Catholic Education

Overflow in full-day kindergarten

To meet Ministry of Education deadlines for implementation of full-day kindergarten, the Toronto Catholic school board has resorted to creating makeshift classrooms in gymnasiums and libraries for many of its youngest students.

A century of Catholic education

TORONTO - It’s hard to argue when Krystyna Dix says there’s something special about St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School.

Schools adjust to influx of autistic students

Grade 12 student Ramy Elsayed has been master of ceremonies at school events, plays saxophone in the school band and is looking forward to joining his school’s work-placement program. In many respects, he is a typical student at St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Toronto. But Elsayed, 18, has autism. 

OCSTA seeks more candidates for trustee elections

Despite reports in August that about half of the candidates for Ontario's school board trustee positions were running uncontested, the Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association isn't worried about the election's integrity. 

New president comes home to St. Mike’s

TORONTO - The last graduate from St. Michael’s College School to become a Basilian priest is now leading the Basilian-run high school as its president. 

Get to know your local Catholic school

The start of the school year is a time of excitement and anticipation for students, and a time of some anxiety for parents as they see their children off to a new school, a new grade or a new program. These feelings apply regardless of whether the students attend elementary or secondary school, or even if they’re off to college or university. 

Budget constraints force bigger class sizes

TORONTO - A balanced budget for the Toronto Catholic District School Board has made increased class sizes a reality, and that leaves some educators worried about the success of students, specifically those who struggle. 

Hamilton school board expresses concerns with Trudeau on abortion stance

Hamilton’s Catholic school board has let Liberal leader Justin Trudeau know it is unhappy with his decree that all Liberal candi-dates going forward must be pro choice.

OECTA sends wrong message by supporting pride parade

A Waterloo Catholic school trustee believes Catholic teachers marching in the 2014 World Pride Parade with the support of their union sends a confusing message to students. 

Human rights complaint accuses French board of homophobia

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. - A human rights complaint alleging systemic homophobia in an Ontario French-language Catholic school is “groundless,” said a board superintendent.

Dufferin-Peel board won't appeal ruling exempting student from religion class

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. - The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will not appeal a court decision that allows parents to remove their non-Catholic children from religious classes and events.

Catholic parents start petition against OECTA participation at gay pride parade

TORONTO - At least 1,000 Ontarians are calling on the province's Catholic school trustees to demand the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association abandon its decision to have representation at the World Pride Parade.  

U.S. veterans drawn to Catholic universities

LEVITTOWN, PA. - Catholic colleges and universities across the United States are attracting military veterans of recent wars with a combination of financial aid, individualized assistance and opportunities for peer support.