There are two weeks left for our promising students (currently in grade 10, 11 or 12) to apply to SHAD 2019.

SHAD is an enrichment program that empowers exceptional high school students to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers. Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for 700 students from across Canada and internationally to attend a month-long summer program, in-residence at one of several Canadian host universities, focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math).

SHAD is seeking high-achieving students interested in STEAM to apply for their summer enrichment program from July 3-29, 2019. The admission process is competitive. The application takes into consideration both academic results and extra-curricular participation. Please review the application requirements below before starting the online application. Preparing some information beforehand is recommended (e.g. essays, identifying a reference, etc.). The online application due date is November 19*, by 11:59 p.m. Review application FAQs to learn about the different sections.

Spotlight on University of Toronto Engineering or Commerce

Early Consideration Deadlines

Students who wish to have their application for engineering or commerce programs at the University of Toronto reviewed for possible early admission offers in February or March must meet earlier deadlines:
Engineering: The OUAC application must be submitted by December 1; the Online Student Profile must be submitted by December 18. For students wishing consideration for later rounds of admission offers, the OUAC application must be submitted by January 16 and the supplemental materials by February 1.
The Online Student Profile for engineering includes the following sections:
• Engineering program selection
• Educational timeline for high school
• Academic profile (secondary school courses)
• Extracurricular involvement
• Personal profile: three randomly selected questions (one written and two video)
• Application fee
Commerce: The OUAC application should be submitted by November 26 in order to ensure that the supplemental application can be submitted by noon December 14. For students wishing consideration for later rounds of admission offers, the OUAC application must be submitted by January 16 and the supplemental materials by February 15.
The supplemental application for commerce consists of two short written essays and a video question:
The first written question asks you to discuss what accomplishments or endeavours outside the classroom you are most proud of (20 minutes/100 words).
• The second question is randomly generated (30 minutes/250-300 words).
• The video question is randomly generated (90 seconds to reflect and 2 minutes to record your response).

Spotlight on Programs at York University

Students who have an interest in engineering, global sustainability, and social justice should consider York University’s five-year dual degree in Engineering and International Development Studies. The program offers an optional internship in a developing country after third year.  Click here for more information.

Established in the 1970s, the Law and Society program at York University is one of the oldest of its kind in North America. The program has an interdisciplinary focus, combining insights from anthropology, history, philosophy, sociology, political science and criminology.

If business is more your passion, then consider the dual degree in Business Administration and International Studies, combining two years at Glendon College where you will specialize in social sciences and humanities with two years at France’s top incubator, the Emlyon Business School. Students will study primarily in French, with the opportunity to take courses in English in both countries. Placements and internships are integrated into the program. A supplementary application is required.

Spotlight on The University of Rochester  - They love the IB!

The University of Rochester, a private research-intensive university, recognizes the IB as the “platinum” preparation for post-secondary study. As a result, the school offers special merit scholarships ranging from $7000 to $20,000 to talented IB students. The supplemental application even has a spot to record your Extended Essay title!

For more information, check out the merit scholarship website: Note that Rochester also has numerous scholarships for students active in a range of endeavours.

SAVE THE DATE: Lecture Tour Sunday November 18th

The University of King’s College will be holding a Lecture Tour event in Toronto Sunday, November 18th, in the Great Hall at the Arts and Letters Club, from 2 to 4 PM.

Dr. Neil Robertson, who teaches in the Foundation Year Program, and Prof. Tim Currie, the director of our Journalism school, will present a joint lecture entitled “A Deal with the Devil? How Faust Informs Stories of the Modern World”. Using the tale of Faust, Dr. Robertson and Prof. Tim Currie will examine our contemporary political and media landscape. It is a great opportunity to see the creativity and originality that we encourage at King’s.

There will also be free, on-site admissions available at the event. If students are interested in applying, they will need to bring the following:

1)      A completed application (the link to the form is attached at the bottom).

2)      A transcript/ report card that shows the applicants final Grade 11 grades

3)      Journalism applicants only: 1000-word autobiographical sketch that tells us about the applicant and why they want to be a journalist.


This term is the best time for Gr 11-12 students to visit a university campus at one of the many Fall open houses events showcasing academic programs, student life and opportunities. Click HERE to see a list of scheduled Open Houses at several of Canada’s top universities. Students are welcome to arrange individual campus visits outside of these planned events.

University Visits:

The following Universities will be visiting The York School during November. All grade 10, 11 and 12 students are welcome to attend the presentations in the Learning Commons.