PUBLIC STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND WELL BEING, CATHOLIC EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE REPORT TO MARY WARD ADMISSIONS AND PROGRAMMING OPTIONS “For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.” Corinthians 1:5 Created, Draft First Tabling Review November 24, 2014 December 2, 2014 Click here to enter a date. N. D’Avella, Superintendent of Education Area 7 Schools D. Koenig, Superintendent of Education, Curriculum and Accountability RECOMMENDATION REPORT Vision: At Toronto Catholic we transform the world through witness, faith, innovation and action. Mission: The Toronto Catholic District School Board is an inclusive learning community rooted in the love of Christ. We educate students to grow in grace and knowledge and to lead lives of faith, hope and charity. G. Poole Associate Director of Academic Affairs A. Sangiorgio Associate Director of Planning and Facilities S. Pessione Associate Director of Business Services, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Angela Gauthier Director of Education Page 15 of 85 A. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This report includes information related to a trustee recommendation that Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School be classified as a specialty school to allow greater access for elementary students to a program of self-directed learning. The report provides information related to school program options, enrolment, school culture and facility considerations related to the creation of a satellite campus at the former St. Maximilian Kolbe. The report includes a recommendation that a broad-based consultation be undertaken before the implementation of a specialty program designation for Mary Ward and the subsequent need for a satellite campus. B. PURPOSE 1. At the Student Achievement and Well Being, Catholic Education and Human Resources Committee meeting of October 9, 2014, a Trustee made the following motions: A) Reclassifying Mary Ward’s Self Directed Learning program as a specialty program/school in the TCDSB while ensuring sufficient capacity for high school placements for Scarborough elementary schools historically linked with Mary Ward. B) Programming options to expand Mary Ward’s capacity in 2015/2016 through use of a campus facility at the former St. Maximilian Kolbe consistent with previously approved Board motion. C. BACKGROUND 1. A Trustee had moved a previous motion in January, 2012 that was approved at Board as follows: That the Director of Education presents a feasibility plan with options in conjunction with the local school administration to create a satellite campus of Mary Ward CSS effective September 2012. Page 16 of 85 Page 2 of 6 D. EVIDENCE/RESEARCH/ANALYSIS School Culture Implications for a Mary Ward Satellite Campus The very core of self-directed learning involves students making personal decisions about their own education within a community in which all members, regardless of their grade, age or level, can interact, side by side. A satellite campus may divide the community and limit the ability to create a cohesive culture amongst all students in the school. An action plan would need to include specific initiatives to support this notion of a community culture within the school. The program allows for students in all grades to interact and collaborate with throughout the day. The open model approach versus segregated into closed classes allows more positive and supportive interactions between students. Mary Ward acknowledges that the low numbers of discipline referrals are a consequence of this model. Allowing for the separation of students to occur through a satellite campus may hamper the development of this positive culture. Any satellite campus would have to integrate students from all grades in order to sustain this positive relationship amongst all grades. One of the major considerations for implementing a satellite campus for the program model at Mary Ward is the Teacher Advisory (TA) structure utilized at the school. Within the Teacher Advisory groups, students are structured in multiple grades and have three check-in points throughout the school day with their TA. Some students would be required to change campuses in order to meet the check in requirements of the program. The satellite campus would also have to have all grades located it the site in order to maintain the multi-grade TA structure. The need for students to change campuses would impact the student learning time and could erode the success of the TA program. Serious considerations would have to be given in the creation of a proper TA model when utilizing a second campus. The movement between the two campuses would also be a serious consideration for the change in designation for Mary Ward. A funding source would need to be identified if the decision was made to bus students from the main campus to the satellite campus at the former St. Maximilian Kolbe. The students could walk between the two sites but time would be a consideration since it is about a 15-20 minute walk for students. Safety of Page 17 of 85 Page 3 of 6 students would also have to be considered if students were responsible for their own mode of travel between the two campuses. Having Mary Ward designated as a specialty school would change the design from a community school to a magnet school. However, the school does admit students from a large number of elementary schools. The 20132014 admissions data indicates that Mary Ward admitted students from 34 TCDSB elementary schools. Mary Ward considers their school to be a composite community school. They offer programs at the academic, applied and essential levels. Their special education department is very well regarded throughout the community. Mary Ward has a great deal of pride associated with their school being a school for all students. With the designation of a specialty school, Mary Ward could be required to create a separate application and/or evaluation process for student acceptance into this particular program. Any change to this type of format would have to be considered after consultation with parents, students, staff and administration of the Mary Ward community. Enrolment Trends at Mary Ward Enrolment since 2011 at Mary Ward has declined from a high of 1,173 to its current figure for the 2014/2015 school year of 1,067 students (Appendix A). The Board’s planning department does however predict a slight increase in student enrolment over the next three years with a projected number in September 2017 of 1,119 students. While Mary Ward’s success has placed them in a position previously of being oversubscribed, the actual numbers have been declining over the last few years. Many of the students who apply to Mary Ward also apply to many other specialty programs both within the TCDSB and also the York Region Catholic and Public secondary schools due to the proximity of Mary Ward to the Toronto/York Region border. The number of student departures during the 2013-2014 school year was 165 and the current year included a total of 77 departed students from their initial acceptance list. The past few years have resulted in the school redirecting students and then depleting the wait list names due to the deletions that occur after acceptance to the program at Mary Ward. Mary Ward has also been accepting International Page 18 of 85 Page 4 of 6 and Visa students from the Orientation Centre in order to reach their projected enrolment numbers. The notion of having Mary Ward designated as a specialty school will allow students from the entire City of Toronto and beyond to apply for this unique self-directed learning program. However, the current pupil plot for students attending Mary Ward would indicate that the school currently does draw from outside their local catchment area (Appendix B). Mary Ward had admissions from 34 TCDSB elementary schools this past year which would suggest that it is already viewed as a specialty school from an admissions perspective. A specialty school designation may allow for an increase in admissions and the need for a satellite campus at the former St. Maximilian Kolbe. An analysis of the effect on the admissions of other nearby secondary schools will be required if Mary Ward is declared a specialty school. Facility Considerations for a Mary Ward Satellite Campus In order to support a secondary program at the satellite campus located at the former St. Maximilian Kolbe, a funding source would need to be identified to complete appropriate renovations and include Information Technology considerations appropriate for a self-directed learning environment. The facility has just completed renovations for the relocation of the East Curriculum Support Unit in the amount of $146,910.00. A full roof replacement was completed at the facility which amounted to a total expense of $425,291.00. Meetings with school staff and administration with facilities would have to occur to determine further renovations or accommodations required to support the specialty program. Program Options for a Mary Ward Specialty Program At a meeting with the administration of Mary Ward to determine some possible programming options, the following ideas were discussed: a) A grade 6-8 self-directed learning school that would allow for students to become accustomed to the specialty type of program offered at Mary Ward. Those students would in fact become part of the Mary Ward school community and the school would be considered a specialty school from grades 6-12. Page 19 of 85 Page 5 of 6 b) With the increased number of International and Visa students attending the TCDSB, the satellite campus could become a transition program with additional English Language Learner (ELL) support for students new to Canada. The students would, for part of the school day, receive additional ELL supports and engage in self-directed learning during the second half of the school day. With an increase of International and Visa students to Mary Ward, two rotational groups could be established so that half the group is at Mary Ward in the morning and at the satellite campus in the afternoon and vice versa for the second grouping of International and Visa students. c) The Mary Ward testing centre could be located at the satellite campus thereby allowing for additional student spaces at the main campus. Students would complete all formal assessments at the satellite campus thus allowing for the program structure to be maintained at the main campus. E. STAFF RECOMMENDATION Staff recommends that the Board of Trustees approve for the development and implementation of a stakeholder consultation plan regarding the designation of Mary Ward as a specialty school and the expansion of the program to a satellite campus. The consultation should include surrounding TCDSB secondary schools (Blessed Mother Teresa, Jean Vanier and Francis Libermann) to determine the effect on their enrolment numbers if Mary Ward were reclassified as a specialty program school. Page 20 of 85 Page 6 of 6 Mary Ward Enrolment by Grade Year Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 2011 281 277 277 338 2012 243 290 283 308 2013 275 249 280 311 2014* 270 280 247 316 2014 'Actuals' 262 269 244 292 2015 270 279 279 278 2016 245 287 282 318 2017 266 256 282 316 Total 1173 1124 1115 1113 1067 1107 1132 1119 Note: * Reflects Board approved projections for 2014. Page 21 of 85 ( ! Y !( Y X X * # X Y ( ! Y ( ! * # ( X ! Y !( X Y X Y X Y X ( ! ! ( Town of Y X Y X Y X Y X * # * # (! ! Y X (# ! ( ! * * # ( ! * # * # * ( ! ( ! (# ( ! * # ( ! ( ! Y!( X * # ( ! ( ! * # (! ! ( ! ( ! ( ! ( ! Y X Y X Y X ( Y !( X X ( ! (# ! ( ! * (# ! Y X * # ( ! Y X * # * # * # * # * # ( ! ( ! Y X Y X ( ! ( ! * # Y X ( ! Y X Y X ( ! ( ! * # (X ! ( ! * # Y Y X ( ! 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