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McDonald International Academy

920 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3C7
5 Park Home Avenue, Unit 128, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 6L4
Grades (Gender):
Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 20
Day: Varies (Gr. 9 - 12), Boarding: Varies (Gr. 9 - 12)

School Address
920 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3C7
5 Park Home Avenue, Unit 128, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 6L4

About this school:


Est. in 1994, McDonald International Academy (MIA) is a fully accredited secondary school with two campuses located in Downtown Toronto and North York. MIA is a vibrant academic and social community through a collaborative effort from teachers, staff and students. Since our inception, over 10,000 students from over 40 countries have graduated from MIA and successfully continued their post-secondary education in Canada and the USA. Over 20% of our graduates are offered university scholarships each year. — Visit school website



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Our Take: McDonald International Academy

our takeMcDonald was founded in 1994 to deliver a quality university preparation for students in Canada as well as those arriving from around the world. Ever since, it’s been doing exactly that. The school maintains a small, almost exclusive feel, especially when compared with some of the larger international schools found in Ontario and beyond. The two campuses augment that feel, and students enter a close-knit academic and social community. All of the important supports are in place to appeal to the international learner, from language support, to assistance with daily life, to university counselling. The downtown campus, perhaps especially, is proximate to a rich range of resources, including the nearby University of Toronto campus. The school prides itself on offering a strong academic basis for university entry, as well as a rich and rewarding social experience. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a very vibrant, diverse, challenging and urban academic context.

Principal's Message


Fraser Rose, Principal

Welcome to McDonald International Academy, your home away from home. Our school offers a wide variety of programs and subjects: each with a stimulating curriculum taught by highly qualified, experienced, professional educators who help our students succeed - not only in our school, but also in the future studies and career paths they choose after completing their studies at MIA.

Our school promotes more than academic excellence. We know that students' moral is important too, so we provide a pleasant atmosphere where students can thrive socially in a secure environment. Students tell me how much they like McDonald international Academy and how rewarding this time in their lives has been. I trust that you, too, will greatly enjoy and benefit from your time here.

Your principal and friend,

Mr. Fraser Rose


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What MIA says: MIA implements guidelines from the Ontario Ministry of Education and works with various education consultants that help guide our teachers and staff. MIA also believes learning extends beyond the classroom and incorporates many field trips throughout the year to facilitate real world learning. A variety of courses are offered at MIA, enabling students to take the specific subjects required to prepare them for their post-secondary education.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What MIA says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What MIA says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What MIA says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What MIA says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Cantonese • Chinese-Mandarin • ESL

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What MIA says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What MIA says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What MIA says: The instruction emphasizes constructive teaching and experimental learning. All activities are designed to ensure students' physical and emotional safety, engaging and encouraging learning experiences to meet diverse individual needs and abilities.

    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What MIA says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What MIA says: Co-ed approach is adopted.

    Curriculum Pace Accelerated

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What MIA says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What MIA says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Emotional

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

    What MIA says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Resource Assistance

    Resource Assistance

    Students remain in a regular classroom for the whole day, and periodically receive break-out support (individually or in small groups) within the classroom from a qualified special education teacher.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support Accelerated curriculum

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration (The main focus is on acceleration. This means that all students work at a much quicker pace than public school peers (usually working at least one grade-level ahead). )

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What MIA says: This information is not currently available.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, McDonald International Academy students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    MIA 45 mins60 mins120 mins120 mins
    Site Average70 mins80 mins96 mins109 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades9 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting9 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting9 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings9 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What MIA says:
    • Students are grouped into 4 different houses at the beginning of each school year. These houses compete regularly in a variety of games throughout the year to promote comradery and friendly competition amongst our students.
    • Clubs are an integral part of MIA's social fabric. They are created and maintained by both staff and students. Everyone is always encouraged to join at least one club!
    • MIA has many field trips throughout the school year to facilitate learning outside the class room.
    • School trips are often organized to places such as Centre Island, ice skating at City Hall and the Toronto Beaches just to name a few!
    • Fun times and new friends are always made at our Welcome Party, Halloween Party and Christmas Party!
    • Our annual Prom is always the social event of the year at MIA and cannot be missed!

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Ice Skating
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Math Club
      Outdoor Education
      School newspaper
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What MIA says: $16,800 covers the first 8 credits, $1500 for any additional credit.

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Average class size10 to 20
    Gender (grades)Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 9 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)N/A
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)8%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment2036120138
    Boarding Enrollment2020



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview9 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)9 - 12
    Entrance Essay9 - 12
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Boarding students:

    What MIA says:

    Students need to complete the application form and submit copies of their most up to date transcripts, identification documents (such as passport), and study permit if applicable. Students from overseas must allow for enough time for visa application as times can vary per country. Our school can help process visa applications upon request.

    Students will need an English Assessment Test once registered. Math Assessment Tests may also be required.

    For further assistance, please contact us at 1-416-322-1502.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student McDonald International Academy is looking for: We are looking for inquisitive and socially active students from a diverse cultural background.

    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type9101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    20 (100%)36 (100%)120 (100%)138 (100%)
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0020 (100%)20 (100%)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size15
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements95
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): U of T, McGill, UBC, Queens, Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Waterloo, McMaster, Guelph, Schulich school of business of York University, University of Alberta, Ryerson Univ., Windor Univ. Carlton Univ., Ottawa Univ., Univ. of Victoria, Univ. of Simon Fraser etc, Univ. of Manitoba, Univ. of Winnipeg, Univ. of Nova Scotia, Memorial Univ., Concordia Univ., Univ. of Manchester, London College of Fashion, UK, Univ. of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Chinese University, etc.
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): U of T, McGill, UBC, Queens, Ivey School of Business of Western University, Waterloo, McMaster, Guelph, Schulich school of business of York University, University of Alberta, Ryerson Univ., Windor Univ. Carlton Univ., Ottawa Univ., Univ. of Victoria, Univ. of Simon Fraser etc, Univ. of Manitoba, Univ. of Winnipeg, Univ. of Nova Scotia, Memorial Univ., Concordia Univ., Univ. of Manchester, London College of Fashion, UK, Univ. of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Chinese University, etc.

    Stories & Testimonials


    An excellent learning environment

    MIA provided me with an environment for steady integration into the new standards and the study system of Canada, as well as introducing various aspects of Canadian culture. The teachers and administration were eager to make the process of learning by any means entertaining and easy to navigate through. They helped me determine my goals and set me on a clear path towards secondary education as well as awakened interest and enthusiasm in me for certain subjects.


    A student friendly school

    MIA is one of the few schools where students can learn and have fun at the same time. The students get to meet many other people from different backgrounds and become friends with them. The staff members are very friendly and helpful and the teachers are very supportive and committed to your education. MIA prepares students well for University/College. The school itself is student-friendly and there is always an opportunity to learn something new even if it is not school-related.


    My amazing experience!

    I had an amazing experience at MIA! The study environment was always fun and active. The teachers are very friendly and really helpful the administration is amazing always available and understanding. Being my first experience in Canada the school made me feel like I was part of a big family. I still visit the school from time to time and am still in touch with all my teachers. Thank you MIA for an amazing learning experience!


    Accomplished my goals!

    What caught my eyes the most at MIA was the friendly atmosphere without barriers between the teachers and students which allowed for students to learn more effectively and enjoy the classes. MIA cared about me and made sure that I was on the right track toward my future from the beginning. I had a chance to meet many motivated people from around the world at MIA and had the opportunity to learn more about their cultures. I significantly improved my English language and built a core of knowledge from my academic courses. Thanks to MIA, I managed to accomplish many goals in a short period of time!


    Learning from teachers and peers

    During my time at MIA, I have not only acquired a great deal of knowledge from my lovely teachers, but also made friends with many of my classmates who are from all over the world.  This was my first time studying in Canada and I was impressed by the quality of education.  It was really fun when we participated in a series of activities throughout the year. Personally, I think these activities benefited me a lot because they were good opportunities for me to learn more about Canadian culture and build up my confidence.


    Our unforgettable experience

    We both came to MIA for their Summer ESL Program when we were 10 and 11 years old.  We loved it so much we decided to come back and complete our last year of High School at MIA. Though the education system in Canada was challenging, our teachers were so friendly and knowledgeable and helped us every step of the way. We met so many friends from all over the world and it is truly an experience we will always cherish!


    My incredible year at MIA!

    I had an incredible year at MIA! I have met awesome teachers who are very supportive and understanding. I received all the help I needed at any time thanks to the staff at school. MIA gave me a year of experience that helped me get to where I am today and I am so grateful!  


    Expression of Appreciation

    I am writing to express my gratitude and appreciation to you and your teaching staff for the excellent quality of education that my daughter, Yamrot Tesfu, received at your Academy during the last two years. At McDonald, Yamrot attended grades ten, eleven and twelve and was able to fulfil within two years all the necessary requirements for admission to a Canadian university thanks to the excellent tutorial support, cordial teacher-student relationships and respect for diversity of the student population that your Academy represents. May I, at this point, request you to convey my deep appreciation to the management and staff of MIA for their commitment to the success of the Academy in its mission of offering knowledge, skills and positive attitudes to the young men and women who come from diverse places of origin. I wish McDonald International Academy further success in its future endeavours. Sincerely Yours, Tesfu Taddese (Mr) United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) ...

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