Our guidance counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student success. They provide post-secondary education planning and support in regards to academic and social development. They encourage goal setting and responsible decision-making. They work in collaboration with parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. They coordinate mentor ship training and tutoring. And, they promote both paid and volunteer student work opportunities.
Our guidance counselors offer one-on-one high school and career education planning sessions utilizing the myBlueprint platform. myBlueprint is an interactive online education planning tool designed for students in grades 8-12. Students utilize the program to set goals, prepare an annual course schedule, track high school graduation requirements, and explore post-secondary programs and institutions across Canada. The myBlueprint planner design was influenced by the Ministry of Education’s Creating Pathways to Success policy document.
Our guidance counselors promote and support cooperative education. Grade eleven and twelve students can earn high school course credits while working either a half or a full day for an employer in our community. This would not be possible, however, without the support we graciously receive from our local employers.
Our guidance counselors also promote and support our Specialist High Skills Major program. A Specialist High Skills Major allows students to customize their high school learning experience to fit with their career interests. Click here to learn more.
If your child is currently in Grade 12, you should know that applications are now open for college and university programs. The last date for university applications is January 11. College applications for the fall term should be submitted before February 1.
Your child may benefit from financial assistance for post-secondary education from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). As part of the most significant reform of student assistance in North America, the government of Ontario is removing the financial barriers to attending college or university. If your family income is under $50,000, your child’s tuition is covered. Even if you earn more, the new OSAP may still provide your child with a generous grant that will make sending him/her to college or university much more affordable. Please click here to learn more.
We welcome you to contact our guidance counselors, cooperative education teacher, and/or student services/student success program lead, Mr. Peter Gleason, Mrs. Heather Hickson, Mrs. Lorie Keon-Leahey and Mrs. Tina Noel, respectively, with any questions or concerns relating to your child’s development.