Program for at-risk high school students a success, say Western U and TVDSB

April 29, 2013

An innovative partnership – the first of its kind in Canada – to help at-risk high school students is being hailed a success by the Thames Valley District School Board and Western University. Now completing its first year, the School Within a University program is offered to up to 25 Thames Valley students experiencing exceptional change or challenges and who are at risk of not completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The program gives these students the chance to complete their final high school courses required for graduation, as well as earn a university credit on Western U’s campus at no cost. Of the 21 students currently enrolled in the first cohort, 15 have applied to college or university. According to the SWAU program’s teacher, because of its success, Western and TVDSB have committed to making it an annual offering. Western U News Release