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Secondary Program Review

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is undertaking a review of secondary schools to ensure all students have equitable access to programs and opportunities, as close to home as possible.

The vision of the Secondary Program Review, which will address both under and over-utilized schools, includes fewer schools with strong programming and increased access to courses that support all pathways. In order to achieve that, the Board will consider potential consolidation and/or relocation of schools, re-purposing secondary school buildings to address other system needs, and different models of school organization (e.g. full-year programming).

To learn more about the Secondary School Review, please read the Questions and Answers and additional resources available on this page.

 

Key Facts

•The secondary panel has declined from a high of 140,433 students in 1976 to approximately 72,600 students today.

•As of October 2019, the average utilization rate at the 111 secondary schools in the system was 78 percent; 25 of them were operating below 50 percent of their capacity.

•The average age of our secondary school buildings is 64.

•Just over 50 percent of secondary students attend their home school by address (compared to 76 percent of elementary students).

•Secondary students are choosing programs and schools in higher income areas and fleeing from those in lower income areas.

•Secondary schools are competing for a shrinking secondary school-aged population.

•The existing structure of secondary schools across the Board is not in sync with the TDSB’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan.

 

Policies and Procedures
 

As part of this review, modifications and updates to current policies and procedures will be required. This includes the Optional Attendance policy (P013) and its procedures (PR545 and PR612).

Optional Attendance (P013)

This policy allows students to apply to schools other than their designated school by home address. This is possible because there is excess capacity at some schools across the system. However, optional attendance has prevented equity of access and created an imbalance of enrolment in our secondary schools (under and over-utilized schools). It has also created an environment where schools are forced to compete with each other to attract more students in hopes of increasing their enrolment. 
 
A public consultation process began in November 2019. The consultation process includes four public meetings, an online survey on a draft policy, two virtual meetings, and focus groups with elementary and secondary students. 

 

Consultations
 

The TDSB will hold parallel consultations on both the Secondary Program Review and Optional Attendance Policy (P013). 
Two virtual public consultation meetings are scheduled for Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Join the 1 p.m. session here

Join the 7 p.m. session here.

 

Ways to Get Involved
 

What would the ideal secondary school experience look like?

We are looking for your input and suggestions on how to re-imagine the current secondary school experience for all TDSB students. We want to hear what is working, what could work better, and your innovative ideas for addressing challenges described in the Secondary Review Report .

There are a number of ways to share your feedback:

Public consultations - The Board held four public meetings on both Optional Attendance Policy (P013) and Secondary Program Review in November 2019. Review the Presentation by staff.

Two virtual public consultation meetings are scheduled for Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Additional consultation sessions include meetings with Community Advisory Committees, trustees, students, teachers, administrators, and senior team.

We are looking for your input and suggestions on how to re-imagine the current secondary school experience for all TDSB students. We want to hear what is working, what could work better, and your innovative ideas for addressing challenges described in the Secondary Review Report.

Online Survey

 

You can also provide feedback by completing the following survey: http://surveys.tdsb.on.ca/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=392394&lang=enThis survey will be online until January 31, 2020.

In addition, the Optional Attendance draft policy has been posted on the TDSB public site. To provide feedback, please visit the Policy Consultation page.

Please note that the Optional Attendance policy is being reviewed at the same time as the Secondary Program Review.

Email

You can e-mail your comments or questions about the review and/or the Optional Attendance policy to: secondaryreview@tdsb.on.ca.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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