Dear Parents,

Just a reminder that the Grade 11 Post Secondary Information Night is scheduled for Wednesday March 6, 2019 at 7:00pm at 1320 Yonge St. - Learning Commons Area.

This information session will be led by David Hanna, Director of University Counselling. During this session he will be discussing the steps on how to prepare for university, choosing the right university and the questions to ask.

Following the information session David Hanna will answer any questions you may have.

Please RRSP by Monday March 4, 2019. This session is normally for parents, but grade 11 students are welcome to attend.


Individual offers are made by UK universities on a rolling basis and are communicated (along with the specific conditions required) on the tracking section of the UCAS website. You do not have to make any choices until you have had a decision from all the UK schools to which you have applied.

Once all the decisions have been communicated to you, however, a choice must be made. You may hold only two offers: one will be your firm choice, the other your insurance choice. In most cases, the offers will be based on an expectation that you will achieve a certain point total. If your offers are conditional on IB results, it is important that you accept an offer of admission from a Canadian university in order to ensure that you have a place next year in case of an unexpected drop on your May exams.

In many cases, UK universities will also make an offer of admission based on your OSSD results.

If you have not met the requirements for a place, it is essential that you check with the individual university after you receive your IB results in July in order to verify your status. In many cases, you might not have your offer confirmed until the A level results are released in mid-August. Your counsellor will be happy to help you through this process, if necessary.


We know that many of you have been hearing back from universities with information about your admission status or scholarship offers. Don’t panic if you haven’t heard from all your choices. Schools vary considerably in the scheduling of their offers!

Please drop by or send us an email sharing your news (no matter what the outcome). We have no way of knowing where you stand unless you tell us. Don’t forget to update Naviance as well.


Pre University Summer School for summer 2019.

·         Business, Management & Economics
·         Medicine & Healthcare
·         Law

The programme will run from 13th July – 27th July 2019 at the cost of £2,600 per student and this includes on campus accommodation, half board catering, transfer and both the academic and social programme.

This Pre University Summer School is aimed at four key objectives

1.       Provide an insight into careers in the fields of study that students are interested in, both in the UK and internationally.
2.       Explore different areas of study concerned with the interests of the students

3.       Learn about the foundations underpinning their fields of study and the challenges in each area

4.       Preparation for life as a student at highly rated Russell Group University or elsewhere

The sessions are taught using a variety of seminars, lectures, workshops, presentations and group based study to give students a taste of the requirements of studies in the three different areas.

Business, Management & Economics

The Pre University Summer School in Business, Management & Economics looks to introduce students to the subject areas that may form part of their studies in the different degrees. This includes but is not restricted to topics such as micro and macroeconomics, the relationship between society, Business and the consumer, and how markets behave. There is also a look into the fundamental principles of organisation management and Human Resource Management. This gives students an insight into what they could be learning and help them begin to realise or continue to develop areas where their particular interests may lie.

As part of the Pre University Summer School, we aim to show students a glimpse of their potential futures after their studies, which may include going out into the professional world or continuing with Higher Education into postgraduate studies. We look to introduce the students to a variety of professionals from Human Resource Directors, Chief Executive Officers, Entrepreneurs and lecturers amongst others so they can really learn what shape their future could take professionally.

Medicine & Healthcare

Our pathway in Medicine & Health introduces students to the variety of studies and careers that lead to a life in the provision of healthcare, from doctors to scientists and mental health professionals.

Our programme looks at sessions ranging from practical clinical skills and dissections, to the history and foundation of modern day healthcare systems around the world. We aim to show students what topics they may cover in their studies and prepare them for the level of the courses they would face at a top UK university. This includes a field trip to a university hospital, visits from professionals and sessions on healthcare from a patient’s perspective and discussions with current patients. This is topped up with a study fair where the students have the opportunity to speak to lecturers and current students from a variety of programmes working towards becoming healthcare professionals.

Another aim is to show students the potential professions and the challenges and benefits it may bring. This is achieved through sessions with professionals and a careers fair with the opportunity to chat with several different professionals including GPs, Mental Health Specialist, Surgeons, Lecturers, Medical Scientists and Radiographers amongst other professions.


The Pre University Summer School in Law aims to introduce students to some of the subject areas that they would be studying with a Law degree and to experience the level of studying required at University. This includes but is not restricted to fields within Criminal Law, Consumer Rights, Artificial Intelligence, Law of War, and the foundations of legal systems around the world.

The subjects are presented via a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops with faculty from our Law school, external experts and current students to ensure they gain a variety of perspectives regarding the study of Law at a top UK university.

Another key aim of the programme is to give students the opportunity to glimpse their potential futures through field trips to witness cases in a court and meet professionals in the field. This could include barristers, solicitors, judges and lecturers in law and talk to them about how they progressed to their current position and the benefits and challenges they have encountered.


All Ontario universities will have tours during both weeks of the upcoming March Break and into the spring term. This is a great opportunity for Grade 10-12 students to get a clear sense of a campus and its culture; if you contact the admissions office, you may also be able to arrange to sit in on some lectures.Some campuses are also hosting Open Houses with special events showcasing their programs; some Open Houses require prior registration.

Some Open House dates are listed below

Brock University—April 7th
Carleton University—Architecture (February 1), Humanities or Business (February 2), Journalism (April 6)
University of Guelph—March 24
Laurentian University—March 9
McMaster University—May 11
Nipissing University—March 16
University of Ottawa—March 16
Queen’s University—March 9
Ryerson University—March 30
University of Toronto
·         St. George Campus—March 11-15 (see website for details)
·         Scarborough Campus—March 23
·         Mississauga Campus—March 31
Trent University—March 15
University of Ontario Institute of Technology—March 2
University of Waterloo—March 9
Western University (all campuses)—March 9
Wilfrid Laurier University—March 9
University of Windsor—March 2
York University
·       Keele Campus—March 30
·      Glendon Campus—March 31


The University of Szeged, a leading university in Hungary, has been offering an English-language medical program for three decades. The Faculties of Dentistry and Pharmacy offer similar programs. Almost 1400 students from over 30 countries study in a multicultural, affordable setting. Graduates are entitled to apply for hospital residencies worldwide and can participate in the US Medical Licensing Examination. EU citizens receive an automatic license within the European Community. In recognition of the superior preparation provided by the International Baccalaureate curriculum, the university offers direct admission to the medical, dental or pharmacy programs for those diploma candidates who achieve a grade of 5 or higher in two of biology, chemistry, physics, or math and English. Such IB applicants are not required to sit for an entrance examination.  For more information, click here.


Students thinking about an international educational, volunteer, or work experience should check out the Study and Go Abroad Fair on Sunday, March 3, 1-5 p.m. at the Metro Convention Centre. More details are available here.


Some universities in Canada have adopted the practice of making conditional offers to a small number of students based on their grade 11 final marks. Some of you, therefore, have received offers already and more will hear good news over the next month. Do not panic if you do not receive an offer this early. Many of the more competitive programs will wait for additional academic information before making any offers.

As soon as Ontario universities receive the February grades, many admission offices will begin to make conditional offers to applicants they perceive to be the most highly qualified. These offers are usually extended between late February and early April.

Where a supplemental application is required for admission, you will not be considered until that information has been submitted, so the earlier the supplement goes in the better.

In some instances, however, Ontario universities will wait until they see the April grades before they make a decision about your admissibility, either because your standing wasn’t quite high enough in Feb.  or because you have applied for a highly selective program such as Queen’s Commerce, U of T or Waterloo Engineering, or the Arts and Science program at McMaster. These conditional offers will typically be made in April or May.

Universities in other provinces take a similar approach, although there are significant differences in timing. All students will have heard from Canadian universities (one way or another) by late May.

The winter term grades are used by some universities to determine the level of scholarship they offer to a student, while other universities will wait to decide on scholarship offers until they see the final grades in July. Either way, April grades can have a significant impact on your financial future!

April grades also come into play if you are placed on a wait-list for a US university. An increase in marks in the winter term can strengthen your case for a late offer of admission.

All university offers in Canada, the US, and the UK are conditional on final grades and offers of admission can be withdrawn if the final grades in July are not satisfactory.

Out-of-Province Universities

All students are reminded that in order for The University Counselling Office to send transcripts to out-of-province universities, they must add these schools to their Naviance account.

In many cases, out-of-province applications have a spot for your OUAC reference number. McGill University and the University of British Columbia also require IB students to include their IB personal code on their application. Your IB information can be found in your Managebac account.

Deadlines for out-of-province universities vary:

·        Tuesday, January 15—Scholarship deadline for King’s College (Halifax)

·        Tuesday, January 15—University of British Columbia

·        Tuesday, January 15—Major scholarship deadline for Simon Fraser University

·        Friday, February 1—McGill University

·        Thursday, February 7—Major scholarship deadline for McGill University

·        Thursday, February 28—University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University

·        Friday, March 1—King’s College (Halifax), Concordia University, Bishop’s University

·        Friday, March 15—Dalhousie University

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Students who have applied to UBC may note that their application account mentions the need for an “interim official IB Anticipated Grades Form.” Please be reassured that the IB Schools of Ontario interim transcript that The York School sends to UBC for all our students is considered acceptable for this form. There is no need for concern.


It is important for students and parents to remember that the vast majority of scholarships at Canadian universities are based on grades and do not require a separate application. The competition for those few scholarships that consider both grades and extracurricular activities is extremely intense, requiring top marks and outstanding leadership in non-academic commitments. Such applications require a considerable investment of time, as they must be completed carefully if they are to impress a scholarship committee. Rushed applications are never successful!

Remember that if the scholarship requires a letter of reference, you must first speak with the teacher, adviser, or coach. Please try to give referees at least a month’s notice whenever possible. A good letter of reference takes time to write! It is courteous to write your referee a note of thanks.

Your university counsellor is pleased to assist you in brainstorming ideas for application essays and in editing the final version. Don’t hesitate to ask!


Carleton University Prestige Scholarships

Carleton University offers 24 Prestige Scholarships ranging up to $30,000 in value. Students submitting an application must have an admission average of 90% or better and must have demonstrated leadership roles in their extracurricular activities throughout high school. Applications can be found on the website or here. Completed applications must be received by the university awards office by March 1.

Dalhousie University scholarships

At Dalhousie University, a scholarship application can be completed on line if you already have an offer of admission. There is a paper application for those students who have applied to Dalhousie, but not yet received an offer. Most scholarships are based solely on academic merit and leadership qualities; however, a few consider financial need as well. In order to be eligible for consideration, students must have at least 26 IB points or a minimum average of 80% in their Ontario diploma. The application deadline is March 1; more details can be found here.

Major scholarships at Mount Allison University
The premier entrance scholarship at the university is the Bell Scholarship (worth $12,000 per year), celebrating students who have demonstrated strong academic ability, leadership potential, and achievement in volunteer work and extracurricular activities. Three letters of reference are required. The application also requires a summary of your extracurricular, volunteer, and work activities as well as a 500-word essay. More information about all scholarships at Mount Allison can be found here. Students must have received an offer of admission before that date in order to gain access to the online application and submit before the deadline of March 1


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