LINDSAY, ON – The Ministry of Education has released data around graduation rates for all school boards in Ontario. Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) continues to be in the top third of English Language Public School Boards in the province with a 76.9% graduation rate for students who graduated within four years and 84.5% for students who graduated within five years.

“That’s an increase of 3.6% in our four-year rate and a 2.3% increase in our five-year rate since last year, “ states Director Larry Hope, “and we will continue to help our students to have a successful high school experience, whether they are pursuing a secondary school diploma, certificate of learning, or life-skills credential. We want those years to be meaningful, productive, and positive.”

Experiential learning programs in secondary schools such as Ontario Youth Apprenticeship programs, Specialist High Skills Majors, and college dual credit programs have flourished in the last several years across the province, and in TLDSB.

“We continue to address ways to re-engage the 9% of students who leave high school early,” said Superintendent Bruce Barrett, “Certainly our specialized programs, differing models of delivery like virtual learning, and our adult and alternative sites have had a marked and positive impact but we know we can do more.”

“We are persistent and varied in our approach, and steadfast in our belief that graduation is an important milestone for our students on their journey to life after high school,” says School Board Chair Louise Clodd, “That means we do our best to meet student needs whether that is during their teen years, or even following them into adulthood to provide opportunities to graduate.”

In fact, TLDSB alternate education centres in all areas of the school board offer opportunities beyond high school for adults of any age to obtain their diploma. It is the board’s belief that a high school diploma has an enormous personal and social impact on the lives of people whenever it is attained.