Why Student Success?

What is Student Success?

The DSBN believes every student can learn and become successful in school. However, we also recognize that each student has their own unique goals, interests and strengths. Student Success is an initiative developed to address the needs of every Grade 7 to 12 student, offering additional pathways and support to help students become successful high school graduates.

Student Success is a strategy developed and supported by the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Why Student Success?

In 2003/04, nearly one-third of students were not completing their high school education.

Here are some interesting facts found in the Canadian Council on Learning's report on the cost of dropping out of high school:

  • Labour and employment: A student who drops out can expect an income loss of more than $100,000 over their lifetime, compared to individuals with a high school diploma (and no postsecondary education).
  • Social assistance: The average public cost of providing social assistance is estimated at over $4,000 per year per student who drops out.
  • Crime: Students who drop out are overly represented in the prison population.
  • Health: A student who drops out enjoys fewer years at a reasonable quality of life. This is because there are strong associations between education and health across a range of illnesses (i.e. cancer, diabetes). Combining morbidity and mortality costs, there is an estimated cost to the student who drops out of more than $8,000 per year.

Is Student Success having an impact?

The Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) has described Student Success as a “remarkably coherent strategy” that is “succeeding in providing significantly greater opportunities for students to remain in and benefit from secondary schooling.”

In fact, the CCL found that Student Success had a number of benefits, including:

A steady increase in graduation rates

At the DSBN, graduation rates have risen from approximately 68% in 2003/04 to over 81% in 2010/11

An increased number of program options

The District School Board of Niagara proudly offers 40 Specialist High Skills Majors programs in 10 different economic sectors. Students can also take advantage of numerous other opportunities such as Dual Credits, Cooperative Education, Apprenticeship training, eLearning and vLearning.

Smoother transitions from elementary to secondary school

Many schools run special orientation and mentorship programs for students making the transition from Grade 8 to 9. Additionally, there is a great amount of early identification and support for at-risk students.