We are R. H. King Academy, a school with a distinctive timetable, leadership pathways and dynamic extra-curricular and athletics programs that will engage and inspire you. Our school's motto is "We care. We strive. We serve". We demonstrate a sense of caring through community involvement. We strive for academic excellence. We serve to meet the individual needs of each student. This three-fold mission is reflected in such areas as self-directed learning, a challenging curriculum, volunteerism, professionalism, the development of personal leadership skills and the acquisition of technological and computer skills. R.H. King Academy's unique program has been recognized by the National Quality Institute's Canadian Hall of Excellence.
The R.H. King Difference
R.H. King Academy is an enriching environment that values and promotes creativity, high academic standards and responsible citizenship. Guided by our core values of caring, striving and serving, we help you achieve your full potential through a well-rounded education. Challenging and unique curriculum requirements help our students attain excellence in their future studies and prepare them for the future world of work. Our students achieve the success they need to create the future of their dreams. Most of our students are accepted into the university or college of their choice and many win prestigious scholarships.
Unique To King
To enhance student well-being and achievement, R.H. King is currently piloting a modified school calendar. School begins 5 days prior to Labour Day, and a Wellness Break occurs in November. A timetabled clinic period provides for self-directed learning, student enrichment and remediation. Students also meet regularly with an assigned Mentor teacher. Students complete community involvement hours above provincial expectations, and complete three additional courses in order to earn a King Certificate along with their OSSD.
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R.H. King Leadership Pathway
The Leadership Pathway provides students with enriched opportunities to develop leadership skills through tailored curriculum, workshops and guest speakers, enhanced community volunteer experiences, and co-curricular activities. Ultimately, the Leadership Pathway helps prepare students by developing the skills to become future leaders in whatever career they choose.
Future Leaders and Arts and Culture Streams
There are 2 streams within the R.H. King Leadership Pathway. The “Future Leaders” stream is for any student, no matter what courses or career they are interested in pursuing, while the goal of the “Arts and Culture” stream is to create leaders through experiential arts education.
Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) - SHaSAM
We offer a SHSM in Arts and Culture, a Ministry approved program in Grade 11 and 12 which combines arts education with experiential learning. SHaSAM consists of a package of 8 courses, including work experience in an Arts Internship outside the school, and Certifications with visiting guest artists. Graduates receive a distinct OSSD diploma with a SHSM designation.
School Uniform - "King Co-ordinates"
Students wear the Academy uniform, also known as the "King Co-Ordinates", with pride and a sense of school spirit. Students choose from a number of versatile, business-ready uniform items. Our uniform must be worn correctly, and students sign a contract to ensure this. Our uniform contributes to R.H. King's academic tone and to a safe and accepting school environment.
- Computer Engineering & Robotics
- STEM Pilot School
- Music Theatre
- Sports & Entertainment Marketing
- CISCO Networking
- Transportation Technology
- Modern Languages (French/Spanish)
- Co-Operative Education
Student Life - Where You Belong
R.H. King invites you to a high school experience where you not only belong - - but thrive! Imagine yourself in a school that offers 22 leadership councils, over 30 clubs, and over 25 school teams. In addition to a strong Student Council, King has an array of leadership councils, including Environmental, Equity, Music, Community Involvement, International, and Wellness Councils, as well as Yearbook, and an Emergency Response Team. Our diverse clubs include STEM Club, Model United Nations, Me To We, Improv Team, Archery Club, Knitting Club, Swim Club, Chess Club and an award-winning School Newspaper. Inspired and guided by coaching excellence, R.H. King Academy teams compete with skill and success in regional, city, and provincial championships. Our athletic teams include: ice hockey, track and field, basketball, tennis, volleyball, swimming, rugby, curling, field hockey, golf, cross country, ultimate frisbee, and flag football. R.H. King's athletic facilities include an outdoor track, swimming pool, tennis courts, and weight room. You will find your place in Student Life at R.H. King Academy as soon as you step in!
What Sets Us Apart
Our Mentor program sets us apart and will help you succeed. Your Mentor teacher will serve as your listener, coach and guide for four years of high school. Mentor activities include food and nutrition, walks, the Terry Fox Run, Literacy Test preparation, environmental initiatives, and other activities to support student well-being. Our emphasis on student well-being sets us apart as we aim to educate in a caring and supportive atmosphere with Mindfulness and Strength Based Resilience activities as a key component of our Mentor Classes. Workshops on time and stress management encourage students to make healthy choices and develop time management skills. Our unique timetable sets us apart as students have the opportunity to get the individual attention they need to achieve, succeed and excel. Four weekly clinic periods provide students with time for self-directed learning and independent study, as well as time for individual instruction, enrichment, and remediation support.
Parent and Community Engagement
We encourage parent involvement and are proud of our active School Council. Research shows that when parents are involved in their children's education, children perform better academically in school. We keep our parents informed and involved through monthly School Council meetings, Parent/Teacher Conferences at mid-semester, presentations to parents by Student Services regarding post-secondary education, option selection and other topics, and regular parental contact by teachers and administrators to support at-risk students. R.H. King's has many community partners, including Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre; OISE/UofT; Providence Centre; Friends of the Rouge River Valley; United Way; Canadian Cancer Society; St.George's Manor Seniors' Residence; Queen's University; Youthlink/Pathways to Education; UNICEF; Mindfulness Everyday; CANTYD; and Cycle Toronto.