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Dropout Prevention

Our Vision: "The Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board believes that all our students deserve our complete commitment to their success."
Educators in the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board work hard to create safe and caring schools in which our students can learn and grow.  A wide variety of extracurricular activities are organized so that students have many different options for becoming involved in their school community and contributing to it. Our teachers work closely with students and offer remediation opportunities for overcoming academic challenges; guidance counselors, psychologists and other professionals share their expertise with teachers, students and families to support student learning and success.  However, sometimes despite our best efforts, students still face challenges within the school environment.  

Drop out Prevention Dashboard
During the 2015-16 school year, we focused on identifying the students who are most at risk of dropping out of high school. The Dropout Prevention Dashboard is a database tool which uses indicators including high absenteeism rates, low academic success, and frequent conflicts with school administration to accurately target these students so that we can design  interventions to meet their needs. 

S.T.A.Y. - Students Thrive All Year
During the 2016-17 school year, the program will be extended and a small team of teacher mentors (SAGE Mentors) will be trained in every high school. These volunteers will intervene one-on-one with at-risk students in an effort to help them re-engage with the school, improve study skills and overcome personal obstacles. This mentoring program will be part of the S.T.A.Y. initiative at Laval Senior Academy, Laval Junior Academy and Rosemere High. A S.T.A.Y committee at each school is responsible for identifying at-risk students and working with them to determine the best support, including matching students with adult mentors whenever it is possible. This committee will also keep track of and support school-wide initiatives that promote student engagement. 

This approach is being built on evidence-based practices; samples of our research references are below.  Click on the links to learn more!
Reducing the Dropout Rate at the End of Secondary School  (Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, 2013)

Action Strategy on Student Retention and Student Success (Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, 2009))

IES Practice Guide: Dropout Prevention (Institute of Education Sciences)

The Facts on Education: How Can We Prevent High School Dropouts? (Canadian Education Association Research & Publications)

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