About Us

 Dear Students and Parents:

 Welcome to the website of Montcalm Secondary School, a diverse school population of 740 students in grades nine to twelve. This site is intended to give an overview of our educational and co-instructional programs, including athletics.

 Montcalm is an exciting school with vibrant academic programs. Students are engaged on a daily basis in unique and interesting programs that are supported by the latest in technology and resources and, more importantly, by an outstanding and dedicated staff of talented and inspiring teachers!

 We are very proud of our school, its history, and our diversity. We work hard each day to ensure that every student is offered a wide range of learning opportunities designed toward the enhancement of their success and the building of their futures.



Principal: Ms. C. Giannacopoulos

Vice-Principal: Ms. R. Shaven (Students M-Z)

Vice-Principal: Mr. C. Cavender (Students A-L)

Contact Information

1350 Highbury Ave, London, ON N5Y 1B5

519-452-2730 (phone) 519-452-2749 (fax)

Principal's Message

Another incredible year for the Montcalm community has come to a close. I was impressed to see firsthand how hard our staff and students strive to achieve their very best. Our success rate was 88.1% this year! We are so proud of all of our Cougars – especially our grade 9s who achieved a 91.9% success rate! We received great accolades at Kiwanis, at WOSSAA and OFSAA in a number of events, at the Western University Science Olympic Competition (where we achieved many gold medals), within our community and have raised a lot of money for a number of charities. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our students, staff and parents for supporting and fostering such a great school community!

In June, we celebrated the success of our 150 graduating students at our Commencement Ceremony! It was a very proud moment for the families and friends of our Grads. As staff, we wish all of our Graduates a lifetime of successes and hope that their future endeavours continue to make our community proud.

Montcalm is excited to welcome our new grade nines! There will be many opportunities starting in mid-August to receive a new lock, t-shirt and timetable prior to Sept. 4, if grade nine students come to the main office with their receipt showing that they have paid their student fees online. More information will follow in the Summer Newsletter. I encourage all grade 9s to enroll in the High School, Here I Come!! Program offered through the Summer School link on the TVDSB main webpage. This free program runs from Aug. 20-23 (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) and offers students many orientation activities to help them with this transition.

We also have a number of staff to whom we have bid farewell. We wish Ms. Williamson, Mr. Carey, Mr. Chisholm, Mr. Dedato, Mr. Elsdon, Mr. Lord, Ms. Gray, Ms. Moss, and Ms. Villani much success at their future schools. We would also like to wish Ms. McCabe and Ms. Wood all the best as they both welcome new additions to their family. Ms. Haagsma and Mr. Leyshon will be experiencing new adventures next year. We would also like to wish Mr. Conlon, Mr. Fieber and Ms. Dressler all the best in their retirement.

It has been a great privilege to have had the opportunity to be the principal of the Montcalm community. I look forward to working with everyone for years to come.

On behalf of the administration team (Mr. Cavender, Ms. Williamson and myself) and the staff at Montcalm, I would like to congratulate all of our Cougars for their hard work and commitment. Have a safe and well-deserved summer break!

-Principal C. Giannacopoulos

School Organization

Our classroom teachers are supported by 3 guidance counselors, 2 student success teachers, 3 resource teachers, 1 teacher-librarian, 1 hearing resource teacher, 2 developmental class teachers, 1 dual-diagnosis class teacher, 2 transitions class teachers and a number of educational assistants. 


Montcalm has 3 main goals:

  • To improve the academic success of all students.
  • To improve the literacy skills of all students.
  • To implement a variety of teaching and assessment practices to enhance student achievement.

Measures of Student Achievement and Success

 At Thames Valley, we believe that assessment and evaluation of student achievement are integral parts of the learning process. Information gathered through assessment and evaluation helps teachers to determine students' strengths and weaknesses in their achievement of the curriculum expectations. It also serves to guide teachers in adapting curriculum and instructional approaches to students' needs and in assessing the overall effectiveness of programs and classroom practices. A variety of methods are used to gauge student progress including: teacher observation, classroom tests, projects and other examples of student work.

Co-instructional Activities For Students

Sports include –but are not limited to:

  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Volleyball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Badminton
  • Swimming
  • Track and Field


Clubs – include but not limited to:

Chess, Best Buddies, Prom Committee, Student Council, Multicultural Club, Social Justice, Gay-Straight Alliance, Homework Help, Link Crew, Leadership, Girls Encouraging Montcalm Spirit (GEMS), DECA, Programming Team, English Conversation Club, Sound and Light Crew, Science Olympics, 

International Students

Montcalm welcomes international students. For more information about what we have to offer please visit:


International Students at Montcalm

Study Canada - Thames Valley District School Board International Students Page

Volunteer Opportunities at Montcalm

 Volunteer Opportunities can include :
  • tutoring
  • classroom support
  • coaching support

Contact Mr. McNorgan, Head of Student Services to express your interest at 519-452-2730



International Students Information


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