NOTE: Please Join Us for Our Open House – Tuesday, November 5, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Plan to arrive early due to large anticipated numbers. Very LIMITED parking available underground (under the sports field) off Glenlake Avenue. Those attending are encouraged to use public transit. Overflow parking is also available at Runnymede Public School and Humberside Collegiate Institute.
Ursula Franklin Academy (UFA) is a small specialized high school in the Toronto District School Board. The school is capped at 500 students, by design. Our social justice roots and school values inform our decision making. Students and teachers work together on a first-name basis to help deconstruct hierarchical structures. Unlike most high schools in the Toronto District School Board, UFA does not have an in-area residential catchment. All enrolment is determined through an admissions process. This process begins the first Tuesday evening of November annually at our Open House, and culminates in mid-January with the lottery pull and offers of admission to those students who meet admissions criteria. Those interested in UFA outside of our Admissions Process are invited to apply the following year. Ursula Franklin Academy has a focus or specialization in the following areas:
- Wednesday Enrichment Program
- Math and Science Programming
- Social Justice
- Integrated Technology
Ursula Franklin Academy is not an alternative school. In fact, our curriculum is delivered in a very traditional manner, following the Ontario Provincial Curriculum. The academic program at Ursula Franklin Academy is very rigorous due to the pace at the school. Students attend regular classes (non-semester format) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday only. On Wednesdays, students participate in our Wednesday Enrichment Program. Regular class days are longer, and student-teacher contacts occur only twice per week. Students who are a good fit at UFA are self-starters, are able to work independently, routinely complete homework and assignments, prepare for evaluations, take initiative and are able to work collaboratively. Students interested in studying at UFA must have a solid Grade 7 and Grade 8 background to be ready for the rigor and pace of UFA. Applicants for Grade 9 and Grade 10 must write an Admissions Assessment, in addition to meeting Admissions Criteria. Applicants for Grade 11 and Grade 12 must submit a Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Optional Attendance Form, and copies of high school report cards. Admission numbers vary every year. In Grade 9 we typically offer admission to 60 boys and 60 girls for a total of 120 students. On occasion this is adjusted to 75 boys and 75 girls to maintain our overall school size of 500. Offers of Admission in Grades 10, 11, and 12 is dependent on spaces that open up due to students leaving us. Typically there are at least two places per grade each year.
Every student who meets the criteria will be considered eligible for our lottery, should one be required.
- Must be written at Ursula Franklin Academy
- meet or exceed Level 3 writing standards
- meet or exceed Level 3 science/math standards
Grade 8 Elementary Progress Report Card
The Grade 8 Report Card is used to provide a holistic picture of an applicant. It can/will help with the decision-making with regards to inclusion in the lottery, but the admission assessment is the primary tool to meet criteria for the lottery.
On the Grade 8 Progress Report the student must receive:
- Progressing Well or Very Well in all subjects
- Learning Skills ranked as Good or Excellent
Grade 7 Elementary Provincial Report Card
The final Grade 7 Report Card is used to provide a holistic picture of an applicant. It can/will help with the decision making with regards to inclusion in the lottery, but the admission assessment is the primary tool to meet criteria for the lottery.
On the Grade 7 Final Report Card the student must:
- Not have failed any courses at the end of his/her grade 7 year
- Be meeting provincial standard in all subjects (Level 3)
- Have achieved Learning Skills ranked as Good or Excellent
UFA’s Values and Policies
The student and parent/guardian must agree to be full participants in the school community including the Grade 9 Retreat, our school values, Wednesday Enrichment Program, school-wide conferences and the UFA Uniform Policy.
Due to the specialized designation of Ursula Franklin Academy, the Optional Attendance Sibling Rule does not apply for UFA applicants. All successful applicants will be placed in the lottery to ensure equal opportunity for admission.
Please note: The integrity of the UFA Admissions process is of utmost importance. Our process is in place to ensure the readiness of candidates for the rigorous academic program at the school. As such, all published admissions criteria will be upheld to ensure procedural fairness to all who apply.
1. Online UFA Application Form
All applicants must complete an online UFA Application Form/Optional Attendance Form. The online interface will be opened the evening of November 5th, 2019 and can be accessed at: http://www.ufacademy.org/online-application/
Once completed, this form must be printed and signed by the parent/guardian and the current school principal.
All applicants for admission to Grade 9 or Grade 10 must write an Admissions Assessment. A time and date must be booked for the Admission Assessment through our online booking interface. The writing of the Admission Assessment will take place at UFA on:
- Wednesday, November 27th, 2019, 4:00 p.m. (maximum 300 spaces)
- Saturday, November 30th, 2019, 10:00 a.m. (maximum 300 spaces)
2. The Completed Application Package Must Include:
- UFA Application Form/Optional Attendance Form (including signatures)
- Grade 8 Elementary Progress Report Card
- Grade 7 Elementary Provincial Report Card
- Completion of the Admission Assessment
Where possible, please bring the completed packages on the date of the scheduled Admission Assessment.
Note: Only complete packages will be accepted.
The FIRM deadline to receive all completed application packages is Monday, December 9th, 2019.
UFA Admission Process Dates*
Monday, December 9, 2019 – 3:00 p.m. FIRM
– Completed Application Packages due at UFA
First Week of February – Lottery Draw
Friday, February 14, 2020 – Initial Offers
– Letters will be sent to inform applicants of acceptance or non-acceptance by Friday, February 14, 2020
Friday, February 28, 2020 FIRM
– The last day to accept offer of admissions. Parents or Guardians are to confirm admission and complete the Course Selection Form at the school.
If the number of students who are eligible to attend UFA exceeds the number of spaces available in any given year, all eligible students will be placed in a pool for a random draw (lottery).
If the applicant fails to meet one of the criteria listed they will not be considered for admission.
* Dates subject to Ministry Approval of TDSB Calendar