School Within a College: Supporting Transitions from Secondary School to Higher Education

The Conference Board of Canada, 16 pages, April 6, 2016
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This briefing profiles Ontario’s School Within a College program. It is one response to the question of how to better support at-risk students in their transition to post-secondary education.

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Since it was launched in 2008, Ontario’s School Within a College has raised high school completion rates and improved students’ preparedness for college.

The program provides an alternative means for disengaged students to complete their secondary school education. They can do so while immersed in the college campus experience and earning credits toward a college credential. The program is specifically tailored to students who are most at risk of dropping out of high school, not participating in post-secondary education, and struggling to transition to employment and careers.

It has proven to be quite a successful program, and has managed to avoid some of the pitfalls that similar programs have encountered.

This briefing explores the how, what and why of the School Within a College program, and offers lessons to other jurisdictions aiming to help more students make successful transitions from high school to post-secondary education.

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