Grades 8-12 (Morven Campus)

A Collingwood education provides 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 reflect their ability and effort. Learning conditions that foster student engagement – small class sizes, low student-teacher ratios, and technology integration. Students receives personal individual attention and the opportunity to learn in a supportive and enriched environment.

Course Selection 2022-2023

Course selection begins in February and continues until the beginning of March each year. We kick-off the process with grade specific parent and student meetings hosted by Campus Administrators, University Guidance Counsellors, and Heads of House teams to outline and review the programs, pathways, and academic options available to students at each grade level. This link provides students and parents pertinent course selection materials: Grade 8-12 Course Section Sheets, as well as specific application materials.

School Supplies 2022-2023

Supply lists will be posted in late spring and can be found on the Parent Portal Quick Links page.

Departments

Arts

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.

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English

In English Language Arts 8 to 12, our students explore the craft and power of language. Through the study of a variety of text-types—from celebrated classics and award-winning contemporary literature, to audio, visual, multimodal, and new media texts—our students are immersed in story. We develop imaginative thinkers, effective researchers, insightful analysts, cogent and creative writers, and powerful speakers.

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Languages

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.

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Mathematics

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.

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STEM/ADST

Collingwood recognizes the value and necessity of a diverse array of technological skills and business acumen. Our ADST and STEM department ensure that students are equipped with skills to advance in the ever-changing climate of the 21st Century. Using the design cycle and project-based learning, students in ADST and STEM courses will develop the skills to innovate, create, problem solve, pitch and present using a wide variety of tools. In STEM programs, students use industry standard software and hardware to learn design, production, and testing skills in a variety of areas such as robotics, 3D design and manufacturing, game programming, digital image editing, website design, video editing and 3D modeling and animation. Students work in teams to solve technical challenges in a technology-enriched environment that includes 3D printers, laser cutters, robotics components and a multimedia lab equipped with the latest software. Courses offered in ADST challenge students to think creatively and work together in efforts to solve problems facing commercial and business enterprises. Students are presented with opportunities to push their entrepreneurial, innovation, research and communication skills as they tackle real-life scenarios facing business and the commercial markets. Students completing STEM and ADST courses will have built the entrepreneurial, technical, teamwork, and communication skills most necessary to succeed in today’s post-secondary and commercial environment.

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Science

The Collingwood Science department provides an environment of active learning through hands-on designing, building and inquiry based activities.  As students progress through the courses offered, they build on their critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation skills through active learning and laboratory work. Students gather data to dig into the big ideas in science, with the purpose of analyzing the data to make connections between variables.  Through this process, students also develop a broad understanding by making connections between what they learn and what they have covered in previous courses. The science department offers courses in the areas of biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science and physics, offering AP level courses in all of the AP Science courses that are available.

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Social Studies

Social Studies is a broad and dynamic discipline where students learn about social interaction and how humanity interacted with the world.  In each Social Studies course, students learn about the habits of that discipline: in Social Studies they will learn how to be historians; in Geography they will learn how to be geographers; and in Law they will learn how to be lawyers. In each of our courses, students will have an opportunity to investigate their own areas of interest to showcase their skills and knowledge. Finally, we hope to instill in students their responsibilities as a citizen and encourage them to be a participant in their community.

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Physical Education

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.

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Academic Programs

Advanced Placement Program

Collingwood’s commitment to high academic achievement allows students in the graduation programme to take advantage of the many Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered at our school. AP courses are university-level studies that provide students access to advanced content and concepts; these courses can help students build and practice the study skills and work habits they will need in post-secondary while learning in a high school environment. Upon completion of the course, students who earn a score of 4 or 5 on the final exam may be able to receive university credits that can be applied to their first-year studies. Specific pre-requisite courses and skills for each of our AP course offerings can be found on the course selection pages. Students should consult their university guidance counsellor when making a decision about selecting AP courses in Grades 10 through 12.

The AP curriculum and examination for each of the AP courses is designed by the College Board, and all Collingwood students enrolled in an AP class are required to write the AP examination in May. To learn more about the AP Program, visit the College Board website.

Leadership 11

Leadership 11 is designed for students who would like to become more self-aware, learn about their leadership style and improve their project and group management skills. Throughout the year, students in this course will develop and apply their leadership skills in a variety of different contexts culminating in their Inspire Positive Change (IPC) Project in which they will seek out a leadership opportunity of their choice. 

This course begins in September, finishes in mid-May and is scheduled outside the timetable. We begin the course with an overnight retreat in early September and then the bulk of the course is delivered through ten after-school seminars usually held on Mondays throughout the year from 3:30pm-5:00pm. In addition there is an overnight adventurous leadership workshop where we dive deeper into leadership topics that help students on their personal development journey. Finally, the aforementioned IPC Project is largely self-directed and students should expect this aspect of the course to take approximately 20-25 hours or so on their own time throughout the C-G term. The IPC is ideally in an area of interest for each student which makes the project that much more rewarding. 

Units of study include: different leadership styles and theories, how to give and receive effective feedback, project management and goal setting tools, decision making strategies, problem solving and conflict resolution. Upon completion of Leadership 11, students should feel more confident and prepared to take on leadership roles, achieve their goals and inspire those around them. 

Prerequisite: Grade 10 or 11 student who is self-motivated and independent. Students must apply by completing an application (which can be found here under the Leadership 11 tab). 

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KEY Program

The Collingwood KEY Program offers support for qualifying students, 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.

PEAK Program

The Peak Performance program has been revised for the 2022 school year to align with our new Strategic Plan and with our school values of Community, Curiosity, and Courage. Students wishing to enroll into the Peak Performance Program for the first time must complete the application process and must be entering or in the Graduation Program (Grades 10-12).

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Academic Resources

Learning Support

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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Library

You may visit our Yasmine Karim Library site here.

University Guidance

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. Our team has extensive years of experience and has established strong relationships with post-secondary admissions departments world-wide. With the help of the University Guidance team, Collingwood students receive acceptances from their universities of first choice and attend many of the most prestigious post-secondary institutions in the world.

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