Ontario EcoSchools makes every effort to ensure that certification applications are
assessed accurately and equitably. Feedback on the application, portfolio and, if
applicable, site visit are provided for each assessment. If points are changed then the
feedback should include a reason why points were deducted. For further clarity on the
application criteria, please see the Certification Guide and other information contained within this section, "Become an EcoSchool".
If, after reading the feedback and consulting the resources mentioned above, a school wishes to appeal the assessment, they are welcome to do so. There are a few steps to follow:
Contact your board representative and explain your concern. They may be able to help
clarify the scoring. If you do not have a board representative, then proceed to Step 2.
Send an email to info (at) ontarioecoschools.org. Write up your concerns using the following headings:
• School name
• School board
• Email address
• Telephone number
• Question(s) in dispute (e.g., Q3.4)
• Why you are appealing the assessment/score
• What you think the assessment/score should be
• Whether or not your school received a site visit
Appeals must be sent to info (at) ontarioecoschools.org by September 30th of the following school year. All appeals will be reviewed by the Ontario EcoSchools Steering Committee.
Ontario EcoSchools will make every effort to respond in writing to your appeal within 2
weeks of receipt. During the summer months there may be a delay if staff is not
available. All appeals will be resolved by October 31st.