Integrated Community Schools Given High Marks

Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 12:42



A researcher from the West Coast says she is confident community schools in Air Ronge, Regina and Duck Lake are on the right path.


Dr. Susan Phillips travelled to Saskatchewan and Manitoba this summer, visiting six community schools that have a high number of Aboriginal youth.


Phillips estimates she talked to over 160 people, asking them numerous questions related to the schools’ curriculum and the different methods they use to assist youth.


After studying a wide range of data, she determined the schools are working well.


She says the schools’ decision to address non-academic factors like poverty, health and fear of schools is paying off for both urban and rural institutions.


Phillips met with school officials in Manitoba last week to share her findings, and is also trying to schedule a follow-up meeting for Saskatchewan.