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See Me in ALCDSB – Student Census

Our first-ever student census took place from May 9 to 27.  The information students and families shared will help us build on the work we are already doing to support equity, well-being and success for all students and provide a way to measure the impact of that work. Thank you to all who participated. Public reports will be posted on this page once available. 

Elementary parents/guardians, would have received a link by email to complete the survey. Students in Grades 9 to 12 had time during class to complete the survey.  

​The survey collected student demographic and identity data, including information about language, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and more. It also includes questions about school experience. 

Staff are not able to see individual student responses to the survey. The data was collected from a population level alongside other data we had already collected, to identify systemic barriers that students face in our school system. 

The information shared will help us build on the work we are already doing to support equity, well-being and success for all students and provide a way to measure the impact of that work.

What’s on this page:
Why are we doing a student census?
Every day, we work to build faith-filled learning communities. We want our students and families to feel loved, inspired, and successful. By better understanding our students, we can make sure that the programs, supports and opportunities best suit their needs. 

The See Me in ALCDSB survey will:
  • Collect accurate identity and experience data about the current student population 
  • Improve our ability to assess the disparities that exist within the system and to effectively measure efforts to improve outcomes for all students
  • Support the development of 2022-2023 school improvement plans and the board improvement plan and inform new and existing programming and supports 
​The collection of this data is mandated by the Ministry of Education and is an important step forward for equity in the ALCDSB because it allows us to understand the ever-changing context in our schools. However, we aren’t waiting for this data to implement changes and improvements. Many existing reports from Canadian organizations outline disparities that groups of students experience in the education system in general. This new local data will provide more information for our program and support design and, most importantly, evaluation.​

Watch a Video Walkthrough of the survey.


How we will use the data
We will analyze the student census data alongside other existing datasets. This analysis will support ongoing community conversations about equity and support for students. It’ll help us plan what we can do to remove barriers students face, and make sure programs, supports, and opportunities best align with what students need. The data will also allow us to measure the impact of changes we make. 

This analysis will likely also interest social services agencies working in our communities and other community partners. Many factors in communities affect whether individuals and families have access to services and opportunities, feel a sense of belonging and feel safe. We need to work together to address any gaps this census data and other data sources help uncover. ​

Click here​ to view the recording.

If you missed the event, you can still submit your questions by emailing

Resources to support you​
Talking to your kids about equity 
Why this data matters 
Connecting with community and supporting your child
Staff census coming in 2022-2023 school year​​
A similar voluntary census will take place with ALCDSB staff in the 2022-2023 school year to help us understand more about the staff working in our system. We want our staff to feel supported. We also want to ensure our hiring and promotion practices are free from any bias that may result in the underrepresentation of individuals from equity-seeking groups.

If you have additional questions about the student census, please visit our FAQ page​.

  • Discipleship

    We accept the call to be imitators of Christ by embracing the Beatitudes through authentic witness at the school, community, and global levels. Rooted in our commitment to transmit our Faith and Catholic tradition, we are inspired to build communities dedicated to the formation of young people who recognize their gifts and responsibilities to contribute to the transformation of the world into a more just and loving society for all.

  • Scholarship

    We believe that each student, made in the image and likeness of God and being hope for the future, can be engaged in their learning and achieve at high levels with appropriate supports. We are committed to ensuring that the potential of each student is realized through the achievement of ambitious outcomes and improving in their learning to the highest possible level.

  • Stewardship

    We embrace our responsibilities for the prudent and judicious use of the resources we have been allocated. In our context, we are committed to the development and growth of all employees, responsible and accountable practices and our call to care for all of God's creation.