SciTech Frequently Asked Questions
Who can attend the SciTech Program?
Any Peel student who is currently in grade 5 may apply for this 3 year program, including students who are receiving ESL or special education support. Each year, 56 new students will be admitted to the Grade 6 program.
What is the purpose of the Workshop?
Applicants will attend a workshop to demonstrate their ability to wonder, question and investigate.
Are all subjects taught in SciTech?
Yes, all the Ministry of Education expectations are met. SciTech is a full time program--5 days a week from 8:55 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. We integrate the expectations in the students' program, and enhance and extend science, technology and mathematic.
What do the candidate's marks have to be?
Although we consider all applications, with a large number of interested students, successful applicants are usually students who achieve As and Bs.
How does this program compare to gifted programs?
It doesn't. Gifted programs have a different focus. We will be focusing on Science and Technology, and our students will study and work in these areas to a high provincial standard.
What happens if my child has an IEP (Individual Education Plan)?
If your child has an IEP and has been deemed exceptional, we will maintain this document as it is a Ministry mandate.
Is there a tour of the school?
Yes, if you are accepted into the program, we have a Macville tour. The date and time for that will be in the acceptance letter.
Is transportation provided?
No. It is the parents' responsibility to provide transportation to the school for 8:55 a.m. and from the school at 3:30 p.m. Parents may independently arrange car pooling or private busing at an additional cost.
Will attending the Macville Sci Tech program guarantee my child a spot in a secondary school regional program (SciTech, IBT, IB, Arts)?
No. In grade 8, students will have the choice of applying for any of the regional programs and proceed through the application process, or to attend their home school.
Is there before and after school care provided?
No. There is no before and after school care provided for students. It is the parents' responsibility to arrange for drop-off and pick up at the appropriate times, including those occasions when the student is involved in after-hours, extra-curricular school activities. There is no waiting area for students. There is, however, a YMCA program that can be accessed for an additional cost.
What if I am late for the workshop time?
Due to the large number of students being considered, we may not be able to accommodate you, but we will try our best. Please plan to set aside the appropriate amount of time to ensure your punctuality. But if you know you are running late, kindly call the school beforehand at 905-857-3448. Thank you in advance!
When do acceptance offers take place?
Students who meet the criteria for acceptance will have their names forwarded to the Board. A random selection process, determined by the Board, will take place to choose the 56 successful candidates. Acceptance offers will be made on Wednesday April 10, 2019. All applicants will be notified by EMAIL at that time about their status. Waiting list applicants will be assigned a number by the lottery process.
What is the deadline to accept an offer?
The deadline for all students to accept an offer is Wednesday April 17, 2019. The waiting list closes on Thursday June 27, 2019.
May applicants apply for the grade 7 and 8 SciTech classes?
This is a three year program, and it is only being offered for grade 6 student entry at this time.
Are there any suggestions on how I should prepare my child for the workshop in order for him or her to be a successful applicant?
The workshop has a written component involving literacy and numeracy at the grade 5 level. The written section involves a mathematics problem, and the written response will be assessed. There is also a hands-on element where students will be grouped into teams to plan and build a structure together. Each student will be evaluated on the way she or he works cooperatively, takes responsibility for the task, and remains focused.
Do I have to pick-up an application tonight?
No. Applications will be available on-line from January 28 to February 11, 2019.