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​​SciTech PCSS Regional Program – Frequently Asked Questions



Where is the SciTech PCSS Regional Program located?

Housed in 70 Mineola Road East Mississauga Ontario L5G 2E5


What are the benefits of attending the SciTech and or Strings PCSS Regional Program?

 The SciTech program at Port Credit Secondary School is a four-year program that integrates a “HANDS-ON, MINDS-ON” philosophy that provides students with an interactive approach to learning.  The merging of science and technology in the classroom enables students to better understand our modern world and prepare students for the 21st century.


The Strings program provides students with an in-depth study of a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass) with exposure to enriched instruction, guest artists, field trips and concerts. 


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. It does give them a educational experience of attending secondary school with like minded students.


How do I apply?

All applications are submitted via the online application page. A link to this is available from our website www.pcssonline.com. There is a $40 non-refundable application fee.  


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 PCSS no later than Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 3 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.

What are the dates for applications?

Open – Monday, November 9, 2020 (8:30 a.m.).

Close – Monday, November 25, 2020 (3:00 p.m.).


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.


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 south of the 401 in Mississauga will be offered spots first.


How do I know my application went through okay?

Once you have successfully applied 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 and or auditions?


For this year, there will not be a screening/simulation day for SciTech applicants.  Students will be admitted to the program based on their middle school marks, learning skills and teachers' comments.  A follow-up, with the applicant's school may occur, if any clarification is needed. 


Those who apply to the strings program will have a virtual audition/interview with dates to be determined at a later date. 


How many spots are available each year?

The Scitech program has 152 spots to fill. In the first round of offers, the school will send out an email to the first 152  students on the lottery list, which is generated by the computer. If at the end of the week we have had only 100 acceptances, then on the second round we would send out an email to the first 52 students on the waitlist. At the end of the second week if we still have spots avaliable, then we will make a 3 round of offers.


There are 54 spaces available in the Strings program. Like the Scitech program, first round offers will be sent out to the 54 students in the lottery list, which is generated by the computer. If at the end of the week we have had 40 acceptances, then on the second round we would send out an email to the first 14 students on the waitlist. At the end of the second week if we still have spots avaliable, then we will make a 3 round of offers.


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 for the Scitech program


It is advised that students start the Strings program going from Grade 8 into Grade 9. 


When will we know if we get in?

First round offers:  Friday, January 29th, 2021 after 3:00 pm

Second round offers: Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 after 3:00 pm

Waitlist closes: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 at 3:00 pm


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. Paid at Course selection time.


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.


Is transportation provided?

Transportation (busing) is only provided for those students living within the school boundary (PCSS 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 service.


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