What makes Sprucecourt standout?

Facilities

Community Food Garden

Green Thumbs Growing Kids partner with students, teachers, lunchroom staff and Lead2Peace to include food gardening into the curriculum.

The Sprucecourt Peace Garden initiative began in 2009 by Lead2Peace, a Regent Park youth organization. Funded by Community Service Partnerships at the City of Toronto, Green Thumbs installed four new raised beds, a compost program and container gardening.

Library

At Weekly Book Exchange, students engage in book talks, share stories, learn research and tech skills, and make curriculum connections while promoting multicultural celebrations and reinforcing TDSB Character Traits.

Visit the LIBRARY WEBSITE today! Each student receives a bookmark with passwords–if it was misplaced, please see our librarian, Ms. Ferreira.

Athletics & Play Spaces

  • New gymnasium
  • Field for soccer, baseball, football
  • Running track
  • Outdoor basketball court plus 2 practice nets
  • Separate, fenced in playground for Kindergarten with bikes and outdoor toys
  • Large refurbished jungle gym for grades 1-8

Programs

Field Trips

  • Culture: Aga Khan Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, Young People's Theatre
  • Nature: Allan Gardens, Camp Pine Crest, Don Valley, Evergreen Brickworks, Riverdale Farm
  • Reading: Children's Book Bank, Toronto Public Library

Music Program

Sprucecourt is fortunate enough to have 2 dedicated music teachers who run a rich, vibrant music program. Our winter and spring concerts are highly anticipated :)

Extra-curricular music opportunities include: African drumming groups, choir, drumming circle, Hammer Band - free violins & lessons, piano club, ukulele club

Technology

Sprucecourt recently purchased two additional SmartBoards and another 25 ipads.

Some teachers use Smartboard technology to deliver lessons, and access Elmos and projectors to enhance learning opportunities.

Scientists in School

High quality, high impact, hands-on workshops support the STEM curricula, and encourage development of crucial global skills like critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving and teamwork. Scientists in School workshops are funded by the School Council.

The goal is to inspire all children.

Literacy Programs

  • Early Reading Intervention (SK-grade 4): Parent volunteers work with over 30 children 1-on-1 for 4 months to help boost their reading and writing.
  • Reading Buddies (JK/SK): Greenwood College School students visit weekly to help teach kindergarteners to read.

Horizons Math Tutoring

Students from Upper Canada College come to support grades 6 students.

Model Schools for inner cities

A strength-based approach that increases access & opportunities for all students. Model Schools aim to:

  1. Innovate teaching & learning practices
  2. Provide services to support students' social, emotional, physical well-being
  3. Establish schools as heart of the community
  4. Research, review, evaluate students & programs
  5. Share successful practice

Nutrition

  • Breakfast program: available for all students at 8:15 AM
  • Snack program: all students receive a healthy snack each day
  • Healthy hot lunch program: healthy, balanced lunches are prepared on the premises for participating students

Health Clinic

An in-school primary care health clinic with family doctors, a paediatrician, and a developmental paediatrician.

Opened through the Model Schools Paediatric Health Initiative in 2010, which supports schools in the Models Schools for Inner Cities program.

Community engagement

Teachers aim to foster a meaningful connection between students and their broader community. Classrooms discuss and celebrate:

  • Autism Awareness Day
  • Black History Month
  • Jump Rope for Heart
  • Orange Shirt Day
  • Pink Shirt Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Terry Fox Run
  • and more

Eco-school

Sprucecourt is a certified Eco-school by Ontario EcoSchools, a program that educates school communities about how to be environmentally responsible and reduce their environmental footprint.

EarlyON centre

The Ontario EarlyON child and family centre is full of learning. Parents bring babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to learn, play, and make friends. This centre strengthens our communities and helps children prepare for kindergarten.

Open Monday to Friday

8:45 AM until 12:45 PM in room 111

Extracurricular Activities

Clubs

  • Eco Team
  • Harry Potter Club
  • Juggling/Circus Club
  • Knitting
  • Math clinics with Horizons volunteers
  • Right to Play leadership building - volunteers from Greenwood College School
  • Robotics Lego League
  • STEM Club
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook Club

Music & Art

  • African drumming groups
  • Art club
  • Choir
  • Dance club
  • Drumming circle
  • Hammer Band - free music lessons on donated violins
  • Piano club
  • Ukulele club

Sports