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Student Services

At The Leo Baeck Day School, we recognize that all students learn in different ways. At our North Campus The Dean of Student Services Bev Gitter is a Reading Recovery Specialist who brings to the school a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of differentiated instruction.

At our South Campus Danielle Applebaum oversees the academic experience for each individual student in her role as Dean of Student Academics.  She is Special Education Specialist and has been teaching at Leo Baeck for 10 years.

Student Services include:


  • in both general and Hebrew studies
  • within a small group setting or directly in the classroom
  • additional individual one on one remediation is available at a cost to parents


  • on a small group withdrawal basis and/or directly with an entire classroom in a specific subject area in conjunction with themes addressed in the curriculum

Home Room Support (Nursery to Grade 5)

  • curriculum related to attitudes and behaviour is discussed
  • discussions and predetermined activities are structured to promote inclusion of all children, facilitate positive social skills all teaching
  • Derech Eretz, problem solving and conflict resolution strategies
  • organizational, study and building self esteem skills are taught

Advisor Time/ Areas of Interaction/Guidance (Grades 6 to 8)

  • communication and listening skills
  • relationship building through group experiences
  • study and organizational skills
  • goal setting and preparing students for Middle and High School
  • critical thinking through problem solving and discussion
  • tzedakah and student council activities
  • partnership with communities in Israel
  • understanding good citizenship
  • peer mentoring
  • opportunities for meaningful contributions to school and the community
  • individual and personal growth

Jewish Vocational Services/Jewish Family & Child Services

  • psycho-educational consultation and psycho-educational assessments when required
  • "Family Life Education Program" in Grades 5 to 8, including tobacco and drug education
  • "Peers against Drugs Program" in Grade8 with facilitators from the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto
  • social worker/consultation for classroom intervention
  • parent education workshops

Character Education/Bullying Prevention Program

  • school-wide activities for awareness and discussing groups, modeling positive relationships vital to the development of social skills
  • activities within the curriculum
  • immediate adult intervention of all teaching and administrative staff
  • ongoing professional development for all faculty

Community Care Access Centre

  • services in speech pathology and occupational therapy within the school setting

Parent Volunteers

  • training provided to enable parent volunteers to work with individual students on an as need basis in specific subject areas
  • general orientation workshop for Nursery, Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten parents working in classroom settings