Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School

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2018 School Recipient of the Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement

Data and Schools: A Journey of Learning

Student population: 1028; Grades: 9–12

  • Regiopolis-Notre Dame (RND) is the oldest English-language Catholic high school in Canada and is located in the downtown core of Kingston, the “Limestone City”.
  • Incoming Grade 9 students attend a summer program called A-Head Start at Regiopolis-Notre Dame one week prior to the beginning of school.

“I think the RND math teachers are good, because they always spend the time to make sure I understand before moving on to something new. I always knew there was help if I needed it. I started to feel like I was good at math.”
— Grade 10 Student

Analysis

  1. Transition Planning: The staff use data to plan the delivery of curriculum. Math teachers use EQAO data as a starting point for determining a plan of action during transition meetings with Grade 8 teachers. In-depth transition planning involves outreach with elementary schools, including co-curricular programs such as mathletes and math contests.
  2. Summer Program: Math teachers lead A-Head Start, which provides literacy and numeracy sessions, for one week in the summer. This allows students entering Grade 9 to brush up on math skills and connect with teachers. The program also provides diagnostic assessment information and allows planning to be differentiated for the cohort.
  3. Curriculum Planning: In September, students write more formal diagnostic assessments. Teachers, versed in EQAO assessments, create assessments that mirror the EQAO format. Teachers moderate the marking of these assessments together. Math teachers map out the curriculum to ensure consistent timelines and assessment plans across all the math courses.
  4. Continuing Math: Data about mathematics learning go beyond achievement on the EQAO assessment. Qualitative data are gathered from day-to-day classroom observations. The school also looks at the number of students who continue to take math beyond compulsory credits to gauge long-term impact.

Action

Comprehensive Approach

The Pathways to Education after-school math program provides students with an opportunity to learn with teachers and volunteers from Queen’s University. Trained educators help with homework and learning skills.

Students access programs at their community centre. The program also encourages attendance at school and positive attitudes about mathematics. The Pathways to Education workers also come into the school two times a week at lunchtime to reconnect with students and help keep them motivated.

Math Enthusiasm

Teachers who are new to the school are supported by an enthusiastic math department, which strives for excellence. The department works collaboratively to co-learn and co-teach mathematics when possible. New teachers are paired with mentors to help them navigate differentiated instruction and assessment in a mathematics classroom.

Math teachers have developed a professional learning day to help all educators at Regiopolis-Notre Dame model positive attitudes about mathematics for students.

Grade 9

Sudbury Secondary School, Rainbow District School Board
Maxwell Heights Secondary School, Durham District School Board
M.M. Robinson High School, Halton District School Board
Elmira District Secondary School, Waterloo Region District School Board
St. Francis Xavier High School, Ottawa Catholic District School Board
John McCrae Secondary School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School, Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School, Sudbury Catholic District School Board

Elementary Schools

Pine Grove Public School, District School Board of Niagara
St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Sister Catherine Donnelly Catholic School, Simcoe County District School Board
St. Matthew Catholic School, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Fleming Public School, Toronto District School Board
Springbrook Public School, Peel District School Board
Byron Southwood Public School, Thames Valley District School Board

OSSLT

Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Lakehead District School Board
South Carleton High School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Holy Names Catholic High School, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute, Toronto District School Board

Elementary Schools

McKellar Park Central School, Lakehead District School Board
St. Dominic Savio Catholic School, Waterloo Catholic District School Board
St. Bernadette Catholic School, Durham Catholic District School Board
Beverley Heights Middle School, Toronto District School Board
Pius XII Catholic Elementary, Sudbury Catholic District School Board
Sir William Gage Middle School, Peel District School Board
St. Martin School, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
D. Roy Kennedy Public School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Grade 9

Maple High School, York Region District School Board
Essex District High School, Greater Essex County District School Board
Mississauga Secondary School, Peel District School Board
Governor Simcoe Secondary School, District School Board of Niagara
Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Earl Haig Secondary School, Toronto District School Board

Elementary Schools

St. Edmund Separate School, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Pleasantville Public School, York Region District School Board
Nelles Public School, District School Board of Niagara
St. Luke Catholic Elementary School, Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board
St. Aloysius Catholic Elementary School, Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Centennial Road Junior Public School, Toronto District School Board
Dunlace Public School, Toronto District School Board
St. John XXIII Catholic School, Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
E. J. James Public School, Halton District School Board

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