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
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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)
Location of Congregated Gifted Programs in Peel DSB & Dufferin-Peel
For links to Peel DSB secondary school gifted programs see the
"Programs for Secondary School" below
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
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. (http://esu.queensu.ca)
University Faculty of Education
Links to the Resources for Gifted
Education - Includes
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.
the wide range of challenging careers open to people who study physics.
(Description quoted from web site) (https://www.cap.ca/careers/careers.html)
Astronomical Society of Canada
to the Advancement of Astronomy and Allied Sciences (http://www.rasc.ca/)
Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill
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
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. (http://www.oct.ca)
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
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.
Links to site about home schooling in Ontario.
Another great resource from Ontario Gifted. L
inks to home schooling the gifted and a message board
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.
engages, informs and inspires
with bright ideas and latest practices, thoughtful reflections and
practical insights, points of view and points for debate.
's independent school educators — all focused on a particular theme.
features articles by and for
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. http://www.leacock.ca/STUDENT.htm
for Secondary School
PDF version (27KB) | Word version (31KB)
document includes information on Enhanced courses in local high schools
and Regional Enhanced Centres.
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) (http://www.ibo.org/)
pursue college-level studies while still in high school. (http://www.ap.ca/)
pursue college-level studies while still in high school. (http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html)
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)
guide to Secondary Schools in Peel Board of Education (http://www.peelschools.org/student/chartyourcourse.html
University of Toronto, National
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
"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) http://www.ecf.utoronto.ca/apsc/html/deep/
Secondary School Enhanced Porgram
The Woodlands School
"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 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
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