A Message from Principal Jennifer Shortreed

Welcome to Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School.  I am so impressed with the caliber of the staff and students here at SJAM. We provide everything a student could want in their own community school.

We are proud of our academic achievements. Every year our students excel in the Grade 9 EQAO Mathematics test and the Grade 10 Literacy test scoring among the top schools in the county and the province. In fact, the Fraser Institute consistently ranks SJAM as one of the top Secondary Schools in Waterloo Region.

SJAM introduced a successful Advanced Placement Program in 2012. Pre AP courses are offered in Grade 9 English, Mathematics, Science and French and continue in grades 10, 11 and 12.

We are also proud of our Fast Forward Program which provides exciting opportunities for students who plan to transition to work after high school.

Every year brings numerous artistic productions – Sears Drama, or a school musical or play, DanceFest. We have the largest DECA Business team in the Region and numerous other clubs and activities for our students. As for our Athletic program, our record speaks for itself. We offer a comprehensive range of sports teams coached by our enthusiastic and qualified staff. We also offer the opportunity for FF and Applied level students to participate in the Inner City Athletics league.

Transitioning to high school is a big step. Let me highlight two students who chose SJAM, their community school. Sarah McCuaig graduated from SJAM in 2009. She was also offered numerous scholarships and was accepted into a Medical Sciences Program at McGill. She recently earned the extremely prestigious Rhodes Scholarship which will take her to Oxford in England to study for 3 years. I spoke to Sarah when she visited her teachers here this past Christmas. She was passionate in her belief that her decision to attend SJAM provided the foundation for the young woman she has become.

David Zhang, who graduated from SJAM in June 2012 was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. David received major entrance scholarships to numerous universities and had his choice of program. David was an SJAM co-Prime Minister and is equally passionate about his experiences at SJAM.

The list of impressive graduates is long. SJAM is a fine school with an excellent reputation both in this community and across Canada.

Best Regards

Jennifer Shortreed, Principal