St. Stephen has a culture inclusive of all learning abilities and learning styles. A significant proportion of students have special education needs (23%). The school supports a strong life-skills program that provides students with the skills required to function in a work environment and live independently.
The motto “Spirit, Strength, Serenity, Service” is foundational to the work of the school community.
St. Stephen uses EQAO school data, in particular those from the Item Information Report, in combination with classroom assessment data, to identify areas of challenge for students, to determine the effectiveness of classroom teaching strategies and to inform school improvement planning.
Another key source of evidence that contributes to the progress of the Grade 9 math program is a common diagnostic assessment carried out the first week of the course. This assessment helps to evaluate student awareness and skill in math and is an important part of follow-up conversations with students and their parents.
At St. Stephen, all learning pathways are highly valued. The staff works very hard to ensure that all students are on pathways appropriate to their learning needs. Students are assessed early, and the school and home discuss placement to ensure that it is effective.
By examining trends in data using the EQAO online reporting application and the online Item Information Reports, the staff is able to target areas of the math program that need additional attention and establish strategies to support student learning in them. Moderated marking of the current year’s EQAO assessment gives staff a good sense of which targeted strategies are needed.
Identified in collaboration with their feeder schools and their parents, students who are achieving below provincial standard in mathematics are recommended for a full-year combined applied science and applied mathematics course. This course is taught by the same teacher for both subjects. The program is five years old, and the trend data are showing that it is successful.
"Trust in the staff’s guidance should testing identify your child is not in the correct pathway and make necessary changes to ensure an appropriate pathway is taken.”"
"I know people in my class who say they can’t do it, but the teacher says ‘no, you can’ and helps the students"
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Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement, 2015 School Recipient.