About Us

All Students Achieving Their Full Potential

Providing relevant, responsive education so that each student becomes a lifelong learner and contributing citizen in a diverse world.

Respect, Creativity, Excellence, Citizenship

The 2009-14 Strategic Directions that Trustees and staff created include a vision of all students achieving their full potential, and a mission that sees the Board “providing relevant, responsive education so that each student becomes a lifelong learner and contributing citizen in a diverse world.”

To achieve this, the Board continues to embrace three overarching themes in its strategic directions: Achievement Matters, Engagement Matters and Equity Matters. These are guiding our specific actions in the years ahead through our Annual Operating Plan (AOP).

Specific work that flows from our AOP includes our kindergarten to Grade 2 literacy plan, our work to engage youth no longer at school, our enhanced math programming, and much more.

Strategic Directions ensure that we have clarity of purpose. An Annual Operating Plan guides our year-to-year action, and in our Budget we demonstrate our priorities as we direct funds to areas that best serve our student-focused priorities of achievement, engagement and equity.

At the school level, this alignment is a reflection of our further commitment to enhance our culture of academic optimism, a crucial ingredient in education which is really about attitude and belief. Academic optimism exists when we believe we can reach every student and when there is trust in our schools, throughout our Board and among our parents and our community. It is about holding high expectations for our students. It is also about believing that all of our students can learn, because we have given them what they need.

 Students enrolled in Full-Day Early Learning 5,341
 Students enrolled in French programs 2,976
 Students enrolled through Special Education 10,866
 Students receiving services/supports for English as a Second Language 9,063 = 18%
 Top non-English Languages Spoken by Students Arabic (3%)
Urdu (2%)
Punjabi (2%)
Serbian (1%)
Spanish (1%)
Vietnamese (1%)
 Percentage of students whose first language is not English 20%
 Percentage of students with >/= 16 credits by end of Grade 67%
 Total Number of Staff – Academic 4,554
 Total Number of Staff – Support Employees 984
 Average Class Size – Elementary 22.7 students
 Percentage of primary classes at 20 or fewer students 90.5%
 Total Hours of Community Use of Schools 339,628 hours
 Residents in district 519,949