Elementary School Program Framework Consultation
The Elementary School Program Framework (ESPF) provides a model for elementary schools and
programming in the district. It provides a roadmap of how optimum program planning can be achieved
at individual schools and throughout the District.
The ESPF serves as a companion to the Secondary School Program Framework. Together these two
documents describe our vision for school configuration models and program offerings from K–12 that
support student achievement and well-being. These two frameworks will inform decision making in
accommodation planning in terms of how best to use District facilities and resources to offer exemplary
programming in a fiscally responsible manner.
The district’s model for elementary school program delivery is the designated community school model
which seeks to provide programming options for elementary school students in their designated school
as close as possible to their home community.
Elementary School Program Framework
The Framework recognizes the importance of minimizing transitions for students and that program
viability and sustainability are important factors in ensuring that elementary students have access to
The goals of the framework are:
· to ensure the provision of optimal learning environments through a range of program offerings;
· to provide programs as close as possible to a student’s home community; and
· to ensure equitable access to programs for students throughout the school district.
To minimize transitions for students, the district is moving towards more standard configuration models;
specifically, K–6 schools supported by 7–12 or K–8 schools supported by 9–12 schools.
The Elementary School Program Framework aims to provide for at least one-and-a-half classes per
grade, per program. This provides flexibility for student placement and allows for teacher collaboration
in support of student learning.
The OCDSB offers two year full-day kindergarten taught by teachers and early childhood educator
teams. Students in kindergarten receive instruction in both English and French (50/50).
Elementary Program Options
Elementary students have access to four programs, all of which include a French as a Second Language
· English program with Core French (grades 1–8 in single-track or dual track sites),
· Early French Immersion (grades 1–8 in single-track or dual track sites),
· Middle French Immersion (grades 4–8 in dual-track sites), and
· Alternative program with Core French (grades 1–8 in a number of designated single-track sites).
· Other elementary programs include Special Education programs and Specialized programs such as English Literacy Development.
We are interested in your feedback in order to inform decision making and implementation. There are a number of ways to get involved:
· Discuss this issue at school council;
· Send an e-mail.
Consultation is planned between November 4 to December 21, 2016. Please note the survey deadline
is December 13, 2016. The final staff report, including feedback gathered through consultation will be
presented for discussion at the OCDSB Committee of the Whole meeting on January 24, 2017, with a final decision to be made by Trustees on January 31, 2017.