Richview Collegiate Institute is a secondary school in Etobicoke, a suburb in the west end of Toronto, Ontario. It is in the Toronto District School Board TDSB.
The school was founded in 1958. Richview’s Latin motto, "Monumentum Aere Perennius" means "a monument more lasting than bronze". Its traditional rival is the Etobicoke Collegiate Institute "Rams" to the south. Richview's current Principal is Joanne Zimny, and the two Vice Principals are Mrs. Ardelle and Donna Drummond.
Richview is well-known across Etobicoke and the TDSB for being a strong institution for both academics and athletics. About one-third of the students are enrolled in the extensive French Immersion program. Approximately 96 percent of students pursue post-secondary education. Richview is also one of the few remaining schools in Toronto that runs on a non-semestered, year-long schedule (meaning all classes last all year on an alternating day shedule). Most schools in Toronto offer semestered schedules in order to boost academic performance of their students.
As of spring, 2006, the total enrollment was 960 — 520 females, and 440 males.
Richview offers a range of diverse educational courses, including a French Immersion program. Courses include those in Arts, Business Studies, Canadian and World Studies, Classical and International Languages, English, French, Guidance and Career Education, Health and Physical Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and The Humanities, Broad-Based Technology Education, and Computer Studies.
There are a large number of business based programs for grade 11 and 12 students.
Richview is well-known for its very strong athletic programs. Richview's sports teams are called the Saints and the school colours are scarlet and gold. School teams compete in badminton, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cricket, cross country running, football, golf, ice hockey, curling, skiing, slo-pitch, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, archery and volleyball.
Richview also has an elite power cheerleading team, which cheers at football games, and compete at a national level throughout the year.
The Richview baseball program is well known due to the emergence of Major League Baseball player, Joey Votto. The Baseball team had an excellent season in 2006, winning the West division title, after being winless in 2005. During the 2008 season, the baseball team persevered and defeated power house Birchmount Park to win the City Championships, the first in school history.
Along with these came an exceptional soccer season in 2006, almost reaching the finals.
Both Richview Basketball teams (Junior and Senior) were weak in 2007 .
Richview's Football teams are some of the better in Toronto, as both teams won their division and advanced to the cities.
Students may also participate in: Beginner, Intermediate, or Senior Band, Stage Band, Junior Orchestra/Symphony, Senior Strings, Choir, Charity Week Activities, Fashion Show, Volleyball, Tennis, Swimming, Soccer, Cross Country, Track & Field, Athletic Council, Student Council as well as various activities in the dramatic arts such as short plays, the SEARS Drama Festival Production and the Improv Team.
Richview is known for its Canadian football
program. They won the Metro Bowl
in 1991 and 2001. They have won the Toronto Bowl 4 times, in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. The Junior Team also won several Etobicoke titles in the 1980s and 1990s.
The Richview Epiphany is the official school newspaper, although in the past recent attempts to launch the paper has failed, the 2008-2009 school year marked the successful relaunch of the Richview Epiphany.
For Grade Eight Students: Applying to Richview
Students wishing to apply under optional attendance must fill out a standard Optional Attendance form. There are no special requirements for optional attendance applicants. Richview Info nights are usually held in the middle of January, and applications are due February 1st. The application process goes as follows: If there are more applicants than there is space, a random draw will be held to determine which students can enroll. Otherwise, all applicants will be accepted, unless the school is deemed closed. As a warning, Richview is almost infamous for its denial of optional attendance applicants for the regular programs for the past several years. Nonetheless, school administrators highly encourage eighth graders to apply to this school, and to not be discouraged by stats.