Marian Academy first opened its doors at its present site in September, 1988 with a grade 9 class of 165 students. Named for Our Lady, the school was opened in the Marian year. The school was blessed on December 9, 1991 after the construction of our new wing. Over the years, Marian Academy has grown to include a full range of academic programs emphasizing Christian values.
Continuing our focus on academic excellence, facilities include: five computer labs, state-of-the-art science labs, modern music/art studios, student services, multi-media centre and computerized resource facilities. Since then, family studies/technological studies facilities have been added to complement our spacious building.
Marian Academy is a composite high school that is dedicated to serving the needs of Catholic students in the north Etobicoke area. Our commitment to academic excellence exhibits itself in many ways. Our students have won numerous scholarships and awards including: Prime Minister's Citation for Canadian Scholars in Science and Technology, full DeVry Institute scholarships, OECTA Writing Award in Poetry, Waterloo and American High School Mathematics Contest medals, North America Arts Council Award and TDCAA championships in track.
Marian Academy is a composite high school that is dedicated to serving the needs of students in the north Etobicoke area. Our goal is to cooperate with the family and the community, in a safe and welcoming environment, to provide a broad range of educational opportunities based on Christian principles which will assist our students to grow spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally and culturally. Our school is organized as a semestered and non-semestered school. The grade 9 core subjects are scheduled for the entire school year. For grades 10 to OAC, the school year is divided into two semesters, and a student takes four subjects in each semester.
Students will be expected to develop their intellectual skills to the highest possible level. The school will provide the best teachers and the most current curriculum and instructional techniques in accordance Ministry of Education and Training standards. Our goal is to foster excellence in the pursuit of academic growth. Another goal is physical fitness and the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. The knowledge and appreciation of visual and performing arts will be encouraged.
The discipline code at Marian Academy has been designed to create a supportive learning environment that will enable students to grow in their love and commitment to our Catholic faith. Students will also develop a sense of responsibility for themselves and others and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be successful in their future lives.
The student services department at Marian Academy offers valuable information and assistance to help achieve educational, vocational and personal goals. Many students require advice, assistance and information when making important decisions about their education and future careers. Counselors are available to help students and will welcome parents/guardians into the school as well.
Our resource program follows an integrated model. All students are scheduled into regular classes, and receive modified programs within the regular subject classroom. Additional assistance is available, when required, from the resource centre staff. The resource department, in collaboration with the student services department and the school administration, meets monthly to discuss the needs of student who are not identified and who are having difficulty achieving success within the regular classroom. These discussions provide a vehicle whereby the students can receive assistance in overcoming the academic problems he/she is encountering. The gifted program is one of the mandates of the resource department. The gifted student is provided with an opportunity to experience learning in the regular classroom with differentiation.
Other programs also meet the diversified needs of our student. In cooperative education students gain credits through a combination of in-school and at-work experience. English as a second language is offered for students new to Canada who speak little or no English. When a student has successfully completed a minimum of eight credits in business studies, the student's transcript will indicate a concentration in business studies.
In conjunction with our academic program, Marian Academy endeavours to nurture the personal growth and unique talents of each student. Through our co-curricular activities students will become aware of the relationship that exists between the physical, social, spiritual, emotional and intellectual aspects of life. From this understanding, students will develop an awareness, sensitivity and appreciation of unique talents and individuality, a positive self-image and respect for the dignity of others. At Marian Academy we offer a wide spectrum of co-curricular activities, and a full program in athletics which encourages the development of physical skills in our students. Our school offers an active athletic council which plans inter-school athletic programs, as well as intramural sports program within the school itself. Our many clubs include: newspaper club, yearbook club, debating club, drama club, math club, school band, stage band, peer helping and the outdoor club.