Student Success Initiatives at CCSS
The Ministry of Education’s Student Success Strategy aims to see graduation rates rise to 85% by the year 2010, and to reduce drop-out rates by half. Likewise, Clarington Central Secondary School is committed to enabling success for all of our students. We have an active Student Success Team which involves collaboration from the guidance and coop departments, special education/Resource and the administration. The team meets regularly to see that all students are receiving the necessary tools to achieve success in high school.
The end ofthe 2009/2010 school year brought with it a number of success stories for students at Clarington Central; however, for those who have struggled in the past or fear that the upcoming school year will be a struggle, there are a number of programs in place at CCSS designed to help students be successful.
Homework club is available for any subject Mondays to Thursdays after school (2:30 - 3:30) in the Library. Several individual departments also offer extra help sessions after school and at lunch (check with specific departments to see when extra help is available from that department). Students are responsible for arranging their own after-school transportation.
Credit Recovery is a class designed for senior students who have fallen behind in accumulating credits from grades 9 and 10. Students in Credit Recovery are given the opportunity to remediate courses previously failed in an independent study environment. Students cannot choose Credit Recovery as a course selection. Students are placed in the credit recovery program only after a consultation. Students or parents who think they may be a candidate for the credit recovery program should make an appointment with Mr. Pegutter to discuss the program further.
Occasionally the guidance deprtment receives information from people who offer tutoring services. If you are looking for a tutor for your son or daughter, you may want to call the guidance deprtment to see if we have any leads. However, we do not screen these tutors.
The Ministry of Education has granted CCSS the opportunity to offer four Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs in the areas of Hospitality, Business, Communications technology and Arts and Culture. Students interested in a career in any of these fields can take a specially designed bundle of courses that will grant them an SHSM designation on their diplomas upon graduation. Along with subject courses in the specified Major area, students will receive sector-recognized certifications and experiential learning opportunities. An SHSM allows students to make informed decisions regarding postsecondary destinations and to customize their secondary school education to suit their interests and talents. For more information on enrolling for the Specialist High Skills Major, contact Kelly Bailey,
SHSM Coordinator or Bernard Pegutter, Student Success Teacher.
Clarington Central cares as much for students’ personal and emotional well-being as for their academic progress. Our very popular breakfast program runs every morning from 7:50 until 8:15 AM. To start the day off right, all students are welcome to enjoy a nutritious breakfast free of charge each morning in room 157.
For coping with any number of personal problems, counseling services and support groups are available to students. Student access to support for issues with self-esteem, anger management, grief, separation/divorce and healthy eating are available. For more information on any of these services, contact the guidance office.
Click on the link to see how the Ontario Government is working to enable all students to succeed: Six Ways/Learning to 18