TDSB High School Open Houses Are Starting - Everything Families Need to Know

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TDSB High School Open Houses Are Starting - Everything Families Need to Know

For students, parents and caregivers exploring secondary schools in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), information nights are very helpful in the decision-making process. Grab your calendar as evening sessions start in November 2023 and go until January 2024, with each high school typically hosting one event. The TDSB is Canada’s largest school board with 110 secondary schools offering diverse learning options, which may feel overwhelming. Take a deep breath, the Teachers on Call in-person and online tutoring service is here to help. We know a lot about schools from tutoring students for almost 40 years and having a team of tutors who are Ontario Certified Teachers. Read on for clarification to navigate the 2023/24 application and admissions process, as well as a complete list of high schools offering information sessions.

        While the next school year may seem far away, information sessions for TDSB secondary schools take place annually from fall to early winter. Our online and in-person tutoring service always suggest doing your homework by checking out the websites and social media, as well as visiting the open houses for all schools of interest. These are great opportunities to chat with teachers, administrators, and current students, as well as meet prospective classmates. It’s also important to note that these large high schools offer a multitude of programs, so a good time to bring your questions. To get you started, this blog covers a breakdown of many different programs, process updates, and a schedule for open houses.

        Secondary Central Student Interest Programs – What TDSB Offers

        Secondary Schools with Central Student Interest Programs in the TDSB are in the categories of Arts, Exceptional Athletes, Integrated Technology, International Baccalaureate (IB), Leadership Pathway, and Math/Science and Technology (MST).  Each school offers a variation to their program which is why it is important to do your research. While TDSB info nights span November 2023 to January 2024, all secondary schools that offer Central Student Interest Programs will host in November due to the upcoming deadline.

        While these sessions are heavily attending by grade 8 students and their families given grade 9 is the major intake year, they are in fact open to the community. If your child is interested in a specialized program with an application process, you may want to consider starting even earlier such as in grade 7 to give enough time to make an informed decision. Many of these special programs will also have spots available in grade 10 and 11, so it is never too late to try!

        Here is a deep dive into some of the most popular Central Student Interest Programs in the TDSB from the nearly 40 options available:

        Africentric Program – Code: A

        This program has an Africentric approach that is connected to core courses taught in grade 9 and 10 and is designed to increase student engagement and instill cultural knowledge.

        Arts Focus – Code: AF

        Students interested in pursuing the arts have an opportunity to apply to specialized programs.

        Exceptional Athlete – Code: EA

        This special program for competitive athletes accommodates training and coaching schedules and timetables.

        International Baccalaureate – Code: IB

        The International Baccalaureate (IB) programme is meant for highly academic students who want additional challenge and enrichment. The graduation diploma is recognized globally and may be helpful for students who are applying to universities in various countries, especially outside of Canada. There is a registration fee of $3000. There is no fee for pre-IB (Grades 9 and 10), $1500 for Grade 11 and $1500 for Grade 12.

        Indigenous Education – Code: IE

        The mission for this program is to include Indigenous perspectives in the Ontario Curriculum and to set First Nation, Métis and Inuit students up for academic success.

        Integrated Technology – Code: IT

        This program has a goal of including science, technology, and math skills in all subject areas, encouraging students to enhance critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

        Leadership Pathway – Code: LEAD

        This program assists students who are interested in developing their leadership skills by becoming involved in both in-school and community initiatives, which includes specialized classes, additional community involvement hours, special workshops, and guest speakers.

        Math and Science Focus – Code: MST

        This STEM program is designed for students interested in pursuing studies with an added focus in math, science, and technology.

        Application Process for TDSB Secondary Central Student Interest Programs in November 2023

        Unlike attending your local feeder school based on where you live, students interested in attending schools with Central Student Interest Programs need to apply.

        For families with older siblings or friends who have applied in previous years, the process has changed dramatically for 2023/24. Students previously attended auditions or wrote entrance exams for each school of interest. This is no longer the case, with applications processed centrally through a random selection process when applicants exceed spaces available (after considering admission priority groups). This is to reflect equity and increase representation of historically underserved communities.

        Online Applications will be available from November 6, 2023, to November 24, 2023 (4:00pm).  Students are permitted to apply to one primary Central Student Interest Program and one alternate choice. All applicants must submit an “Expression of Interest”.

        First round of acceptances and waitlist status will be sent by e-mail on December 7, 2023, expiry of offers on December 13, 2023, at 4:00pm. Second round of acceptances and waitlist status takes place on December 14, 2023, expiry of offers on December 20, 2023, at 4:00pm.

        Learn more about TDSB applications and admissions here.

        Local Programs

        If you are looking at local programs at a high school near you, the following 10 options are offered through the TDSB: Arts Focus (Local), Advanced Placement (AP), Cisco/Nortel Systems (C/N Sys), Extended French (ExF), French Immersion (FI), Integrated Technology (Local), Leadership (Local), Literacy Enrichment Academic Program - LEAP (LP), Math and Science Focus (Local), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM).

        Here is a breakdown of the 10 local programs offered through TDSB:

        Arts Focus (Local) Program – Code: AF(L)

        This program is for students interested in visual and performing arts, which is availably locally at the high school.

        Advanced Placement Program – Code: AP

        Advanced Placement programs give high-achievement oriented students an opportunity to take courses at the university level while still in high school. Completion of the AP exam may give students the opportunity to move ahead to the second-year level of subject in post-secondary education.

        Cisco Nortel Systems – Code: C/N Sys

        This technology program offers specialized equipment and training, with an opportunity for students to earn CISCO/Nortel Networking certification after completing the required Communications Technology credits.

        Extended French Program – Code: ExF

        This program is designed for elementary students in French programs to continue their studies. Extended French programs are a good fit for students interested in French education, but with less intensity than French Immersion. High school students must earn a total of seven credits in the Extended French program to earn a Certificate of Bilingual Studies in Extended French.

        French Immersion Program – Code: FI

        This program is optimal for students who were in the French Immersion program in elementary school who want to continue their students to become bilingual in English and French. High school students must earn a total of 10 credits in the French Immersion program to earn a Certificate of Bilingual Studies in Immersion.

        Integrated Technology (Local) – Code: IT(L)

        This technology program offers students course options focused in this area. It is open as a local school option.

        Leadership (Local) – Code: LEAD(L)

        This program is designed for students interested in taking initiative to give back to their school and/or local community, available at the school locally.

        LEAP – Code: LP

        LEAP is short for Literacy Enrichment Academic Program and is intended for newcomer students to Canada who need to upgrade courses and skills in literacy and math. There are 18 secondary schools that currently offer this program in the TDSB.

        Math and Science Focus (Local) – Code: MST(L)

        This program is ideal for students interested in STEM with its focus in math, science, and technology. It’s available as a local option.

        Specialist High Skills Major – Code: SHSM

        This ministry approved program is for students to concentrate their studies on an economic sector at the same time they meet regular requirements to graduate high school. It is intended to help students with transition after high school to either apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace.

        Complete List of TDSB Secondary School Open Houses with Regular, Local and Central Student Interest Programs

        Here is a full list of TDSB high school information nights between November 2023 and January 2024 that offer Regular, Local and Central Student Interest Programs. We recommend checking the school website closer to the date in case of scheduling changes.

        A. Y. Jackson Secondary School

        Date: November 30, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 50 Francine Dr, North York, ON, M2H 2G6 – Located near major intersections of Leslie Street and of Steeles Avenue East.

        Grades: 9 - 12

        Local Programs offered: Advanced Placement (AP) and Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Agincourt Collegiate Institute

        Date: December 13, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 2621 Midland Ave, Scarborough, ON, M1S 1R6 – Located near Midland Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East, close to Scarborough Town Centre.

        Local Programs offered: Extended French (ExF) and French Immersion (FI)

        Albert Campbell C.I.

        Date: December 12, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 1550 Sandhurst Cir, Scarborough, ON, M1V 1S6 – Located near McCowan Road and Finch Avenue East, close to Scarborough Town Centre.

        Grades: 9 - 12

        Local Program offered: Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 07, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 3663 Danforth Ave, Scarborough, ON, M1N 2G2 - Located in the Birch Cliff neighbourhood near Birchmount Road and Danforth Avenue, close to Birchmount Community Centre and Birchmount Park.

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Exceptional Athlete (EA)

        Local Program offered: Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Bloor Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 08, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 725 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON, M5S 2R5 *Temporary Location* – As of September 2021, Bloor CI has relocated to Central Technical School at 725 Bathurst Street while the new school is being built. Anticipated completion of new building is September 2024.

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Math and Science Focus (MST) - TOPS on Bloor Program -Abbreviated for Talented Offerings for Programs in the Sciences

        C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute 

        Date: Nov 22, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 340 Sentinel Rd, North York, ON, M3J 1T9 – Located at Finch and Sentinel, between Jane and Keele and near York University.

        Grades: 9 – 12, Semestered school

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Math and Science Focus (MST) - ESTe2M - Abbreviated for Enriched Science Technology, Engineering, Equity and Mathematics Certificate Program.

        Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 15, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 550 Markham Rd, Scarborough, ON, M1H 2A2 – Located Near Markham Road and Lawrence Avenue East, close to Cedar Brook Park.

        Grades: 9 – 12, Semestered school

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Math and Science Focus (MST)

        Local Programs offered: Extended French (ExF), French Immersion (FI), LEAP (LP), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Central Technical School

        Date: Nov 16, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 725 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON, M5S 2R5 - Located in the Harbord Village neighborhood of downtown Toronto near intersection of Bathurst Street and Harbord Street.

        Grades: 9 – 12, *Arts Program for November 2023, students may apply for admission to Grades 9, 10 and 11. Students will be admitted in Grades 10-11 if space is available.

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Arts Focus (AF) - The Specialized Visual Art Program is at the Central Tech Art Centre with exposure to a wide range of media taught by Visual Art instructors.

        Night School Location: One of the TDSB's night-school locations. Two nights per week, the school offers various high-school courses, both to teenagers and to adults, at no charge.

        Central Toronto Academy

        Date: Dec 07, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:15PM

        Address: 570 Shaw St, Toronto, ON, M6G 3L6 - Located in the Palmerston-Little Italy neighbourhood near Ossington Avenue and Bloor Street West.

        Grades: 9 – 12, Semestered

        Local Programs offered: Arts Focus (Local) (AF(L)), Advanced Placement (AP), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute (2 Information Sessions)

        Date: Nov 06, 2023 * Central Student Interest Program Information Session

        Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM

        Date: Dec 05, 2023 * Regular Program Information Session

        Time: 7:00PM-8:30PM

        Address: 800 Greenwood Ave, Toronto, ON, M4J 4B7 - Located to the east of the city's Greek neighbourhood and between the Greenwood and Donlands subway stations.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Math and Science Focus (MST) - MaST – A four-year program specializing in mathematics, science and technology that provides acceleration opportunities to take courses earlier.

        Local Program offered: Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute

        Date: Dec 07, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 125 Brockley Dr, Scarborough, ON, M1P 0E1 - Located in the Bendale neighbourhood at Brimley Road and Lawrence Avenue East.

        Grades: 9 – 12, Semestered

        Local Programs offered: Advanced Placement (AP), Math and Science Focus (Local) (MST(L)), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Don Mills Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 08, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 15 the DonwayE, North York, ON, M3C 1X6 - Located in the Don Mills neighbourhood.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Central Student Interest Program: Arts Focus (AF) – Cyber Arts - A merging of art with technology, as well as experiential learning with Green Technologies.

        Downsview Secondary School (2 Information Sessions)

        Date: Nov 15, 2023 * Central Student Interest Program Information Session

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Date: Dec 07, 2023 * Regular Program Information Session

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 7 Hawksdale Rd, North York, ON, M3K 1W3 – Located at Keele Street and Wilson Avenue.

        Grades: 9 – 12, Semestered

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Math and Science Focus (MST)

        Local Programs: Arts Focus (Local) (AF(L)), Leadership (Local) (LEAD(L)), LEAP (LP), Math and Science Focus (Local) (MST(L)), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Dr Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 29, 2023

        Time: 6:45PM-8:30PM

        Address: 200 Fundy Bay Blvd, Scarborough, ON, M1W 3G1 – Located near Birchmount Road and McNicoll Avenue.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Local Program offered: Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Drewry Secondary School

        Time/Date: By appointment

        Address: 70 Drewry Ave, North York, ON, M2M 1C8 - Located in the Newtonbrook neighborhood.

        Grades: 9 – 12, Special Education and Special Needs Focus with extensive classroom support

        Earl Haig Secondary School (2 Information Sessions)

        Date: Nov 13, 2023 * Central Student Interest Program Information Session (Claude Watson Arts Program)

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Date: Jan 09, 2024 * Regular Program Information Session

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 100 Princess Ave, North York, ON, M2N 3R7 – Located near Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue East, close to the Sheppard subway station.

        Grades: 9 – 12, For Arts Program November 2023, students may apply for admission to Grades 9 and 10.  Students will be admitted in Grade 10 if space is available.

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Arts Focus (AF) – Claude Watson Arts Program - Students will apply to either the Performance Studies or Visual Studies program.

        East York Collegiate Institute (EYCI)

        Date: Dec 04, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 650 Cosburn Ave, East York, ON, M4C 2V2 - Located in the former borough of East York at the corner of Coxwell and Cosburn Avenues. Closest subway station is Coxwell on the Bloor – Danforth line.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Local Programs offered: French Immersion (FI), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Eastdale Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 27, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 701 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON, M4M 1Y4 -Located at Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street East.

        Grade: 9 – 12

        Local Programs offered: Arts Focus (Local) (AF(L)), Integrated Technology (Local) (IT(L))

        Emery C.I.

        Date: Nov 23, 2023

        Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM

        Address: 3395 Weston Rd, North York, ON, M9M 2V9 – Located at Weston Road and Finch Avenue West.

        Grades: 9 – 12, Semestered

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Math and Science Focus (MST) – MST at Emery

        Local Program offered: Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Etobicoke Collegiate Institute (ECI)

        Date: Nov 29, 2023

        Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM

        Address: 86 Montgomery Rd, Etobicoke, ON, M9A 3N5 – Located in the Islington neighbourhood of the former suburb of Etobicoke at Islington Avenue and Bloor Street West.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Local Program offered: Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Etobicoke School of the Arts

        Date: Nov 07, 2023

        Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM

        Address: 675 Royal York Road, Toronto, ON, M8Y 2T1 – Located near Royal York Road and The Queensway

        Grades: 9 – 12, For Arts Program November 2023, students may apply for admission to Grade 9 and 10 only. Students will be admitted in Grade 10 if space is available. 

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Arts Focus (AF). Students apply to one of the 3 program spotlights: Contemporary Arts, Performing Arts, Drama/Film.

        Forest Hill Collegiate Institute

        Date: Dec 14, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:30PM

        Address: 730 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON, M5N 1B9 – Located in the Forest Hill neighbourhood near Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue West.

        Grades: 9 – 12, Semestered

        Local Programs offered: Math and Science Focus (Local) (MST(L)), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        George S. Henry Academy

        Date: Nov 28, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 200 Graydon Hall Dr, North York, ON, M3A 3A6 – Located at Don Mills Road and York Mills Road.

        Grades: 9 – 12, Semestered

        Local Programs offered: Math and Science Focus (Local) (MST(L)), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Georges Vanier Secondary School (GVSS)

        Date: Nov 07, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 3000 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON, M2J 3B6 – GVSS and Woodbine Middle School are two public schools consisting of a junior high school and high school located in North York district of Toronto, Ontario. Near Fairview Mall.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Math and Science Focus (MST) -  STEM+ - Focused on science, math and computer technology.

        Local Programs offered: LEAP (LP), Advanced Placement (AP) Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Harbord Collegiate Institute 

        Date: Dec 11, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 286 Harbord St, Toronto, ON, M6G 1G5 - Located in the Palmerston-Little Italy-Annex neighbourhood, situated on the north side of Harbord Street, between Euclid Avenue and Manning Avenue.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Local Programs offered: French Immersion (FI), Math and Science Focus (Local) (MST(L))

        Heydon Park Secondary School

        Date: Nov 30, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 70 D'Arcy St, Toronto, ON, M5T 1K1 – Located at Beverley Street and Dundas Street West in downtown, Toronto, near the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

        Grades: 9 – 12, TDSB's only small student-centred public high school for young women, transgender & non-binary students, as well as Life Skills/MID students. Heydon Park offers small class sizes with additional classroom support & access to social work, CYW and mental health professionals.

        Humberside Collegiate Institute (HCI)

        Date: Dec 12, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 280 Quebec Ave, Toronto, ON, M6P 2V3 – Located at Keele Street and Bloor Street West, serving the Bloor West Village, Baby Point, High Park North and Junction neighbourhoods.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Local Programs offered: Extended French (ExF), French Immersion (FI), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Jarvis C.I. 

        Date: Nov 20, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 495 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON, M4Y 2G8 – Located at Jarvis Street and Gerrard Street East, closest to Wellesley subway station on the Yonge line and Sherbourne station on the Bloor – Danforth line.

        Grades: 9 - 12

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Math and Science Focus (MST) - MSTU Program - Focus in Math, Science, Technology (Digital Art and Computer Science) for YOU and your unique long term goals. 

        Local Programs offered: Advanced Placement (AP), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        John Polanyi Collegiate Institute (JPCI)  

        Date: Nov 14, 2023

        Time: 7:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 640 Lawrence Ave W, North York, ON, M6A 1B1 – Located near Allen Road and Lawrence Ave West.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Math and Science Focus (MST) – SMR Program - Abbreviated for science, math, and robotics.

        Kipling Collegiate Institute (KCI) 

        Date: Nov 09, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:00PM

        Address: 380 The Westway, Etobicoke, ON, M9R 1H4 – Located at Kipling Avenue and Eglinton Avenue West.

        Grades: 9 - 12

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Math and Science Focus (MST)

        Local Programs offered: Integrated Technology (Local) (IT(L)), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM), Leadership (Local) (LEAD(L))

        L’Amoreaux Collegiate Institute

        Date: Dec 06, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-9:00PM

        Address: 2501 Bridletowne Cir, Scarborough, ON, M1W 2K1 – Near Warden Avenue and Finch Avenue East.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Local Program offered: Extended French (ExF)

        Lakeshore Collegiate Institute (LCI) 

        Date: Nov 21, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 350 Kipling Ave, Etobicoke, ON, M8V 3L1 - Situated on the northwest corner of Kipling Avenue and Birmingham Street.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Central Student Interest Programs offered:

        Math and Science Focus (MST) – Urban Design & Engineering

        Arts Focus (AF) - The Creative Arts and Design Studio – A four-year multidisciplinary program that integrates Visual Arts, Communications Technology, Digital Media, and Design

        Local Programs offered: Advanced Placement (AP), French Immersion (FI), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute

        Date: Dec 05, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:30PM

        Address: 125 Chatsworth Dr, Toronto, ON, M4R 1S1 – Located at corner of Avenue Road and Lawrence Avenue East, close to Glenview Senior Public School.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Local Programs offered: Extended French (ExF), French Immersion (FI), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Leaside High School

        Date: Nov 30, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:00PM

        Address: 200 Hanna Rd, East York, ON, M4G 3N8 – Situated in central-east Toronto, Ontario at the corner of Eglinton and Bayview Avenues. 

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Local Programs offered: Extended French (ExF), French Immersion (FI)

        Lester B. Pearson C.I. 

        Date: Nov 09, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-7:30PM

        Address: 150 Tapscott Rd, Scarborough, ON, M1B 2L2 – Situated in the Malvern neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Central Student Interest Program: Math and Science Focus (MST)

        Malvern Collegiate Institute

        Date: Dec 13, 2023

        Time: 6:45PM-9:00PM

        Address: 55 Malvern Ave, Toronto, ON, M4E 3E4 – Near Main Street and Kingston Road, serving the Beach community.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Local Programs offered: Extended French (ExF), French Immersion (FI), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Maplewood High School

        Date/Time: By Appointment Only

        Address: 120 Galloway Rd, Scarborough, ON, M1E 1W7 – Located near Kingston Road and Galloway Road, near Guildwood Go station and Guildwood train station.

        Grades: 9 – 12, Basic academic and vocational courses offered

        Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute 

        Date: Nov 07, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 135 Overlea Blvd, East York, ON, M3C 1B3 – Located at Overlea Blvd. and Don Mills Road.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Math and Science Focus (MST). *Due to enrollment constraints at Marc Garneau CI, 50% of available seats will be assigned to applicants living in the local catchment area.

        Local Program offered: Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Martingrove Collegiate Institute

        Date: Dec 04, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 50 Winterton Dr, Etobicoke, ON, M9B 3G7 – Located at Martin Grove and Rd and Eglinton Avenue West.

        Grades: 9 – 12, Semestered

        Local Programs offered: Advanced Placement (AP), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM), Leadership (Local) (LEAD(L))

        Monarch Park Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 22, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 1 Hanson St, Toronto, ON, M4J 1G6 – Situated at intersection of Coxwell Avenue and Danforth Avenue in Toronto, Ontario. 

        Grades: 9 - 12

        Central Student Interest Program: International Baccalaureate (IB).

        Newtonbrook Secondary School

        Date: Dec 04, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 155 Hilda Ave, North York, ON, M2M 1V6 – Located at Hilda Avenue and Steeles Avenue West.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Local Programs offered: Extended French (ExF), French Immersion (FI), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        North Albion Collegiate Institute

        Date: Dec 06, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 2580 Kipling Ave, Etobicoke, ON, M9V 3B2 – Located at Kipling Ave and Finch Avenue West.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Local Programs offered: Math and Science Focus (Local) (MST(L)), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        North Toronto Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 28, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 17 Broadway Ave, Toronto, ON, M4P 1T7 – North Toronto CI is located in Midtown Toronto in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood. Most students come from the surrounding areas of Chaplin Estates, Lytton Park, Mount Pleasant, Davisville Village, Bayview Avenue, Moore Park, Lawrence Park, Broadway Avenue and St. Clair Avenue. The closest is subway station is Eglinton.

        Grades: 9 – 12, Semestered, Regular Program

        Northern Secondary School

        Date: Dec 12, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 851 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON, M4P 2L5 – Located at Mount Pleasant Road and Eglinton Avenue East.

        Grades: 9 – 12, Semestered

        Special Programs: Gifted learners, students with learning disabilities and students with deaf or hard of hearing.

        Local Programs: Advanced Placement (AP), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Northview Heights Secondary School (2 Information Sessions)

        Date: Nov 06, 2023 * Central Student Interest Program Information Session

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Date: Nov 27, 2023 * Regular Program Information Session

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Grades: 9 – 12, For Arts Program November 2023, students may apply for admission to Grades 9 and 10. Students will be admitted in Grade 10 if space is available.

        Address: 550 Finch Ave W, North York, ON, M2R 1N6 – Located at Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue West.

        Central Student Interest Programs: Arts Focus (AF), Math and Science Focus (MST), Exceptional Athlete (EA)

        Arts Focus (AF) - The Creative Centre is a Creative Industry training program that nurtures advanced skills in art, animation, and design. This four-year program combines traditional art and digital technology.

        Math and Science Focus (MST) - HMST Program - Short for Honours Math, Science and Technology Program.

        Oakwood CI 

        Date: Dec 06, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:00PM

        Address: 991 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON, M6E 1A3 - Located at corner of Oakwood Avenue and St. Clair Avenue West, near the neighbourhoods of Regal Heights, Oakwood-Vaughan and Bracondale Hill.

        Grades: 9 - 12

        Local Programs offered: Extended French (ExF), French Immersion (FI)

        Parkdale Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 13, 2023

        Time: 7:00PM-8:30PM

        Address: 209 Jameson Ave, Toronto, ON, M6K 2Y3 – Located at on Jameson Avenue, off of Queen Street West.

        Grades: 9 - 12

        Central Student Interest Program offered International Baccalaureate (IB).

        Local Program offered: Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        R. H. King Academy

        Date: Nov 21, 2023

        Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM

        Address: 3800 St Clair Ave E, Scarborough, ON, M1M 1V3 – Located near Brimley Road and St. Clair Avenue East in between the Cliffside and Cliffcrest neighbourhoods, near the Scarborough Bluffs and Fairmount Public School.

        Grades: 9 - 12

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Leadership Pathway (LEAD)

        Local Program offered: Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Richview Collegiate Institute

        Date: Dec 07, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 1738 Islington Ave, Etobicoke, ON, M9A 3N2 – Situated in the west end of Toronto, Ontario in Etobicoke near Royal York Road and Eglinton Avenue West.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Local Program offered: Extended French (ExF)

        Riverdale Collegiate Institute

        Date: Jan 11, 2024

        Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM

        Address: 1094 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON, M4M 2A1 – Located in Leslieville at Jones Avenue and Gerrard Street East, near Greenwood Park.

        Grades: 9 – 12, Semestered

        Local Program offered: Extended French (ExF)

        Rosedale Heights School of the Arts

        Date: Nov 09, 2023

        Time: 6:15PM-9:00PM

        Address: 711 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON, M4W 1J4 – Located south of Rosedale and Summerhill in Toronto, Ontario, close to Castle Frank subway station, near Castle Frank Road and Bloor Street East.

        Grades: 9 – 12, arts-based high school, for November 2023 students may apply for admission to Grades 9, 10 and 11. Students will be admitted in Grades 10-11 if space is available.

        Central Student Interest Program: Arts Focus (AF) - All students are expected to take a minimum of 2 art courses per year.

        Runnymede Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 21, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 569 Jane St, York, ON, M6S 4A3 – Located at Jane Street and Dundas Street West.

        Grades: 9 - 12

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Math and Science Focus (MST) – STEMM@RUNN Program – Known for it’s growth mindset approach and enrichment opportunities in mathematics, science and computer studies.

        SATEC @ W A Porter Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 16, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:30PM

        Address: 40 Fairfax Cres, Scarborough, ON, M1L 1Z9 – Located at Warden Avenue and St. Clair Avenue East.

        Grades: 9 - 12

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Math and Science Focus (MST) - SATEC @ W.A. Porter - The Scarborough Academy for Technological, Environmental and Computer Studies. This innovative program is focused on technology, computer, and environmental studies.

        Silverthorn Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 21, 2023

        Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM

        Address: 291 Mill Rd, Etobicoke, ON, M9C 1Y5 - Located in the neighbourhood of Markland Wood in the former suburb of Etobicoke, near Bloor Street West and Mill Road.

        Central Student Interest Program: Exceptional Athlete (EA)

        Sir John A Macdonald Collegiate Institute

        Date: Dec 05, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 2300 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough, ON, M1W 1H8 – Located near Victoria Park Avenue and Finch Avenue East.

        Grades: 9 – 12, Regular Program

        Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute

        Date: Jan 11, 2024

        Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM

        Address: 5400 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON, M1C 2C6 - Located in the Port Union neighbourhood of the former suburb of Scarborough, near Port Union Road and Lawrence Avenue East, close to Charlottetown Park. 

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Local Program offered: Arts Focus (Local) (AF(L))

        Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 06, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 145 Guildwood Pky, Scarborough, ON, M1E 1P5 - Located in the Guildwood neighbourhood in the southern part of the former suburb of Scarborough, south of Kingston Road and the Scarboro Golf and Country Club.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Central Student Interest Program: International Baccalaureate (IB).

        Local Programs offered: Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM), Leadership (Local) (LEAD(L))

        Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 20, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 2450 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, ON, M1T 2M5 – Located at Birchmount Road and Sheppard Avenue East.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Central Student Interest Program - Math and Science Focus (MST) – IGNITE Program - Concentrates on technological, scientific, mathematical and artistic projects.

        Local Programs offered: LEAP (LP), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Thistletown Collegiate Institute

        Date: Dec 11, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 20 Fordwich Cres, Etobicoke, ON, M9W 2T4 - Located at the corner of Fordwich Crescent and Islington Avenue in the district of Etobicoke.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Local Programs offered: LEAP (LP), Advanced Placement (AP), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Ursula Franklin Academy

        Date: Nov 14, 2023

        Time: 5:00PM-8:00PM

        * Registration is required to attend the Ursula Franklin Academy Open House.  Click here to register

        Address: 146 Glendonwynne Rd, Toronto, ON, M6P 3J7 - Located in the High Park neighbourhood near Bloor West Village, near Bloor Street West and Keele Street. Just north of the High Park subway station on the Bloor – Danforth line.

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Integrated Technology (IT)

        Local Program offered: Integrated Technology (Local) (IT(L))

        Victoria Park Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 08, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 15 Wallingford Rd, North York, ON, M3A 2V1 - Located south of York Mills Road and west of Victoria Park Avenue in the district of North York.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Central Student Interest Program offered: International Baccalaureate (IB).

        Virtual Secondary School

        Date: Jan 11, 2024

        Time: 7:00PM-8:30PM

        Address: This Open House will take place virtually.

        Grades: 9 – 12, fully remote online learning model

        West Hill Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 14, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 350 Morningside Ave, Scarborough, ON, M1E 3G3 - Located in eastern Scarborough in the neighbourhood of West Hill.

        Grades: 9 - 12

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Math and Science Focus (MST) - STEM+ Environmental Design and Leadership Program - Students work on specialized cross-curricular projects that lead to the annual STEM+ Community Night.

        West Humber Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 15, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 1675 Martin Grove Rd, Etobicoke, ON, M9V 3S3 - Situated at the corner of Martin Grove Road and John Garland Blvd., just south of Finch Avenue West in the neighbourhood of Rexdale.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Math and Science Focus (MST) – MST @ WHCI Program – Enrichment is provided by integrating math, science, technology, English, global and world studies.

        Local Program offered: Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Western Technical-Commercial School

        Date: Nov 15, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 125 Evelyn Cres, Toronto, ON, M6P 3E3 – Situated in the High Park North neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, it shares the same building with Ursula Franklin Academy.

        Grades: 9 – 12, *For Design Studio in November 2023, students may apply for admission to Grade 9 only.

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Arts Focus (AF) - Design Studio @ Western Technical Commercial School - a unique design-centered program with a focus on creative thought, design thinking and transferable skills through integration of design with academic subjects.

        Local Programs offered: Integrated Technology (Local) (IT(L)), Math and Science Focus (Local) (MST(L)), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM), Leadership (Local) (LEAD(L))

        Weston Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 16, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

        Address: 100 Pine St, York, ON, M9N 2Y9 – Located near Jane Street and Lawrence Avenue West.

        Grades: 9 - 12

        Central Student Interest Program - International Baccalaureate (IB)

        Local Programs offered: Arts Focus (Local) (AF(L)), LEAP (LP), Integrated Technology (Local) (IT(L)), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM), Leadership (Local) (LEAD(L))

        Westview Centennial Secondary School

        Date: Nov 14, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 755 Oakdale Rd, North York, ON, M3N 1W7 – Located in North York near Jane Street and Finch Avenue West.

        Grades: 9 – 12

        Central Student Interest Program offered - Arts Focus (AF)

        Local Programs offered: Arts Focus (Local) (AF(L)), LEAP (LP), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) - Programs such as the STEPS to University of Toronto partnership, the SHSM focus on Healthcare and Arts and Culture, and the LAWS program.

        Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts (2 Information Sessions)

        Date: Nov 20, 2023 *Arts Open House

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        6:00pm - Visual and Media Arts Open House
        7:00pm - Performing Arts Presentation

        Date: Nov 30, 2023 * Regular Program Open House

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 1176 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough, ON, M1R 2H7 – Located at Victoria Park Avenue and Lawrence Avenue East.

        Grades: 9 – 12 * For arts program in November 2023, students may apply for admission to Grades 9, 10 and 11. Students will be admitted in Grades 10 -11 if space is available.

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Arts Focus (AF) – There are two streams, applicants can apply to Performing Arts or Visual Media Arts.

        William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute (2 Information Sessions)

        Date: Nov 09, 2023 * Central Student Interest Program Information Session

        Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM

        Date: Jan 11, 2024 * Regular and Gifted Program Information Session

        Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM

        Address: 20 Tillplain Rd, North York, ON, M3H 5R2 - Located near Sheppard Avenue West and Allen Road, close to Sheppard West subway station.

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Math and Science Focus (MST) - MaCS Program - Offers Enriched courses in Mathematics, Science, Computer Technology, English and Geography.

        Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 29, 2023

        Time: 6:30PM-8:00PM

        Address: 2239 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON, M1P 2P7 - Located in the Dorset Park neighbourhood at Kennedy Road and Lawrence Avenue East.

        Central Student Interest Program offered: Africentric Program (A)

        Local Program offered: Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        Woburn Collegiate Institute (2 Information Sessions)

        Date: Nov 23, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-7:30PM * Central Student Interest Program & Gifted Program Information Session

        Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM * Regular Program Information Session

        Address: 2222 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough, ON, M1G 3M3 – Situated on Ellesmere Road, near Markham Road.

        Central Student Interest Program: Arts Focus (AF) - The Woburn Arts Collective – Students take Arts-focused courses, and participate in an Integrated Arts program. Focus subjects are Dance, Visual Art, and Music. In grade 10 media arts also becomes available as a focus subject as of grade 10. 

        Local Programs offered: Advanced Placement (AP), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        York Memorial Collegiate Institute

        Date: Nov 27, 2023

        Time: 5:30PM-8:00PM

        Address: 1700 Keele St, York, ON, M6M 3W5 – Located near Keele Street and Eglinton Avenue West.

        Local Programs offered: LEAP (LP), Advanced Placement (AP), Math and Science Focus (Local) (MST(L)), Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

        York Mills Collegiate Institute

        Date: Dec 13, 2023

        Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

        Address: 490 York Mills Rd, North York, ON, M3B 1W6 - Located in North York along York Mills Road between Leslie Street and Bayview Avenue.

        Local Programs offered: French Immersion (FI), Math and Science Focus (Local) (MST(L))

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