St. John XXIII Catholic School

2016 School Recipient of the Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement

St. John XXIII Catholic School, Renfrew County Catholic District School Board

Student population: 280; Grades: K–6; Principal: Heidi Fraser

  • Rural/urban population in small town in eastern Ontario
  • More than one-third of the Grade 6 population identified with special education needs
  • Multigenerational school with two or three generations of families having attended the school
  • More than 90% of all students in Grade 3 and Grade 6 achieved the provincial standard in reading and writing
Shauna Rampton (SERT), Heidi Fraser (Principal) and Jacqueline Ryan (Grade 6 Teacher)

St. John XXIII is a multigenerational school located in the small town of Arnprior, Ontario, just west of Ottawa. The school experiences very little staff turnover; many of the staff at the school attended the school as students. Staff commitment to the school and community has fostered a culture in which all students can succeed given the proper time and supports.

“Allowing us to use Prodigy and/or Mathletics on our Chromebooks and doing a daily math review helps me remember what I have learned in math.”

— Grade 5 Student

Selection Criteria

EQAO considered schools that:

  • had a significant proportion of students who did not meet the provincial math standard in Grade 3 but who improved to meet it when they were in Grade 6 and
  • maintained or increased the overall number of students meeting the provincial standard in math.

What is the profile of this school community?

Profile of Grade 3 and Grade 6 Students

Grade 3
Grade 6
Female
32%
50%
Male
68%
50%
Special education needs
11%
35%
English language learners
0%
0%
Born outside Canada
0%
4%
First language learned at home was other than English
0%
0%

How have the results improved?

The staff at St. John XXIII use EQAO data to help plan school improvement. They use the EQAO attitudes and behaviour data to get a better understanding of student confidence in mathematics. They use EQAO contextual information to inform the resources that will be required to address the specific needs of their demographic. EQAO’s achievement data, along with report card data, early identification assessments, in-class assessments and attendance data help inform their practice and allow them to address the specific needs of their community’s students.

“Parents contribute by looking through the math books that are sent home (e.g., daily math review) and working on the areas that the teacher has highlighted as areas of need. We also play the games that have been suggested by the teacher as ways of including math in our daily lives. “

— Parent

What initiatives have contributed to this improvement?

Analyzing Data—A Whole-School Approach

St. John XXIII Catholic School examines their data closely, looking for gaps in student learning and possible programming needs. All staff gather at the beginning of the year to examine the previous year’s results and discuss strategic planning around the results in mathematics. Every educator in the building partakes in these discussions and all input is valuable.

Tutors in the Classroom

Every spring, St. John XXIII employs three or four university students to assist in the Grade 3 and 6 classrooms. These tutors are post-secondary students that come back year after year to assist the school in the spring. They are employed using provincial funding and their role culminates with them being the scribes necessary for the students that require the accommodation.

Supporting Students with Special Needs

St. John XXIII has a “whole team” approach to supporting students with accommodations. The SERT works closely with the classroom teacher to provide support that will allow all students to access the curriculum. Students are constantly refreshed on using assistive technology in their day-to-day work.

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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