1 15 Trehorne Drive Toronto, M9P1N8 Tel: (416) Fax: (416) Adrian Graham Kim Sutherland Linda Black Kay Tannassee Asha Mohamed Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy (S.H.E.A.) is a specialized school featuring an enhanced core curriculum designed to develop the entrepreneurial characteristics of innovation, flexibility, and self-reliance in students. This program, offered in addition to a full range of courses, equips students for university, college, and the new realities of the emerging global economy. Scarlett Heights has long been recognized for its unique programs and its commitment to student success. We were named "Best for Business" in Toronto Life's " 10 Best Schools In Toronto" and the Toronto Star highlighted our Business and Leadership programs and the school's focus on experiential learning, stating that the opportunities afforded at S.H.E.A. make the school "like no other educational institution in North America." In September 2007, Scarlett Heights began piloting a Specialist High Skills Major in Business and Entrepreneurship program. This specialized program of ten (10) bundled courses allows students to major in Business Studies, and includes such unique and innovative features as a special designation on the student transcript, a package of compulsory and elective credits focused around entrepreneurship and leadership, and an enhanced Co-operative Education program. The Specialist High Skills Major allows senior students to focus on a pathway to business careers that matches their skills and interests, and allows students to progress to any post-seconndary destination, including the workplace. Entrance to this academy requires students to demonstrate their commitment to a high-achieving learning environment that combines a rigorous and innovative approach to learning. Students wishing to apply for entrance complete an admissions portfolio, sign a learning contract, adhere to the Academy's uniform dress policy, and commit to a social responsibility component in the curriculum. Our experienced, team-oriented teaching staff provides a safe, supportive, and personalized learning environment for all students. Scarlett Heights offers a unique curriculum and an extensive range of courses to develop entrepreneurial attributes and set a solid academic foundation for students' success in the 21st century. Our school provides state-of-the-art communications and design technology courses and facilities; science and math courses using computers and modern lab facilities; practical business and computer applications; life-enhancing courses in art, drama, and music focusing on creative and critical thinking; and co-curricular leadership ventures focused on improving our community. Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in Business and Entrepreneurial Studies SHSM focused entrepreneurial and leadership credits and Co-op opportunities A SHSM designation on the student transcript Student Leadership focus and Leadership Camps for all grades Optional Venture opportunity in Grade 12 John Campbell (416) Leila Girdhar (416) Chris Spence Total number of students: 530 Gender: Female % Male % Primary language other than English: %* Students born outside of Canada: Students living in Canada for 2 years or less 22 4% Students living in Canada for 3-5 years 38 7% * Calculation does not include students for whom language information is missing.
2 The Toronto District School Board (TDSB), in partnership with students, parents, teachers and all our communities, is committed to taking responsibility for continuous improvement of schools. This is achieved through: In addition to the regular instructional program mandated by The Ontario Curriculum, our school offers optional programs. Details of these programs can be found in the Choices document available on the TDSB web (TDSB.on.ca). A hardcopy is provided to students and parents in January of each year to assist them in choosing courses for the following school year. A variety of special education programs and services are offered to meet the needs of all students, including students with exceptionalities, such as behavioural, communication, intellectual, physical and multiple learning disabilities. Students' exceptionalities are identified through a formal review process undertaken by an Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC). Dramatic Arts: Drama Club Music: Band Visiting Artists: Drama Visual Arts: Excursions, Photography Badminton Basketball Volleyball Badminton Baseball Basketball Cross Country Golf Ice hockey Soccer Track and Field Volleyball Computer Environmental Library Student Newspaper Club/Yearbook Club Weight Lifting Club Student Leadership: Leadership Council Computers: Technology in the City, Eco-Programming FIRST Robotics Mathematics Competitions: Pascal, Waterloo Ontario Business Contests: DECA Science Competitions: Waterloo Chemistry Technology Fair The Fourth R School Based: Homework Clubs Camps: Camp Enterprise, Leadership Caring: Dixon Youth Project Fundraisers: CN Tower Climb, Local Business Safe & Caring Schools: ESP: Empowered Student Partnerships
3 Workshops School to Work: Cook Apprenticeship (OYAP), Electrician (OYAP), Job Fair - Work Connection 2009 Schools to Future: Career Fair, Steps to College Credit Rescue Remedial Literacy Program Remedial Numeracy Programs Entrepreneurship Specialist High Skills Major: Business Coop Packages: Two Credit, Four Credit ESL LD - Learning Disability
4 Information about the success of our programs comes from a wide variety of student assessments. These assessments are based on clear expectations for all learners, consistent with those described in The Ontario Curriculum. The primary purpose of student assessment is to improve learning. Assessment has the greatest potential to improve learning when it is an integral part of classroom activities. Teachers assess student progress towards achieving the expectations on an ongoing basis by using strategies such as projects, class presentations, homework assignments, classroom observations, portfolios of student work, and tests. Schools use assessment information and information from other sources to make informed decisions for school improvement planning. Schools identify areas of strength as well as areas that require improvement. Input is obtained from a variety of sources such as student assessments, teacher feedback, parent feedback, and community surveys. In this way, schools monitor, celebrate and improve their efforts in providing a supportive and challenging learning environment for all their students. 1/ ENTREPRENEURIAL FOCUS: The Specialist High Skills Major in Business and Entrepreneurial Studies is a specialized program which allows students to major in Business Studies. In the regular program, all students in Grades 9, 10 and 11 take mandatory Entrepreneurial Studies courses. In addition, a Grade 12 Venture credit course is offered to senior students. The "School BIZ" program is in place at SHEA and is part of a computer lab in SHEA's Entrepreneurial Studies and Business area. 2/ LITERACY: Special assessment workbooks are provided for student use in Grade 9 and 10 classrooms. A Style Guide is provided for all students. Remediation strategies are provided to Grade 10 students who do not take English in the first semester of the school year. The Student Success Program is utilized for a period of six weeks to help prepare all students in the Grade 10 program to review literacy skills. Additional support for students is offered through a Grade 12 course [OLC40]. The Later Literacy program has also been implemented at SHEA. 3/ NUMERACY: Improving student results in both Mathematics and Science for all students are important targets for this school year. A special effort is underway to encourage more students to participate in Mathematics contests. 4/ PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS: Scarlett Heights E.A. is a specialized high school devoted to academic achievement. Pathways for all four destinations, university, college, apprenticeship and workplace are offered at Scarlett Heights. Student Success teachers offer individualized instruction to students who need support in the first semester and the same teachers teach Credit Recovery Courses in the second semester. 5/ SAFE SCHOOLS: Scarlett Heights E.A. is a safe school because of a variety of programs and interventions put in place since its inception. One intervention is SHEA's Uniform Dress Code policy. Students, staff and parents have input into this policy during an annual review. Leadership and a sense that all SHEA students are ambassadors for their school, contribute to maintaining a safe learning environment. 6/ LEADERSHIP: SHEA's co-curricular leadership program links the acquisition of social entrepreneurial skills with a variety of learning activities and program related projects. This supports SHEA's academic program while enhancing the values of good leadership and good citizenship. This inclusive program involves many students from all grade levels. Leadership is also offered as a course in the Specialized High Skills Major program.
5 Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy is a "specialized" school in the TDSB. Parents are actively engaged in supporting a unique application process for entrance into SHEA Parent/guardians of SHEA students are encouraged, and have been involved in activities such as judging/supervising entrepreneurial program ventures, assisting in coaching activities, and membership on the School Council Parent/guardians of SHEA students participate in planning and implementation of key issues that result from committee recommendations [eg. SHEA's Uniform Dress Code] SHEA students must take mandatory Entrepreneurial courses in Grades 9, 10 and 11. Most venture projects associated with these classes focus on linking with our community and charitable organizations for learning and community benefit. Each year, guest speakers are invited to speak to students on a variety of topics that are both curriculum and community based issues and often reflect current entrepreneurial skills and attitudes. SHEA's Grade 12 optional Venture program focuses on encouraging students to foster the spirit of social enterprise in the broader community while learning valuable skills that will be of value long after graduation.
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