The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) maintains very high standards for education, with an emphasis on growth and development. The TDSB curriculum encourages basic knowledge, skills, behaviours and habits for academic achievement in a post secondary educational environment for each and every one of their schools. Still, there are a few things that you might want to consider when choosing a school for your child.
Most neighborhoods within the city of Toronto have at least one school of each level (kindergarten & elementary, junior high, and high school). The TDSB encourages parents to enroll their children in the school that is closest to their homes. This is not only a convenient idea, but also a safe one, considering that it is easier to be in contact with your child the closer they are to home. Most Toronto schools offer after-school programs which might require your child to come early or stay late in addition to their scheduled school day. It’s always much easier to keep your child safe when you know they are close by.
Every TDSB school in Toronto maintains some sort of extra-curricular programming schedule for their students. Exactly what these programs are depends on the level of interest shown by the students who attend the school. Some schools are known for their incredible sports programs, some for their dynamic artistic groups like marching bands or drama clubs, others are known for champion chess clubs or brilliant debate teams. When considering a school for your child, be sure to look into any extra-curricular programs your child might be interested in.
Many schools in Toronto are used not only for education, but as a resource centre for the entire community. Schools in Toronto are often used for public meetings, seminars, or even arts installations. Sporting facilities for some schools, such as race tracks, basketball courts or swimming pools are sometimes open to the public, provided they sign the appropriate paperwork. When searching for a school for your child, be sure to have a good look around the building to see if the facilities are all that they can be.