Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

Need assistance settling in Canada?

Our settlement workers are located in schools throughout Scarborough to help newcomer students and their families adjust to their school and community. The SWIS team provides information on the Ontario school system and assistance in facilitating communication between newcomers and the school. They conduct a review of their settlement needs and then develop an individual settlement plan designed to assist with their transition to Canada. Our services are provided at no cost!

Through this program, the following settlement services are provided to newcomer families through local schools.

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Supportive one-on-one settlement counselling for newcomer youth and parents with a focus on connecting families to specialized community resources based on their needs.

Information sessions on settlement topics, such as youth drop-ins, parent groups, and free summer activities for children and youth to support success in school, as well as these initiatives:

1. Summer Enrichment Program: An initiative focused on knowledge-sharing for children (ages 7-12) and youth (ages 13-18) in July. This five-week program boasts of hands-on learning in math, science, and reading, with a focus on nurturing critical-thinking skills and stimulating intellectual curiosity. Youth take part in sports, field trips, community exploration and arts, and also learn about civic engagement and leadership.

2. Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW): A week-long program that provides high school students (grades 9-12) with an orientation to their school before the start of the new school year. The program takes place at four school hubs every August and prepares newcomer high school students for the upcoming school year. Youth are provided daily routines, supportive networks, as well as help in understanding the credit system for courses and the various school supports available to them. The program is peer-led by older kids providing support to newcomer students both during the program and throughout the school year.

3. Welcome and Information for Newcomers (WIN): A one-day orientation held just prior to the start of the school year that prepares newcomer youth, who have been in Canada for less than a year, for middle school (grades 7 to 8). The program aims to help kids understand the importance of structured daily routines for learning and features activities that nurture community engagement and leadership skills. Throughout the day, the kids get to meet others entering middle school and attend a ‘graduation’ ceremony. The program has a strong peer-led component with older kids sharing their own middle school experience to help make the overall experience less daunting. The mentoring is also ongoing during the school year.

Supporting students and parents in understanding and adjusting to the school system and nurturing student success through student engagement and parental involvement.

Collaborating with school staff to create newcomer friendly spaces in schools.

Our services are available in several languages and offered in all public and catholic schools in Scarborough. Here is the list of schools:

Adam Beck Public School
Agincourt Collegiate Institute
Agincourt Junior Public School
Agnes Macphail Public School
Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute
Alexander Stirling Public School
Alexmuir Junior Public School
Alternative Scarborough Education 1
Anson Park Public School
Anson S Taylor Junior Public School
Balmy Beach Community School
Banting and Best Public School
Bellmere Junior Public School
Bendale Business and Technical Institute
Bendale Junior Public School
Berner Trail Junior Public School
Birch Cliff Heights Public School
Birch Cliff Public School
Birchmount CI
Blantyre Public School
Blessed Mother Teresa CSS
Bliss Carman Senior Public School
Brimwood Boulevard Junior Public School
Brookmill Boulevard Junior Public School
Brookside Public School
Burrows Hall Junior Public School
C D Farquharson Junior Public School
Cardinal Leger Catholic School
Cardinal Newman CSS
Cedar Drive Junior Public School
Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute
Cedarbrook Public School
Centennial Road Junior Public School
Charles Gordon Senior Public School
Charlottetown Junior Public School
Chartland Junior Public School
Chief Dan George Public School
Chine Drive Public School
Churchill Heights Public School
Cliffside Public School
Cornell Junior Public School
Corvette Junior Public School
Courcelette Public School
David & Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute
David Lewis Public School
Delphi Secondary Alternative School
Donwood Park Public School
Dr Marion Hilliard Senior Public School
Dr Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute
Eastview Public School
Edgewood Public School
Elizabeth Simcoe Junior Public School
Emily Carr Public School
Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Academy
Fairmount Public School
Fleming Public School
Francis Libermann CSS
Galloway Road Public School
General Brock
George B Little Public School
George P Mackie Junior Public School
Glen Ravine Junior Public School
Golf Road Junior Public School
Gooderham Learning Centre

Grey Owl Junior Public School
Guildwood Junior Public School
H A Halbert Junior Public School
Heather Heights Junior Public School
Henry Hudson Senior Public School
Henry Kelsey Senior Public School
Heritage Park Public School
Highcastle Public School
Highland Creek Public School
Highland Heights Junior Public School
Holy Spirit Catholic School
Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School
Inglewood Heights Junior Public School
Iroquois Junior Public School
J S Woodsworth Senior Public School
Jack Miner Senior Public School
Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School
John A Leslie Public School
John Buchan Senior Public School
John G Diefenbaker Public School
John McCrae Public School
Joseph Brant Public School
Joseph Howe Senior Public School
Kennedy Public School
Knob Hill Public School
L ‘Amoreaux Collegiate Institute
L’Amoreaux Collegiate Institute Adult ESL Centre
Lester B Pearson Collegiate Institute
Lord Roberts Junior Public School
Lucy Maud Montgomery Public School
Lynngate Junior Public School
Lynnwood Heights Junior Public School
Macklin Public School
Malvern Collegiate Institute
Malvern Junior Public School
Maplewood High School
Mary Shadd Public School
Mary Ward CSS
Mason Road Junior Public School
Meadowvale Public School
Military Trail Public School
Milliken Public School
Morrish Public School
Neil McNeil CSS
Norman Cook Junior Public School
North Agincourt Junior Public School
North Bendale Junior Public School
North Bridlewood Junior Public School
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School
Our Lady of Grace Catholic School
Overflow CentrePauline Johnson Junior Public School
Percy Williams Junior Public School
Poplar Road Junior Public School
Port Royal Public School
Precious Blood Catholic School
Prince of Peace Catholic School
R H King Academy
Robert Service Senior Public School
Rouge Valley Public School
Sacred Heart Catholic School

Scarborough Centre for Alternative Studies
Scarborough Village Public School
Silver Springs Public School
Sir Alexander Mackenzie Senior P School
Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute
Sir Robert L Borden Business & Tech. Inst.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute
Sir William Osler High School
South East Year Round Alternative Centre
St Albert Catholic School
St Andrews Public School
St Margaret’s Public School
St. Agatha Catholic School
St. Aidan Catholic School
St. Barbara Catholic School
St. Barnabas Cathlolic School
St. Bartholomew Catholic School
St. Bede Catholic School
St. Boniface Catholic School
St. Brendan Catholic School
St. Columba Catholic School
St. Dominic Savio Catholic School
St. Edmund Campion Catholic School
St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School
St. Florence Catholic School
St. Gabriel Lalement Catholic School
St. Henry Catholic School
St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic School
St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic School
St. Joachim Catholic School
St. John Paul Catholic Secondary School
St. Lawrence Catholic School
St. Malachy Catholic School
St. Margeurite Bourgeoys Catholic School
St. Maria Goretti Catholic School
St. Martin de Porres Catholic School
St. Nicolas Catholic School
St. Rene Goupil Catholic School
St. Richard Catholic School
St. Rose of Lima Catholic School
St. Sylvester Catholic School
St. Theresa Shrine Catholic School
St. Thomas More Catholic School
St. Ursula Catholic School
St. Victor Catholic School
Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute
Tam O’Shanter Junior Public School
Tecumseh Senior Public School
Terraview Learning Centre
Terry Fox Public School
Thomas L Wells Public School
Timberbank Junior Public School
Tom Longboat Junior Public School
Walter Perry Junior Public School
West Hill CI Adult Learning Centre
West Hill Collegiate Institute
West Rouge Junior Public School
White Haven Public School
William G Davis Junior Public School
William G Miller Public School
William Tredway Junior Public School
Willow Park Junior Public School


For more information and to connect with a school settlement worker, contact us at:
416-757-7010 Ex. 2207 or 2209

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