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Principal's Message

Welcome to Central Toronto Academy’s (CTA) new academic year 2014-15. The school has been undergoing an exciting process of change and renewal. Formerly known as Central Commerce Collegiate, (a place with an amazing history of over 100 years), our community believes that our new name, Central Toronto Academy, accurately reflects the new direction in which our school is moving. Choosing a school for your son/ daughter(s) is a very important decision. We hope that the information on our website will be helpful to you in determining whether CTA is the best fit for your family. Please review our mission, vision and collective commitments, as well as our entire website to help you make that decision. We also encourage you to contact our Guidance office and to schedule a visit to our school; we would love to meet you in person.

CTA is a special place – something you will feel as soon as you walk through the front door of our building where you see student artwork and other displays informing you about the many different accomplishments of our students.

The school has an intimate atmosphere where wonderful relationships develop across grade levels and amongst all members of our community. In the last academic year 2013/14 year, we became the home for the grade 7 and 8 Horizon Alternative program, of which I am also principal. Over the past year, we have worked very hard to bridge the two programs; as a result, we have created a close-knit community, made up of students (grades 7 – 12), parents, faculty, staff and alumni who share the same values and vision.

At CTA we are committed to developing 21st Century learners who contribute in a socially responsible and innovative way to the global community. Each student is encouraged and supported to achieve his/her highest individual potential – academically, personally and physically – and to develop confidence and leadership skills.

As you browse through our website, you will also discover our students experience a lot of fun and engaging activities, not only during class time, but also through numerous co-curricular activities! We offer many opportunities from sporting events, to theatre arts, to ‘block party’ events.

Above all, we encourage you to ask questions. Come by and visit us. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming your family to the Central Toronto Academy.

Warmest regards,

Iwona Kurman

Our Viewpoint

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. -Aristotle

Our mission describes our school's purpose. Our vision depicts our desired future. The principles needed to achieve our mission and vision are articulated in our values. Finally, the actions we need to demonstrate to make our mission, vision and values a reality are described in our collective commitments. We have developed these statements in collaboration with our staff, students and families. They are part of our School Success Plan.


Central Toronto Academy (CTA) is committed to developing twenty-first century learners who contribute in a socially responsible and innovative way to the global community.


Our School

Central Toronto Academy (CTA) is a diverse learning community that promotes mutual respect among students and staff built on empathy and equity. Our vision is to empower students to reach their full potential through a supportive and caring environment, enriched programming and excellence in academics. We are a culturally responsive and environmentally aware school, embedding leadership in social justice, and global citizenship.

Our Core Values

Academic Excellence - Our students are prepared for post-secondary education and the world of work through enriched programming based on high expectations and a foundation in leadership. We focus on inquiry, creativity and student-centred learning.

Experiential Learning - Our students are engaged in learning experiences beyond the classroom, through partnerships with the local community and post-secondary institutions. This provides opportunities for community-building, volunteerism, independence and leadership.

Innovation and Creativity - Our students are encouraged to become independent thinkers who think critically about issues and are equipped with the technological skills that prepare them for the rapidly changing twenty-first century.

Respect and Responsibility – Our students learn in the greater context of developing strength of character, which fosters honesty, integrity and empathy.

Collective Commitments

Staff Commitments
  • to work collaboratively in teams to achieve student success at every level
  • to develop instructional strategies and assessment tasks that incorporate creative and critical thinking
  • to be positive, open and accessible to students and parents in resolving issues of concern about students' progress
  • to respect and respond to the individual needs and learning styles of students
  • to foster a healthy mind and body among students and staff
Student Commitments
  • attend and be on time for all scheduled classes
  • complete all course work as assigned by our teachers
  • treat staff and fellow students with respect
  • talk to our parents regularly about what we are learning at school
Parent/Guardian Commitments
  • provide quiet and properly equipped space at home for our children to do their homework *
  • communicate our questions and concerns to teachers
  • learn about what is expected in our children's classrooms
  • attend school information sessions and parent-teacher meetings
  • contribute expertise and knowledge
*Students with financial concerns or challenges related to their experiences at Central Toronto Academy are encouraged to communicate issues as they arise. Our staff is committed to working with families under strict confidentiality in order to ensure excellence, equity, diversity and human rights.

Students and the Community

Parent Council

This group of parents meets with the administration every third Wednesday of every month, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., beginning in September. The council works to develop and strengthen ties between the home and the school community. Our goal is to strengthen the Collective Commitments outlined in our school vision statement. All parents are encouraged to attend. The Parent Council chair and the Ward 10 representative will be chosen at our first meeting on September 17th, 2014.