Victoria Motto

Mens sana in corpore sano
"Mens sana in corpore sano" is a Latin aphorism translated as "A sound mind in a sound body". The phrase comes from Satire X of the Roman poet Juvenal.


Welcome to Victoria Academy!

Victoria Academy is the new life of Victoria School that was founded in 1897 and served as an elementary school for the local community. Built in 1853, this school was originally known as the North Ward School or the Albion Street School. By 1897 a new school was badly needed but the fire chief had to condemn the building before taxpayers voted to spend money on a new school. Land was purchased at 40 Richmond Street where a 10-room building was erected. The cornerstone was laid by William Gibson, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge A.F. and A.M. of Canada in July 1897. 


The new school was named Victoria School in honor of the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria's coronation. It was the first Brantford school to be named after a member of the royal family. When the new school opened in 1897 Miss Mary Colter was the principal. A interior damage happened in February 1944 and renovations took one years with students being sent to nearby schools. The school re-opened in 1945. 

Victoria Academy develops our students of personal integrity, who are prepared for university, societal change, responsible involvement and leadership in their local, national and global communities.

Mission, Vision & Values
Victoria Academy’s Mission, Vision and Values are at the heart of everything we do at our school. Students, faculty, staff and families know that these statements guide us both as we make daily decisions and as we plan our future.
Our Mission describes our hopes for each of our students. Our Vision Statement tells us exactly what sort of school we must be to pursue successfully the Mission, and our Values set forth the community’s expectations about how we conduct ourselves every day to create the culture of the visionary school.
Victoria Academy believes in the importance and value of completing a secondary education. Our school's philosophy includes a commitment to reach every student to help him or her achieve a successful outcome from their school experience at Victoria Academy.
Completing a secondary education is essential. Obtaining a high school diploma has become an increasingly important prerequisite for economic and social mobility in the world. Young people with a high school education are much better equipped for the modern life. They are more likely to be permanently employed and/or to be admitted to post-secondary institutions to further their education and become active members of our society.
In Ontario, students are required to remain in secondary school until the student has reached the age of eighteen or obtained an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Victoria Academy is committed to developing each student’s potential to become an intellectually courageous and socially responsible citizen of the world. We admit students on the basis of academic and overall performance; we provide our students with an excellent academic experience; we inspire our students to challenge themselves as learners, communicators, innovators, leaders, creative artists and athletes; we provide a dynamic and respectful culture; we develop and nurture strong relationships with our community and strategic partners to fulfill our objectives.
Victoria Academy shall be an inclusive learning community focuses on intellectual growth and individual development, and providing an outstanding education for each individual in a diverse student population.
Victoria Academy believes that integrity, respect, and responsibility are essential to accomplish its mission and to sustain its vision.

Mens sana in corpore sano

You should pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body.
Ask for a stout heart that has no fear of death,
and deems length of days the least of Nature's gifts
that can endure any kind of toil,
that knows neither wrath nor desire and thinks
the woes and hard labors of Hercules better than
the loves and banquets and downy cushions of Sardanapalus.
What I commend to you, you can give to yourself;
For assuredly, the only road to a life of peace is virtue.