Sunday, May 12, 2013
Second Africentric school program to open in Toronto
A Grade 9 program is being set up at Downsview Secondary School — in the Keele St.-Wilson Ave. area — that will teach English, French, math and geography.
“This will be a program in the school. We don’t know how much interest there will be because we have just announced this,” said Toronto District School Board spokesman Shari Schwartz-Maltz. “We will have an open house so students can learn more about the program.”
Winston Churchill Collegiate in Scarborough was the first Africentric school to open last fall. Students study African-focused topics in their various classes.
Doretta Wilson, of the Society for Quality Education, said the new Africentric program is a good idea if it receives the support of the community.
“If there is a demand and it is what the parents want, I don’t see a problem with it. This is a good location and I think the community would support it,” Wilson added. “We are for alternatives that are sound and educate students.”
A public information session will be held at Downsview, located at 7 Hawksdale Rd., on Tuesday, starting at 6 p.m.
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