Our school is named after Samuel de Champlain (1567-1635), a French explorer and navigator who mapped much of north eastern North America and started a settlement in Quebec. Champlain also discovered the lake named after him (Lake Champlain, on the border of northern New York state and Vermont, named in 1609), and was important in establishing and administering French colonies such as Port Royal and Quebec. Thus, Champlain's fame is primarily due to his ability to explore, discover and develop - activities which led him to establish what eventually became Canada.
True to our namesake, it is our belief that schools must help students to explore, discover and develop, to promote individual growth academically, physically, socially and emotionally to the limits of the student's potential. Staff at Champlain Trail also value the role that parents play as partners in their child's education and encourage open two-way communication so that the best possible learning opportunities can be provided for each student.
The best education for children occurs through the cooperative efforts of the home and school. Our school council focus is on educating our parents and community about the Peel board and the many resources and programs that are available to their families. Character Education is a primary focus, and during each term we have a Student Character & Leadership Assembly to recognize our students success. Ongoing improvement in EQAO results is because of the collective work that has been completed with our school success development. School council has appreciated the efforts of the staff to develop the library, book room, character education, sports, music, numeracy, literacy, transformational practices, special education, multiculturalism and technology.