Nelson A. Boylen Collegiate Institute

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Nelson A. Boylen Collegiate Institute
155 Falstaff Avenue
Maple Leaf, North York, Ontario, M6L 2E5
School type Public High school
Motto Good things come from small schools

Veritas et Virtus
(Truth and virtue)
Founded 1966
Status Active / Partially leased out
Closed 2015
School board Toronto District School Board
(North York Board of Education)
Superintendent Glenford Duffus
Area trustee Chris Tonks
School number 3411 / 1021118
Principal Ian Botnick
Grades 9-13
Enrollment 84 (2014-15)
Language English
Colour(s) Blue and White         
Affiliation none

Nelson A. Boylen Collegiate Institute (Nelson A. Boylen CI, NABCI, Boylen CI, or Boylen; originally Nelson A. Boylen Secondary School) is a former Toronto District School Board high school located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada operated from 1966 to 2015. It was formerly a very small school, yet the student body is known[by whom?] to be one of the most multicultural in Toronto, with students representing countries from all around the world. The motto is "Veritas et Virtus" (Truth and virtue).

As of 2015-16, the school campus is held and leased to the Toronto Catholic District School Board.


Although building the school began in late 1964, it wasn't ready for students until 1966. Students were accommodated on an afternoon "shift" at Queensborough Junior High. It wasn't until early 1966 that Nelson A. Boylen Secondary School opened its doors to welcome its first students. It later became a Collegiate. It was designed as a 2 story "H" model and almost from the outset needed portables to accommodate the student body. The school was named after Nelson A. Boylen, who served as North York Township Deputy Reeve for Ward 3 from 1941 to 1945 and from 1947 to 1949. He served as the township's 7th Reeve from 1950 to 1952 and served as Councillor for Ward 3 from 1954 to 1955.

Nelson A. Boylen has a considerable percentage of students living with disabilities. As an effort to ensure the success of all students, the school has a Multiple Exceptionality program to help those that are struggling in school because of a mental and/or physical disabilities. Because the student body is so ethnically diverse, many students require English as a Second Language (ESL)/English Literacy Development (ELD) training to enhance classroom efficiency. The ESL/ELD program at Nelson A. Boylen is considered[by whom?] one of the strongest in the TDSB.

Decline and closure[edit]

By September 2013, the school had stopped accepting Grade 9 students due to lack of enrolment and the same for grade 10 in September 2014. Boylen had experiencing an enrolment decline since 2009 and was expected to become an subject of the Pupil Accommodation Review along with Downsview Secondary School and Weston Collegiate Institute in late 2014/early 2015. The school now operates grades 11 and 12 only.[1][2] However, some of the space has been leased to the Toronto Catholic District School Board for three years due to overcrowding at St. Fidelis Catholic School which now occupies grades 6 to 8.

Without a massive pupil review, the Toronto District School Board decided that Boylen be closed by June 2015. The school was one of the 60 schools considered for closing after Liz Sandals pressured the board to review underutilized schools.[1][3] The TCDSB, however, preferred to accommodate the entire St. Fidelis population by 2016. The final reunion for the school was held in June 2015.


International studies[edit]

Nelson A. Boylen is one of very few TDSB secondary schools that offer the International Studies program. Since the student body represents countries from all around the world, school administrators felt that this type of program would represent the school well. The program attracts hopeful students from across the TDSB, and has a strong focus on business, science, and technology, three fields in which there are many job opportunities. Students who enrol are offered enriched opportunities such as participation in the I.S. Student Association, enriched co-curricular activities, international co-op/visits, and education travel. In order to successfully complete the program, students are required to take two to three I.S. credits per year, complete at least three modern language courses, participate in at least two enriched co-curricular activities yearly, and complete a minimum of 10 I.S. credits by graduation. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a special International Studies certificate, as well as the standard Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). It is the hope of Nelson A. Boylen Collegiate Institute and the International Studies program[citation needed] that all graduating I.S. students will be well-prepared for life in the 21st century.

Co-curricular activities[edit]

Nelson A. Boylen continuously encourages students to actively participate in school life. The school doesn't have many sports teams or clubs as can be found in the larger schools.

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Coordinates: 43°43′02″N 79°29′45″W / 43.717160°N 79.495756°W / 43.717160; -79.495756