Ursula Franklin Academy

Ursula Franklin Academy (colloquially known as UFA; pronounced as oo-faa) is a high school located in the High Park neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and owned by the Toronto Board of Education until its merger into the Toronto District School Board. Originally located in the Dufferin-Bloor area at 90 Croatia Street, UFA moved in 2002 to share a building with Western Technical-Commercial School and The Student School. UFA has no feeder schools and as a result, students attend UFA from a variety of middle schools in Toronto; students generally attend after applying and winning a space secured through a competitive lottery system. Founded in 1995, Ursula Franklin Academy's style of teaching is a doctrine of Dr. Ursula Franklin's work in the field of education. It was the Toronto Board of Education's first school to require students to wear uniforms.

Ursula Franklin Academy
146 Glendonwynne Road

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School typePublic, High school
School boardToronto District School Board
(Toronto Board of Education)
School number5604 / 949027
Enrollment517 (2019-20)
Colour(s)Navy Blue, Hunter Green, Burgundy, Snow White     
Team nameFranklin Flames


Former home of Ursula Franklin Academy from 1995-2002.

A think tank created the concept of the school.[1]

Ursula Franklin Academy opened in the fall of 1995 in the former Brockton High School, which originally was built and named in 1966. The Toronto Board of Education (TBE) planned it as a traditional academic school that had focus on languages, mathematics, science, and technology. John Doherty, a trustee in the TBE, said that "We're not trying to create a magnet school or an elite school that has waiting lists and so on. We want it serving the local community."[2] Ursula Franklin Academy moved into Western Technical-Commercial School in September 2002.[3]

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  1. ^ Brown, Louise. "Special schools finding they're 'empty' ; Funding formula punishes facilities with few students." Toronto Star. May 22, 2000. News p. B02. Retrieved on October 1, 2013. "Dreamed up by a think-tank six years ago as a high-octane blend of academics and athletics, the Ursula Franklin Academy was founded before schools had to worry about paying for floor space." and "These are just three of the unusual Toronto schools in danger of being[...]" and "But under the province's new formula, its home in the former Brockton high[...]"
  2. ^ Daly, Rita. "'School of the future' to put math, science first Toronto board's only academy to open next year." Toronto Star. May 11, 1994. News p. A5. Retrieved on September 30, 2013. "The Ursula Franklin Academy - named after the renowned experimental physicist" and ""We're not trying to create a magnet school or an elite school that has waiting lists and so on. We want it serving the local community," Toronto Trustee John Doherty said." and "The academy will be set up in Brockton High School on Croatia St., in the" and "Students will wear uniforms, selected by them with the help of parents. No other Toronto public school requires students to wear uniforms."
  3. ^ Rushowy, Kristin. "Board sticks with plan to shut school ; Another to move, but be designated as science facility." Toronto Star. February 8, 2001. News p. B03. Retrieved on September 30, 2013. "Meanwhile, Ursula Franklin Academy will be moved by September, 2002, after the trustees quashed a proposal to keep the school at its current site."

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