School History and Philosophy

Our History and Philosophy


THESTUDENTSCHOOL was established in 1979 as an organic environment of staff and students where individual voices are heard and people feel free to take risks and explore new experiences. We hold weekly meetings at the start of our Wednesday program in which students and teachers alike get a single vote to decide matters of importance to the school community. Students are on a first name basis with their teachers and each student has a staff member as their adviser whom they meet one-on-one throughout the semester to plan for after high school and potentially more personal problems as they arise. 

We are committed to an environment that is free from discrimination and social equity. We are a Safe and Positive Space for all students no matter their gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. We encourage students to get involved in the community through our annual holiday fundraiser for various social causes, guest speakers, and field trips. 

Our graduates attend colleges and universities in Ontario and across Canada.

The teachers at TSS all espouse the belief that education is more than just geetting credits; it is about helping students become engaged in their education, build up important life skills, opening up their experience of activism, and giving people the opportunity to turn their lives around.