-sized 400m race track and soccer/football field, but it was partially covered away with 30 portables; it has since been replaced with a new 300m race track/soccer pitch.

Feeder schools[edit]

  • Josyf Cardinal Slipyj Elementary School (Byzantine Rite)
  • St. Mark's Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Pius X Catholic Elementary School
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Elementary School
  • All Saints Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Demetrius Elementary School (Byzantine Rite)
  • Holy Angels Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Vincent De Paul (French Program)
  • St. Louis Catholic Elementary School
  • Our Lady of Peace Catholic School

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ontario.compareschoolrankings.org/secondary/Bishop_Allen_Academy/Toronto/Report_Card.aspx
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2013-06-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ 'Etobicoke Remembered' by Robert Given
  4. ^ Students move to new school as vandalized building fixed." Toronto Star. February 7, 1989. News p. A7. Retrieved on September 23, 2013. "Students and staff at De La Salle College in Toronto are being temporarily relocated to an Etobicoke school after the building was vandalized last month.", "Classes have been cancelled this week and the approximately 850 students will be moved Monday into the former Kingsmill Secondary School.", and "The $200,000 trashing of the secondary school on Farnham Ave., in the Avenue Rd.-St. Clair Ave., area has left remnants of ceiling asbestos exposed, a potential hazard Metro separate school board officials want cleaned up before students return to the classrooms, board spokesman John Fauteux said yesterday."
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-10-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Mould forces kids to change schools - thestar.com
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2013-06-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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