Our FocusLearning for Service in the Light of God's Word
Toronto District Christian High School is a place of learning for service in the light of God’s Word and has been since its inception in 1963.
To be a community of learners who serve God and others through authentic and relevant Christ-centred education.
For God’s glory, we will be a school:
- where each student feels known and cared for as they learn more about God’s world and one’s place in it.
- where staff members, who care deeply for our students, model and inspire lifelong learning and a growing love for Jesus.
- where parents and guardians willingly and actively support Christ-centred education.
- where supporters and alumni can feel deeply connected and contribute to the school and its mission.
- which is an integral part of and joyfully serves local and global communities.
Learning at TDChristian takes place by enfolding, engaging, and empowering students.
Why? As God’s image bearers, students matter. To live a life of service, students need to know themselves and be known. When students are accepted and accepting, and their talents, passions and gifts are recognized, they become important members of the school community. Such enfolding provides a firm foundation for learning.
How? We work diligently with students in uncovering and developing their God-given talents for service. We welcome them into our school and help them discover ways that they can contribute, celebrate, and grow. During the first week of Grade 9, students are brought into our learning community through orientation days which include service. TDChristian students learn through rich experiences in academics, video, art, drama, music, athletics, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). We challenge our students to cultivate their passions and develop their abilities while sharing their learning, especially through presentations.
Why? Learning at TDChristian is for today, with an eye to tomorrow. A love of learning is fostered by piquing students’ interests and taking into account their gifts. Creating room for students to have voice and choice in their learning produces determination, allows for healthy risk-taking, and brings about a rigorous depth of understanding. Additionally, engaged students develop grit, perseverance, and a strong work ethic.
How? Learning is stimulated and nurtured in our inviting and up-to-date physical and virtual learning spaces. It flourishes through our student-teacher relationship which we emphasize and foster. Our teachers are engaged in, passionate about and dedicated to their craft. They assist students to share their learning in significant and relevant ways. Projects that emphasize skills such as creativity, collaboration, initiative, adaptability, information analysis, entrepreneurship, and effective oral and written communication are essential to learning at TDChristian. Students are pushed to become wisely discerning, to think and learn about how to conduct themselves and how to serve effectively in an ever-changing world.
Why? For learning to be relevant and service-driven, TDChristian’s walls must be permeable. Our desire is to connect our students authentically to life outside the classroom by partnering with groups and organizations to grow the kingdom of God. We want our students to work actively with others, from getting their hands dirty to giving leadership willingly, so that they are a blessing to their communities and they are blessed in the process.
How? Students are empowered when they contribute to our vibrant community through student leadership opportunities and assemblies. Service trips, projects, mentorship, and internship immerse students in learning outside the building. Daily, we stretch students creatively, intellectually, and practically to impact all of God’s creation. Our aim is to provide students with opportunities in which they can serve with their hearts and minds.