C. W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute

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C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute
340 Sentinel Road
Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1T9
Coordinates 43°45′30″N 79°30′01″W / 43.758275°N 79.500391°W / 43.758275; -79.500391Coordinates: 43°45′30″N 79°30′01″W / 43.758275°N 79.500391°W / 43.758275; -79.500391
School type High school
Founded 1965
School board Toronto District School Board
Superintendent Audley Salmon
Area trustee Tiffany Ford
Principal Bernard Lee
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 735 (2017-18)
Language English
Colour(s) Blue and Gold         
Mascot Saints
Team name Jefferys Saints

C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute is a semestered public secondary school in the Jane and Finch area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


The school was founded in 1965. It was named after Charles William Jefferys, a Canadian artist whose work has contributed much to education in the areas of Canadian History and Art. The first Head of the Art Department was James Meechan, a stained glass artist.

Graduation rates at the school, which had been low, improved significantly after 2015, when, as part of a school board pilot project, grade 9 and 10 classes were destreamed to create more flexibility for students.[1] Principal Monday Gala was later recognized as an outstanding educator for this initiative.[2][3]


The school offers a Visual Arts Program which draws students from neighbouring school area; many of the teaching staff for this program are practicing artists. Additionally, it is home to the ESTeM Enriched Science, Technology and Mathematics Program - a project based, hands-on, exploratory approach to the Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Technology. [4]

The school participates in York University’s Advanced Credit Experience (ACE) program, which provides co-operative learning experiences in the community.[5]

The school also runs student success initiatives supporting "at risk" students through the Learning to 18 pilot project, "Stay Connected", mentorship[6] and the credit recovery program offered at the school.[7][8] There is also an after school activity program and a Focus on Youth summer program.[9][6]

The academic and student support initiatives have resulted in an increasing number of students securing bursaries or scholarships for post-secondary education.[4]


Extra Curricular Clubs[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


In 2007 a student was shot and killed in the hallway of the school. This was the first such incident in a Toronto school. [14]

In 2017 a student on a school trip drowned after being allowed to participate in water activities in spite of having failed the required swimming test.[15][16]

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External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Stop ‘streaming’ students in Grade 9: Editorial". Toronto Star. October 9, 2015
  2. ^ "North York educators named Canada’s Outstanding Principals". Mar 02, 2017 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror
  3. ^ "Education ministry announces equity action plan". Sep 07, 2017 by Jason Spencer. Mississauga News
  4. ^ a b "Dr. Monday Gala – School principal recognized for leadership". Black Ottawa Scene, February 12, 2017
  5. ^ "High school students complete ACE program at York". yFile, March 28, 2018
  6. ^ a b "Blue skies ahead for teen thanks to mentorship program". Toronto Star, By Louise Brown, June 13, 2016
  7. ^ Dr. James S. Brown MA MEd EdD (18 August 2011). Rescuing Our Underachieving Sons: Raising the Aspirations of Underachieving Boys. Xlibris Corporation. p. 322. ISBN 978-1-4568-8004-0. 
  8. ^ a b "Tragedy gives rise to transformation at Toronto high school". Globe and Mail, Kate Allen, June 18, 2010
  9. ^ "Drake drops in at C.W. Jefferys". Aug 11, 2010. North York Mirror
  10. ^ "'I was in the zone': Toronto high school basketball player scores 103 points". Kendra Mangione, CTV Vancouver, December 18, 2015
  11. ^ "Mentoring youth through basketball". Downsview Advocate, June 7, 2014
  12. ^ "Scholarship rewards ‘inspirational’ C.W. Jefferys graduate". Dec 03, 2012 by LISA QUEEN North York Mirror
  13. ^ "When Canadian Newspaper Publishers were King". Reed W. Turcotte. page 232
  14. ^ Gulson, Kalervo N.; Webb, P. Taylor (26 July 2017). Education policy and racial biopolitics. Policy Press. p. 37. ISBN 978-1-4473-2008-1. 
  15. ^ "Teen who died in Algonquin Park during TDSB canoe trip didn't pass swim test". Alexandra Sienkiewicz · CBC News · Aug 16, 2017
  16. ^ "Nicholas Mills Charged In 2017 Drowning Death Of Jeremiah Perry At Provincial Park". Huffington Post, July 26, 2018.