Five students posing with backpacks and classroom material

About Us

Dante Alighieri Academy, having its mandate from Catholic parents and the Catholic Bishops, strives to educate and form its students in the image of Christ to live as believing and compassionate citizens.

We make a continuous effort to ensure that every students is able to study in an environment which is safe and welcoming. Student responsibilities to themselves and to the Dante community are clearly set out in the school's code of behaviour.

The individual needs of students are met in a variety of ways:

  • Delivery of curriculum in a variety of ways which reflect our sensitivity to the different learning styles of adolescents

  • Modification and individualization of teaching and evaluation strategies

  • A collaborative approach to the development of education plans for our exceptional students

  • The provision and placement of students into the larger community workplace by means of our cooperative education program

  • Access to technological studies programs, computer literacy programs and, unique to Dante Alighieri, student access to music technology programs  

As the needs of our students change, so will the programs at Dante Alighieri Academy be adapted to those needs.

Our History

Dante Alighieri Academy came into existence in 1974 through a cooperative venture of the local community of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, the Metropolitan Separate School Board - now the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) - and the Sisters of St. John the Baptist. The school was named after the famous medieval Italian poet, Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), the author of the epic poem, “The Divine Comedy”.

The Dante Alighieri Academy of 1974 consisted of 180 students, nine teachers, a relocatable and two portables. In 1976, a permanent building was completed. By 1979, the final addition was completed.

Through the years, Dante Alighieri Academy has offered a wide range of programs at the advanced and general levels. The school is also the centre of studies for TCDSB's deaf and hard of hearing students.

Our school crest is an artistic amalgamation of symbols. The modern city of Toronto is represented by the CN Tower, our Christian beliefs by the cross and the light of wisdom by the star. Our school motto is Character and Charity, Scholarship and Service.