Grades 8-12 (Morven Campus)
Academics are first among the Four Strands and are the core of a Collingwood education. We provide a curriculum as demanding as it is rewarding, challenging students and establishing a love of learning that lasts well beyond a student’s school years.
As a university preparatory school, we strive for academic excellence and are dedicated to helping students reach levels of achievement that truly reflect their ability and effort. We do so by creating ideal learning conditions that foster student engagement – small class sizes, low student-teacher ratios, and technology integration. These conditions ensure that each student receives personal individual attention and the opportunity to learn in a supportive and enriched environment.
Course Selection 2017 - 2018
Course selection typically begins in mid-January and continues until the beginning of March each year. We kick-off the process with grade specific parent and student meetings hosted by our University Guidance and Heads of House teams to outline and review the programs, pathways, and academic options available to students at each grade level. The link below provides students and parents all pertinent course selection materials: presentations, Grade 8-12 Course Section Sheets, as well as all specific application materials.
2017-2018 Course Selection Materials
We believe the Arts are a meaningful part of student education, promoting creativity and self-expression while teaching patience and teamwork. Exposure to the arts expands the ability to look at issues from multiple perspectives and to invent solutions in unique ways. Arts challenge the mind, improving concentration and increasing confidence.
At Collingwood, we have a wide array of curricular and co-curricular offerings across both Performing and Visual Arts. The Performing Arts Program provides a lively and stimulating classroom environment in the disciplines of drama, dance, choir, and band. Our facilities boast state-of-the-art performing spaces, including the only black box theatre on the North Shore and dance studios with floating floors.
Education through our Visual Arts Program is vital to students’ holistic and creative growth, helping them develop new ways of seeing their world and expressing their thoughts. Students have access to a spacious, brand new Art Studio containing a digital darkroom, ceramics studio, and an outdoor space to draw inspiration from beyond the classroom.
Through our English Department, Collingwood students develop into imaginative thinkers, powerful analysts, cogent writers, and informed citizens. Our approach to an intensive scrutiny of some of the world’s greatest literature is the key to unlocking academic excellence. By promoting fine writing, keen powers of analysis, and a true love of speaking, we allow students to explore the world of literature through their own experiences. Throughout their time at Collingwood, students learn to develop their rhetorical crafts and leave as assertive and sophisticated speakers.
The Languages Department instills in students the ability to use language to communicate, and to appreciate Francophone and Hispanic cultures while negotiating the complexities of an intercultural world. Our rigorous yet fun programs and authentic foreign language activities, prepare students for a culturally diverse world. Collingwood’s three language labs are equipped with top-of-the-line Sony Soloist software that allows students to enhance their acquisition of the language and fully immerse themselves in the culture.
The Collingwood Math Department places great emphasis on the development of mathematically powerful students. Our curriculum focuses on numeracy skills and concepts, as well as their practical application in higher education and the workplace. We believe students learn at various rates and have created course offerings to help students at any level achieve excellence in mathematics.
Collingwood recognizes the increasing value of technological literacy and ensures that our students are equipped with the skills they need to advance in the ever-changing climate of the 21st century. Our Multimedia Department uses industry standard software to teach students skills in a variety of areas such as digital image editing, website design, video editing and 3D modelling and animation. Students work in a technology-enriched environment that includes our new 3D printer as well as a brand new multimedia lab housing 24 computers all equipped with the latest software.
Using the latest technology in our labs, the Science Department provides a program with strong emphasis on experimentation to develop critical thinking, skills of analysis, reasoning, evaluation, problem solving and decision-making in our students. We provide a broad range of provincial course offerings, as well as our locally developed courses specific to Collingwood School such as Robotics and Data Science. Students have access to the latest, cutting-edge tools: Vernier sensors in all science courses to collect data, biotechnology apparatus to analyze DNA and study proteomics, a salt-water aquarium to observe local species, and a designated robotics laboratory.
The Social Studies discipline is by its very nature broad and dynamic. Students learn about history, geography, culture, economics, law, government, social organization, and current issues and events. Students also learn how to belong to, and take responsibility for, the various communities of which he or she is a member: local school and neighbourhood, town and province, country and world. As students work through our social studies curriculum, they learn to think like a historian, act responsibly as citizens, and become passionate about the world in all its complexity.
The Physical Education Department provides students with the opportunity to develop appropriate fitness and motor skills, acquire knowledge, and demonstrate a positive attitude in a variety of recreational and team related activities. Students will be encouraged to take risks, challenge themselves, work with others cooperatively, and develop an appreciation of a healthy lifestyle through daily activities. While students are evaluated on participation, attendance and personal fitness, we encourage students to take ownership of their learning by getting involved with the evaluation process.
Collingwood’s commitment to high academic achievement allows students in upper grade levels to take advantage of the many Advanced Placement (AP) options offered at our school. AP courses are university-level studies, and students who complete these courses and their exams are able to receive university credits that can be applied to their first-year studies. All of our AP course offerings require a strong skills base, a strong background of general knowledge, and excellent work habits.
All AP courses at Collingwood have been audited and approved by the authorizing board (The College Board). More information is available at the AP Central Website.
Explore and Leadership 11
Explore, Collingwood School’s outdoor education program, facilitates a seasonal variety of outdoor experiences and skill progression for students. The program promotes self-discovery, interactive social skills, as well as a more holistic understanding of the natural world through experiential, adventure, and environmental education. Students in the Explore Program take part in a broad range of outdoor activities including camping, canoeing, rock climbing, kayaking, and cross-country skiing. For many students the Explore trips prove to be not only a challenge, but also an experience of a lifetime.
The Collingwood KEY Program offers support for students who learn differently, allowing them to achieve academic success. Each KEY classroom is an environment of support for individualized learning with targeted interventions that complement unique learning styles. Students will be explicitly taught evidence-based learning strategies which are tailored to support their own learning differences. The individual nature of the KEY Program instills confidence and enables our graduates to select from a wide range of post-secondary options.
External Peak/High Peak Performance Arts or Athletic Programs
As part of Collingwood’s “Focus on the Individual” and our ongoing commitment to our students, we support students who are involved in peak/high performance arts of athletic programs outside of our school.
At Collingwood, we believe it is important to recognize and appreciate the diversity of learners in our classrooms. Our mission is to provide an inclusive and supportive learning environment where the students’ intellectual, social, and emotional needs are being met in collaboration with families and homeroom teachers. By addressing the diverse learning needs of individual students, greater success is achieved both in and out of the classroom.
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Choosing the right fit for a university experience is the most important decision a student will make. The task of doing so and navigating the application process can be overwhelming for many students and their families. University Guidance spends a great deal of time working with students to ensure they achieve their goals and meet their highest potential. Our team has extensive years of experience and has established strong relationships with post-secondary admissions departments all over the world. With the help of the University Guidance team, our students receive acceptances from and attend many of the most prestigious post-secondary institutions in the world.