Africentric Alternative School (Gr JK - 07)
The Africentric Alternative School began operating in September 2009 in response to an initial community request for such a school in June 2007 to address a high dropout rate and achievement gap affecting students of African descent. TDSB initiated a consultation process with stakeholders. In January 2008, a report titled Improving Success For Black Students was presented to the Board of Trustees with a number of recommendations. Ultimately, the Board approved a recommendation to establish the Africentric Alternative School to open in September 2009 at Sheppard Public School. Since this time, the school has expanded to grade 7 with 190 students and a growing wait list.Read more
At the Africentric Alternative School our community motto is, together we succeed and lead. We strongly believe that we are shaping the leaders of tomorrow through teaching our students to succeed today.
The Seven Principles of the Nguso Saba
Our school is based on the Seven Principles of the Nguzo Saba.Umoja means unity. To strive and maintain unity in our family, and communities. Kujichagulia means self determination. To define ourselves, name ourselves; speak for ourselves and to create for ourselves. Ujima means cooperative economics. To cooperatively build and maintain our businesses. Nia means purpose. To develop our communities for purpose. Kuumba means creativity. To always do as much as we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful than when we inherited it. Imani means faith. To believe with all of our hearts in our parents, teachers, leaders, and ourselves.
Working in collaboration with the Toronto Foundation for Student Success and the Toronto Children’s Breakfast Club, the Africentric Alternative School is able to offer nutritional breakfast snack and lunch programs daily in accordance with Canada’s Food Guide. Our dedicated parents and volunteers have led the success of the program.