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Dennis Avenue Community School's Mission Statement

Dennis Avenue Community School  is located in the historic community of Mount Dennis, near Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue. Mount Dennis was founded in 1797, and the  first school opened in 1891.
A partnership between our school, parents and community is essential to create an environment that promotes academic growth, social development, and a positive feeling of self-worth.

Our Mission Statement:
We are committed to preparing all students for life-long learning, and ensuring they reach high levels of achievement by enabling them to become productive and responsible members of our global community.


Dennis Avenue Community School Early Years Centre

In partnership with Macaulay Child Development and Syme Woolner Centres, we house the Dennis Avenue CS Early Years Centre. The Centre provides a literacy-rich place for children from birth to 6 years of age to come play and learn with their parents or caregivers.
The Center offers neighbourhood-based services that include:
Kindergarten Readiness programs, Ongoing access to early childhood professionals, Connections to other parents or caregivers in the community, Access to speech and language or other specialists, and much more.  The Center is open Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 11 am.  For more information go to

More Information About Dennis Avenue Community School

Parent Engagement

Building parent partnerships and improving our home and school communication are important goals for our school. Engaging our parents through newsletters, phone calls, conferences, our school web site, volunteering opportunities, and workshops are some ways we continue to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to ensuring a strong and supportive home and school partnership.

A Safe and Caring Learning Environment

We believe that every student must be  respectful and be a respected citizen of our school. We will provide a caring, healthy, and safe learning environment to promote student success for all students. High expectations will assist students to realize their full potential and achieve lifelong goals. Our Code of Conduct also clearly supports what we stand for.

Our Literacy goal

By June 2017, 100% of our students will progress to meet grade level reading and writing targets.
Some strategies and actions:
-100 min block of levelled, small group, balanced approach to literacy instruction
-inclusive intervention approaches
-professional development
-initiatives to engage students, parents and community

Our Numeracy goal

By June 2017, 80% of our students will achieve level 3 or higher as reported on the on the Provincial Report Cards. Some strategies and actions are:
-60 minute teaching blocks
-inquiry-based problem-solving
-"math talk" to explain their thinking and show  understanding
-use math manipulatives and access technology
-professional development

Additional Features

  • Eco Club
  • Family Storytelling
  • Nutrition Program
  • School-Wide Houseleague
  • Guest Performers each term
  • Community Partnerships
  • Welcome To Kindergarten partnership
  • Co-Curricular Activities

Student Life - Where You Belong


Specialized support and differentiated instruction are used to ensure success for all students. Through a positive discipline approach, we promote and nurture the development of our students' interpersonal skills using our character education traits (responsibility, teamwork) and restorative practices to support respect and positive interactions among and between students, teachers, parents and administration.
Student engagement in the life of the school is encouraged and celebrated through small group and school-wide activities such as houseleague, co-curricular activities, ECO Club, ballroom dancing, African/Aboriginal drumming, and visual arts.
The leadership team of Grade 5 students assist with school operations as morning announcers, school ambassadors, and office helpers.
Monthly assemblies and various performances provide opportunities for students to celebrate their achievements.
Our Morning Snack nutrition program ensures our students are eating nutritiously and will be able to concentrate on their learning.


Our vision for student success is founded on the Model Schools essential components, and embedding culturally relevant and authentic learning experiences into the classrooms. Books and learning materials reflect our students' experiences. Additional funding through Model Schools has helped to enhance the curriculum delivery through learning opportunities in the arts, various performances, and excursions into the greater community.
Our students participate in extra curricular activities and sports (e.g., baseball, track and field, basketball, Silver Birch readers, school-wide houseleague, math club).
Our students, staff, and parents are very committed to caring for our environment.  We are an ECO school and we were awarded the Gold Medal last year!
We focus on maximizing partnerships with the community and agencies to enhance our student success programming and learning opportunities (e.g., Arts for Children, York University, Toronto Police Services, Toronto Public Health).


-School Council our active council provides input into academic programming, health and safety matters, and raises funds for our nutrition program and educational excursions.
-Parent volunteers are integral to our school assisting in the Nutrition Program, supervising on excursions and with activities (e.g. Pizza Lunch)
- Mount Dennis Public Library
-Toronto Public Health
-Toronto Foundation for Student Success
-Early Years Syme-Wolner/MacCauly Centre
- Arts for Children and Youth
-Toronto Police Services
-Ryerson University