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Toronto Catholic District School Board

About Us

 

 

Our Mission

Within the mission and vision of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, Monsignor Johnson is a school community that:

  • is Christ-centered;
  • is student-focused;
  • demonstrates a clear sense of purpose;
  • is visibly and demonstrably Catholic;
  • reflects empowering leadership;
  • applies collaborative decision-making;
  • is innovative; and,
  • provides role models among all stakeholders for all these qualities.

 

How We Meet the Diverse Needs of Our Students 
 
Monsignor Johnson is a community of learning where our objective is to welcome and educate each child regardless of ability, sex and ethnic and racial origins. We strive for the total development of the human person: religious, intellectual, physical, cultural, emotional, social and ethical. Our classrooms are characterized by active student learning and high time on task; cooperative learning and peer tutoring; regularly assigned and monitored homework; continuous monitoring and reporting of student achievement and mastery at each step of learning with appropriate difficulty. At Johnson we expect a high standard of performance by all--not the same, but a high degree of performance by all.
 
In addition to academic excellence, we, as a Catholic school community, through prayer and service, strive to give witness to Christ in the love and support we show for each other. To this end, the full credit religious education program emphasizes community involvement through such initiatives as the community service component of the grade 12 program. This involvement may also be seen in the students' participation in such events as food drives, Christmas basket collections, the St. Benedict “summer daze” program, and an outreach breakfast program. The chaplaincy team arranges homeroom masses and retreats to develop a loving and supportive relationship among our students.
 
We have an excellent resource department that modifies programs for our gifted students as well as for those students with learning disabilities. A realistic educational plan that incorporates future goals is formulate for each student with the collaboration of subject teachers and guidance counselors.
 
We also provide the opportunity for identified students to earn credits while receiving support in a small classroom setting. In fact, Johnson just recently received an award of honourable mention from the Ministry of Education for our exemplary practice in integration. In addition, our school-based support team, which meets once a week, helps identify students in need of assistance and designs an active plan which supports the needs of the student as well as the classroom teacher.
 
Our English as a second language department uses a variety of courses and techniques to meet its goal of full integration for our ESL students in the curricular and extracurricular life of the school.
 
The library resource centre provides support materials for concepts learned in the classroom. It helps students acquire knowledge and skills to become independent learners, able to make sound judgments in the light of Christian values. Specifically it teaches students how to access and use information on the electronic superhighway, and provides expert coaching for student research.
 
Our new communication technology program involves CAD drafting, animation, graphics, amateur radio communication, and video and still photography. The lab is linked to “the information superhighway” through internet and Compuserve. Our new television studio was completed at the start of 1996.
 
After-school support workshops for English, mathematics, science as well as computer labs, open every day after school, provide assistance with the help of peer facilitators and teachers.
 
Peer facilitator and peer tutoring programs provide extra individual help, tutoring, and mentoring students having difficulty achieving and fitting in the mainstream educational setting. Research has demonstrated that both the tutor and the tutee develop new skills along the way and grow in self-esteem.
 
For students who learn best outside the classroom we have cooperative education with off-campus work placements that allow students to earn multi credits towards their secondary school diploma. This experience suits their learning styles and the community becomes an extension of our classrooms.
 
To ensure race and ethno-cultural equality, we support and celebrate our cultural diversity through study and activities initiated by our chaplaincy team, social science and religion departments and associations such as our Italian, Spanish and Afro heritage clubs. In 1993 Johnson won, from the Ministry of Multiculturalism and Citizenship, an award for our antiracism and multicultural programs. Johnson believes in affirmative action, promotes inclusive language, and encourages women to continue in technology, science and mathematics.

Athletics play an important role in our school life at Johnson through our varsity and intramural programs. We have 19 different school teams and Johnson has qualified for provincial play-offs in men's and women's basketball, men's volleyball and men's softball. In the intramural program we stress participation rather than competition and develop life skills such as leadership, cooperation and responsibility.