Student Success Initiative


all work has value
All work has value
Every person has strengths and talents. Our goal as educators is to help each and every student define what success means for them.

In Rainbow Schools, success is…

  • the student with special needs who gains sufficient skills to live independently;
  • the student who leaves high school and moves directly into the world of work;
  • the student who enrolls in an apprenticeship as an auto service technician and goes on to work in a garage;
  • the student who goes to college to take the hotel and restaurant management program and pursues a career in the hospitality industry; and
  • the student who leaves high school, goes on to university, graduates from medical school, and one day opens his or her own doctor’s office.

When young people find a place where they can achieve success, they are well on their way towards being happy and productive members of society. We all have a responsibility, as parents/guardians, educators and members of the community, to support young people by opening doors and listening to what captures their interest.

Student Success focuses on strengths and interests

The Student Success Initiative (Grades 7 to 12) is the Province of Ontario’s response to a number of expert panel reports that revealed some startling statistics about graduation rates in Ontario schools.

According to the Ministry of Education, over 70 per cent of parents/guardians expect their children to go to university.

Here’s what the statistics show:
  • 33 per cent of high school graduates go to university
  • 19 per cent of high school graduates go to college
  • 19 per cent of high school graduates go directly into the workforce
  • 29 per cent of high school students leave school before obtaining their secondary school diploma

Research has shown that “the idea that post-secondary education is the most desirable outcome does not reflect the reality of many students’ interests, abilities, and choices, and it is unreasonable to measure student success solely in terms of this outcome. Students who obtain their diploma/certificate and find employment must equally be considered a success. The emphasis must be on what each student is capable of doing well.”

To ensure student success, strategies and programs have been implemented to address the needs of students in Grades 7 to 12 to support them as they make their way through secondary school to their post-secondary destination of choice.

The Student Success Initiative is built on four pillars:
  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematical Literacy
  3. Program Pathways
  4. Community, Culture and Caring (embedded in all pillars)

These pillars recognize the importance of ensuring that students develop essential skills in reading, writing and math and have an opportunity to participate in experiential learning opportunities so they can make the connection between the classroom and the world of work.

The goal of the Student Success Initiative is to inspire success for all students regardless of which pathway they choose:
  • independent living
  • work
  • apprenticeship
  • college
  • university

Our economy needs a strong workforce in all areas. Many of those areas will not require a college diploma or a university degree, but they will require that students have a secondary school diploma, a strong foundation in character education, and a balance of life skills and work skills. The goal of Rainbow Schools is to build good citizens who can lead happy and productive lives.

When the school, the home and the community work together to maximize student success, we form a powerful partnership that enables each and every student to achieve his or her full potential.

For more information about the Student Success Initiative, please contact:

Judy Noble
Student Success Leader
Rainbow District School Board
Gord Ewin Centre for Education
705-523-3314 (fax)

Thank you/Miigwech/Merci/Grazie/Gracias/Shukria/Takk skal du ha for being an agent of hope for young people.