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Information for Parents & Students

We, at Pathways to Education believe that all youth should have an equal opportunity to graduate from high school and build the foundation for their future successes. Unfortunately, not all youth have that chance: statistics show that more than half of all students in North Kingston will drop out of high school, twice the provincial average. Our program is designed to support students and their families throughout high school, using four pillars: tutoring, mentoring, financial support and advocacy through Student Parent Support Workers (SPSWs).

Why is tutoring important?

Tutoring is an opportunity to have an adult work with you one-to-one focusing on the help you need to complete homework and study for school assignments. We set up a reserved spot for you twice per week.

Why are Student Parent Support Workers important?

Your SPSW will work closely with you, your parents and school staff to ensure that you receive the critical support needed to achieve academic success in high school. The support and guidance provided by the SPSW helps empower students and parents to make important decisions with increased confidence and better information.

Why is financial support important?

It is clear that a student’s attendance in class is directly related to the grades they receive. Pathways to Education distributes bus tickets to ensure that you are not at a disadvantage just because you are unable to make it to school, as well as meal and food vouchers. Also, the increasing cost of post-secondary education can also be an obstacle for many youth. Pathways to Education provides a bursary for every year you participate in our program, as a financial incentive for you to complete high school and pursue the post-secondary program of your choice.

Who’s eligible to participate?

For the 2014-2015 school year, all students starting Grade 9 -12 who live in the catchment area are eligible. The boundaries of the catchment area are Division Street east to the Cataraqui River, Conacher Drive  south to Raglan Road.  If you’re not sure whether you are eligible, please call us!

Are there any restrictions as to who can participate?  (e.g.  income cutoff, minimum or maximum grades)

No – as long as you meet the criteria above, you can participate in the Pathways to Education Program.

How do I register in the program?

Contact us, either by phone (613-507-7107) or email ( We’ll set up an appointment to go through the registration process, which takes about 30 minutes. There are forms for both the student and parent/legal guardian to sign, so we ask that both come to register. The student also needs to bring his or her health card.

I participated in Pathways to Education last year – do I need to re-register this year?

Yes, all students are required to re-register each year to make sure our records stay current.

I’m entering grade 10 this year, but wasn’t registered in Pathways to Education last year. Can I still join?

Yes. Eligible students can register at any time, including part way through the school year.

I live in the catchment area, but go to school elsewhere in Kingston. Am I still eligible?

Yes! Eligibility is determined based on where you live, not which school you go to. While most of our students attend classes at QECVI or Regiopolis-Notre Dame, a small number go to other schools such as KCVI and La Salle Secondary School.