The York Memorial Student Success Department works with students in Grades 9 through 12 by tailoring their education to their individual strengths, goals and interests.  We focus our efforts on the holistic development of our students, addressing a number of key areas central to their growth and learning.

How Does Student Success Help Students

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Benefit from individualized attention and support
  • Achieve more because their teachers are better able to give them choices
  • Be matched with appropriate alternatives to regular classroom learning
  • Benefit from programming tailored to fit their situation
  • Seek help in solving problems they previously may have faced alone

What Does This Look Like @ York Memorial?

York Memorial has a unique Student Success Team that works closely with all students deemed at risk.  Our team at York Memorial is made up of Student Success Teachers, the Guidance Department and Administration.  Some areas of focus for the Student Success Team are:

  •  Attendance
  • Mentorship
  • Character education
  • Time management
  • Behaviour management
  • Social engagement
  • Encouragement and motivation
  • Conflict resolution
  •  Leadership
  • Remediation
  • Literacy test preparation
  • Homework completion
  • Skill-building
  • Credit accumulation
  • Course selection
  • Parental involvement

York Memorial Student Success Teachers will:

  • Share important information with classroom teachers regarding students’ learning needs and abilitie
  • Inventory students’ multiple intelligences and learning styles to help students better understand how they learn best and communicate this with subject teacher
  • Meet one-on-one with students on a regular basis
  • Communicate regularly with subject teachers about student progress, difficulties, missed assignments/tests, etc.
  • Collect student progress data through the distribution of Progress Reports
  • Work with students to complete missed assignments/tests, etc.
  • Contact parents as a means of bridging the gap between school and home
  • Recommend the implementation of a homework tracking sheet and/or attendance card if and when necessary
  • Arrange for meetings with subject teachers, parents, guidance counselors or other school staff (ie: school psychologist, social work, special education, school support team, referrals to Administration)
  • Work with students who have been withdrawn from classes (ie: in-school suspension)


Credit Recovery – A student who fails a course works with a teacher can retake the units where he or she did not initially meet expectations. This provides the student with another chance to demonstrate his or her understanding of specific topics, rather than retaking the entire course.

 Credit Rescue – A student whose course is in jeopardy for any number of reasons can work with a teacher to recover the missed material in order to meet course and curriculum expectations and rescue his or her credit.

Student Success Initiatives

The Student Success Literacy Remediation Program provides after-school assistance to students requiring further literacy instruction.  Students meet with Ms. Barone in the Library three evenings each week and together work on English homework or Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test preparation.  Lessons are taught daily and students are given the opportunity to practice relevant skills through which they will experience literacy success.  Test-taking and time-management are important areas of focus for the program as are reading and writing strategies.

  • York Memorial’s Mural of Books celebrates students’ love of reading.  Whenever students have read new books, they can pick up a colourful cut-out of a book on which they can write their names. These books are hung on the windows surrounding the Student Success Office in the Library as part of York Memorial’s Mural of Books. Our goal is to completely cover these windows, encouraging students to read and be proud of their love of reading. The student who contributes the highest number of book cut-outs to the Mural of Books will win a prize to celebrate his/her literary efforts.
  • Each year in February, the Student Success Department hosts York Memorial’s Family Literacy Night. All parents are welcome to attend the event held in the York Memorial Library. Eric Walters, world-renowned author and TDSB Writer in Residence, is present to speak with parents about the importance of literacy instruction. Families learn about the Ontario Secondary School Test and special resources and practice materials are made available. The presentation focuses on identifying the skills students need to be successful on the test. Parents can also speak with teachers from a variety of disciplines about the importance of studying literacy across the curriculum and continuing literacy instruction at home.
  • Each year the York Memorial Student Success Department hosts an annual Read-A-Thon.  Students set up a comfortable reading area in the school library where they will read throughout the day. Canadian poets and authors are always present to share with students their motivational and inspiring stories. Students are provided with healthy snacks throughout the day and a pizza lunch. Each participating student is required to raise a minimum of $10.00 in pledges with all money being used to purchase new student-selected materials for the school library. There are also great prizes for the student who collects the highest pledge amount and all students receive a loot bag and Certificate of Participation to celebrate their commitment to reading and literacy.

 Affiliated Clubs

 The Student Success Peer-Tutoring Club is aimed at helping junior level students succeed in their classes by pairing them with senior level students.  Our senior level students use their spare periods throughout the school day to visit classes and tutor students who require additional support.  Our Peer Tutors receive community service hours for their help and our younger students are given the opportunity to build friendship with older student role models.

 Student Success Field Trips

  • Toronto Marlies Game @ Ricoh Coliseum
  • Toronto Raptors Game @ Air Canada Centre
  • Toronto Blue Jays Game @ Rogers Centre
  • Toronto FC Game @ BMO Field

Our goal at York Memorial is to help all students succeed. In essence, all teachers act as Student Success Teachers, playing various roles as part of the same team.  It is through meaningful collaboration and cooperation that the parents, community partners and teaching staff can together achieve our common goal of ensuring success for all of our students at York Memorial.