Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School

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Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School
437 Sydney St.
Cornwall, Ontario
Coordinates 45°01′22″N 74°43′41″W / 45.02271°N 74.72810°W / 45.02271; -74.72810Coordinates: 45°01′22″N 74°43′41″W / 45.02271°N 74.72810°W / 45.02271; -74.72810
School type High school
Motto Labor Ipse Voluptas (lat. Work is Pleasure)
Founded 1806
School board Upper Canada District School Board
Principal Patricia Brown
Vice principal Lyle Ferguson, Joshua Harrison
Grades Grades 7 to 12
Enrollment 850+
Language English, French immersion, Mohawk
Colour(s) Red, Black, and Gold             
Mascot Raiders

Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School (CCVS) is a high school located in Cornwall, Ontario. It was built in 1806 and is one of the oldest schools in Canada. The school's bicentennial in 2006 attracted over 1500 former students back to the school.


Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School was founded in 1806 by John Strachan as the Cornwall Grammar School. Strachan would later go on to found the University of Toronto. The school has been through several physical changes over the years such as the earthquake in 1944, which destroyed the middle of the building and that had to be demolished. The school underwent major renovations to the centre core of the building in the mid-1970s. Most recently, it has undergone renovations in the summer of 2011 and 2012 to help accommodate the students from General Vanier Intermediate School for the 2011-12 school year and then to assist with the transition of the Kinsmen-Vincent Massey school for the 2012-13 school year.

In 2002, the school's grade 9 and 10 population were controversially moved to St. Lawrence and General Vanier while grades 11 and 12 from those schools were subsequently moved to CCVS in an effort to cut costs. This was changed back in 2010, which resulted in CCVS becoming a 7-12 school following General Vanier Intermediate Schools' closure at the conclusion of the 2010-11 school year.

Today, CCVS is an ethnically diverse school which reflects the changing demographics in the city of Cornwall. Due to its long history, CCVS offers many scholarship, bursary and award opportunities that total more than $ 150 000 for its graduating students. Notable among these is the Arthur F. Battista memorial bursary. It is awarded to 30 graduates each year, 15 to college bound students and 15 to university bound students. The bursary awards the university bound students with $4000 over two years, and $3500 to college bound students.

Currently, CCVS offers Special High Skills Majors in Arts and Culture and Communication and Technology. Students can earn a red seal on their diploma if they successfully complete a certain of credits in these areas of study.

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