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​Educational research and experience suggests that student achievement and success occur when parents, teachers, school administration, and the broader community work together to have high expectations for our students as well as ourselves.  We believe that all students can learn, progress, and achieve at high levels given time and support.  Therefore, our plan this year is to continue to develop a culture of high expectations as evidenced by:

  • Regular attendance – Students need to attend class to be taught, to learn with and from other students, to receive ongoing descriptive feedback from their teachers, and to be evaluated with integrity.  Each class will be meaningful, relevant, and productive.  
  • Student advocacy – Students will be explicitly taught learning skills and how to advocate for themselves.  This will be an emphasis for students who have individual education plans (IEPs).
  • Achieving at high levels – The provincial standard is a 70-79% (level 3).  Experience shows that students who do not achieve at this level or higher are not adequately prepared for the next grade level.  Incentives, support, and encouragement will be given for students to achieve at these levels.  For example, students in certain grade nine and ten courses who achieve at least a level three or four and meet attendance expectations will have the option of not writing the final exam.
  • Student academic support
    • Assistance in class, at lunch, and after school will be available for struggling students.
    • Peer tutors will be available in many grade nine and ten courses.
    • Our student success teacher and resource teacher will be available for academic support.
  • Parental communication – Teachers will contact parents as learning, behavioural, or social/emotional challenges arise.  Parents are asked to also communicate when there are questions or concerns.



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Great Lakes Secondary School
340 Murphy Road, Sarnia, ON, N7S 2X1
Principal: Derek Stenton
Vice Principal: Marie Anger
Vice Principal: Marc Coates

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