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NEW- Resources for Secondary School Level Students 

We are adding to the bottom of this page links to resources for secondary school students and their parents.  Keep checking back for new links! 


Many thanks to ABC members who shared these links with us. If you come across some interesting Web sites, please let the webmaster know!

Glossary, or "EDUSPEAK" for Parents Word version (54KB)

This is a lay person's informal (and by no means complete) guide to "eduspeak", that delightful language that leaves mere parents puzzling "What does that mean?"

Making the Most of School - Sources of Help for You and Your Child
PDF version (63KB)   |   Word version (43KB)

Most parents want their children to succeed at school; in fact, most parents would like their children to do better than they themselves did. Whatever their own experience in school, parents are in a unique position to judge how their children are doing and to take action to enhance learning. This guide describes the sources of help available in our school system.

Gifted Individualized Education Program (GIEP)

Model Developed by Pennsylvania State University. GIEP Model presents examples of goals and outcomes that show how school curriculum may be appropriately differentiated for the gifted learner. (Description quoted from web site)
( _ed/20/59/giepmodel.pdf)


Location of Congregated Gifted Programs in Peel DSB & Dufferin-Peel CDSB

A list showing the locations of congregated classes in Peel DSB & Dufferin-Peel CDSB prepared by ABC Peel from information published by each board as of June 22, 2007 - click here for a Word format - click here for PDF format

For links to Peel DSB secondary school gifted programs see the "Programs for Secondary School" below



Queen's University Mini-Enrichment Course

The Queen's Enrichment Studies Unit provides curriculum-extending mini-courses to students from the Kingston area and beyond. Programs for students in Grades 5 through 12. (


Queen's University Faculty of Education

Links to the Resources for Gifted Education - Includes Math Forum Library, Solar Car Project that involves students in local high schools, and their Science Quest links to neat stuff for kids.   (

This site is the Canadian National Marsville Program in Canada. It is for grades 5 through 8 and is run in many cities throughout Canada. Ask your school if they can become involved in this amazing program.

Physics Careers

Discover the wide range of challenging careers open to people who study physics. (Description quoted from web site) (  




Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

Dedicated to the Advancement of Astronomy and Allied Sciences (


David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill 

The Observatory is a research centre of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto and also carries out public education and teaching programmes. (Description quoted from web site)  (

Ontario College of Teachers

Information about education legislation and copies of the Acts, find a Teacher is a searchable data base of all certified teachers in Ontario and lists their credentials. ( 

This is a place on the web to find differentiated activities in all content areas. There is a link to a Peel related website made by Jeryl Phillips who is a special education consultant for the Board. Scroll down to the bottom of the main page to "So, You're Gifted-a Web quest of Self-Discovery" 

These are games and simulations based on Nobel Prize winning achievements that teach and provide fun also.

This website is hosted by the "London District Catholic School Board" and the "Ontario Knowledge Network for Learning" It has great information for gifted students, their parents and teachers.

A media company dedicated to helping ALL learners discover their


Home Schooling

Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents 

(OFTP) is a provincial homeschool group providing support to homeschooling families and information on home-based education to our members and the public at large.  As a collective voice for the homeschooling community in Ontario, OFTP also serves as an advocacy group and link between the homeschooling community and the provincial government, school boards and other agencies.

http://homeschoolin g.gomilpitas. com/regional/ Ontario.htm

Links to site about home schooling in Ontario.

http://www.ontariog homesch.htm

Another great resource from Ontario Gifted.  L inks to home schooling the gifted and a message board 

Other options

As increasing numbers of parents seek out a broader range of education options for their children, many are turning to the diverse landscape offered by private and independent schools. Day, boarding, religious, special needs and alternative schools all have much for parents to consider. The aim of this guide is to help you find the best fit for your child.

Dialogue magazine engages, informs and inspires with bright ideas and latest practices, thoughtful reflections and practical insights, points of view and points for debate. Dialogue features articles by and for Canada 's independent school educators — all focused on a particular theme.

Resources for Secondary School Students and Parents 

This is a new resource from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) that offers free open courseware at the undergraduate level for anyone that may be interested in self-directed learning. This service requires no registration and has over 1,400 courses available. 

This is a science program from the University of Toronto for kids in grades 3 through 12. It runs on 7 consecutive Saturdays from October to December. There is also a Spring program available.

Stephen Leacock Humorous Short Story Competition 2007 

This is a link to the Stephen Leacock Humorous Short Story Competition 2007. It is open to all secondary students in Ontario. The deadline is March 15, 2007.


Programs for Secondary School
PDF version (27KB)   |   Word version (31KB)

This document includes information on Enhanced courses in local high schools and Regional Enhanced Centres.


International Baccalaureate 

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a recognized leader in the field of international education, encouraging students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens. Founded in 1968, we currently work with 1,745 schools in 122 countries to develop and offer three challenging programmes to more than 200,000 students aged 3 to 19 years. (Description quoted from their website) (


Advanced Placement Program

Students pursue college-level studies while still in high school. (


College Board

Students pursue college-level studies while still in high school. ( or (


ABC Ontario Overview on Advanced Placement PDF version (18KB)

ABC Ontario reports on Advanced Placement (AP) courses as an example of high school enrichment in Canada (PDF)


Chart Your Course

A guide to Secondary Schools in Peel Board of Education (


University of Toronto, National Biology Competition

The U of T National Biology Competition provides students with an opportunity to test their knowledge and understanding of biology. All secondary school students are welcome to participate. U of T encourages those who are not in their senior year to enter, as students may write the exam more than once. Top students receive certificates designating them as National Biology Scholars and are eligible to receive cash prizes. The top 15 students to register in Arts and Science at the University of Toronto will be awarded admission scholarships valued at $5,000 each. The top five schools each receive a Certificate of Excellence. (quoted from the web site)


The da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program (DEEP) of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering/University of Toronto

"The da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program (DEEP) provides gifted and highly motivated high school students the opportunity for advanced study in a variety of engineering disciplines. DEEP offers the most diverse range of pre-university engineering and science courses in North America. This intense program has been designed exclusively for students who excel in math and science and are looking for a true academic challenge. The program will expose students to concepts and topics beyond the regular secondary curriculum."  (quoted from the web site)


Glenforest Secondary School Enhanced Porgram 

"As a designated regional centre for the education of the gifted students, Glenforest Secondary School offers a full range of enhanced curriculum from Grade 9 to the Grade 12 level. Glenforest provides enhanced students with carefully crafted programs, taught by teachers who understand the needs of the gifted student. Students will also benefit from working alongside other gifted students who share their interests and abilities." (quoted from the web site)

The Woodlands School 

The Woodlands School is a designated regional centre in the Peel District School Board for Enhanced Learning. Woodlands accepts students 

  • in grades 9 through 12 
  • living in the Erindale SS, John Fraser SS, Meadowvale SS, Missisuaga SS, Stephen Lewis SS, Streetsville SS, T L Kennedy SS and The Woodlands SS areas 
  • whose intellectual abilities places them in the top 3% of their peer group and who have been deemed exceptional intellectual-gifted by the Peel District School Board's Identification, Placement and Review Committee


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