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The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement offers a variety of programs, initiatives and engagement opportunities for students and families. Program offerings are designed to fulfill the mandates of the Centre and are in alignment with the TDSB’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan Towards Excellence in the Education of Black Students: Transforming Learning, Achievement and Well-being.

Programs, initiatives and opportunities are focused on honouring Black students’ experiences and strengths and ensuring their needs are met.

Our current program offerings for students are:

Black Student Summer Leadership Program

Graduation Coaches for Black Students, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations provide one-of-kind experiential learning opportunities to secondary students and introduce them to a variety of professional pathways. This program supports students in their development of social and professional networks, transferable skills and in the long-term increase the number of individuals identifying as Black in careers in which they may be underrepresented. Students enrolled in the Black Student Summer Leadership Program are paid for their contributions. 


Black Students in Business Collective

Participating students are able to explore different career pathways in business, postsecondary programs and receive support with application processes. In addition, TDSB students are introduced to current students, staff and alumni from top Canadian business schools. Students also receive mentorship from established leaders within the Toronto business community. 

Black Girls’ Book Club

The Black Girls’ Book Club is a space for Black girls to build community, explore new ideas, new stories and new ways of self-expression. The club is a forum to celebrate the voices and the stories of Black women writers. Registration for the upcoming session beginning on March 23, 2022 is now open. Students Grades 9-12 are reading Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

Special programs with Canadian postsecondary institutions

Black Students’ Adventures in Engineering

Students have the opportunity to take courses with the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa while receiving credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Youth Participatory Action Research

Students develop their competencies as leaders in community-based research projects and become agents of social change. In this space students are honoured as they share their experiences navigating the school system and their community. In addition, students engage in reflection and conversations to develop their critical consciousness to recognize systemic barriers and forms of oppression.

Black Student Leadership Courses

Saturdays from October 23, 2021 to June 18, 2022

9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Courses: Grade 11 CPC301 - Politics in Action: Making Change

Grade 12 HSE4M1 - Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice

Black Student Success and Excellence (BSSE) Initiative

This initiative engages educators and school leaders around issues of anti-Black racism in schools by creating opportunities through which educators and students build their critical consciousness in relation to race and learning in schools and classrooms.

Summer Learning Programs

Summer learning programs provided students and families with rich Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogical (CRRP) programming alongside strong literacy and numeracy practices. Many students enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten “Inspire to Excel”, Model Schools Summer School and Continuing Education summer programs participate in virtual African Drumming, Storytelling, Spoken Word, Visual Arts and/or Reggaecise activities with community-based arts educators. Students are encouraged to engage in activities that reinforce positive racial identity, honour the lived experiences of learners and explore methods of creative expression.

Career workshops

Workshops are offered throughout the year which focus on a variety of career pathways.

To learn more about our programs, please visit the News section or contact

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