An analysis of recent EQAO results shows a dramatic improvement over the previous year. This trend toward improved skill development demonstrates the positive impact of several initiatives recently undertaken. These include: Balanced Literacy Program (junior kindergarten through grade 3), primary special education (grades 1 to 3) and house leaves (available for all grades).
To supplement these already existing programs, three major academic initiatives are underway.
In partnership with the Portuguese community, the TCDSB has developed an outreach program providing both information and materials (read-a-long books, cassettes and CDs) free of charge to our Portuguese families with children in kindergarten through to grade 1. Designed to reinforce initial readiness skills, Portuguese parents can now assist their children with the development of essential early language skills relevant to both English and Portuguese.
In preparation for a Young Authors' Conference, each student in the school will be completing for display at least one piece of written work, which will be assessed according to provincial criteria and exemplars.
Faculty of Education (University of Toronto)
St. Nicholas of Bari has been selected as a host school for teacher candidates attending the faculty. This will allow some of our classes to benefit from the expertise of two teachers during the practicum sessions, and for staff and students to learn the best current teaching practices.
The staff at St. Nicholas of Bari are committed to providing a wide range of both intra- and extra-curricular activities for the students. The establishment of clubs e.g. chess and checkers and the school's participation in the many regionally-based athletic activities attest to this fact. Also the school's ongoing involvement with the Toronto Parks and Recreation Department has resulted in the establishment of after-school programs for students aged 6 to 13, four nights per week e.g. tae kwon do and jazz dancing.