Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute
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|Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute|
|145 Guildwood Parkway
Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, M1E 1P5
|School type||Public high school|
|Motto||Hoc Tempus est Tibi
(This Time is for You)
|School board||Toronto District School Board
(Scarborough Board of Education)
|Area trustee||Jerry Chadwick
|School number||4166 / 942200|
|Colour(s)||Grey and Navy|
|Mascot||Laurier Blue Devils|
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute (colloquially known as Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI, SWLCI, SWL, Sir Wilfrid Laurier or simply Laurier) is a high school in Toronto, located in southern Scarborough, specifically, in the heart of Guildwood Village beside The Guild Inn at 145 Guildwood Parkway. It is named in honour of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the seventh Prime Minister of Canada and part of the Scarborough Board of Education that is now integrated into the Toronto District School Board since 1998. The motto of the school Hoc Tempus est Tibi which translates into English as "This Time is for You".
Sir Wilfirid Laurier C.I. was constructed in 1964 and opened on September 7, 1965 as its twelfth collegiate in Scarborough. The building was designed by architects Hugh L. Allward and George P. Gouinlock with Bennett and Pratt its contractors. Additions consisted of a second gymnasium in 1970, academic wing in 1972 and a pool in 1975. The school has a capacity of 1416 students and its enrollment has been rising to the point where the school is slightly over capacity, despite an overall trend in the Toronto District School Board of declining student enrollment. The population is diverse, with about 40% speaking a primary language other than English and 15% having lived in Canada for less than 5 years.
Laurier's academic reputation has been making progress in the last few years. In 2006, Laurier was recognized for making the greatest progress to its literacy program in Ontario by bringing its literacy rate among its students up 9% to 83%, and in 2007 gained certification as an IB World School. The internationally respected International Baccalaureate Programme is offered to students in their Grade 11 and 12 years, in rough alignment with regular Ontario high school credits allowing students to obtain both an IB Diploma and an OSSD. Students take "Pre-IB" courses in Grade 9 and 10 before entering the IB program in Grade 11. All IB exams are marked internationally by an external marker ensuring consistency among all IB Candidates.
Laurier fields teams in basketball, cricket, baseball, football, badminton, field hockey, ice hockey, tennis, swimming, track, rugby, and many others; most sports have both boys' and girls' teams. Extra-curricular clubs include the Student Activity Council, Me 2 We, Laurier Athletic Council, DECA , Green Team, FIRST Robotics Team, Three VEX Robotics Teams, International Entertainment Club, United Cultures Club, United Cultured Club, The School Newspaper, Volunteer Now and Model United Nations.
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