Student Census

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Durham District School Board (DDSB) is committed to ensuring the success of all our students.

In May 2019, the voluntary We Are DDSB Student Census: Know Every Student, Grow Every Student 2019
took place. This was our first Student Census which has assisted us in gathering information about
our students and their lived experiences. The Board is committed to better understanding and
providing opportunities, programs and initiatives that impact student achievement and well-being.
Know Every Student, Grow Every Student supports DDSB’s equity priorities and outcomes. 

The communities we serve are growing more diverse. We value our diversity because it contributes
to the ideas and perspectives that enrich our school communities. 


To gain a clearer understanding of who our students are in order to support equity, student
achievement, and well-being.

The Student Census findings will help the Board and our schools to:

  • Better understand student populations and school communities         
  • Further support student success, inclusion and well-being                     
  • Establish effective programs and allocate resources to where they are needed most

Why Complete the Census?

The Census is important. The Student Census: Know Every Student, Grow Every Student provides us with valuable insight into who our students’ are and their lived experiences.

This will assist us in:

  • Better understanding the needs of our students
  • Planning programs to meet identified student need
  • Improving the quality of service delivery and programs
  • Reducing disadvantages faced by some students
  • Determining where funds are allocated
  • Improving equitable programs

Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to email census contact


A summary report on student identities was presented by Superintendent Hamid at the January 20th Board meeting.

Key findings from the student census report include:

  • Three percent of students reported having an Indigenous identity.
  • Ethnic/cultural identities shared by students included: Canadian (52%), English (16%), Irish (11%), Scottish (11%), Jamaican (7%), Pakistani (6%), German (5%), Indian (5%), French (5%), Sri Lankan (5%).
  • Racial backgrounds shared by students included: White (57%), South Asian (20%) and Black (12%).
  • Religions, creeds, spiritual affiliations or beliefs shared by students included: Christian (33%), No religion (24%), Muslim (14%), Hindu (9%), Buddhist (1%), Jewish (1%), Sikh (1%) and Indigenous Spirituality (<0.5%).
  • Forty-nine percent of students reported having a gender identity of “Boy or Man”, 49 percent of “Girl or Woman” and 1 percent of a gender diverse identity.
  • Of the Grade 7 to 12 students who shared their sexual orientation, 85 percent identified as Straight and 11 percent identified as LGBTQ2S+.
  • Nine percent of students identified as having a disability.
  • Languages students reported learning as a first language included: English (85%), Urdu (6%), French (5%) and Tamil (4%).

  1. Read the full report on the Student Census
  2. View the Board and Municipal Student Census infographics
  3. Access the public data set of the Student Census


The following resources were designed to help families understand aspects of the Student Census in
greater detail: