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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Mission Statement


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.
At Toronto Catholic we transform the world through witness, faith, innovation and action.
We believe...
  • in the worth and dignity of every person
  • in the critical role that our Catholic schools play in promoting Gospel values, social justice, environmental responsibility, human solidarity and the common good
  • that high standards and expectations foster greater achievement
  • that people thrive in a safe, healthy and compassionate environment
  • that teaching is responsive to individual needs
  • that teaching and learning should be rooted in research and evidence
  • that each of us shares responsibility for creating collaborative communities of learning
  • that equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusivity are integral to the Catholic community
  • that the 21st century fluencies of  digital literacy,  creativity, innovation and collaboration are essential
Our vision of Catholic education invites each one of us– parents, students, teachers, principals, chaplains, support staff, trustees, clergy, supervisory personnel— to work together as a community of believers committed to putting the values of our faith into practice in the daily life of the school, the home, and in all of society.  
(Fulfilling the Promise ,Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario)

To apply  Catholic Social Teachings to  all that we do:
  • Students will be instructed in a curriculum that is rooted in Gospel values and informed by the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations
  • Staff and trustees will participate in ongoing faith development through liturgical celebrations and opportunities for spiritual retreats
  • Parents will be supported in their integral role of nurturing the relationship between home, school and parish
  • Senior Team and Trustees will develop decision-making processes and ensure setting policy priorities  that reflect Catholic social values
    (e.g. stewardship of God’s creation, option for the poor and vulnerable etc.)
To support our students in meeting the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations:
  • Students will exceed the provincial average in literacy and numeracy as measured in Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments by 2015
  • Students will exceed the provincial average in credit accumulation and graduation rate by 2015
  • Students, staff and parents will share a common understanding of the learning goals and related success criteria by 2015
To support our students’ ability to apply critical and innovative thinking in all subjects we will:
  • Use teaching and learning strategies that have proven results to provide students opportunities to become: discerning believers, effective communicators, reflective thinkers, self-directed learners, collaborative contributors, caring family members and responsible citizens*
  • Employ a variety of instructional strategies  ensure that individual learning needs are accommodated and to engage students fully in learning
  • Increase investments in technology to  better support  digital literacy, creativity, innovation collaboration  and the overall needs and aspirations of all students
 *Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations
To create equitable learning environments for all students we will:
  • Provide all students with equal access to learning and technology and strive to close the opportunity gap so that the most vulnerable students achieve their full potential
  • Strive to ensure that the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of all students are met
  • Strive to ensure all students are eating nutritionally and are physically fit
  • Provide all students with safe, healthy learning environments
To create enhanced, regular communication with all stakeholders we will:


  • Improve communication and provide expertise for public communications that reflect the mission, vision and values of the board
  • Ensure timely and sensitive responses to stakeholder questions and concerns
  • Create opportunities for meaningful dialogue, feedback and input from the community
  • Build and maintain community partnerships
  • Ensure public transparency in all processes and activities 
To establish integrated decision-making structures and processes to support responsive and responsible allocation of resources we will:
  • Ensure that every student has the tools and resources they need to support their learning
  • Increase use of  research and evidence to guide decisions and actions  in teaching, administration and governance
To ensure fiscal responsibility at all levels of the organization we will:
  • Establish informed, accountable and ethical decision-making for policy development and resource management
  • Align operational and capital budgets with the Multi-Year Strategic Plan
  • Maintain a sustainable balanced budget that reflects ecological justice principles Report results and actions annually
To lead and model best practices in Board governance we will:
  • Build trustees’ capacity for governance and establish a mentoring program for new trustees
  • Provide professional learning to strengthen leadership, accountability and transparency at all levels
  • Regularly review board meetings and committee meetings for the purpose of continually improving effectiveness  and accountability
  • Develop an Annual Governance Plan and conduct an annual governance review
  • Develop appropriate managerial and trustee governance oversight to carry out the annual plan in a fiscally responsible and transparent process in collaboration with staff
To create a learning and work environment that is equitable and diverse, and that supports professional learning, innovation and collaboration we will:


  • Create a culture of respect and professionalism that recognizes and supports excellence and innovation at all levels of the organization
  • Support the Catholic Leadership Frameworks for superintendents, principals,
    vice-principals and aspiring leaders
  • Ensure procedures for authentic leadership development and succession planning are in place for  recruiting, selecting, cultivating, empowering effective leaders
  • Ensure that staff recruitment and promotion processes are systematic, transparent, inclusive and reflect the mission, vision and values of the board
  • Develop processes such as 360 degree feedback and incentive programs to motivate staff at all levels
  • Work collaboratively and proactively with unions and associations to continue to build right relationships rooted in trust and to reduce grievances




IT Strategic Renewal--November 2011