St. Robert Catholic High School

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St. Robert Catholic High School
8101 Leslie Street
Thornhill, Ontario, 100 25300
School type IB World School High school
Motto Knowledge is the Beginning
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Founded 1975
School board York Catholic District School Board
Superintendent Michael Nasello
Area trustee Carol Cotton, Dominic Mazzotta, Ann Strong
Principal Jennifer Sarna
IB coordinator Andrea Steele
Key people Tonia Siggia (head secretary), Jim Merlin, Paul Paterson, Andrea Steele (vice principals) [1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1 672
Language English, French
Hours in school day 8:30-2:30 [2]
Colour(s) Forest Green, White and Black             
Mascot Ram
Nickname St. Robert Rams
National ranking 4th (out of 676) [3]
Newspaper The Axiom [4]
Last updated: March 2016

St. Robert Catholic High School is a secondary school in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada.


St. Robert CHS was opened by the York Catholic District School Board in 1975,[5] so it celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015. The extension added in January 1989 completes the school as it stands today.[6] St. Robert CHS is named after its patron saint, St. Robert Bellarmine. St. Robert offers special programs such as the International Baccalaureate program,[7] ESL, and Aviation Technology[8]

  • The enrolment averages between 1400 and 1600 students per school year.

Although the current school colours consist of forest green, white, and black, the initial school colours were orange, dark brown, and beige.

International Baccalaureate Program[edit]

The prestigious International Baccalaureate program at St. Robert[9] consists of two stages. Every year, approximately 500 students in Grade 8 try out for the Pre-IB program, 180 of which are accepted. Around 150 students accept the offer. For grades 9 and 10, students are enrolled in the Pre-IB program, taking courses above their grade level (such as grade 11 functions (MCR3U7) during grade 10). For the final two years, usually half of those in the pre-IB program continue on to the IB program, and approximately 40 of the IB students graduate.[10] [11]

IB subjects include:[12]

  • Group 1 (first language) - English HL
  • Group 2 (second language) - French B SL
  • Group 3 (individuals and societies) - Economics HL, History HL
  • Group 4 (experimental sciences) - Chemistry HL, Biology HL
  • Group 5 (mathematics) - Mathematics SL
  • Group 6 (arts or elective) - Music SL*, Chemistry SL, Physics SL, Biology SL
  • Theory of Knowledge (ToK)

Each IB subject is taken in grade 11 and 12, with the exception of French and Theory of Knowledge (only taken in grade 11). Each student takes one course from each group. However, one can opt to replace the group 4 subject with an additional group 3 subject. The Theory of Knowledge (ToK) course lasts one semester, Standard Level (SL) courses last two semesters, and Higher Level (HL) courses last three semesters.

* The IB Music SL course at St. Robert CHS is routinely cancelled due to low enrolment

School Rankings[edit]

St. Robert CHS is one of the top ranking secondary schools in Ontario according to the Fraser Institute. For 2016, the school scored 9.2 (out of 10), ranking 4th out of 676 schools across Ontario in the Fraser Institute's Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools 2016.[13]


The uniform consists of a white golf shirt with school insignia, solid black pants, and solid black footwear for males and females. Students may also choose to wear a special green spirit sweatshirt. The spirit sweatshirt includes the name of the sport/club they participate in, their number or instrument and the first initial of their first name followed by their full surname. SInce 2016, the school’s uniforms have been supplied by DGN Kilters.


St. Robert CHS has several clubs, councils, and teams, many of which perform well in competitions. St. Robert is especially known for its robotics team (FRC 4001), which has won many competitions and frequently competes internationally.[14]

Teams/Competitive Clubs

Casual Clubs

Councils & Committees



Students compete with other schools in the York Region Athletic Association in both Junior (Grades 9 and 10) and Senior (Grades 11 and 12) Divisions. As of 2014, the YRAA included 52 high schools across York Region, with most of its schools coming from either the York Catholic District School Board or the York Region District School Board, although there are several private schools involved as well.

Boys Teams

  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Baseball

Girls Teams

  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Slow-Pitch
  • Soccer
  • Rugby


  • Skiing (Night Flyers Ski Club)
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Track and Field

Soccer Fields[edit]

A panoramic view of the running track located on the east side of the school's property. Since this picture was taken, a synthetic soccer field with a dome has been installed to the left on the lower field, replacing the existing portables, which were moved to the north-west side of the school. It began operation in March 2011 .

On July 6, 2009, the then Town of Markham announced $3.2 million in funding for a new synthetic surface to replace one of the natural surfaces in place.[16] The field was built to FIFA standard regulations for an outdoor artificial turf field.[17] Portables in that area were relocated to the west parking lot in March 2010 in preparation for its construction. It officially opened on March 25, 2011.


A full sized soccer field was created beside the running track. During the winter season there is an air-inflated dome that is put up which covers one-third of the artificial turf field. The dome can be entered via an air-locked room and a revolving door mainly. The dome is lit by four sets of spotlights, two on each length. The remaining two-thirds are left untouched. In the spring, the dome is taken down and the entire field is no longer separated. The turf can cause minor burns similar to sulphuric acid when in contact with skin. The field is currently fenced in. There is an adjacent building for use as change rooms. The field and dome are used by the rugby and soccer teams, as well as the physical education classes.

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Cowley, Peter; Easton, Stephen (March 2016). "Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools 2016" (PDF). Studies in Education Policy. Fraser Institute: 61. ISSN 1707-2395. 
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  5. ^ '[1] Official St. Robert CHS Web Site: Our School
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  7. ^ '[2] Official St. Robert CHS Web Site: IB Info
  8. ^ '[3] Official St. Robert CHS Web Site: Aviation Program
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  13. ^ Cowley, Peter; Easton, Stephen (March 2016). "Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools 2016" (PDF). Studies in Education Policy. Fraser Institute: 61. ISSN 1707-2395. 
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  16. ^ '[4] Thornhill soccer players get a roof and new turf
  17. ^ '[5] Markham Funding Partnership with Canada/Ontario Provides $8.3M for Recreation Infrastructure

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Coordinates: 43°49′56″N 79°22′44″W / 43.83222°N 79.37889°W / 43.83222; -79.37889