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City School is NOT a home school - students living in the area are in the catchment of Central Tech and/or Harbord. To gain admission to City School  a student will go through an interview process.

Registration, Grades 10-12

The Interview Process

The first step in registering is that a student would attend an Info Session in order to set up an interview to determine if we have the right courses and program. If not, we will recommend another school, often from our family of nine alternative schools. City School accepts new students each semester. 

Most of our graduates go on to university, for example into STEM programs such as Life Sciences, Computer Programming and Engineering, although some elect to attend specialized college programs like animation, fashion or culinary arts. A few go into the world of work.

If you like what you see and hear at one of our InfoSessions, we ask that you leave your name so we can call you to arrange an interview. You will need to bring the following documents to your interview:

  • latest transcript and recent report card
  • credit counselling summary
  • proof of birth date
  • health card
  • proof of home address (driver's license, bank statement or utility bill that can be in a parent's name if you are still living at home) 
  • a copy of your IEP or IPRC documentation

While City School has limited resources and a small staff, and cannot offer daily Special Ed Resource Room withdrawal, we do have an Itinerant Special Ed Resource teacher who is in the school one day each week.

To ensure your chances of academic success, it is important that you inform City School about any special needs before you enrol in our program so we can determine how to better accommodate you.  If you can't make an InfoSession, please give us a call and we will make arrangements for an interview. 

Grade 9

In September 2014, City Schoointroduced a small, specialized academic Grade 9 program. Grade 10 followed in February, 2015. This is a return to its roots - 39 years ago, a group of parents and teachers created City Schooas a full secondary program with an emphasis on social justice. Over the years, the focus has broadened to environmental activism.

Although our program is designed for first-time Grade 9 students (i.e. from Grade 8), we do accept students that should be in Grade 10 under certain conditions such as extenuating circumstances that demonstate why the student was unable to achieve all her/his credits. In general a student has to have four Grade 9 credits, including one of English, Math or Science, to gain admission to the City School program.

2019-20 Grade 9 Courses:

Semester 1:

Science, Math, English, Phys Ed,  Aboriginal Studies, Drama

Semester 2:

Art, Business Information & Tech, Integratd Arts

NOTE: Students MUST take compulsory credits before any electives.

What to bring to the Interview:

  • Grade 7 and Grade 8 Report Cards
  • Grade 8 Progress Report
  • an example of class work you are proud of (or a photograph of it)
  • proof of birth date (e.g. birth certificate)
  • proof of residence in Toronto
  • health card
  • proof of home address (e.g bank statement, utility bill) 
  • a copy of your latest IEP and IPRC documentation, if applicable

Registration Agreement

Once registered, a City School student is expected to:

* Be diligent in their studies (e.g. complete assignments, pass all courses)

* Earn at least 3 credits per semester at City - night school doesn’t count

* Work to maintain a 70% average in Grades 11 and 12

* Exercise self-discipline (e.g. in library, refrain from eating at computers)

* Attend classes punctually and regularly

* Contact the school when absent

* Be respectful towards teachers, support staff, peers, and guests

* Be polite to members of the Waterfront School

* Be courteous to members of the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre

* Show respect for school property and equipment

* Show respect for local community property and equipment

* Not bring banned substance (drugs, alcohol) on property

* Not use banned substance during the school day

* Not smoke anywhere on property, including vaporizers

* Use the Internet responsibly

* Not engage in bullying (physical, emotional, social) or cyberbullying

* Demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusivity