How Do I Know if My Child is At Risk?
Definition of “at risk’’
According to the Ministry of Education, the following students may be considered at risk of not being successful in their courses, which significantly reduces their chances of graduating:
- Elementary students who are performing at level 1 or below grade expectation.
- Secondary students who are performing significantly below the provincial standard, earning marks in the 50s or low 60s, and who do not have the foundations to be successful in the new curriculum.
- Students who are disengaged from classes for a variety of reasons, which tend to be reflected in por attendance.
- Students who are skipping classes.
- Students who are performing poorly on assessments.
Did You Know?
- Students who fail one course in Grade 9 significantly decrease their chances of graduating.
- Students who miss three or more days a month are considered at risk of not being successful.
How Schools Can Help Students
Secondary schools have a variety of programs and resources available to students to ensure their success:
- Homework clubs that take place at lunch and/or after school
- Homework websites posted by individual teachers for students to access daily homework assignments and due dates
- Peer helper programs
- Additional one-on-one assistance from classroom teachers
- Summer School programs
- Credit Recovery programs
- Student Success Teacher support
- Guidance Counsellor support
- Attendance Counsellor support
- Social Workers
Support is also being provided to high school students so they are on track to graduate.
- Elementary To Secondary School Transition programs helps students succeed in high school through individual profiles, customized timetables and other programs
- In every high school, Student Success Teams (principal, student success teacher, guidance counselor, special education teacher and other educators) provide extra attention to students who need it.
What Parents Need to Know…
Find out what is available to you and your child to ensure success in secondary school.
Six ways to succeed:
- Co-operative Education – The Co-operative Education Program integrates classroom theory with practical experience. Students divide their time between the school and the workplace.
- Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) – This Co-operative Education Program gives senior students an opportunity to begin a career in a skilled trade while attending high school.
- Dual Credit Programs – Students can earn credits that can be applied towards both their secondary school diploma and their postsecondary diploma, degree or apprenticeship certification.
- Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) – The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a specialized, Ministry of Education approved program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). SHSMs assist students in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.
- Student Success Teams – Each secondary school has a dedicated team that supports students to ensure they earn the credits they need to graduate.
- Grade 8 to 9 Transition – Elementary and secondary teachers work together to ease the transition, through special information nights for students/parents, transition activities in secondary schools, more dialogue between teachers in both panels, increased professional learning to share best practices and improved tracking of students and their progress.
All of the schools in Trillium Lakelands District School Board are committed to ongoing communication with parents/guardians to support student progress.