Sean Monteith, the Director of Education for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, says that the board’s variety of Academy Programs have been a huge success and source of pride for him and his staff, and that the programs have led to growing enrolment rates across the region.

The majority of the board’s Academy Programs offer students in Grades 7 and 8 an opportunity to try their hand at a variety of courses offered at the respective school.

“There’s a broad range of academy programs. The Academies are a very popular stream of program because they’re tailored to the interests of the kids. They’ve been a real success story for the board, and as I look back, they are one of the things that I am most proud of. Our enrolment is up, in some part, due to the programs. It makes me proud.”

Academy Programs include the board’s widely-successful Hockey Academy Program, which includes academic development, hockey skill development, off-ice strength and conditioning, mental training, and personal and team development skills.

Monteith says that the growth of the Hockey Academy programs has been outstanding.

“The Hockey Academy gets a lot of attention, for good reason. We have researchers assigned to it now, and what we’re finding is that kids who are in the hockey academies – attendance and engagements are up. We’re trying to equate that to student performance in the classroom.”

Academy Programs can also include programs which focus on transportation technology, skilled trades, athletics, fine arts, music, Indigenous languages and cultures, french immersion, soccer, and more. The programs are offered based on the size of the community, programs offered at the school, and the number of students.

“I’m proud. The staff should be proud. They’re part of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, and it’s growing. It’s been another successful year in 2018. We’ll face our challenges in 2019 and deal with them head-on, in a strong and pragmatic way. Our decisions will always put our kids at the centre.”

Monteith has served the past 6 years as the board’s Director of Education, and previously spent 6 years as a Superintendent with the KPDSB. He added that the board is currently searching for prospective employees in the teaching field.

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