Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute

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Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute
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2300 Pharmacy Avenue
L'Amoreaux, Toronto, Ontario, M1W 1H8
Coordinates 43°47′13″N 79°19′26″W / 43.786858°N 79.323848°W / 43.786858; -79.323848Coordinates: 43°47′13″N 79°19′26″W / 43.786858°N 79.323848°W / 43.786858; -79.323848
School type Public High School
Motto Prudentia et Scientia
(Vision and Knowledge)
Religious affiliation(s) Secular
Founded 1964
School board Toronto District School Board
(Scarborough Board of Education)
Superintendent Beth Veale
Area trustee Manna Wong
School number 4154 / 941948
Administrator Patty Bowman
Principal Richard Tarasuk
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1056 (2015-16)
Language English
Campus size 18.14 acres
Colour(s) Red, Purple, and Black             
Mascot Black Scot
Team name MacDonald Black Scots
Feeder schools J.B. Tyrell Sr. Public School
Pleasant View Jr. High School

Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute (equally known to as Sir John A. Macdonald CI, SJAMCI, Sir John A. Macdonald or Mac simply) is a secondary school located in the Scarborough district of Toronto, Ontario at 2300 Pharmacy Avenue in Ward 20. It is owned by the Scarborough Board of Education with the latter board assimilated with the Toronto District School Board. The motto is "Prudentia et Scientia" (Vision and knowledge).


Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute was designed by the architectural firm, Gordon S. Adamson and Associates. The school building was constructed in 1963 and opened in the fall of 1964 when there was only farmland around it, and as the population in the area grew, so did the school. As its eleventh collegiate, the school's main building was then extended to have more classrooms, along with larger rooms used for music, art, and autoshop. MacDonald celebrated its 50th year on September 26, 2014.


Academics and clubs[edit]

The school has an advanced academic program named "Medallion". Students in the "Medallion" program are taught topics that are not found in the curriculum, and are encouraged to write an academic competition related to their subject. Sir John A. Macdonald also has an excellent reputation for its music program.[citation needed] The many ensembles at the school raise funds through fundraisers and performance.

There are clubs for science, math, and computers. Students regularly participate in academic competitions, such as the University of Waterloo's mathematics (Pascal, Cayley, Fermat, and Euclid), chemistry (Avogadro and Chem 13), and physics (Sir Isaac Newton) exams, University of Toronto's engineering exam (DaVinci Engineering Competition), and several American exams.

Music ensembles include Jazz band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Strings, and Choir, along with junior band and strings. Each year these groups compete in regional, provincial, and occasionally international competitions, and have trips internationally to perform.

School crest, colours, and motto[edit]

The crest contains a map of Canada and the symbols of the clan of Sir John A. Macdonald: a white coronet, a mailed fist, and crossed crosslets. Red, Purple, and White, which predominate in the tartan of Sir John A. Macdonald's family clan, Clanranald, are the official school colours. The school motto is "Prudentia et Scientia" (Vision and knowledge).


In the 2011–2012 school year, The senior boys' soccer team was awarded the TDSSAA City Championship. In the 2012–2013 school year, the varsity field hockey was also awarded the City Championship. In 2012–2013, the junior boys' volleyball team were awarded the City Championship as well. In 2012–2013, the track team won East Region Overall.

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