The School Program offers academic programming to 24 youth through three Section 23 classrooms. The youth who attend the School Program reside in the Boys House, Libby's Place and the community.
The youth who attend the school exhibit acute or chronic behavioural, emotional, learning or developmental difficulties. The purpose of the program is academic achievement and the development of cognitive, social and linguistic skills which are necessary for successful adjustment at home, school and in the community.
The School Program is provided in partnership with the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board for children and youth from Grades 6 through 12. The curriculum is credit based and delivered within Ministry of Education guidelines. Therapeutic and educational groups are integrated into the curriculum. Class sizes of eight, with a teacher and a child and youth worker in each class, ensures a high level of individual attention.
Parents and families of all youth who attend the School Program are involved with a clinician from the Centre and meet regularly with the teacher and School Program staff.
Teachers and staff work closely with community schools upon a student’s admission and prior to discharge to facilitate a smooth transition and integration back into the community.
Rachel entered the School Program as a painfully shy girl who had experienced a three-year descent into depression, isolation and institutional care. She had not attended school in more than a year and had no friends. Her father said “I do not recognize my daughter anymore’. The academic and clinical staff worked with Rachel to help her manage her negative thought patterns and Rachel’s entire family engaged in treatment. At the School Program, Rachel began to experience academic success and began to open up and connect with her classmates and participate in the art program and student leadership. Most importantly, Rachel learned to manage her recurring bouts of depression. With the assistance of the School Program staff, Rachel was able to graduate from high school and was accepted to college.