Africentric Alternative School's Mission Statement
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 8 as of September 2015 serves 120 students
The school has enjoyed a number of successes in a remarkably short period since its inception in September 2009. Almost 90 students enrolled for the school’s opening day in September 2009. By the end of the month, 130 students were enrolled. Enrolment currently stands at 120 students as of September 2015. Currently we serve students from K - 8 with a focus on high academic achievement and motivation to succeed. Full day kindergarten is available at the school and the program is in demand with two classes operating.
The Seven Principles of the Nguzo Saba
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Working in collaboration with the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, the Africentric Alternative School is able to offer a nutritional snack daily in accordance with Canada’s Food Guide. Our dedicated parents and volunteers have led to the success of the program.
Using the Arts to engage our Students
The School Pledge
Our School Vision
Student Life - Where You Belong
In the morning when our students enter our school they and their parents are greeted with a smile from our school staff and administration. Twice per week as students enter their classrooms they are escorted to our school-wide morning assembly. At the Assembly we start with the First Nations Land acknowledgement then sing; O’Canada, and Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson. We then say with our right hand on our hearts, our school pledge, the Nguzo Saba and our daily affirmation. This is how we focus ourselves on success together each and everyday at the Africentric Alternative School.
WHAT SETS US APART
We are a unique school with unique features. Our teachers integrate the diverse perspectives, experiences and histories of people of African descent into the provincial mandated curriculum. Our staff members practice the use of authentic and relevant teaching and learning that reflect our Africentric commitments and social realities to engage and extend the critical numeracy and literacy skills of our students. Secondly, although the Africentric Alternative School is in Toronto’s west end, any student living in Toronto can attend the school.
The Africentric Alternative School has three key outcomes for its students; High academic achievement; High self-pride and a High motivation to succeed.
PARENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
We are a caring community building cohesive reciprocal relationships that enable students, staff, parents, and community members to advocate for and support a rich learning environment. Our School Council always helps to discover new and exciting ways to contribute to the education of students in the school. Each member helps to strengthen this partnership in an effort to ensure a high quality of education for our students and greater community through events such as the Annual Africentric Gala Event. This event is accomplished by business donations, community organization supports and the strength of our parent partnership.