In addition to offering a comprehensive program in English, Science, Math, Canadian and World Studies and the Humanities, A.Y. Jackson offers:
• Core, French Immersion and Spanish courses
• Extensive fine arts course (instrumental music, ceramics, visual arts, drama, dance, and media studies)
• Technological studies including construction, design, communication technology, computer programming
• Physical Education programs that include fitness, exercise science, and core male and female physical education classes
• Cooperative Education program
• Hospitality (Food and Nutrition) program
• Business courses including entrepreneurship, marketing, accounting, and international business
A.Y. Jackson offers a semestered program from grades 9 – 12. Courses are offered at the academic/university, applied/college and open/mixed levels. We offer full English and French Immersion programs.
The school day runs on a 2 day cycle, with Day One occurring on odd numbered dates and Day Two occurring on even numbered dates. Periods tumble in the morning and also in the afternoon. There are 4 periods in the school day, with a break between the two morning and afternoon classes.
The Special Education Department provides individualized support to students with identified learning or physical exceptionalities. This support is provided within the regular classroom and in the resource room. Educational assistants, board special services staff and community partnerships augment the range of opportunities for exceptional students at A.Y. Jackson. In addition, we have a specialized Autism class.
Clubs and Activities
• Alter Reality Club (Global Action)
• Lunch time intramurals (variety of sports)
• J Crew
• Ultimate Frisbee
• Reach for the Top Club
• Students' Council
• National/International Trips to Spain, Greece, China, New York, Washington, Boston
• Cross-Country Running
• Ice Hockey Boys and Girls
• Ski Club
• Touch Football
• Robotics Club
• Rainbow Alliance
• Nordic Skiing
• Jazz Band
• Fitness/Weight Training Club
• The Sears One-Act Play
• Athletics Council
• Relay for Life
• Field Hockey
• Track and Field
Safe Schools Initiatives
Staff, students, and parents work closely together to provide a safe and caring learning environment and to address issues of concern. The Student Code of Behaviour was developed by staff, students, and parents and is shared on our website and reviewed with students at the beginning of each school year. Our "J" Crew mentoring program helps ensure a smooth start for our new grade nines as they are paired with two specially chosen senior students who periodically meet with the grade nines throughout the entire year. Other safe school initiatives include the fostering of a close relationship with our school resource officer, assemblies designed to promote effective decision making (i.e. MADD), workshops (i.e. In Love and In Danger – dating violence), a Safe Schools Committee, and clubs geared to promoting inclusivity within the school such as Rainbow Alliance.
The Rainbow Alliance promotes the acceptance and inclusion of all students, regardless of their differences. New members are always welcome to attend. The club holds weekly meetings to discuss topics of interest, plan fundraising events and awareness campaigns. Rainbow Alliance members participate in the annual (OCDSB) rainbow Youth Forum where they participate in workshops geared toward helping students make their school more inclusive.
Facilities and Resources
The school’s facilities and services include the following features: an excellent resource library with contemporary literature and periodicals, updated athletic facilities, both local and wide-area computer networking, well-equipped music, drama, dance, and art rooms, including a kiln for ceramics classes, and full cafeteria services. The newly renovated Food and Nutrition room provides our students with modern cooking facilities. Our atrium, affectionately known as "The Pit" showcases beautiful, student-made advertising posters, flags from around the world, and provides an inviting place for a variety of student activities at the heart of the school.