Bishop Allen Academy

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Bishop Allen Academy
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721 Royal York Road
Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, M8Y 2T3
Coordinates 43°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
School type Bill 30 Catholic High school
Motto Gaudete in Domino
(Rejoice in the Lord)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Founded 1989
School board Toronto Catholic District School Board
Superintendent Douglas Yack
Area 2
Area trustee Ann Andarchuk
Ward 2
School number 549 / 689360
Principal Stephen Carey
Vice Principals Marguerite Moynihan
Martin Clough
CSPC Chairs (2016-17) Susan Brenders
Staff 120
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1605 (2016-17)
Language English
Schedule type Semestered
Colour(s) Red, Black And White             
Slogan Service, Academics, Tradition, Community
Team name Allen Cardinals
Parish Our Lady of Sorrows
Program Focus Advanced Placement
French Immersion

Bishop Allen Academy (officially Bishop Allen Academy Catholic Secondary School, alternatively as Bishop Allen, Bishop Allen Academy CSS, BAA, BAACSS, BA or Allen), is a high school located in the The Queensway – Humber Bay neighbourhood in the Etobicoke area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Housed in the former Kingsmill Secondary School building, it is managed by the Toronto Catholic District School Board which is one of the board's 31 secondary schools and houses 1605 students as of the 2016-2017 year and currently ranked 27 out of 676 schools in the 2014-15 Fraser Institute report card.[1][2] The motto of Bishop Allen Academy is "Gaudete in Domino" which translates to Rejoice in the Lord.


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

The Bishop Allen Academy site is situated on 14½ acres on a ravine that runs parallel to the Mimico Creek.[3] 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).[4] The school was opened in October 1963.

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 (now the Toronto Catholic District School Board) on July 1, 1988 which reopened the school a year later in September 1989 as Bishop Allen Academy during a period of reorganization of the Catholic school boards after the extension of full funding to Catholic secondary schools in 1984. 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.[5]

Bishop Allen Academy underwent three additions and renovations in 1991, 2000, and 2005. 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.

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[6] 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 20 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.[7]

The former principal, Adrian Della Mora, was replaced by Stephen Carey at the beginning of the 2014-2015 year ending his 6-year tenure at the school.


Bishop Allen Academy educates 1605 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).[8]

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 former Canadian style student council led by a 'Premier' with 'Ministers' was also changed to an American style council with a 'President'.

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).


Bishop Allen Academy has a two-storey 77,705 sq. ft. campus leasing the space formerly held by Kingsmill S.S. in a 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 20 portables, it has since been replaced with a new 300m race track/soccer pitch.

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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  4. ^ 'Etobicoke Remembered' by Robert Given
  5. ^ 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."
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  7. ^ Mould forces kids to change schools -
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 

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