Beyond York - April 27 / 2018

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We are delighted to invite you to our new Grade 12  Beyond York: University Preparation Workshop on
May 31, 2018 from 12:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Recognizing that the transition to university is a significant life change for both students and their families, we have developed this workshop to encourage parents and students to talk, think about and plan for the major adjustments that lie ahead.

Workshop Schedule:

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch and Learn with Chef Carolyn Cohen 

Carolyn will provide suggestions and recipes for healthy dorm room snacks &  light meals. Lunch will be served. 

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Panel Discussions

Alumni Panel

Recent York School alumni will speak to their experience of transitioning to university; what worked well, what they might have done differently and what they wished their parents would have known.  

Parent Panel

The parent panel will include parents who will speak to lessons learned from their experience of sending their own children off to university.  York School parent,  Dr. Christine Liptay, Staff Physician, Student Health and Wellness, University of Toronto will be part of this panel to speak to student wellness and the experience of accessing resources as a university student.   

*Parent and student attendees will rotate through both panel discussions.  

3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks. 

Please note at 4:00 p.m. there is a graduation rehearsal for students only. 

We are so looking forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP here so that we can plan accordingly. 

Thanks, the Grade 12 Team

Study in the U.K. Info Sessions

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UBC is changing how they evaluate applicants for admission

1. Students must still meet UBC's general and degree-specific admission requirements

2. Students should still focus on their achievements beyond academics

  • The Personal Profile continues to be a very important part of UBC’s online application. It helps UBC assess students’ preparedness for university study based on a broad range of experiences and achievements.

3. Students should consider UBC’s holistic approach to assessing secondary school coursework

  • Starting in 2019, UBC will no longer calculate admission averages using a specific number of courses within the approved Grade 12 courses list. UBC will take a holistic approach to academic assessments and will consider all Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses when evaluating the competitiveness of a student’s application – and emphasis will be placed on academic courses related to their intended area of study.
  • UBC’s holistic approach will focus primarily on marks in academic courses, but will also consider breadth, rigour, and relevancy of coursework:
  1. To what extent has the student excelled in secondary school, as evidenced by their grades?
  2. To what extent has the student challenged themselves in secondary school, as evidenced by the number and academic rigour of courses completed?
  3. To what extent has the student taken courses in subjects that are relevant to their intended area of study at UBC?

Students can demonstrate competitiveness in a number of ways, beyond their grades:

  • Challenge themselves: Show UBC breadth and rigour in their course selection, and/or take advanced courses (e.g., AP, IB, Calculus, dual credit, etc.).
  • Demonstrate knowledge in their area of study: Take courses related to their intended areas of study (e.g., math and sciences courses if they’re applying to Bachelor of Science).

Why is UBC taking this holistic approach?

The purpose is to recognize that grades are not the only way to demonstrate readiness for post-secondary studies. While many applicants in 2019 will get offers of admission to UBC through an academic assessment based primarily on grades in academic courses, it may be advantageous (though not required) to demonstrate breadth, rigour, and relevancy in secondary school coursework.

If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to your university counsellor.

Canadian Campus Rankings

CAMPUS RANKINGS published the results of a survey asking Canadian students to rate their universities on how supportive they were to entrepreneurial enterprises. Obviously, this list is based on student impressions. In other rankings (by business magazines, for example) the order might change. Still…Campus Rankings is interesting to look over !

The top 3 ranked list as follows:

  1. University of Waterloo (VeloCity)
  2. Bishop’s University (The Dobson-Lagasse Entrepreneurship Centre)
  3. Ryerson University (DMZ–Digital Media Zone)