Research and Data

The Pathways to Education program in Spryfield collects data for two different reasons. The first reason is to evaluate the success of the program in helping our youth to graduate from high school and make a positive difference in their lives. The second reason is to figure out logistically, how to best run the program so that we can give our youth, volunteers and staff the best possible experience while they are a part of the program.

Spryfield Pathways partners with the Halifax Regional School Centre for Education and the schools that the students in the program attend. Through these partnerships we collect school success data on the youth who are in the program because the main objective of the Pathways to Education program is to increase the overall rate of students who graduate from High School. The program also strives to build basic skills that will help the youth succeed regardless of the path they take after High School. For this reason we collect qualitative information from the youth, volunteers, school staff, parents and our own staff to get a sense of what Pathways means to the individuals involved with the program, and the impact that they see it having on the Spryfield community.

Pathways to Education Canada – Program Results

Pathways to Education tracks and publishes program results data each year. If you would like more information, please follow this link.

What People are Saying about Pathways Spryfield:

“It was so much fun it was always a blast. I got to meet new people, make new friends, see old friends and to learn new stuff. Mentoring is my favourite part of Pathways.” – Student

“It has helped me focus on school and become a better student and person through work with my SPSW.” – Student

“I really enjoy tutoring and Pathways in general. I was able to meet some new people, learn new things and get lots of help with my homework which was so awesome. I can’t wait for Pathways to start again next year and I would like to thank Pathways for everything including the supports. I love Pathways.” – Student

“She has become more responsible and organized. It has given her a sense of responsibility and the supports make her feel independent. Grades have gone up at least a grade level and she takes school more seriously.” – Parent

“It keeps students focused on their academic achievement. It picks up where the school leaves off. The people working with the program are very respectful and kind to students. A great gift to the community.” – Parent

“They’re really learning to advocate for themselves and they’re really learning that it’s ok to ask a question. It’s ok to get some help, this person’s going to give me some help. So I think that’s a really important skill that they’re learning and it’s coming to them from Pathways. Cause traditionally those kids who struggle, and the kids who have lower literacy, aren’t very forthright in asking for assistance. And I think they’re starting to realize, if I ask I can get help and my grade goes up.” – J.L. Ilsley teacher

“Those that have joined Pathways as grade 9 students are different students right now, and doing a lot better grade wise than they would’ve without.” – Rockingstone Heights teacher

“Students who may have been reluctant to work at the beginning were charging through the door exclaiming ‘Miss! We have math to do today!’ – I think the sense of support that tutoring offered went a long way in giving many students confidence to tackle their schoolwork.” – Volunteer

“Seeing the youth mature, communicate, learn and try new things made it a very rewarding experience.” – Volunteer

“I had several conversations with the youth about the options of post-secondary education. I was very impressed with how many of them were already thinking about their options. The youth were always very interested in discussing my experiences and what I had to say.” – Volunteer

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