The Community School initiative is a structured supplementary education program offered outside school hours on evenings and weekends involving a team of caring adults, including Ontario Certified Teachers (OCT) and coaches. It is tasked with closing the achievement/opportunity gap by ensuring that students are at or above the provincial standard and streamlined to becoming 21st century learners.
Visit the website https://www.communityschoolinitiative.com/ to access resources, the final report, and recordings from the Community Symposium hosted in February 2022.
The seven-week Summer Institute prioritizes accessibility to structured programs and experiential learning opportunities to mitigate learning loss that occurs during the summer months, particularly with students in racialized and under-resourced communities.
Find out more about the impact of the program by reading the 2019 report titled, "Intervening Through Supplemental Educational Programs: Evidence from Toronto's Jane and Finch Community"
Following a 7-week learning intervention program involving a sample size of 101 elementary and middle school students attending the Summer Institute, the research documented a 13% improvement in average literacy scores. Math, problem-solving and computational skills went up a grade level for 61% of the students.
The March Break Camp provides accessibility to structured educational and athletic opportunities led by educators and coaches that reflect the identities of the students. The mandate of the March Break Camp is twofold: to enhance the literacy and numeracy capacity of students and to provide them with expanded opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) using culturally reflective services.