Celebrating The First Graduating Class Of Full-Day Kindergarten
McGuinty Government Supports All Students To Succeed
Today marks the end of full-day classes for over 35,000 four- and five-year-olds, who now become the first-ever graduates of Ontario's new full-day kindergarten program.
As students head home for summer vacation, Ontario caps off another successful school year full of progress. Students of all ages continue to achieve from:
- 68 per cent of Grade 3 and Grade 6 students are mastering the reading, writing and math skills - an increase of 14 percentage points since 2002-03;
- 81 per cent of students graduating - an increase of 13 percentage points - or about 72,000 additional students - compared to 2003-04; and
- Over 35,000 four- and five-year-olds successfully completing the first year of full-day kindergarten.
Ontario's education system continues to help students reach their full potential with better learning conditions and support in the classroom. This is all part of the McGuinty government's plan to ensure Ontario has the skilled workforce needed to compete in the global economy.
- In 2010-11, over 35,000 children in almost 600 schools participated in full-day kindergarten.
- Ontario has also invested over $450 million in capital funding to support the expansion of full-day kindergarten. All new elementary schools will be built to accommodate full-day kindergarten.
- Over 28,000 high school students participated in a Specialist High Skills Major program this year. Across Ontario, there are Specialist High Skills Majors offered in 18 different sectors.
- Through the Green Schools Pilot Initiative, more than 150 schools in 40 school boards are benefiting from green technology and products, including wind turbines and solar panels.
- Read about our Student Success Strategy that is helping more students graduate
- Find out which schools are offering full-day kindergarten in the fall
- Get information about child care in Ontario
- Ontario's families can save at 20 attractions and 300+ parks with the Fun Pass this summer
“Thanks to the incredible efforts of students, educators and parents, Ontario's education system is recognized as one of the best in the world. All Ontarians should take pride in the success of our students, and I congratulate everyone involved in the education system on another great year.”