Highland Junior High School (Gr 07 - 09)
201 Cliffwood Rd, North York, ON
Highland Junior High School is situated on the highest piece of land in the Toronto area, and was named accordingly. Our logo has three mountain peaks - one for each grade. Since our opening in 1975, we have had a proud tradition of addressing the needs of early adolescents, offering a transitional and balanced program which takes students who arrive after Grade 6 and prepares them during three years for the specialization of high school starting in Grade 10. Most of our graduates attend A.Y. Jackson Secondary School.
We are a school of many traditions, such as our honour roll, awards system, Grade 9 Graduation and Grade 9 Exams. Our Winter Alternative Program in Education enables students to expand their educational experiences.
We house School Settlement workers who work under the outreach project called SEPT. SEPT refers to Settlement and Education Partnerships in Toronto, a partnership between the settlement sector and the Toronto District School Board/Toronto Catholic School Board. This program is funded by Citizenship and Immigration of Canada. As the first years are particularly difficult for newcomer students and their families, school settlement workers provide support by connecting families to services available in the community and fostering better communication with the school.
Borrowing from our name, we stand for the following:
High standards in effort, achievement, conduct and fitness;
Involvement in our own education, extra-curricular activities and our award system;
Good citizenship by showing responsibility, consideration, care for our environment and co-operation;
Helping others by participating in our volunteer and community service programs, being peacemakers and contributing positively to our learning environment.
Literacy is a priority across the curriculum. Each department has a literacy plan that focuses on non-fiction writing. Enrichment activities include public speaking, poetry publication, reading clubs and Spelling Bee of Canada. All students participate in the Accelerated Reading Program. Our library is the hub of the school and is used frequently by all students.
Estimation and mental math skills are reinforced through regular drills. One form of enrichment involves the preparation for and writing of math contests such as the Pascal and Gauss tests. Students are well-prepared for the E.Q.A.O. Math testing in grade nine.
We offer the PAL Tutoring program and after school classes in literacy and math for students at-risk. Assemblies and parent evenings are offered at each grade level to help students with transition and course selection. Our students have opportunities for both remedial and extended enrichiment programs delivered by staff members and volunteers.
Safe and Caring School
We teach Character education through Anti-Bullying and Cyber-Bullying presentations. We promote Anti-Racist education through class discussions, units of study and social justice topics. We encourage student involvement in leadership activities such as Student Ambassadors and Student Council. We encourage major events for countries in need.