SciTech North Regional Program –
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the SciTech North Regional Program
Housed in Chinguacousy Secondary School, 1370 Williams Parkway,
What are the benefits of attending the SciTech
North Regional Program?
Students learn in a space filled with like-minded/motivated
students passionate about developing the skills and knowledge needed to solve
global issues. The academic approach (STEM) develops strong interpersonal and
technological skills while addressing subject content.
What is STEM?
STEM is the learning focus that emphasizes the connectivity of
Science Technology Engineering and Math.
Do students work with robots in this program?
Robotics have a central role in several courses and clubs at
Chinguacousy. Vex robots are used in the grade 9 program. Arduino based robots
are utilized in the grade 10 program. Various senior courses also use these
Is there a robotics club/team?
We have an active robotics club which participates in
What does the learning look like at the SciTech
North Regional Program?
Students in this program are immersed in collaborative work,
augmented with advanced technology. Program curriculum is delivered through
contextualized real-world projects which span across subject areas.
Will my child be exclusively in classes with
only SciTech students?
In each year of the program, students take core SciTech courses
which are comprised of only those students in the regional program. Non-SciTech
courses are a composite course of Regional and boundary students (e.g. English
Will this program put me in better standing for
post-secondary (college/university) acceptance?
This program does not give students, any priority standing for
How do I apply?
All RLCP applications are ONLY accessible on the PDSB Regional Programs website. There is a $40
non-refundable application fee.
What are the dates for applications?
Open – Monday, November 11, 2019 (8:30 a.m.).
Close – Monday, November 25, 2019 (3:00 p.m.).
What if I am not currently a Peel District
School Board student?
Students that live in Peel but do not currently attend a PDSB
school are eligible to apply. They will be required to submit official report
cards (Grade 7 final & Grade 8 progress and mid-term) to the main office at
Chinguacousy no later than Monday, November 25, 2019 by 3:00 p.m.
I do not currently live in Peel, can I apply?
Student who meet the program criteria and who live outside of Peel
Region will be offered spots once local student applicants have been
accommodated. In some cases, all spots may be offered to students who live in
How does the application process work?
The online portion asks for contact information including OEN
(Ontario Education Number) and Peel Student # for those that have one. Peel
Board students' applications will have their grades automatically downloaded.
Non-Peel Board students will need to submit hard copies of their Grade 7 and 8
report cards no later than Monday, November 25, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
How does it work for local and
Peel RLCPs are open to all eligible students. Students who meet
the criteria for acceptance to the programs and who live in Brampton, Caledon
and Mississauga will be offered spots first.
How do I know my application went through okay?
Once you have successfully applied and paid to a Regional Learning
Choices program, you will receive a confirmation email after submitting your
application online. If you do not receive an email confirming your application
is received, please wait 24 hours before contacting the school as there may be
a delay. Schools will only be able to view your application after 24 hours.
What if I missed the application deadline?
The application system is controlled by computer, which opens and
closes the window to the application software. Once this window is closed, it
cannot be re-opened this school year.
Is there a screening/simulation day?
There is a screening/simulation day on Thursday, January
30th, 2020, for those students successful through the first stage of the
application process (Grades and Learning Skills).
Why is there a screening/simulation day?
We highly value communication and collaboration skills in our
students. Having an opportunity to see applicants in action serves to better
assess these skills and determine the best candidates for the program.
Does everyone get invited to the
There is no guarantee of being invited to the screening day. While
we work hard to accommodate the maximum number of applicants on that day.
What should we expect at the
Students will be presented with a scenario and asked to brainstorm
some design ideas. Each applicant will complete a short individual activity and
then participate in a hands-on small group build based on the ideas shared by
the individuals. The entire process takes approximately one hour.
Will my application be considered if I do not
attend the screening day?
A score of zero would be received if screening day is not
attended. While the application will still be considered, it would put the
applicant at a significant deficit.
How many spots are available each year?
The program has 156 spots to fill. In the first round of offers,
the school will send out an email to the first 156 students on the lottery
list, which is generated by the computer. If at the end of the week we have had
100 acceptances, then on the second round we would send out an email to the
first 56 students on the waitlist. At the end of the second week if we received
acceptances from 40 students, then we would still have 16 spots available.
During the time between the close of acceptances and the close of
the waitlist, we will continue to send out "offer emails" to the next
student(s) on the waitlist until we have filled remaining spots. The only
students who could be admitted following the close of the waitlist are
out-of-region students who applied to the program, and this can only happen if
spots remain unfilled.
What spot is my child on the waitlist?
The order of students on waitlists is random. School staff have no
way of seeing any waitlists and, as such, cannot comment on where a student
might be placed on a waitlist. Also, as waitlists are being used and spots are
being filled, school staff have no way of knowing what the chances are of a
student, who is sitting on a waitlist, getting into the program.
Can students enter the program after grade 9?
Intake into secondary regional choice programs is only from grade
8 to start in grade 9.
When will we know if we get in?
January 31, 2020 after 3:00 p.m.
Second round offers:
Thursday, February 6, 2020 after 3:00 p.m.
Waitlist round offers: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
closes: Tuesday, February 18,
2020 at 3:00 p.m.
Can we accept more than one RLCP offer?
Parents may see more than one offer online, but you will only be
able to select one. All offers made by other schools will automatically be
declined once one program is accepted. This is irreversible by the parent.
Parents will be prompted with "Are you sure?" before confirming your
Are there any fees associated with the program?
There is an annual fee of $200 for this program.
Why is there a program fee?
Program fees are applied toward providing specialty equipment,
software and materials. Some courses have costs incurred for guest speakers
and/or field trips.
What can I be doing to increase my chances of
getting accepted into this program?
The hard work applicants have been doing to date are what is being
assessed. There are no direct outside influences on the application process.
Activities the applicant has participated both in and out of school will have
helped shape those skills of creative thinking, collaboration and communication
that we will be evaluating at the screening/simulation day.
Do students currently enrolled in an Elementary
school SciTech program (e.g. Centennial PS or Macville PS) receive preferential
treatment in the application process?
All applications are given the same consideration. There is no
direct influence on the application process by being an elementary student in a
SciTech regional program. Activities the applicant has participated both in and
out of school will have helped shape those skills of creative thinking,
collaboration and communication that we will be evaluating at the
Is transportation provided?
Transportation (busing) is only provided for those students living
within the school boundary (Chinguacousy would be their home school). All other
students are required to provide their own transportation. Many students opt to
use the public transit, while others pay for private busing such as Bus