Our History

City Academy was opened in 1999 by a retired public high school principal who had recently worked with the Ministry of Education researching education models offered in high schools across Ontario. Her goal for her school was to offer a school model which gave students the best opportunity to achieve academic success. Thus, the four-semester format was implemented, supported by classes which do not exceed 8-10 students. The school opened with 5 students and was quickly embraced by the community so that by December the number of students had grown to 55 forcing us to increase our space.

"I was accepted to McGill and in May I am dancing at the Tisch School of Fine Arts in NY." - Emily (student)

In the years since 1999 we are proud to report that we have graduated over 1500 students to universities and colleges in Canada, the United States and abroad. And, we are pleased that when students return to visit us, they report that their experience at City Academy gave them an excellent foundation for post-secondary success. Of exceptional pride is the fact that 5 of our graduates have returned to the school to be well regarded staff members.

City Academy has had a long history of “excellence in education”. We have had the time, interest and constancy of staff and administration to continually improve on the assets of the four-semester structure. We believe that it is not only the structure which makes the school successful, but how the structure is implemented for each student. We constantly validate our belief that individual differences must be respected and that each student’s timetable should accommodate those differences.

We are proud of our students’ success and we look forward to many more years of providing the same opportunities to new students.

"We believe it was City Academy’s focus on academic performance, and the combination of quality teachers, small classes, extensive art curriculum and multi-semester structure that really enabled [our daughter] to thrive and gain the self-confidence it takes to succeed at school." - Ken (parent)

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