SATEC @ W. A. Porter Collegiate Institute
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|Scarborough Academy of Technological, Environmental and Computer Education @
W. A. Porter Collegiate Institute
Vincit qui se vincit
He conquers who conquers himself
|40 Fairfax Crescent
Clairlea, Toronto, Ontario, M1L 1Z9
|School type||Public High school|
|School board||Toronto District School Board
(Scarborough Board of Education)
|Oversight||Toronto Lands Corporation|
|Area trustee||Parthi Kandavel|
|School number||4178 / 949744|
|Colour(s)||Navy Blue and Green|
|Team name||Porter Blue Eagles|
|Last updated: December 2012|
Scarborough Academy of Technological, Environmental and Computer Education @ W. A. Porter Collegiate Institute (SATEC, SATEC @ W.A. Porter C.I., WAPCI, W.A. Porter or Porter) is a secondary school located in Scarborough, Toronto, Canada. The school, part of the Toronto District School Board was previously run by its previous school board prior to merger, the Scarborough Board of Education. Porter's motto is Vincit qui se Vincit which means "He conquers who conquers himself".
Located in a 14.9 acre land, W. A. Porter Collegiate Institute had laid its cornerstone laid and constructed in 1957 and opened for classes on September 9, 1958 to serve the south-west area of Scarborough as the city's fifth collegiate. The building was designed by the late architect Harold Carter and associates. The namesake, William Arnot Porter (1893-1956) began teaching in 1922 at Scarborough High School as a science teacher, specializing in the science of agriculture. He became the school’s principal in 1954, and continued his lifelong work until his death in 1956.
By 1961, the swimming pool was added. Additions were made in subsequent years.
In 1988, the SBE was threatened to close Porter to allow occupancy by Scarborough Centre for Alternative Studies, opened in 1986 at the former Tabor Park Vocational School, whose latter campus was turned over to the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now the Toronto Catholic District School Board), but since been overturned.
At the beginning of the 1997-98 school year, W. A. Porter Collegiate adopted its official present name and was designated SATEC @ W. A. Porter Collegiate Institute by the SBE although the original name continues to exist. As of the 2000-01 academic year, Porter's attendance area was expanded after the former Midland Avenue Collegiate Institute closed in June of that year.
The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008, coinciding with the PEO Engineering Education Conference of the same year. In 2010, Porter C.I. became a certified, platinum Eco-School of the TDSB. Porter also has a range of specialized programs like MST(Math and Science Technology), Cisco, High Skills Major, and many more.
Admissions to Porter Collegiate are based upon 3 factors. The entrance test, which is annually held in December of every year, the student's Ontario grade 8 progress report card and the student's personal application. Students at the top of the entrance test ranking list are selected first, where as students whom are not accepted may be placed on a waiting list if deemed necessary by school administration. The school allows re-applying for admissions up until grade 9.
SATEC/Porter is regarded as a magnet school by the school board because of its strong technology program and its policies. It is a CISCO regional academy with certification in CISCO Networking and A+ Computer Service Technician Certification for the senior program. It was named “Best For Technology” in 2006 among the secondary schools of Toronto. Along with R. H. King Academy, it is one of the few schools to have its uniform policies and accepts students out of area.
The school offers two Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs. They include ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and the Environment. In each program, students are required to complete a set number of courses, including a two-credit co-op course, along with obtaining industry standard certification. The first graduates from SATEC/Porter with the Specialist High Skills Major accreditation was the Class of 2011.
W. A. Porter currently sits in 14.9 acres in a two storey building. Unlike Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute and West Hill Collegiate Institute which were both designed by Harold Carter, the academic areas and gymnatorium layout is backward-L shaped. Other features contain an 500-seated auditorium, library resource centre, four gymnasiums, cafeteria, technical-vocational shops and a pool located in the eastern corner of the school which is 6 lanes. There are 15 fire exits.
During the summer months, YMCA leases out the school and operates children's camps with the school's facilities.
In January 2016, the TDSB released a list of schools needed major repairs ranked by the province in "critical" condition. SATEC/Porter, built in 1956, is ranked 26th of 136 in the repair backlog list at 96.09%.
In November 2012, the school hosted the reenactment of the infamous 38th Grey Cup Mud Bowl that occurred on November 25, 1950 as part of a string of CFL festivities to commemorate and celebrate the 100th Grey Cup. With generous support of corporate donors in Rona and the Toronto Argonauts, SATEC revamped its track field into a regulation-sized football stadium. SATEC hosted its first-ever Friday night game on October 11, 2013 against David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute. Soon after, a selected group of players appeared on CP24 Breakfast with Nalini Sharma as Argos head coach Jim Barker demonstrated the fundamental runs and tackles of the sport. The coach of the Porter Blue Eagles is Kyle Franchetto.
SATEC also has dozens of student clubs ranging from athletics to human rights. With clubs such as E.C, DECA, MSA, TSA, VON, STAC,Model United Nations and many more, they offer students many opportunities to get involved within their school community. In 2012, Free the Children's Craig Keilburger generously donated $5000 to SATEC's VON club as a prize for their charitable initiatives.
The Student Administrative Council (SAC) is the student body in charge of all student affairs at SATEC. It hosts new student arrival initiatives with Prefects and PAC, an annual Halloween extravaganza,holiday festivities which include the Semi Formal. As well, SAC is responsible for the Valentine's Day festivities working with the Stop the Stigma program to promote mental wealth, the Prom and an annual BBQ in the late spring term (almost summer)organized by the SAC and PAC with all other groups in the school taking part in this year end initiative.
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