Program Review

Program review process 

HPEDSB alternative programs are reviewed on a regular basis. The review ensures that programs and practices align with HPEDSB and Ministry of Education goals and direction, are current with curriculum standards and best practices in pedagogy, and are grounded in equity and inclusion.

The Ontario Curriculum is taught in all classrooms. All alternative programs K-12 are optional for school boards to offer. 

Starting in the 2022-2023 school year, alternative programs are being reviewed using a new Evaluation Design document. The review process focuses on five areas: 

  • Equity
  • Sustainability
  • Student achievement
  • Uniqueness
  • Student wellness

The Evaluation Design review collects data from internal and external stakeholders to assess opinions about elements like program accessibility, inclusiveness and uniqueness, and the program’s impact on academic achievement, well-being, viability and sustainability. Examples of data collection methods are surveys, interviews, observations, document reviews, focus groups and feedback from crowdsourcing platforms (e.g., ThoughtExchange).

Program reviews align with the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, where HPEDSB is committed to advocating for public education and demonstrating sound decision-making from a student-centered approach. 

Once the data is collected, senior staff will review the findings, then make decisions in the best interest of all students and the entire HPEDSB system. These decisions are not always easy; however, they are grounded in the goals of the Multi-Year Strategic Plan, policies and related procedures. 

Programs currently under review

No programs are under review at this time

Previous program reviews

Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School, January to March 2023 

Senior administration reviewed a summary of evidence from the program review and has made the decision that the Adventure Class program will continue with refinements. The Adventure Class will relocate to Prince Charles School (Belleville) for the 2023-2024 school year and beyond. That school was selected because there is space there and its location supports experiential learning.

Find out more in the letter to Adventure Class families, March 31, 2023.