The Algoma District School board is committed to providing students with high-quality learning environments and enriching educational opportunities. We are committed to providing quality education programs and strive to meet the needs of all students within an environment of respect, integrity, sensitivity and fairness.
Our schools provide a welcoming environment where the focus is the well being of each student. In preparation for the future, students will be encouraged to reach their potential through quality programs delivered by highly trained, caring staff, in an atmosphere of respect for the individual needs of each student. To enhance learning experiences, we will work collaboratively with the community at large to ensure the effective use of all available resources.
Kindergarten: In September 2003, The Algoma District School Board will be introducing Full Day Senior Kindergarten. Our highly trained staff will challenge and motivate young learners with the aim of building self-confidence and the understanding that learning is a life long adventure. With a focus on literacy and numeracy, the Algoma District School Board Kindergarten Program will provide children with a solid foundation for future intellectual, physical and social development.
Literacy: The Algoma District School Board has been devoted to the Ministry of Education's Early Reading Initiative. It is our belief that, a child's ability to read is the cornerstone for success in school and throughout life. The ADSB Early Reading Initiative outlined a 4 year plan in 2001 to meet the profound challenge of making reading a reality for all children. Extensive Professional Development, implementation of reading & writing strategies, and new resources for improving achievement in reading in early grades, has had a positive impact toward developing a solid foundation in the basics of reading. This plan will continue into the future and presently includes Professional Development and implementation of reading strategies for junior and intermediate students.
Mathematics: The Algoma District School Board is presently taking a leadership role as select members of our Board are participating in the Regional Training Team as part of the Ministry of Education's Early Math Initiative. The ADSB Early Math Initiative will outline a plan to help primary school students improve their basic mathematics understanding and to begin to develop the mathematical skills needed in the twenty-first century.
French Immersion: For over twenty years, quality programming has been the hallmark of our French Immersion schools in the Algoma District School Board. This dynamic program, currently offered in Sault Ste. Marie, Blind River and Elliot Lake, now provides instruction to over 1000 students from Kindergarten to Grade Twelve.
Computer Technology: The Algoma District School Board is committed to providing and preserving a technologically advanced learning environment and encourages all students to be proficient with the uses of computers & modern technology. The Algoma District School Board recognizes the need for advanced information technology and diverse software to meet expectations and support the implementation of The Kindergarten Program and The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1 to 8.
Professional Development: A wide variety of of professional development opportunities continue to be provided for teachers during the school day and after hours in support of effective curriculum implementation. Many areas of the curriculum are emphasized such as, assessment and evaluation, Reading, Writing, Oral Language, First Steps, the Arts, French and Native as a Second Language, Computers, and the Ministry Exemplars.
Assessment and Evaluation: The Purpose of Assessment is to Improve Instruction and Learning. The Assessment Process includes diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment, evaluation, grading, and reporting. Assessment is the process of gathering information (evidence) that accurately reflects how well a student is achieving the identified curriculum expectations. Assessment data serves to guide teachers in adapting curriculum and instructional approaches to students' needs and in assessing the overall effectiveness of programs and classroom practices. As part of assessment teachers provide students with feedback that guides their efforts toward improved performance.
We believe it is our role to uphold the highest standards of achievement with positive learning experiences encouraging students to:
develop and realize their full potential; intellectually, emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually
think and solve problems creatively
develop proficiency in literacy and numeracy skills
become life-long learners
develop teamwork and collaborative skills
value themselves and others with dignity and respect
develop the qualities of compassion, tolerance and social responsibility
appreciate and respect the multicultural diversity of Canada
understand the rapid changes of the world and how to successfully adapt to them
be proficient with the uses of modern technology
successfully and independently direct their own lives
develop a sense of community and their role within it – less–ZoomInfo