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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
Programs, initiatives and opportunities are focused on honouring Black
students’ experiences and strengths and ensuring their needs are met.
Led by our Graduation Coaches for Black Students, the Black Student Summer
Leadership Program provides one-of-kind experiential learning opportunities to
secondary students and introduces them to a variety of professional pathways.
Students receive mentorship and training and are paired with a for-profit or
not-for-profit organization that matches their area of passion. This program
supports students in their development of social and professional networks,
transferable skills and in the long-term aims to support the increase of 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
Participating students are able to explore different career pathways in the
music industry (e.g., content creator, data analyst, royalty administrator,
marketing manager, etc.) and learn about opportunities not often explored in
traditional education settings. Through this program, Black youth are
connected with industry executives and professionals in the music business
and receive mentorship and skill development opportunities.
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.
In collaboration with Humber College Faculty of Media and Creative Arts, and
Code Black Communicator Network, this program explores pathways into the
Public Relations and Communications industry. Students will be introduced to
different areas of focus within public relations and communications such as
media relations, social and digital media, public affairs, event management
and content creation. Students will also learn about scholarship
opportunities, career mapping and hear from industry professionals.
In partnership with the Black Veterinary Association of Canada, this program
supports TDSB Black-identifying students in Grades 7 to 12 who are interested
in career opportunities as Veterinarians or Veterinary Medical
Paraprofessionals (e.g., Veterinary Technologists, Animal Care Attendants,
Animal Hospital Managers, etc.). This 6-week program explores the various
aspects of veterinary medicine including what veterinarians do, career
opportunities and requirements to apply to veterinary colleges. This program
offers support and mentorship to Black students interested in pursuing a
career in veterinary medicine.
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.
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 provide 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.
Workshops are offered throughout the year which focus on a variety of career
To learn more about our programs, please visit the
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The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement focuses on improving the academic outcomes and experiences of belonging for Black students. The Centre of Excellence strives to support meaningful engagement and advocacy of caregivers and communities, improve communication about Black student success and provide guidance with system navigation.
Location: 2239 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON, M1P 2P7
Office phone number: (416) 396-2351