Toronto District School Board – George Brown College SWAC program

Graduating SWAC students January 2015

Graduating SWAC students, January 2015

School Within a College (SWAC) program with TDSB

  • A Student Success initiative since 2010 partnered by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and George Brown College (GBC) to offer secondary students the opportunity to earn secondary school credits and dual credit 'General Education' college credits with the goal for students to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and transition to post-secondary destinations.
  • The primary focus continues to be on students facing challenges in graduating and who have the potential to succeed in college.
  • Courses are delivered by Secondary School Teachers and College Instructors at George Brown College's St. James Campus in downtown Toronto. Students attend classes at the College five days a week.
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SWAC student at Celebration Lunch

WHO – SWAC Target Student Group 

  • Should be between the ages of 17-20
  • Should have completed at least 22 credits
  • Completed OSSLT or attempted OSSLC
  • At risk of not graduating, disengaged and/or underachieving
  • Must be in a position to recover credits in a SWAC Credit Recovery classroom
  • In a graduating position by June 2020
  • Potential to succeed in college courses
  • College and/or Apprenticeship bound
  • Demonstrates evidence of independent learning skills

WHY – SWAC Opportunities 

  • Earn up to 6 credits in one semester, including two College dual credit courses
  • Exploration of college life and postsecondary programs
  • Adult learning environment in a College setting
  • Instruction in self-advocacy, literacy skills, and learning strategies for preparation and transition into post-secondary education/pathway
  • Breakfast nutrition program, access to College services, College ID card
  • Presto card with monthly transit pass provided

WHEN – SWAC Recruitment

  • There are two intakes during the year: September and February. Interested students should speak to their Guidance Counsellor or Student Success teacher at their secondary school.  
  • Student candidates registered at a TDSB secondary school complete an Application Package in April/May for potential entry into program in Semester 1 (September start) or  November/December for potential entry into program in Semester 2 (February start).
  • Students attend an Information Session at George Brown College to learn more about the program and to be considered for acceptance.

Summer SWAC programs at George Brown College

Each summer, we offer a full-day Summer SWAC program at the St. James campus during the month of July.  High school students who are close to graduating can earn two credits toward their high school diploma (OSSD) by taking a Dual Credit college course along with a high school course (usually Grade 12 English).

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SWAC students celebrating in their last Speaking with Confidence class


Shelagh Taber Walsh, Coordinator of Educational Projects
Community Partnerships Office
Telephone 416-415-5000, ext. 6175

Grace Whang, SCWI Program Coordinator
Community Partnerships Office
Telephone 416-415-5000, ext. 2678

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