Ursula Franklin Academy

Ursula Franklin Academy is one of three schools housed within our beautiful, 90+ year-old building. Our school, like Western Technical-Commercial School and THESTUDENTSCHOOL, has very distinct space within this school complex, on the Glendonwynne Road side of the building. We use shared facilities such as the auditorium, pool, and indoor and outdoor physical education areas.

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In the words of Dr. Ursula Franklin: “Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of justice and the absence of fear …, and it is this philosophy that guides the vision of the Ursula Franklin Academy community. By focusing on learning through an anti-oppression stance, we respond to the complexity, diversity, and the beauty of the world around us. As a community we work in unison to both better understand and shape the future by focusing on the inter-relatedness of all curriculum to Ursula’s areas of expertise – Science, Mathematics, Technology, Social Justice, and Peace Activism. In doing so we continuously develop the tools that enable us to think critically about our world and the place we want to have in it.

Our integrated learning touchstones include the Wednesday Enrichment Program, our focus on cross-curricular instruction, and extra-curricular activities which allow Ursula Franklin Academy to activate around the key issues of social and economic justice. Fundamentally, at Ursula Franklin Academy we recognize that students, teachers, staff, parents, guardians, advocates, mentors, and alumni have an important role to play in educating and supporting one another as we each endeavour to become, as Ursula suggests, “personally happy and publicly useful”.