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Bell Times

8:25 AM - 2:30 PM


EQAO Results & OSSLT Results


Greg Clark - 905.383.3337 | Email Greg Clark


Scott Barr, Kim Collier


Laura Romano - 905.527.5092 x 2622 | E-mail Laura Romano


Wes Hicks - 905.383.2222 | E-mail Wes Hicks

Administrative Office Staff

  • Mandy Conry
  • Lynn DiFrancesco
  • Patty Hoffmann
  • Christine Podedworny
  • Laurel Seager

Our School

Sir Allan MacNab is a composite secondary school located on the west mountain of Hamilton. Our catchment area extends into Glanbrook and Ancaster. MacNab was built in 1969 and enjoys a rich heritage of excellence in academics and co-curricular activities. We are proud to offer courses and programs to support all destination pathways. We have a full range of courses that lead to apprenticeship, college, university, and/or the workplace.  Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School is an inclusive community of individuals who value honesty, compassion, mutual respect, and personal excellence.

Programs & Services

Student Success Supports

Grade 9: Grade 9 English, Mathematics and Science courses are offered at the Academic Advanced Placement Preparation level, Academic level, Applied level and Locally Developed level.

Literacy: An after-school Literacy Test preparation program is offered each year to promote excellence on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.

Numeracy: Lunchtime help for all Mathematics students is provided by our Math department every Tuesday and Thursday.

Co-operative Education: Over the past year many students have reported enhanced personal growth and broadened career awareness by participating in the wide variety of placements available. Several students have been signed as apprentices and many others have obtained part-time jobs as a result of co-operative education.

Specialized Programming

Self-Paced Alternative Education:    This program provides an alternative setting, as well as individualized program delivery for students whose personal situation may require a different pathway to achieve success. Students work on booklets or course packages at their own pace, with limited teacher assistance in a self-contained class.
The alternative education programs are directed at students with various educational and social needs that can’t necessarily be fulfilled in a traditional classroom. Student success is fostered through four paths:

Independent Learning Courses (ILC): A full range of courses are offered for students covering Grade 9 though 12 course work, at different academic levels. Fifteen courses are currently offered.

Self-Paced Credit Recovery: These courses enable students to meet overall curriculum expectations and aim to provide a foundation for success in subsequent courses.

Continuous Intake GLD20/GLN40 T-Shirt Screening and Sign Making Program: This course provides students with opportunities to discover and develop the skills and habits required to be successfully employed. Students develop an understanding of work through practical hands-on experiences in the school and in the community.

Continuous Intake Student Success Cooperative Education: This program offers students an opportunity to pursue career exploration and develop self-management, teamwork, and communication skills. Catered to the needs of the student, Student Success Co-op provides time for the student to enhance their employability skills.

Program Highlights

Programs of Choice

FITNESS & WELLNESS is an innovative program that differentiates fitness instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners. The program uses advanced tracking equipment to monitor and report on a variety of fitness measures (e.g., heart rate, BMI). Through the frequent monitoring of these measures, students are encouraged to consistently train in their “optimal zone” in all of their endeavours ranging from traditional phys ed programs to sports specific training. FOOTBALL ACADEMY The HWDSB Football Academy will emphasize football fundamentals, individual skill development, goal setting, rules, team concepts, fitness and healthy living and a mentoring/coaching component. This program has partnered with Football Canada and the Ontario Football Alliance to develop a LTAD based Grade 9 to Grade 12 curriculum. Students will also receive coaching and referee certifications as they progress through the program. BASKETBALL ACADEMY at MacNab emphasizes basketball fundamentals, individual skills goal setting, rules, team concepts, fitness and healthy living and a mentoring/coaching component. This program partners with Basketball Canada to develop curriculum.

SHSM HEALTH & WELLNESS   Our HEALTHCARE program aids students in customizing their high school program to fit with healthcare-related career interests. Offered as a 2-credit (half-semester) Gr 11 & 4-credit (full semester) Gr 12 program these SHSMs combine classroom & work experience opportunities to give students a full range of “real-world” learning. Students will receive:

  • Sector recognized certification and training, Standard First Aid, CPR, WHMIS training, etc.
  • Experiential learning and co-operative education
  • Opportunities in Apprenticeship, College, University or Workplace destinations
  • A special seal on your high school diploma as proof of your learning in this sector
  • A listing of SHSM courses and certifications earned on your transcript


  • Athletic Council
  • Multicultural Club
  • Drama Club
  • Environment Club
  • Music Council
  • Grad Council
  • Student Council
  • Positive Space
  • Animation Club
  • Repertoire and Jazz Band

Before/After School Program or Activities

  • Athletic Teams
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Rugby – boys’ and girls’ teams
  • Soccer – Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tackle Football
  • Touch Football
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field – Indoor and Outdoor
  • Volleyball
  • Waterpolo
  • Academics
  • Literacy Test Preparation Course
  • STEP
  • Extra Support in specific subject areas
  • Red Maple and White Pine reading programs
  • Graphic Novel Reading Club
  • Writer’s Craft Students – “Bridging the Gap” Project
  • Events
  • Athletes Helping Athletes
  • Coaching Clinics for Associate School students
  • 40 Hour Famine
  • Arts Week
  • World Day
  • MacNab Mentors
  • Semi-Formal
  • Graduation
  • Band Competitions/Spring Concert

Our School Plan

Curriculum Focus

  • Literacy – improve OSSLT scores
  • Numeracy – improve scores on EQAO Grade 9 Test of Mathematics
  • Assessment For Learning
  • Student Success

Environment Focus

  • Physical Appearance of the School
  • Student Punctuality and Attendance
  • Emergency Procedures

Parent & Community Involvement


Site of First Annual Ward 8 Community Festival
Writer’s Craft Students – “Bridging the Gap” project with local Seniors’ Residence


Active and dedicated School Council
Chair – Rochelle Butler
Vice-Chair – TBD
School Council meetings are held each month

Updated on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.
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