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The Toronto District School Board Section 23 Programs serve students who for a variety of reasons require their educational needs to be met outside of the regular school system in specialized settings.

The education of students in care, treatment and correction facilities involves a unique partnership between 35 different agencies and the Toronto District School Board. The highly trained staff and unique treatment component of Section 23 programs provides for students that would otherwise be in regular day schools. These children/adolescents are our hardest to serve and highest risk students with intensive treatment needs. These needs cannot be met in regular education or special education class in community day schools.

Toronto District School Board, Section 23 students may be either resident or day clients of the facility. Section 23 programs provide individualized programming in hospitals, group homes, custody facilities, and self contained classrooms in community schools. The length of time in any given program varies according to the needs of the student. It may involve an assessment period followed by long or short-term treatment. With the exception of dual-diagnosed clients, most students will be reintegrated into a community school within a year.

Programs focus on behavioral skills, basic learning strategies, literacy, and numeracy, in addition to other core subjects. Child and Youth workers work cooperatively with the teachers to provide continuity in the care and/or treatment of these hard-to-serve students. An important part of these programs is the development of personal life management skills. Individual education and treatment plans are created for each student addressing his/her strengths and needs.

To attend these educational programs, students must first be accepted for care and treatment by a center or facility. All referrals must be directed to the appropriate agency.

Toronto District School Board has five schools serving Section 23 students:

  • North Quadrant - Blue Spruce School
  • East Quadrant - Education Centre School
  • West Quadrant - Etobicoke Humber School
  • South Quadrant - College Street Secondary School; McCaul School (Elementary)

South Quadrant

College Street Secondary School
132 St. Patrick Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1V1
Telephone: 397 - 3665

Principal: Larry Wood
Consultant: Roseann Boulding
Administrative Assistant: Sandy England
Superintendent: Georgina Balascas

Agency​ ​Admission Criteria ​Program Description ​Average Stay ​Agency Contact Person
Bethany Home
 
Salvation Army
450 Pape Ave.
pregnant and parenting young women
residential and day programs
 
child care and life skills supports
up to 4 months post-partum Major Jean Cameron
416-461-0217​
Boys' Home
young males, aged 14-18
 
school-related difficulties
 
behavioral issues
academic school program to earn credits
 
backup support services
 
personal life skills
2 weeks to 6 months
Leeann Dewar
416-463-1191​
Cedar Brook Homes
male young offenders
 
ages 12-15
residential
 
backup support team
2 weeks to 6 months
Jim Clumpus
416-487-1918
416-284-3711
Central Toronto Youth Services
 
New Outlook
young adults aged 16-21 with diagnosed mental illness
 
desire to continue with schooling
Toronto's only transition agency for young adults with mental illness
 
academic school program
 
life skills
 
multi-disciplinary support team
up to 2 years
Gordon Cone
416-504-6100 Ext. 24
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
 
Secondary Adolescent Unit
Clarke Section
250 College St.
adolescents with psychiatric disorders, mental health issues, suicidal ideation, etc.
 ​
both in-patients and out-patients
 
multi-disciplinary support staff network
 
school and career counseling​
2 weeks to 4 years Dr. Joel Jeffries
416-535-8501 Ext. 7863
The Centre for Addiction Mental Health (CAMH)
 
Addiction Research Foundation (ARF) Classroom
33 Russell St​
adolescents with problematic substance abuse and/or related mental health issues
 
willingness to remain drug-free during program hours
 
no emergency medical or psychiatric concerns
day treatment: group, individual and family counseling
 
academic school program to earn credits
 
life skills component
negotiable, depending on individualized academic treatment goals
Bruce Ballon
416-595-6000 Ext. 4466​
Delisle House Association
 
c/o Earlscourt P.S.
26 Ascot Ave.
adolescents ages 13-18
everyday coping difficulties in home, school, community
day treatment
 
academic program
 
clinical team support
6 weeks to 2 years​
Diane Fafard
416-482-0081 Ext. 227​
Hincks-Dellcrest
 
Residential treatment Centre
440 Jarvis
 
Transition Class
Central Commerce
adolescents ages 13-18
 
difficulties at home and in school
 
behavioral issues
both residential and day treatment programs
 
academic program
 
multi-disciplinary team approach for student and/or family
6 months to 2 years
 
Sandy Wynia
416-924-1164 Ext. 247
 
Sherry Giddings
416-588-4244
Hincks-Dellcrest
 
Day treatment Programs
Medland St.
adolescents ages 13-18
 
young offenders
academic programs in a non-school setting
 
back up support team
6 weeks to a year
 
Ron Richardson
416-767-2688
Hospital for Sick Children
 
Medical Units
 
acute, chronic and/or life-threatening health condition requiring hospital admission
 
ages 13-18
academic programs to maintain or adapt school program to student's needs
 
multi-disciplinary team approach
 
advocacy for appropriate school and/or program modifications
acute: 2 weeks to several months
 
chronic: repeated admissions over several years
HSC Emergency Room
Hospital for Sick Children
 
Eating Disorders Program 
severe malnutrition/weight loss requiring admission
intensive milieu therapy and medical intervention
 
academic program to continue with credit courses
4 weeks
frequent re-admissions to program
Dr. D. Katzman
416-813-5054
 
Margaret Doswell
416-813-5365
Hospital for Sick Children
 
Eating Disorders Day Hospital
 
 
 
 
Eating Disorder Assessment at HSC
 
medically stable
 
eating disorder seriously interferes with basic life experiences
 
significant adult caregiver willing to actively participate in program
day treatment program:
 
8am - 6pm Mon-Fri
 
academic program
 
integrated series of therapeutic and educational groups
 
supervised meals and nutritional counseling
family involvement​
4 to 6 months
Geordie Colvin
416-813-2254
Hospital for Sick Children
 
Substance Abuse Day treatment Program
adolescents ages 13-18 with problematic substance abuse difficulties
 
willing to modify substance abuse habits
 
desire to reenter school program
day treatment
 
intensive counseling and backup support program
 
multi-disciplinary team approach
 
academic program to reintegrate acceptable school behaviors
8 weeks
 
can be extended
Dr. Karen Leslie
416-813-6083
Jerome D. Diamond
 
196 Keewatin Ave.
 
age range 11-17
 
behavioral emotional, and/or educational difficulties
day treatment program
 
children's mental health facility
 
individual and family oriented counseling
 
academic program: Grades 7 - 12​
1 to 2 years Wendy Wolfman
416-482-3023
Jessie's Centre
 
205 Parliament St.
pregnant teens
 
teen parents 18 years and under
day treatment programs
 
multiple services available to meet the varying needs of the clients
 
child care and life skills supports
4 weeks to 6 months
Harry Miller
416-365-1889
Operation Springboard
 
Terry Fox House
male young offenders
 
ages 16-18
 
open detention, Phase II
residential program
 
academic program on site
 
life skills
 
clinical counseling and support services
2 weeks to 2 months
Remos Xavier
416-367-4288
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
 
Lyndhurst Division
520 Sutherland Dr.
young adults ages 16-21 with spinal cord injuries requiring rehabilitation
 
non-emergent only
24 hr. nursing care
 
residential
 
full support services
 
multi-disciplinary approach
 
academic program to complete interrupted credits
6 to 8 months
Heather Reuber
416-597-3422 Ext. 125​
Youthdale Treatment Centre
 
Danforth C. I.
ages 13-18 young adults
 
inability to function in school due to emotional problems
 
potential to return to community schools
residential treatment program
 
mandatory, on-going family therapy/counseling
 
academic program in S.S. with gradual integration
 
clinical services available
1 to 2 years
Jill Pringle-Hendry
416-368-4896 Ext. 273

 

 

  

South Quadrant

McCaul School
132 St. Patrick Street
Toronto, ON
M5T 1V1
Telephone: 416-397-3660
FAX: 397-3666

 

​Agency ​Admission Criteria ​Program Description ​Average Stay ​Agency Contact Person
Addiction Mental Health Services Corporation
 
(Formerly Clarke Institute)
250 College Street
for children in Grades 1-3 with significant behavioral difficulties
 
3 month program multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment program
the CATCH Program: Community Assessment and Treatment For Children's Health
a community school-based assessment and treatment program for Children and Families
 
transportation to and from program
 
multi-disciplinary assessment and diagnosis
 
maximum of eight children per class with two Child and Youth Workers and one Special Education Teacher
 
psycho-social treatment, including social skills, problem-solving, anger management, self-esteem, and behavioral programming
 
individualized academic programming based on the Ontario Curriculum
 
parenting groups
 
feedback and consultation to family and home school​
children will attend the program four and one-half days per week (noon dismissal on Wednesdays) for approximately one school semester, and then be re-integrated to their home schools
Rob Bancroft
416 535-8570 Ext. 4049
Hincks-Dellcrest
 
Residential treatment Centre
440 Jarvis Street​
adolescents ages 13-18
 
students with serious behavioral, mental health and learning difficulties
both residential and day treatment programs
 
multi-disciplinary team approach for student and/or family
6 months to 2 years
Sandy Wylie
416-924-1164 Ext. 3247
Hospital for Sick Children
 
Sickle Cell Anaemia follow-up Diagnostic Class
555 University Avenue
Room # 6252
ages 6-7
 
referral to the program by the Sickle Cell Anaemia clinic considered to be at risk academically ages 6-7
diagnostic based programming
 
multidisciplinary team approach
 
transition from Clinical class to community school
five months
Dr. Ross Hetherington
416-813-7654 Ext. 4375
Hospital for Sick Children
 
Psychiatry/Crisis
psychotic illness, suicidal behaviors pain disorder requiring hospitalization and intensive psychiatric intervention
 
ages 6 to 19
academic programs to maintain or adapt school program to student's needs
 
multi-disciplinary team approach
 
advocacy for reintegration
2 weeks to 2 months
Contact
McCaul Administrators
Hospital for Sick Children
 
Medical Units
acute, chronic and/or life-threatening , health conditions requiring hospital admission
 
ages 5 to 12
academic programs in English or French to maintain or adapt school program to student's needs
 
multidisciplinary treatment liaison team
 
transition planning for return to community (home instruction or school)
acute: 2 weeks to several months
 
chronic: repeated admissions over several years or long term, awaiting transplants
Contact
McCaul Administrators
Hospital for Sick Children
 
Child Development Centre
180 Dundas St.
Clinical Classroom
referral from a pediatrician, specialist or therapist after assessment
 
epilepsy and/or associated learning and behavior difficulties that interfere with learning
 
ages 4 to 14
clinical classroom
 
close liaison with home school
 
multidisciplinary team approach
 
ongoing re: interventions strategies
5 months, 4 ½ days per week
Contact
McCaul Administrators
Jerome D. Diamond
 
196 Keewatin Ave.​
behavioral, emotional, and/or educational difficulties
 
ages 11 to 14
both school and day treatment programs
 
individual and family oriented counseling
 
academic programming
1 to 2 years
Wendy Wolfman
416-482-3023
Pelletier Homes for Youth
 
Kent Public School
reside in Pelletier Group Homes for Youth, other agency homes or at home with parents
 
behavioral difficulties that interfere with learning
 
ages 11 to 16​
academic programming to support student's reintegration into community education
 
multidisciplinary team approach
6 months to 2 years - transient population
Greg McCarney
416-534-4627
PATH I
 
Pilot Alternative Therapeutic Holistic
Griffith Centre
Lucy McCormick School
students who have an identification of a moderate to severe developmental disability with additional complex needs requiring a treatment component
 
student has required additional support in the classroom
 
11-15 years of age
 
student is attending program for students with Developmental Handicap
provides a therapeutic program with an academic component for up to 6 dually-diagnosed youth with complex needs
 
assists in developing the social, emotional, academic and vocational skills needed to re-enter the educational system and attain greater independence in community living
 
collaboratively involves youth, families, school board staff and agencies in planning for the youth
 
provides consultation to schools or community resources
 
provides assessment of the youth and/or family's strengths and needs, and designs and implements individualized service plans
one to two years
Rosa Venturo
416-222-1153 Ext.142
PATH II
 
Pilot Alternative Therapeutic Holistic
Griffith Centre
74 Northdale Road
youth has an identification of a moderate to severe developmental disability with additional complex needs requiring a treatment component
 
youth will benefit from a short-term intensive residential placement
 
youth is 12 - 18 years of age
offers a short term community based residence with a capacity for up to 5-6 dually diagnosed youth with complex needs
 
provide the family/service coordinators with recommendations regarding future placement
 
short-term respite service
 
therapeutic residential program with an academic section 20 classroom
 
assists in transition planning by developing the social, emotional, academic and vocational skills needed for youth to re-enter the educational system​
one year
Rosa Venturo
416-222-1153 Ext.142
Simpson House
 
28 Simpson Ave.
(Children's' Aid Society)
students in the program may typically be dealing with the following issues
 
declining school performance
 
ADD/ADHD
 
emotional, social and learning difficulties
 
family conflict, family breakdown, multiple placement breakdowns
 
poor socialization, peer relationship and anger management skills
 
low self- esteem
 
sexual, physical or emotional abuse
 
provides service for 6 children between the ages of 8-11 years​
day treatment education program is operated in a house, which is community based and
 
the goal of the program is to stabilize identified problematic behaviors
 
provide support to the child and family
 
provide counseling necessary for successful re-integration to community schools
one to two years
Lori Johnson
416-465-1025
York Detention
 
354 George St.
children/youth charged with criminal offence and being held in a facility for young offenders
 
ages 12 to 16
provide educational programs focused on academic and therapeutic needs while in custody​ 10 days to 1 year transient population
Deborah Satire
416-929-2471
Youthdale
 
Kent Public School
students that are receiving or require the treatment services offered by the agency
 
behavioral difficulties that interfere with learning
 
grade 7 and 8 students
'therapeutic classroom'
 
a multidisciplinary approach to learning and treatment
 
active parent involvement encouraged
1 to 2 years
Robert Sears
416-368-4896
Youthdale Crisis Centre
 
227 Victoria St.
ASU Crisis Response
TPU Voluntary Admissions
students needing intensive psychiatric support due to crisis
Acute Support Unit: residential treatment
 
educational program crisis support
 
comprehensive multidisciplinary team
 
transitional Psychiatric Unit:
 
residential with home visit privileges
 
treatment/educational program
 
comprehensive crisis support team
 
focus on transition to community
2 weeks
 
5-6 weeks
Paul Allen
416-363-3751 Ext. 271
 
Gail Smith
416-363-3751 Ext. 221
The Creche
 
Secord School
Charles G. Fraser
emotional, behavioral and /or developmental challenges
 
students aged 3 ½ to 6 years who are attending or eligible for JK or SK but who are unable to manage in the regular educational system without the support and intervention of small structured programs
early intervention program
 
the educational/day treatment services of the Creche consist of therapeutically-based classrooms and group treatment programs for children
 
preparation for reintegration into community school (regular special education)
 
intensive support to families through Creche team
 
parents actively participate in setting treatment goals and in the implementation of treatment planning
 
work with the family is oriented to enhance the family's ability to meet the needs of their child both through a better understanding of their needs and through strengthening parenting skills
1 - 2 years
Charlene Winger
416-603-1827
 

North Quadrant

Blue Spruce School
Fairmeadow Centre
17 Fairmeadow Ave.
North York, ON
M2P 1W6
Telephone: 416-395-2290
Fax: 416-395-2226

Principal: Lynda Graham
Consultant: Valerie Davis-Kelly
Administrative Assistant: Susie Pichelli
Superintendent: Michael Smith

 

Agency​ ​Admission Criteria ​Program Description ​Average Stay ​Agency Contact Person
Adventure Place
 
Calico P.S.
35 Calico Dr.
North York M3l 1V5
 
Satellite Program
Ancaster P.S.
44 Ancaster Rd.
North York M3K 1S6​
assessment, care, treatment and education in a day treatment setting
 
support and consultation to schools, child cares, and families of clients
 
early intervention and outreach service
ages 3.8 to 6 years
 
early intervention for children with severe communication, behavioral and developmental difficulties
depends on individual child
 
up to 2 years until the age of 7​
Karlene Jackson-White
416-744-7650 Ext. 255​
Children's Aid Society of Toronto
 
CAST Horsham
15 Horsham Ave.
North York, M2N 1Z6
designed to prevent children from being admitted into the care of the Children's Aid Society
 
school based program with emphasis placed on learning, behavioral and social skills
 
reintegration into community schools facilitated by teacher when appropriate
 
after school and summer program also available
6 -11 years of age
 
must be active clients of the Children's Aid Society
 
unable to attend school due to emotional, behavioral, learning or social issues.
1 to 2 years
Brenda Vaillant, Supervisor
416-223-3099
Griffin Centre
 
H.Y.T.S.
Oakburn Centre Campus
15 Oakburn Cres.
North York, M2N 2T5
day treatment for youth who need help in dealing with worries and concerns at home, in school or in the community (i.e.. difficulties with family, friends, drugs, school, and sexuality) in relation to their misuse of drugs and/or alcohol
12-18 years of age
 
youth with mental health and substance abuse issues
 
reside in North York and under-serviced areas of Toronto
flexible, six months to one year
Intake 416-222-1153​
Griffin Centre
 
T.Y.R.O.
Silverview Campus
24 Silverview Drive
North York, M2M 2B3
 
Drewry Campus
70 Drewry Ave
North York, M2M 1C8
day treatment program
 
multi-disciplinary team approach provides programming for academic and treatment needs
 
includes family support and counseling, coordination of treatment with other systems and service providers
 
supports re-entry into the school system
youth 12 to 18 years
 
Dual Diagnosis: developmental delay and significant emotional, behavioral difficulties
depends on individual needs, average length of stay two years Intake 416-222-1153​
Griffin Centre
 
Northern Lights
Mono Cliffs Outdoor Education Centre
Orangeville, Ontario
therapeutic outdoor adventure-based programming
 
academic component
 
problem solving skills
 
team building​
grades 6, 7, 8
 
early intervention program for students experiencing difficulties in their school, home, or community
five week residential program (home for weekends)
Referrals by home school principals; selected through a screening process
 
For referral forms, call
416-395-2292
416-395-2290
Hincks-Dellcrest
 
Hincks-Dellcrest School
1633 Sheppard Ave. West
North York
M3M 2X4
day treatment program
 
integrated mental health and educational programming
 
family counseling
 
provision of treatment services is primary goal of the overall program
5 - 14 years of age
 
chronic emotional disturbance affecting adjustment to school, home and the community
 
living within Toronto
one to two school years
Intake 416-633-0515
Muki Baum Program
 
Anthony Road Campus
111 Anthony Road
North York
M3K 1B7
day treatment program based on learning programs activities related to educational and therapeutic needs of students
 
therapy includes psychiatry, psychology, social work, cognitive remediation and augmentative communication
ages 4 to 21 years
 
Dual Diagnosis: developmental delay and emotional/psychiatric disorder
long term Intake 416-633-2222​
North York General Hospital
 
Eating Disorder Program
4001 Leslie Street
3d Floor, North Wing Toronto​
day treatment program
 
individual family therapy
 
multi-disciplinary team
 
mental health assessments
 
medical evaluations
 
diagnosis treatment
 
nutritional guidance
12 - 19 years of age
 
intervention for young people who attempt to control their weight through restricted eating (Anorexia Nervosa), or binge eating and/or purging (Bulimia Nervosa)
7 day a week program
 
10 to 12 weeks
Referral by family physician.
 
For more information, call the intake coordinator for Eating Disorder Services
 
416-756-6750
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
 
Fresh Start Program
2075 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, M4N 3M5
day treatment program within the division of Youth Psychiatry
 
focus on reintegrating Sunnybrook patients into a full or part time community school or alternative program
14 - 21 years of age
 
only for adolescents who are in treatment at Sunnybrook Hospital
 
severe psychiatric disorders
four week renewable contracts
Referral from either the inpatient unit or outpatient clinics within the youth division
 
Continuous intake for appropriate referrals.
Tre-Add
 
Thistletown Regional Centre
Sloane Campus
110 Sloane Ave.
North York, M4A 2B1
 
Downsview Campus
Downsview S. S.
7 Hawksdale Road
North York, M3K 1W3​
day treatment with a multi-disciplinary team approach
 
development of academic self help, vocational and living skills
 
holistic, multi-modal approach to individualized programming for each student
children and adolescents 4-21 years
 
(Sloane 4 - 12 years)
 
(Downsview 13 - 21 years)
 
Autism and Developmental disorders
long term
Intake 416-326-0608
 
Thistletown Regional Centre
 
Ask for Intake Worker of the month
 

West Quadrant

Etobicoke-Humber School
Panorama Court
Etobicoke, ON
M9V 4L8
Phone: 416-394-6980
Fax: 416-394-6117

Principal: Larry Chapin
Consultant: Roseann Boulding
Administrative Assistant: Celeste Mayers
Superintendent: Sheila Tait

 

Agency​ ​Admission Criteria ​Program Description ​Average Stay ​Agency Contact Person
Thistletown Regional Centre
 
(Rexdale)
 
 
ages 13-17
 
social/emotional functioning
 
familial issues
residential and day treatment
 
individual ed. program
 
mix of academic and blended activities
3 months to 1 school year
Dave Fisher,
Program Mgr./Day treatment
416-326-0819
 
Karen Burridge,
Program Mgr/Residential
416-326-0878
Thistletown Regional Centre
 
ADP (W.E.S.T. 19) at Richview J.S.
ages 14-17
 
more than 2 years behind
 
must be academically compatible with integration into Central Etobicoke H.S.
day treatment program
 
mix of academic and blended activities
1 school year
Dave Fisher,
Program Manager
416-326-0819
Thistletown Regional Centre
 
TRE-ADD Program
children and adolescents with autism or developmental disorders
residential and day treatment, academic and blended activities to increase skill level
1 school year min
 
to age 21
Tammy Hewson,
Co-ordinator
416-326-0617
Thistletown Regional Centre
 
VALTA
ages 13-19
 
multiple diagnoses
 
history of inappropriate placements
 
no other community services available
day treatment program
 
academic and blended activities
1 - 3 school years
 
Dave Fisher,
Program Manager
416-326-0819
George Hull
 
School Program
ages 6-19
 
family and emotional issues
residential and day treatment
 
individual ed. programs
 
mix of academic and blended activities
1 month to 1 year
Jane Bray,
Program Director (Acting)
416-326-0194​
George Hull/breakaway
 
Clear Directions Program
ages 13-18
 
substance abusers
 
mental health problems
day treatment
 
individual education and treatment program
 
mix of academic and blended activities
3 - 6 months
Jane Bray,
Program Director (Acting)
416-326-0194
Griffin Centre
 
School Program
ages 12 - 18
 
dual-diagnosed
 
sexual offenders
residential and day treatment
 
individual education and treatment program
 
mix of academic and blended activities
1 - 2 years
C. J. Grant,
Co-ordinator
416-326-0849
Etobicoke Children's Centre
 
Silvercreek
ages 6-12
 
problems with social, emotional and academic functioning, familial relationships
day treatment
 
individual education and treatment program
 
mix of academic and blended activities to increase skill level
1 to 2 years
Anne Hales,
Co-ordinator
416-240-1111​
Etobicoke Children's Centre
 
Eatonville
Melody Village
ages 3.8 to 6
 
severe psycho-social needs or intensive assessment required
day treatment
 
individual education and treatment program
 
mix of academic and blended activities to increase skill levels
6 months to 2 years
 
Anne Hales,
Co-ordinator
416-240-1111​
C.A.S.T. Dundas School
ages 6 - 12
 
severely emotional disturbed
 
history of sexual abuse
residential and day treatment
 
individual education and treatment program
 
mix of academic and blended activities
1 to 2 years
Mark MacDonald,
Supervisor
416-231-2790​
CASATTA
 
Rexdale
ages 12 - 16
 
young offenders
residential
 
open custody, open detention
 
mix of academic and blended activities
1 to 60 days
Louis Williams,
Program Director
416-747-7117​
CASATTA
 
Warendale
ages 12 - 16
 
CAS or YO Service
 
chronic runners, street crimes (prostitution)
residential
 
open custody, open detention
 
mix of academic and blended activities
 

 

 
 
 
   


 
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