Inner City Graduation Strategy

The Graduation Strategy is a comprehensive and holistic place-based initiative designed to improve graduation rates for inner-city children, and is eligible to all children and families living in the inner-city. The Grad Strategy is part of Our Place, a collaborative coalition of community partners, which uses a place-based initiative made up of parents, community organizations, and professionals working together to make the inner-city a place where children and families can thrive. The school-based programs are rooted in both high school and elementary levels, with participating schools including, Britannia High School, Lord Strathcona, Admiral Seymour, and Macdonald Elementary Schools. The Strategy is guided by the principle that Learning is a Community Activity and comprehensive supports available include,

  • Tutoring
  • Peer support and mentorship
  • Primary health care and assessments
  • Family support
  • Sports and recreation
  • Counselling
  • Advocacy

The Graduation Strategy has many partners that support these programs, such as community centres, schools, libraries, faith-based organizations, health care providers, social service agencies, community residents, and parents and caregivers. The idea is to develop individualized plans that start with the learners and their caregiver(s), to support access to a range of options available through Graduation Strategy partners. The Graduation Strategy focuses on key transitions to support children and families. Outreach and referrals happen through schools, Community centres, Nurse Practitioners, housing, and other agencies.

Graduating Strategy Process/ Steps:

  1. Assessment of community needs, priorities, and aspirations
  2. What does success look like for learners in Strathcona?  And the Downtown Eastside?
  3. Building the graduation Strategy continuum
  4. Evaluation and Measurement
  5. Documenting and sharing results

It is important that early learning, good nutrition, and supportive families all contribute to ensuring that children come to school ready and able to learn. Place-Based strategies are holistic and comprehensive. Place-based strategies build on community capacity. Comprehensive and Holistic because this is not just a collection of programs, but a collaborative approach that maximizes the overall impact of any one program intervention, ensuring smooth transitions and consistent supports.