Our students experience a sense of belonging in a caring and inclusive learning environment that addresses their well-being.
Safe, Caring and Inclusive School Teams (SCIS)
School-based safe caring and inclusive school teams support the promotion of a positive school climate within their school and community. Teams consist of up to seven members, including: an administrator, a teacher, a paraprofessional, a parent, community member and two students.
SCIS Teams are responsible for monitoring data collected from the annual SCIS climate surveys. Based on the data, teams are expected to create manageable goals into their annual planning, which are submitted centrally for monitoring and review.
Before schools can build a safe, caring and inclusive school culture, they need greater insight into the existing culture. Four surveys are available each spring: one for students in grades 3 and 4, one for students in grades 5, 7, 9 and 11, one for school staff and one for parents and guardians.
Our students pursue individual learning pathways that reflect their interests, develop skills for the future and inspire global citizenship.
WRDSB e-Learning works with student success teachers and credit recovery teachers to offer online support materials. Students have the option of engaging in online credit recovery or learning through a blend of face-to-face and online instruction. Section 23 teachers are also learning how to use online blended learning to engage their students. In addition, e-Teachers are learning to use the tools of the Virtual Learning Environment to differentiate and personalize instruction for e-Learning students. The availability of the online learning resources offers options in instruction to meet all of our students’ learning needs.
Our students succeed in reaching their potential and graduating from WRDSB high schools and programs.
Our U-Turn program continues to diversify to provide learning opportunities to meet the needs of a wide range of secondary students. This program provides students who face challenges with learning opportunities that encourage behaviours and enable successful transitions back into a mainstream school setting or the workplace.
Students have the option of choosing from three different U-Turn Programs:
- 1The Diversion Program is tailored for students who are on probation or involved with the courts and struggling with issues such as low self-esteem, lack of motivation, poor work habits or social behaviour;
- 2The Co-Op Program is designed for students who are transitioning back to the workforce and need additional support to gain work experience before entering into the workforce full time;
- 3Our regular U-Turn Program provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to integrate back into mainstream school.