Francis Libermann Catholic High School

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Francis Libermann Catholic High School
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Address
4640 Finch Avenue East

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Canada
Coordinates43°48′26″N 79°16′27″W / 43.807109°N 79.274281°W / 43.807109; -79.274281Coordinates: 43°48′26″N 79°16′27″W / 43.807109°N 79.274281°W / 43.807109; -79.274281
Information
School typeCatholic High school
Catholic Elementary school
MottoInter Mutanda Constantia
(Steadfast in the midst of change)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
(Holy Ghost Fathers)
Founded1977
School boardToronto Catholic District School Board
SuperintendentKevin Malcolm
Area 7
Area trusteeGarry Tanuan
Ward 8
School number524 / 707708
524 / 706078
AdministratorJennifer Giannone
PrincipalClarence Pitterson
Grades7-12 (Non-Semestered)
Enrollment927 (2017-18)
LanguageEnglish
Colour(s)Blackwatch plaid, Blue, Light blue, and Green                 
Team nameLibermann Falcons
ParishPrince of Peace
Specialist High Skills MajorHealth & Wellness Environment
Program FocusScience, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
Advanced Placement
Website

Francis Libermann Catholic High School (alternatively known as Francis Libermann CHS, Libermann High, FLCHS, FL, Francis Libermann, or Libermann) is a Catholic secondary school (as of 2003, an elementary school as well) located in the Agincourt neighbourhood of Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and part of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. The school is named after the Venerable Father Francis Libermann.[1] The motto is "Inter Mutanda Constantia" (Steadfast in the midst of Change)

History[edit]

The school is named after the Venerable Father Francis Libermann.[2] Although the school was founded in 1977 under Father John Geary CSSp, originally, Libermann was intended to be a middle school in the city of Toronto. The idea for the school usage was changed after the school was built and instead to be used by students of grades 9 to OAC. The building was constructed in 1981 and because of this design was made to accommodate a smaller student body, the school had to deal with perpetual overcrowding, requiring the construction of additions and alterations. Portables were built for the surplus of students. Over a period of many years, the school underwent additional construction projects such as expanding the gymnasium, adding an annex, and adding an entire new section containing an office, atrium and cafetorium most notably in 2006.

In 1986, the school had 1,100 students and 63 full-time staff members. During that year the school was overcrowded with students as it served an area of Scarborough with many new students. To resolve these issues, staff members devised a schedule involving required study halls for students with spare periods and separated up and down staircases. During lunch hours, only 100 or so students were able to be seated at the cafeteria and the remainder had to eat lunches at their desks.[3][4] The overcrowding resulted the MSSB establishing two new schools in the northern Scarborough area in 1985: Mary Ward in Steeles/Willowdale using two campuses and Mother Teresa in Malvern.

In the summer of 2018, 3 additional portables were built for the increase of students.

Overview[edit]

Surroundings[edit]

The school is surrounded by the Brimley Woods forest to the north, Charles O’ Bick Police Academy and a fire hall to the west, a ravine to the east, and an arterial road, Finch Avenue East to the south.

Transportation[edit]

The nearest bus stop, located outside of the school, is 39 Finch East to Finch Station. The nearest intersection is Finch and Brimley Avenue, where there are stops for the 21 Brimley, 39 Finch West/East and 939 Finch Rocket bus routes.

Programs[edit]

Libermann High offers the required courses to obtain the diploma, as well as other elective courses. Apart from having many different courses, the majority of them have different teaching and grade levels – some are prerequisite to others. Currently, Libermann High is not particularly famous for any one subject area; however Libermann holds a strong robotics program which managed to compete in provincial tournaments within the past few years, the sports programs (namely track and field, volleyball, basketball and badminton) bring the school fame as well.

Uniforms[edit]

During normal classes, students are expected to wear the school uniform – a combination of: gray dress pants, a white dress shirt, a golf shirt, a polo sweater, a knit sweater, a knit sweater-vest, a kilt with school colours, and black shoes.[5]

Campus[edit]

Libermann High accommodates a library and computer labs; some of the computers were donated through a Bill Gates program.

Student body[edit]

The student body is racially diverse in comparison to other cities.[citation needed] The number of students varies year to year from 750–1000, currently home to grades 9 to 12. The FL Catholic Elementary School program began in 2003 and ended in the 2018-2019 school year. Graduates may stay for a fifth year even after the termination of OAC.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TCDSB Francis Libermann". Archived from the original on 29 April 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  2. ^ "TCDSB Francis Libermann". Archived from the original on 29 April 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  3. ^ Ainsworth, Lynne. "Catholic school adopts survival rules." Toronto Star. January 15, 1986. News p. A6. Retrieved on August 27, 2013.
  4. ^ Russell, Jim. Lunchtime crush: Students at Francis Libermann high school crowd into the cafeteria to buy lunch. About 1,100 students and 63 full-time staff use the cafeteria, which seats fewer than 100. We have to be resourceful, says the school's principal, Jean Paul Patenaude. The Roman Catholic school serves a part of Scarborough that's exploding with new homes. Toronto Star. January 15, 1986. Retrieved on February 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "TCDSB Francis Libermann". Archived from the original on 25 September 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2012.

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