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Supporting Student Achievement

About the SCDSB


Multi-year plan turns goals into action

Everything we do is guided by the goals of The Simcoe Path, our strategic plan. Our goals are supported by action plans—this planning ensures we focus our resources where they will have the greatest impact on student achievement and well-being. The Simcoe Path includes four goals: 

Relevant, purposeful learning supporting high achievement, well-being and learning for life

Inclusive, equitable and safe learning and working environments

Responsible stewardship of resources

Confidence in public education

An important component of The Simcoe Path is our Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-being (BIPSA/WB). It’s updated annually to align with current needs and priorities. The Simcoe Path, our action plans and BIPSA/WB are available on our Multi-year plan page. 

French Immersion program provides students with bilingual education

Oui, ici on parle français! French Immersion is now offered at elementary schools throughout the county. French Immersion is an effective way for children to become fluent in both French and English. More information about French programs at the SCDSB can be found on our French as a Second Language page. 
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Revamped technological education facilities expand options for students

We are investing more than $15 million into our technological education programs at our secondary schools over the next five years. This technological education renewal will revamp current programs—adding new state-of-the-art equipment, enhancing safety and more.

Technological programs—like construction, green industries and health care—give students hands-on learning opportunities. Read more about our technology renewal project.

Advanced Placement program gives students a head start at university

Secondary students now have the chance to study university-level content and possibly earn a university credit with Advance Placement (AP) exams being offered at the SCDSB. For more information visit our Advanced Placement section, or students may speak with their guidance counsellor.

Education Services Agreements reinforce ongoing partnerships with First Nation communities

During the 2012-13 school year, staff from the SCDSB worked in partnership with both the Chippewas of Rama and Beausoleil First Nations to update Education Services Agreements. The Education Services Agreements allow for the exchange of funds to ensure all students are fully funded, regardless of where they live and attend school. They also outline other aspects of the collaborative relationships between the school board and both First Nations.

Alternative learning program sites join together to form one school
  Outdoor Classroom

SCDSB alternative learning programs, which used to be attached to neighbouring secondary schools, are now joined together as one school. The Alternative Secondary School has 10 satellite locations and one administrative team focused on the day-to-day needs and program implementation at the school. This new structure allows for more effective program delivery and monitoring of student achievement.  For more information, visit our Alternative Secondary School page.

Outdoor classrooms extend learning beyond the school walls  

Learning happens everywhere. That is why we are creating a natural extension from the classroom to the playground with our new outdoor learning spaces. These spaces include elements of dramatic play, music, line games, sand and water play, visual arts, native tree species and gardens. Teachers are able to use these classrooms to engage students in unique, hands-on learning.

A newly discovered passion sends 63-year-old back to the classroom
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Anne Worts (in pink) practices a transfer from a hospital bed to a wheel chair with a fellow student at the Barrie Learning Centre Personal Support Worker course.

Going back to school in your sixties after retiring from not one, but two careers isn’t the norm. But Anne Worts, 63, felt a strong calling to help people who are in need of palliative care. To do that properly, she decided to get her Personal Support Worker (PSW) certificate.

Offered through the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) Learning Centres, the PSW course is a comprehensive, fully accredited program with high graduate employment rates.

Anne retired from her insurance sales job in 2005, and she found herself quite busy in retirement.

“I had a lot going on in my life, but I wanted to get involved in something more,” she says.

In January, Anne decided to volunteer at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) in palliative care. She visits with people who have life-limiting or life-ending illnesses.

“I have a real love for the elderly, and I’m not afraid to be around people who are dying,” Anne says of her volunteer work. “I’m also not afraid to talk about death—people often open up to a stranger when they won’t with a family member, and I’m able to provide an outlet for them. I cherish my role.”

Anne started to feel that providing palliative care was more than an interest. It was her calling. But to do it properly, she wanted to be equipped with the right knowledge. During her RVH training, Anne chatted with her fellow trainees and realized many of them were PSWs. She knew that was the avenue she should take to pursue her new career.

Anne started the PSW course at the Barrie Learning Centre this September, and she’s been working hard ever since.

Read more about Anne's story on Sharing Simcoe.