Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy

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Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy
Address
5300 14th Avenue
Markham, Ontario, L3S 3K8
Canada
Information
School type High school
Motto All things in Christ
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Founded 1992
School board York Catholic District School Board
Superintendent Mary Cosentino
Area trustee Frank Alexander
School number 706809
Principal Joel Chiutsi
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1361
Language English
Colour(s) Black, Blue, White
Mascot Wizard
Team name Magic
Website

Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy (commonly known as FMM) is a Catholic high school of the York Catholic District School Board. It is located at the intersection of 14th Avenue and McCowan Road in the city of Markham, Ontario. The school was founded by the York Catholic District School Board in 1989 and is named in honour of Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. The school is authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School.[1] The school officially opened to students on September 1992.

Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy has implemented the option of being enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program as of January 2011. This program is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program that prepares students for success in their post-secondary education and beyond. In the IB program, students study six courses at higher or standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5 (to gain experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics). Moreover, the sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6 or another subject from groups 1 to 5.

Mission[edit]

The school has an enrollment of 1400 students ranging from grade 9 to 12. Being a Catholic school, it encourages an inclusive community of many cultures, rooted in the teachings of Jesus, to develop the full academic, spiritual and social potential of all students in partnership with home, church, and other communities, as builders of a just society.

Facilities & productions[edit]

Facilities in FMM include:

  • Main and attendance office
  • Guidance office
  • Chaplancy office
  • Visual art rooms
  • Cafeteria
  • Classrooms
  • Communication/new media lab
  • Building and construction shop
  • Design & technological lab
  • Dance studio
  • Stage (in cafeteria)
  • Three gymnasiums
  • Music rooms
  • Lecture hall (rehabilitated in 2015-2016)
  • Cosmetology room
  • Co-op room
  • Special Education aka FLS or Best Buddies room
  • Tuck shop
  • Drama room
  • Dome (opened October 3, 2015)
  • Resource center
  • Science labs
  • Staff room
  • Staff workrooms
  • Student government office
  • Student and guest parking facilities
  • Washrooms for students
  • Portables for ELS Adult classes
  • Gymnasium change room with shower and washroom
  • Weight room
  • Yearbook office

Father Michael McGivney has had numerous productions for their drama classes, such as the Grade 11 production of The Big Bad in January 2011 adapted from the story of The Big Bad Wolf. In 2012 that class produced the first musical in over 4 years at the school, "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown" performed with live music. The school also has other numerous arts events, including the Grade 12 Art Exhibition at McKay House Gallery in Unionville. They had another show later that year[when?] to exhibit more photography and design work at the Unionville Station. They also host Annual Arts Night held at the school where they exhibit work by all the grades, have drama showcases, band performances and in 2012 the addition of the school's newly founded choir.

Feeder schools[edit]

  • Mother Teresa Catholic School
  • Sir Richard W. Scott Catholic School
  • St. Benedict Catholic School
  • St. Francis Xavier Catholic School
  • St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School

2003 SARS lockdown[edit]

In 2003, the entire school was quarantined and closed due to a case of the SARS virus. [2] [3]

Notable alumni[edit]

In film[edit]

  • The school is featured in Transmania Ontario's video of the TTC 129A McCowan North bus ride northbound. The school can be seen as the bus passes 14th Avenue. [4]

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Coordinates: 43°51′3″N 79°16′47″W / 43.85083°N 79.27972°W / 43.85083; -79.27972