Secondary Program Review
In the summer and fall of 2018, the Upper Grand District School Board conducted a Secondary Program Review, a strategic review of secondary school education across the district. The purpose of the review was to create a guiding vision for secondary education in the UGDSB to meet the learning needs of all students.
To facilitate this review, the board established a working group representing UGDSB stakeholders including students, parents, teachers, principals, support staff, federation partners and trustees. The working group worked to honour and highlight the great work already taking place in our schools and provide the board with an opportunity to build on those existing efforts to evolve in ways that will continue to benefit our students and families.
The working group sought input and diverse perspectives. In the second week of September, secondary students, their parents/guardians, and secondary staff completed an online survey, giving their thoughts on various learning characteristics and skills they feel are most important for success in school and in their lives.
Throughout the review, the working group gathered input through focus groups and the board’s existing committees, including Student Senate, the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC), Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), French as a Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC), the UGDSB Program Committee and the Secondary Principal and Vice Principal Group.
The intent of this review was not make changes to any current UGDSB secondary programs, or recommend the creation of new programs, as those decisions are made in accordance with the board’s Long Term Accommodation Plan process. However, results from the Secondary Program Review could inform future decisions.
Report of the Secondary Program Review Working Group
The Report of the Secondary Program Review Working Group went to the Board of Trustees for information in December 2018 (report available below).
Details contained in the report include:
- The review process and survey results
- The learning characteristics identified as most important for UGDSB graduates
- Current effective strategies used to provide student support for post-secondary destination decision-making
- Additional strategies to support student pathways
- Trends in secondary school course offerings
- Report of the Secondary Program Review Working Group (December 2018)