Victoria Park Elementary School (Gr JK - 05)
Respect, Responsibility, and a Readiness to Learn
This historic school was established in 1861, six years before Confederation and was the school of the first Canadian born Governor General, Vincent Massey. The school was S.S. No. 8 York Township built and operational by 1883. This school served parts of what was North York, Scarborough and East York (Queen Street East). The second school was created in 1872 to add to the original school. The third school was created in 1876 and the school was referred to as Dawes Road School or The Town Line School. In 1952 Victoria Park School was built, replacing 3 previous country schools that had served the children in this neighbourhood. The school has had a number of additions and in 1996, all classrooms and the office were refurbished.Read more
Supportive Parent Community
Our school serves approximately 150 students from many different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. We also have 3 Special Education classes to serve students with Developmental Disabilities. Victoria Park was formerly named one of the Schools on the Move by the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat. Our school exemplifies what a school can accomplish when a professional learning community engages in careful and focused improvement planning around student learning. The collaborative efforts of staff and the community at large translate into the identification and deployment of strategies that contribute to the good of the whole school.
We have 3 self-contained Special Education programs in our school. They are a Diagnostic Kindergarten, a Primary Intensive Support program and a Junior Intensive Support program for students with developmental disabilities. When it is appropriate, these students are integrated into regular classrooms to enable our entire school to experience a rich school life.
Respect, Responsibility, and a Readiness To Learn
This is our daily motto at Vic. Park. We foster respect for each other through team building and cooperation. Anti-bullying workshops and in-class dialogue continue to be the foundation of student appreciation for the needs of others. A positive school climate is based on the tenets of the TDSB Character Education program.
We are making gradual and steady improvements to our acquisition of IT mandated by life in the twenty-first century. We have interactive whiteboards and multimedia projectors. We hope to complement our IT with a class set of clickers to enable an interactive response system for students and workshops to gain the further expertise.
Embracing the Arts
To enrich our students' lives with the Arts, we have scheduled performances by Prologue for the Performing Arts, Native drummers, and visiting school bands. Teachers collaborate to organize spirit assemblies, folkfest, and whole school art activities.