LINDSAY, ON – The Ministry of Education has released data around graduation rates for the 2009-2010 Grade 9 cohort for all school boards in Ontario. Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) falls within the top third of English Language Public School Boards in the province with a 75% graduation rate for students who graduated within four years and 82% for students who graduated within five years.

Secondary schools in TLDSB have a number of engaging options for students to encourage remaining in school and working towards graduation within the four or five year time frame – programs such as Advanced Placement courses, Dual Credit programs, Specialist High Skills Majors, and Cooperative Education.

“Getting to the high school diploma is not a race,” states Superintendent of Secondary School Improvement and Student Success, Bruce Barrett, “Secondary schools are filled with individual student and family stories and circumstances. We provide the opportunities and motivational assistance to help students succeed no matter what their age or circumstance.”

The graduation rate takes into account every student that enrolled in any secondary school in TLDSB in September of 2009 including those that later moved away to other districts or out of province. It also includes those students in the board’s non-credit generating “Life Skills” program.

“We are extremely proud of the achievement of our students and the support they receive from our staff,” stated Director of Education, Larry Hope, “TLDSB provides a comprehensive and caring approach to learning that is focused on life after high school for all of our students.” For most this means graduating to college or university, for others it means apprenticeship or certifications, and for other students it means helping develop the social, emotional and life skills to make the transition to adulthood. For many students, graduation occurs within the five-year provincial window, while others may graduate later from TLDSB Alternative and Adult Education Centres (AETC).

“At TLDSB, we are extremely proud of our “life skills” students that participate and grow in each of our seven secondary schools,” said Board Chair, Louise Clodd, “This program shows that secondary school is more than just honouring diploma bound students, and TLDSB is pleased to say that our graduation rate includes these students.”

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