About Student Success
St. Mary Catholic Secondary School Student Success is an innovative program aimed at helping all students achieve their potential and succeed in their educational journey. Student Success Teachers play a key role in supporting school-wide efforts to improve outcomes for students who are struggling with the secondary curriculum and may be at-risk of not graduating or receiving certification for their achievements. Direct support to these students is provided in order to improve attendance, retention and achievement rates. In addition, Student Success Teachers work closely with parents and the community to support meaningful learning opportunities for students. Student Success Teachers are an integral part of the school's Student Success Team, which includes Guidance and Special Education Teachers, child and youth counsellor, school nurse, school administration and other identified personnel.
The student success office at St. Mary is located on the first floor in room 102 right beside student services. You may contact Mr. D. Pados, Mr. P. Aref or Mrs. J. Porter at 905-528-0214, extension 3437.
The St. Mary student success office is a place where students who are identified as in-risk of not graduating are invited to access extra supports. The office is a welcoming environment with a computer and resources conducive to learning. This office is also used for the Credit Rescue Program. Credit rescue is a program in which students attempt to catch up in currently scheduled courses that they are not passing at midterm. The student success teacher will support these students as they attempt to improve their grade in an effort to achieve success in all of their courses. Students may be removed from their class for a short period of time in order to catch up on the missed work. The Student Success Teacher works collaboratively with the Classroom Teacher in rescuing credits that are in jeopardy. Students are recommended for the program by their Classroom Teacher. Students are also encouraged to drop in on their lunch to complete these missed assessments.
The purpose of the Student Success Team is to:
- Identify and track students who are in need of assistance.
- Make sure students identified are placed in the correct level according to their individual capabilities.
- Decide appropriate interventions to assist the student.
- Liaise with student, teacher and parents.
- Oversee the credit rescue program.
- Develop initiatives to support and promote student success.
- Assist in transition between grade 8 to high school.
The Student Success program supports that clear indicators of achievement which promote academic excellence take place in an appropriate and challenging environment in which members of the St. Mary Catholic Secondary School community exemplify the teachings of Jesus Christ.