Central Toronto Academy

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Central Toronto Academy
(formerly Central Commerce Collegiate Institute)
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570 Shaw Street
Palmerston-Little Italy, Toronto, Ontario, M6G 3L6
Coordinates 43°39′28″N 79°25′19″W / 43.657691°N 79.421901°W / 43.657691; -79.421901Coordinates: 43°39′28″N 79°25′19″W / 43.657691°N 79.421901°W / 43.657691; -79.421901
School type High school
Motto Academics, Arts, Athletics
Founded 1911
School board Toronto District School Board
(Toronto Board of Education)
Superintendent Louie Papathanasakis
Area trustee Ausma Malik
School number 5805 / 899437
Principal Iwona Kurman
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 697 (2016-17)
Language English
Colour(s) Purple and Silver         
Mascot Wolf
Team name Central Toronto Riders

Central Toronto Academy (CTA); formerly Central Commerce Collegiate Institute and originally High School of Commerce and Finance is a public, semestered secondary school located in the Palmerston-Little Italy neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada part of the Toronto District School Board. Before 1998, the school was part of the former Toronto Board of Education.

The school was founded in 1916 as a school of business and commerce. Over the years it has developed into a composite school that offers a broad range of programs, complemented by a full range of core academic subjects, computer classes, music, art, drama, and health and physical education. Courses are offered at the University, University/College and College levels for grade 12 students. Central Commerce Collegiate was renamed to Central Toronto Academy in September 2014.[1]


CTA is well known for its senior boys basketball team which won the 2008 TBSSAA City Championship for "AAA" OFSAA. The team also received the bronze medal in the "AAA" OFSAA tournament. CTA is also well known for their REACH basketball program. More recently the senior boys basketball team had won the gold medal in the 2016 "AAA" OFSAA tournament.


In September 2014, Central Commerce Collegiate Institute was renamed Central Toronto Academy because of the change in the school's ethos,[1] from a school focusing on business and commerce to one whose focus is on Arts, Academics, and Athletics. The school also offers Advanced Placement courses.

The school was awarded a contract with the Ontario Power Authority in 2013 for a solar panel rooftop installation. Solidifying the schools environmental conscious reputation and offering perspectives in renewable energies for students.

Extra curricular activities[edit]

The school offers many extra curricular courses and clubs such as LINCSS, MedVents, CO-OP, Commerce Connections, Leadership, ESP, Wahdat, and the Student Council.The school also has many events such as MOGA, Christmas Assembly, Talent Show, Athletic Assembly, Athletic Banquet, Semi-Formal, Multi-Cultural Assembly and Prom.

In 2009, the Shakespearean theatre company Shakespeare in Action became the Artist Company in Residence at Central Commerce. The school's students may participate in all of Shakespeare in Action's educational programming for free. In exchange, the company uses Central Commerce's auditorium for their mainstage productions.[2]

The first X-Men movie with notable actors such as Halle Berry and Hugh Jackman was filmed outside the school. A couple of commercials have also been filmed on the school's premises regarding anti-bullying.

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Famous Almuni/alumna[edit]

Sam Iam Lacquaniti

Ben Heisenberg


  1. ^ a b "New name for Central Commerce Collegiate". Inside Toronto. October 3, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Central Commerce Collegiate". Toronto District School Board, Toronto. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 

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