Rose Avenue Junior Public School (Gr JK - 06)
675 Ontario St, Toronto, ON
Rose Avenue is a vibrant downtown inner-city school located in the centre of St. James Town . Our diverse student population is drawn from the 22 apartment towers, housing over 27,000 people, surrounding our school within a one quarter square kilometre city block. It is one of the most densely populated and multicultural communities in North America. The school serves a student population of over 650. More than 85% of the students have English as their second language, representing about 50 language groups. We have a strong instructional focus on literacy, numeracy and the arts. As well, we have embarked upon a multi-year art partnership with Inner City Angels and Mariposa in the Schools with the theme, "Hold up the Sky."
Our School Community Working Together
Given the diversity of our school community, Rose Ave. School puts a strong emphasis on the school and community working together for the success of our students, both academically and socially. The staff, students and parents represent about fifty different language groups. Our community has a history of working together to support the success of every student in the school. We have established partnerships with several local community organizations and we work together to provide services and programs, both during the day and after school, to support students and families. Read more about Our School Community Working Together
Student Learning and Achievement
Our School Plan supports the TDSB's mandate of providing a strong literacy and numeracy focus, as well as a safe and nurturing environment for our students. The entire staff is working to make sure that our students succeed academically. We have a clear and consistent monitoring of our students' progress; our instruction is based on the needs of our learners and everyone is given opportunities to learn both inside and outside the classroom. Students' activities are designed to be intellectually demanding, differentiated, and engaging. Our students are expected to think critically, ask questions and interact positively with each other.
Social Justice and Equity
Our school values the history and culture of all students in the school. We are committed to focusing on social justice. To this end, we use an inclusionary curriculum. We have a meaningful morning message, focussed curriculum in our classrooms to further develop empathy skills, and we promote a critical look at gender roles, responsibility, and community citizenship.
Platinum Eco- School
Rose Ave. staff and students have attained the highest level of eco-school status by working hard to use what we have learned to conserve energy, reduce and recycle our waste, and support eco-literacy amoung our students. Part of our eco-programme involves our school garden, which we are able to work on in partnership with the community to harvest vegetables and herbs.
Safe and Caring School Community
We continue to ensure the provision of a safe learning environment for our students. Rose Ave. Public School is a place where staff and students feel secure and able to learn. Our student Problem Solvers serve as student ambassadors in the yard, helping to model and teach students how to resolve conflict peacefully.
Focus on the Early Years
With over 100 kindergarten students in our school, we continue to actively structure an early years programme that is developmentally appropriate, with high expectations for our students and with a partnership between staff, parents and the community. We have a large on-site child care centre operated by George Brown College and a vibrant Parent and Family Literacy Centre.