As students make their way back to school on September 6th, the York Catholic District School Board will welcome approximately 55,000 students to its 106 schools, including its newest school, Pope Francis Catholic Elementary School in Kleinburg.
York Catholic secondary students entering Grade 9, as well as students entering Grade 7 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic College School in Keswick will participate in a "Getting Ready for High School" orientation day on Tuesday, September 6th. High school students in Grades 10-12, and students in Grades 8-12 at Our Lady of the Lake CCS, will begin classes on Wednesday, September 7th.
Also beginning this September, St. Mark CES in Stouffville will become the 15th York Catholic school to offer the French Immersion program. New Specialist High-Skills Majors (SHSM) programs in Business, and Hospitality and Tourism, will also be added this year at St. Augustine CHS in Markham, and at St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS in Aurora, respectively. A new innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship component, developed with the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, will be embedded into the Board's 21 SHSM programs this year, to teach students specific skills employers seek.
"We are delighted to introduce new programs for both elementary and secondary students for the 2016-2017 school year," says Patricia Preston, Director of Education. "Such specialized programming supports our commitment to student achievement and provides our students with more meaningful learning experiences so that they can achieve the vision that we have for them. It is our vision that all students in our learning community will become creative and critical thinkers who integrate Catholic values into their daily lives as socially responsible global citizens."