Questions and Answers
SCHOOL RELOCATION: Greenwood Secondary School to Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute
January 20, 2017
- When will Greenwood Secondary School (SS) be moving into Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute (CTI)?
Greenwood SS will be moving into the Danforth CTI building in September 2017.
- Why will the school be relocated?
The relocation was approved by the Board of Trustees in June 2016, following a Pupil Accommodation Review (PARC). To learn more about this process, please visit:
- Will Greenwood programming be impacted by the change in space?
Greenwood programming will not be impacted by the change in space. Greenwood students will have their own separate space within the Danforth building. Greenwood will offer its current programs and services in the new site.
- Can you tell me a little bit about Greenwood SS?
Greenwood SS is a school for students who are new to Canada that offers intensive English as a Second Language programming along with specialized support for students and their families as they settle into their new life. The school helps prepare students to move to their community high school and complete the necessary credits to earn their diploma. Greenwood SS has 240 students and is projected to maintain that number in the next few years.
- Can you tell me a little bit about Danforth CTI?
Danforth CTI is a composite and specialized Math, Science and Technology school. The school motto is “We learn by doing”. Students have access to a wide selection of innovative courses, offered in a caring, encouraging and inclusive atmosphere. The school has a large auditorium, three gyms, an outdoor playing field and athletic facilities. Danforth CTI is easily accessible through public transportation.
- What is the Greenwood/Danforth Transition Committee?
The committee is made-up of students, parents, school administrators and staff from both schools, formed to discuss implementation steps to ensure a successful transition for students at both schools.
- What are the next steps for the Greenwood/Danforth Transition Team?
The committee has scheduled their next meeting in February to plan staff and student council meetings/presentations, organize joint activities and events, and tours of the Danforth building for Greenwood students.
- Are you planning any construction work to accommodate Greenwood? When will it take place?
In order to accommodate Greenwood students, the TDSB is planning to renovate some classrooms. There will also be a new Greenwood library and dedicated cafeteria space to reinforce the character and identity of Greenwood SS within the new space.
|Review of room allocation and scope of work needed at Danforth building||January 2017
|Tender process: Invitation for bids (construction project)||March 2017|
|Site Preparation||June – July 2017|
|Construction||July – August 2017|
|Greenwood successfully relocated||September 2017|
- Will Greenwood have its own administrator?
Yes. Greenwood SS will have its own dedicated school administrator.
- Will the transition result in changes to the Danforth/Greenwood school calendar?
There are no changes planned to the school calendars for 2017 – 2018 school year. Danforth will continue to operate as a term school, and Greenwood will continue to be semestered.
- How can I get up-to-date information?
We will update students and parents as information becomes available. Please check the Greenwood and Danforth school websites for additional information. If you have any questions please feel free to speak with the school administrators.
Community Submitted Questions
(Updated May 29, 2017)
- How many students are coming to Danforth from Greenwood SS?
Approximately 300 students will be making the transition from the 24 Mountjoy Ave. location to the new location for Greenwood SS within the Danforth CTI school building at 800 Greenwood Ave.
- Why is this happening?
When the Pupil Accommodation Review process was conducted (see question #2 for information on the PARC), it was determined that TDSB school buildings in the area had excess space. The Danforth CTI building has a capacity of approximately 2200 students, but has under 900 currently registered. Even with the addition of 300 students coming as a part of Greenwood SS, there will still be significant space available within the 800 Greenwood building.
- Will my child’s education be affected?
There are significant resources being put into ensuring that educational experiences for students will not be negatively impacted. All rooms that will be occupied by Greenwood SS in 2017-2018 are being renovated to ensure that they meet the needs of Greenwood staff, students, and community partners. Within Danforth CTI, rooms affected by the move are also being “fit-up” with fresh paint, repairs, and furniture as needed for the programs now offered there. As discussed by the transition committee, there are even opportunities for collaboration between the two schools that may result in more opportunities for students to participate in co-curricular activities and combined school / community events.
- Is the school still in the same location or is it being switched, is Greenwood joining Danforth?
Greenwood SS will be moving from the location at 24 Mountjoy Ave to the 800 Greenwood Ave location currently occupied by Danforth CTI. Both schools will continue to operate separately within the same building.