L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute

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L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute
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2501 Bridletowne Circle

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Coordinates43°48′6.93″N 79°19′4.31″W / 43.8019250°N 79.3178639°W / 43.8019250; -79.3178639Coordinates: 43°48′6.93″N 79°19′4.31″W / 43.8019250°N 79.3178639°W / 43.8019250; -79.3178639
School typePublic High school
MottoSmall School, Big Heart

The Jewel of the North East

Freedom with Responsibility
School boardToronto District School Board
(Scarborough Board of Education)
SuperintendentMark Sprack
Area trusteeManna Wong
School number4226 / 920576
AdministratorJanet Thorsley
PrincipalShelina Kassam
Enrollment584 (2016-2017)
HousesIncendium, Pelagus, Zephyrus and Telluris
Colour(s)Royal Blue and Gold         
MascotSt. Bernard
Team nameL'Amoreaux Saints

L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute (Or L'Am for short) is a public high school in Toronto, located in north-west Scarborough part of the Scarborough Board of Education that is now consolidated into the Toronto District School Board. Founded in 1973, L'Amoreaux has an extended French program, and over three quarters of the students do not use English as their primary language. L'Amoreaux is attended by about 584 students.[1] The motto of the school is Freedom with Responsibility. The principal is Huw Chinnery and the Vice Principals are Roberta Bergman and Petal Farquharson[2]


The origins of L'Amoreaux Collegiate could date back to 1868 when S.S. No. 1 opened that later became L'Amoreaux Public School. Located in the northwestern L'Amoreaux neighbourhood, S.S. No. 1 was located on the northeastern corner of Finch and Birchmount until it was demolished in 1970 to eliminate intersection jog. The datestone now resides at the foyer of Silver Springs Public School.

The collegiate itself, designed by noted Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama, was constructed in 1971 and opened on September 4, 1973 on Bridletowne Circle, just northeast of Warden and Finch as Scarborough's sixteenth collegiate and twenty-first high school itself. Distinctive in interior design, it featured a large tiered Central Market Square named after Rollit J Goldring, the first principal of the school in lieu of the standard auditoriums of similar sized facilities that had tended to be largely unused. The school hallway was featured in rock band Rush's 1982 video for the single Subdivisions.



Map of the internal layout of the building

L'Amoreaux Collegiate is built with 161,512 sq. ft. of space located in 15 acres. As a 2-story school with classrooms on the lower floor and the main office in the second. There are around 24 classrooms, six science labs, three art rooms, three music rooms, five computer labs (including Communications Technology lab), four vocational shops for tech design and construction, the Rollit J. Goldring Market Square, a cafetorium with a stage, four gymnasiums with the larger one having the ability to be portioned into two gymnasiums with the smaller gyms built in between, a 25m swimming pool shared with the city, main and guidance offices located in the second floor, and the 400m standard race track and football/soccer field. there are 2 small portables and 1 large portapak (Adult ESL Center). With its design, the school hallways have accent colors of red, yellow, green and blue as you move from the front of the school to the back, and the locker colours are red, yellow, green, teal and blue.


As of the 2017-2018 school year, students at L'Amoreaux CI are now in one of 4 houses selected randomly at the start of the year: Incendium, Pelagus, Telluris and Zephyrus (latin for the 4 elements). Siblings are grouped in the same house to not create any rivalry.


SHSM (Specialist High Skills Major) Programs[edit]

l'Amoreaux Collegiate is one of the schools in the TDSB, which offers 2 SHSM (Specialist High Skills Major) programs. l'Amoreaux CI offers a SHSM Program in Business and Finance, and ICT (Information & Communication Technology). Students enrolled in SHSM receive an extra seal along with their diploma.

Extended French & Spanish[edit]

L'Amoreaux Collegiate offers the Honors Extended French Programs, in which students learning the Extended French track can graduate with a bilingual certificate. Spanish is also offered as a language course that students can enroll in.

Robotics Engineering[3][edit]

L'Amoreaux Collegiate is also one of the few schools that offers a robotics course as well as the club. Students in the course learn about engineering & the engineering process, learn about robot systems & programming, and robots in society. Robotics Engineering is a project based course, and the assignments include building 2 VEX EDR Robots, which are entered into the worldwide VEX Robotics Competition. Students in the course also help build the FRC (First Robotics Competition) robot.



  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Cricket (Co-Ed)
    • L'Amoreaux has a Cricket Team. Indoor practice begins in October and continues until the Spring when outdoor practice begins. Although the competitive season is short , it's a lot of fun.[5]
  • Cross Country (Co-Ed)
  • Dragon Boat (Co-Ed)
    • Want to be a part of a unique sport, one of the fastest growing in North America, at the school that started it here in Scarborough? Want to make your resume stand out as being different from everyone else's? Dragon Boating gives you the opportunity to develop athletic skills, teamwork, self-confidence and strong friendships in the world class international competition. We start in February. See our display case in the Market Square.[5]
  • Field Hockey (Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Swim Team (Co-Ed)
  • Volleyball (Boys)
  • Volleyball (Girls)[4]
  • Badminton (Girls)


  • Student Activity Council
  • Athletic Council
  • Formal Committee
  • Christian Fellowship
  • Debate Club
  • Equity and Student Advocacy
  • Drama
  • Chess Club
  • LESS
  • Model United Nations
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Music Council
  • L'Amoreaux Prefects (formerly PALS)
  • Radio L'Am
  • Yearbook
  • Robotics
  • Girl Talk
  • BoyzZ to Men
  • L'Amoreaux Pride LGBT+
  • School Action Team (SAT)
  • United Cultures @ L'Am

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Board, Toronto District School. "Toronto District School Board > Find your... > Schools > Facts and Figures". www.tdsb.on.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  2. ^ Institute, L'Amoreaux Collegiate. "L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute". schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  3. ^ Board, Toronto District School. "Toronto District School Board > Find your... > Schools > Course". www.tdsb.on.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  4. ^ a b c l'Amoreaux C.I. Agenda 2016-2017. Toronto District School Board. 2016. p. 22.
  5. ^ a b "L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute > Students > Clubs". schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca. Retrieved 2018-05-04.

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