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SciTech North Regional Program – Frequently Asked Questions



Where is the SciTech North Regional Program located?

Housed in Chinguacousy Secondary School, 1370 Williams Parkway, Brampton, Ontario.

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 platforms.



Is there a robotics club/team?

We have an active robotics club which participates in competitions.


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 class).


Will this program put me in better standing for post-secondary (college/university) acceptance?

This program does not give students, any priority standing for post-secondary acceptance.


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 Peel.


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 "out-of-region" students?

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 screening/simulation day?

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 screening/simulation day?

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?

First round offers:             Friday, 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.

Waitlist 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 selection.


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 screening/simulation day.



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 to School.



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