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Our Mission

The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) 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.

Our Vis​ion

At TCDSB we transform the world through witness, faith, innovation and action.

One of our Multi Year Strategic Goals is to foster student achievement and well-being by supporting our students in meeting the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations. These expectations are foundational to our work and are embedded in Catholic Character Formation.

"Distinctive expectations for graduates of Catholic Schools are determined and shaped by the vision and destiny of the human person emerging from our faith tradition. This Christian anthropology or world view reveals the dignity and value of the person…" - Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations, Institute for Catholic Education, Toronto, Ontario.

Catholic Graduate Expectations

A Catholic school graduate is expected to be:

Catholic Graduate Expectations 2022-2023 - An infographic of Catholic Graduate Expectations made up of 7 different drawings with text under them. 1. A discerning believer formed in the Catholic Faith community who celebrates the signs and sacred mystery of God's presence through word, sacrament, prayer, forgiveness, reflection and moral living. 2. An effective communicator who speaks, writes, and listens honestly and sensitively, responding critically in the light of gospel values. 3. A reflective, creative and holistic thinker who solves problems and makes responsible decisions with an informed moral conscience for the common good. 4. A self-directed, responsible, lifelong learner who develops and demonstrates their God-given potential. 5. A collaborative contributor who finds meaning, dignity and vocation in work which respects the rights of all and contributes to the common good. 6. A caring family member who attends to family, school, parish, and the wider community. 7. A responsible citizen who gives witness to Catholic social teaching by promoting peace, justice and the sacredness of human life. 

"All students will be engaged in a comprehensive, high quality program, grounded in our Catholic Values and Beliefs as set out in the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations and guided by the School Effectiveness Framework. The emphasis on specific instructional strategies in this plan will be delivered through the components of an effective balanced program." - TCDSB - Board Learning and Improvement Plan 2011-2014

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EQAO​ Results Over Time

Primary (Grade 3)

Students achieving at or above the provincial standard (Level 3 and 4):

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Reading TCDSB 69% NP** 76% 75% 76%
ONTARIO EC* 72% 74% 75% 74%
Writing TCDSB 79% NP 78% 75% 75%
ONTARIO EC 74% 73% 72% 69%
Mathematics TCDSB 64% NP 63% 58% 58%
ONTARIO EC 63% 62% 61% 58%

* Note: Due to exceptional circumstances (EC) in 2015, provincial data are unavailable to report provincial results.
** Note: Due to exceptional circumstances in in 2015-2016, TCDSB elementary schools did not participate (NP) in the Primary and Junior Division assessments.

Junior (Grade 6)

Students achieving at or above the provincial standard (Level 3 and 4):

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Reading TCDSB 78% NP 80% 79% 79%
ONTARIO EC 81% 81% 82% 81%
Writing TCDSB 80% NP 82% 81% 84%
ONTARIO EC 80% 79% 80% 82%
Mathematics TCDSB 52% NP 48% 47% 44%
ONTARIO EC 50% 50% 49% 48%

Grade 9

Students achieving at or above the provincial standard (Level 3 and 4):

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Academic Mathematics TCDSB 82% 83% 83% 83% 83%
ONTARIO EC 83% 83% 84% 84%
Applied Mathematics TCDSB 44% 45% 46% 49% 48%
ONTARIO EC 45% 44% 45% 44%

OSSLT Results ​Over Time

First-time eligible students who were successful:

Spring 2015 March 2016 March 2017 March 2018 March 2019
TCDSB 83% 81% 80% 78% 84%
ONTARIO 82% 81% 81% 79% 80%

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