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Stronger Starts, Better Finishes For London Students

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Stronger Starts, Better Finishes For London Students

McGuinty Government Helping All Students Succeed

Ministry of Education

Ontario is giving London children more opportunities to learn and succeed in school and beyond.

This year, about 750 children are benefiting from full-day kindergarten at 10 schools in London. By the start of the 2014 school year, every four- and five-year-old will be able to go to full-day kindergarten in every school in London.

The province is also helping high school students achieve greater success through the Specialist High Skills Majors programs. In London, more than 370 students are participating in high skills majors in sectors such as Health and Wellness, Manufacturing and Arts and Culture. Specialist High Skills Majors allow students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to earn their high school diploma.

Giving students of all ages more opportunities to succeed is part of the McGuinty government's plan to build a well-educated workforce and prepare Ontario for a more prosperous future.

Quick Facts

  • This year, about 35,000 children in almost 600 schools across the province are participating in full-day kindergarten.
  • By 2014, about 250,000 four- and five-year-olds will benefit from the full-day kindergarten and its emphasis on play-based learning.
  • In 2009-10, Ontario's graduation rate increased to 81 per cent. This represents an increase of 13 percentage points compared to 2003-04.
  • Since 2002-03, the number of students meeting the provincial standards for literacy and numeracy has increased from 54 per cent to 68 per cent.

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“Providing a high-quality education is one of the best investments we can make for our children. From giving our youngest learners a strong start to giving high school students more opportunities to succeed, we are helping Ontario students develop the skills they need for a brighter future.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Education

“London students are already benefiting from our government's commitment to education. Student achievement is up, more students are graduating from high school and Ontario's education system is recognized around the world for its excellence. Full-day kindergarten will build on those successes and prepare our children for a brighter future.”

Khalil Ramal

MPP for London-Fanshawe

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