Whitefield Christian Schools comprises two schools: the Academy (JK to grade and the Collegiate (grade 9-12). Whitefield has served the Christian community for 30 years and has emphasized the Lord Jesus Christ's preeminence in every aspect of the curriculum. Whitefield's motto is "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33). Whitefield is dedicated, using a quality Christian education to help each student reach his/her spiritual, moral, academic, and physical potential. The Collegiate is registered with and inspected by the Ministry of Education in Ontario.
Whitefield operates as a "relay team" from JK to grade 12 and has been graduating students since 1999. Students have enjoyed equal opportunities at Ontario's universities and colleges and those in other provinces and countries. Whitefield is currently serving second-generation families of former students and graduates.
The Whitefield teaching staff are a highly motivated, dedicated, and well-trained group of individuals who regularly go beyond their duty to ensure that every student is well-equipped for post-secondary education and life. Mentoring, challenging, guiding, and leading by example are daily characteristics of Whitefield staff.
In September 1989, Whitefield Christian Academy opened its doors in the basement of Toronto Free Presbyterian Church at 1355 Warden Avenue, just south of Ellesmere Road. The first enrolment numbered sixteen pupils, ranging from SK to Grade 5, under the oversight of Principal Ruth Slade, assisted by Mrs. Jill Saunders. On that first day, Dr. Frank McClelland, founder, and the president, saw his vision for Christian education becoming a reality.
By the second year, the school enrolment had doubled, new staff was added, and two new grades, JK and Grade 6. A substantial gift from the McComb family made it possible to purchase the Butternut Learning Centre from Mrs. Coombs (wife of Ernie Coombs, "Mr. Dress-Up," popular children's television personality). Located on Finch Avenue East, just west of Neilson Road, it was ideal for accommodating the student body, which had doubled again by the third year of operation.
By 1994, the "McComb Building" was becoming too small for the student population of over one hundred, and the senior students had to relocate to the new adjacent church building. In 1995, Whitefield Christian Collegiate Institute commenced as a registered high school with the Ministry of Education in Ontario. Mr. Don Morley was its first vice-principal, succeeded by Mr. Robin Cleland.
A new school building was completed in 1999, comprising grades 4-12 and additional facilities such as a double gymnasium, twelve classrooms, art room, science lab, computer lab, music room, industrial room, offices, kitchen, and an upper-level auditorium. Today, there are about 40 staff members (full- and part-time) and about 250 students.
Since 1999, Whitefield has been graduating students, many of whom are honorable Christian men and women making a difference in their communities, both in Canada and across the world, as physicians, pharmacists, nurses, business people, teachers, designers, engineers, and more.
Putting God first has always been a priority at Whitefield. God has given us thirty years of His blessing and outstanding provision. Therefore, we trust Him for the future and pray continually that every student that comes through Whitefield's doors will not only excel in this life but ultimately will come to know Jesus Christ personally and be prepared for eternity.
The Primary division (JK-Grade 3) is housed in the McComb Building, a historic building in Scarborough. Modernized and inviting, this building provides a welcoming atmosphere for our youngest students. We offer full-day kindergarten and a well-rounded academic program, complemented with visual art, music, French, and physical education classes for all students.
The Junior division (Grades 4-8) operates on the primary school building's ground level. The program focuses on strengthening core subjects (English, mathematics, science) in high school preparation. Students also study visual art, music, social studies, French, computer, and physical education. The teachers are committed to fostering superior learning and work habits in their students and providing organized and disciplined classes. The classrooms are large and well-equipped.
The high school is located on the upper level of the primary school building. As a registered and inspected school with the Ministry of Education in Ontario, our students can obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The Collegiate offers over sixty courses, mostly at the academic and university or university/college level. Our focus is on the core subjects, but we also offer a wide range of options, including three modern languages and classical Greek and Latin. Our graduates have attended and do attend universities across Canada, the United States, Europe, and the Far East. Bi-annually, high school students can participate in primary dramatic production. Students participate in achievement tests and university-sponsored competitions. See Collegiate Handbook for specific details.