Welcome to St. John Bosco!
Registration for St. John Bosco Secondary School is by REFERRAL ONLY.
The Referral Process...
The referral process begins at the student's home school or in conjunction with their current community partners. Once the student is prepared to investigate St. John Bosco as an alternate educational setting, the student's Principal or community partner submits the referral form (See Below) and all of the required supporting documents to the main office or via FAX (519-824-9823.
Once the referral is received, and a space is available, St. John Bosco will invite the student and their parents/guardians, school support staff and community partners to take a tour and participate in an intake meeting. The intake meeting provides St. John Bosco with the opportunity to get to know the student being referred and to determine if St. John Bosco is the best fit for the student's current academic, social-emotional and mental health needs. Acceptance to the program is granted to those students who are truly committed to the philosophy of our program and for whom we are able to effectively educate with the programming and supports available on site.
Referrals are accepted from...
- Bishop Macdonell CHS - Student Success Team
- Our Lady of Lourdes CHS - Student Success Team
- St. James CHS - Student Success Team
- Elementary Schools within the WCDSB (Grade 8 to 9 Transition Students Only)
OR... for students outside the WCDSB, we accept referrals from our community partners including:
- Family & Children's Services Guelph/Wellington and Other
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Family Counselling & Support Services
- Guelph Police Services IMPACT Team
IMPORTANT: The program at St. John Bosco has received a high number of referrals for the 2019-2020 school year. Please note that students/families will not be contacted until an intake date becomes available. At this point, a semester 1 intake date is not likely. However, we are committed to our process and will be in contact with suitable candidates as space becomes available. Not all students who engage in an intake meeting are accepted into the program.
2019-2020 Referral Package
Who Can St. John Bosco Support?
St John Bosco can provide a supportive, welcoming community to students who...
- can work independently with limited support on academic tasks at their learning level,
- like to work at their own pace but with other learners,
- need a flexible, supportive environment but some structure in their days,
- want to help build a safe, welcoming environment,
- are coping with mental health challenges,
- are learning to self-regulate and manage their emotions,
- are receiving help for substance use/misuse, and,
- are actively working on their well-being.
St John Bosco cannot provide sufficient support to ensure safety and/or success for students who...
- require intensive, one-to-one, academic support to learn,
- cannot function well in the company of other learners,
- cannot tolerate flexibility or cannot cope with minimal structure,
- are severely emotionally or behaviourally dysregulated,
- are actively violent, aggressive, or threatening to others,
- are in acute phases of severe mental illness,
- have active, moderate to severe, substance use issues, and
- are not actively receiving treatment.
Please be aware that St. John Bosco offers a variety of course selections in the locally developed, college and university pathways; however, we are not currently able to offer French, Music, Drama, Senior University Level Science Courses or onsite courses in the skilled trades. We do, however, have access to all of the WCDSB District Programs, Co-op and Dual Credit as note in the WCDSB Course Calendar.