LINDSAY, ON – The Ministry of Education has released data around graduation rates 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 73.3% graduation rate for students who graduated within four years and 82.2% for students who graduated within five years.

Trillium Lakelands District School Board provides many opportunities to encourage students to continue working towards a graduation diploma within the four or five years that they spend in secondary school. These opportunities include advanced placement courses, dual credit programs, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship programs, Specialist High Skills Majors, and cooperative education.

“There is a wide variety of individual student and family stories that need to be considered on an individual basis,” states Superintendent of Secondary School Improvement and Student Success Bruce Barrett. “Our curriculum department and secondary school staff provide opportunities and access to programs to help students succeed – regardless of circumstance.”

The graduation rate takes into account every student that enrolled in any secondary school in TLDSB in 2015 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.

“TLDSB provides a comprehensive and caring approach to learning that is focused on life after high school for all of our students,” states Director of Education Larry Hope. “Our multiple pathways include graduating to college or university, moving into an apprenticeship or certification program, and for other students it means helping develop the social, emotional, and life skills to make the transition to adulthood.”

“Our graduation rate includes all of our students, including students in our life skills programs,” states Board Chair Louise Clodd. “High school opportunities are for all our students – those who will move on to post secondary education as well as those who are preparing to enter the workforce when they graduate.”

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