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Student Success Centre

We take great care to support the unique learning journeys of our students. 

RDS provides child-centred learning tailored to individual strengths, abilities, and interests. Our school is proud to offer flexible environments that accommodate everyone's unique learning style. Everyone deserves to learn with confidence.

Continuous cross-communication with parents, teachers, and other stakeholders ensures students stay on track. This, and flexible learning environments, is how we honour different learning styles. Add to this, our structured literacy program, Really Great Reading, helps students get active in their own reading journey. We believe that "fair is not equal, fair is everyone getting what they need to be successful". 

The Second Step Program

Our Second Step Program (integrated from JK - Grade 8) involves units that build upon each other such as conflict resolution, self-regulation, and productive peer relationships.

We believe in promotion and prevention for all and when we identify a student who has more significant needs, we act with diligence and multi-stakeholder coordination. 


Thorough Communication


Strong External Partnerships


Leaders in Universal Design


Resilience  & Confidence


Partnerships with Toronto's Top Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Experts

Our external partners include Toronto's leader in Child & Family Therapy, Attuned Families, for teacher education, student workshops for social-emotional wellbeing, and 1:1 support. We also work closely with: Family Therapists, Child Development Experts, Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists.

Thorough Academic Preparation for High School and Beyond 

In the Middle School, our Grade 6 to 8 Learning Strategies course focuses on executive functioning skills while exploring units that cover Personal Knowledge, Organization and Management Skills, Interpersonal Knowledge and Skills, Transition, Learning Skills, and Life Skills. Through the use of open-ended inquiry projects and targeted assignments the Learning Strategies course helps students recognize their own use of their executive functioning skills in a natural and self-reflective way.