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Choices at 7

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The Limestone District School Board's Choices at Seven programs offer opportunities for students entering Grade 7 to participate in a variety of unique learning environments. Depending on the availability of places in the programs, students currently in Grade 7 may also apply to join a program for their Grade 8 year.

Due to the limited number of spaces in each program, not all applicants may be offered placements.

Challenge Program: Gifted and Academic Enrichment Program

Challenge is designed to meet the needs of academically motivated and/or formally identified gifted students who are seeking new learning challenges while maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. More information is available in the tabs below.

LEAP Program: Limestone Education through the Arts Program

LEAP allows students to learn the Grade 7 and 8 curriculum through an integrated, hands-on approach that uses arts as a foundation. Taught by teachers who are specialists in their field, the purpose of the LEAP Program is to provide students with the opportunity to achieve their personal best through arts-based activities that emphasize teamwork, self-direction, motivation, innovation and creativity.

ATLAS Program: Applying Technology for Learning, Aptitude and Success
  

ATLAS is designed to provide focused, structured learning opportunities for students who are experiencing significant difficulties with communication and organization, and whose academic performance is not necessarily reflective of their potential.

Learn more about each program by reading our Choices at 7 brochure.

Extended French/Late Immersion Program

The Extended French/Late Immersion Program is designed to enhance students’ skills in oral communication, reading and writing in French.


Learn more about this program by reading our Extended French brochure.

For detailed information about any of these programs, including the application process, workshops, information nights and notification dates, please visit the tabs below and/or visit the school on the evening of the information night specified below.

Application Process

The application process for the 2019-2020 school year is now completed.  

Questions

Questions about Choices at 7 Programs and the online application process should be directed to the Choices Programs Registrar at 613-544-6925 ext. 394.

Application Process: Challenge, LEAP & ATLAS

Thank you for your interest in our Choices at Seven programs.

The application process for the 2019-2020 school year is now completed.  

 

Application Process: Extended French

Applications to the Grade 7 Extended French Programs at Module de l’Acadie, Module Vanier and Harrowsmith Public School are accepted on an ongoing basis and should be sent to the school sites (and not through the Choices at Seven on-line submission process).

A submission video is not required for applying to the Extended French Program.

Families are asked, where possible, to submit the application form (which includes the parent/guardian checklist), a copy of the most recent report card, and a copy of the Individualized Education Plan, or IEP, if applicable, by Friday, April 26, 2019.


Extended French Application Form

Please submit your Extended French Application directly to the school.


Information Nights

Extended French Program

  • Harrowsmith Public School: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6 p.m. 
  • Module de l’Acadie, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6 p.m. 
  • Module Vanier, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Students who are currently enrolled in French Immersion and will be attending Module Vanier or Module de l’Acadie for Grade 7 are also welcome at this Information Night.

Challenge, LEAP & ATLAS: Calvin Park Public School
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Challenge: Loughborough Public School
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Challenge: Odessa Public School
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7 p.m.


Workshop Dates

Challenge (Calvin Park, Loughborough, Odessa) and LEAP applicants will be invited to attend a half-day workshop (*new this year) at the Limestone Community Education Centre, 164 Van Order Dr., across from Loyalist Collegiate & Vocational Institute.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for Challenge applicants to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills, innovation, citizenship, communication, self-directed learning and collaboration.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for LEAP applicants to demonstrate their passion toward learning through the arts, as well as their critical thinking and problem solving skills, communication and collaboration. Students are not required to have a developed expertise in one or more of the arts. Rather, we are seeking students with an openness and passion to learn through the arts.

Applicants must be available to attend a half-day workshop on one the following dates:

Challenge Workshop 
March 26, 27, 28 (if needed), 2019

LEAP Workshop
April 1, 2, 3 (if needed), 2019

ATLAS Applicants: ATLAS applicants are not required to attend a workshop day. The selection of suitable candidates will be made by a Board committee which will review each online application, submission video, the student’s most recent report card, the student’s Individualized Education Plan, or IEP, if applicable, and the in-school team questionnaire/advocacy card.



Notification Dates

Challenge
Candidates will be contacted (by email) regarding the status of their application 
for the Challenge Program on
Thursday, April 18, 2019 after 4 p.m.

LEAP & ATLAS
Candidates will be contacted (by email) regarding the status of their application for the LEAP and ATLAS Programs on Saturday, April 20, 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.How do we apply for LEAP, Challenge and ATLAS?
All applications are completed online.

2. What do I do if I cannot upload my video submission
Please contact your child’s school. They will be able to assist you. Be sure to give yourself enough time to complete the video and seek assistance, if needed. Video uploads will not be accepted after the due date. 

3. Where can I get more information about the programs and the admission requirements?
Information about the admission requirements and important dates are available at Choices at 7, or view our Choices at 7 Brochure

4. Challenge is offered at three sites. Can we apply for whichever one we prefer? 
No. There are geographical boundaries for each site. Visit the list of Challenge Program selection sites for more information. Particular elementary schools feed into each site (i.e., northern schools into Loughborough PS, western area schools into Odessa PS, and the others into Calvin Park PS. Please note that you can only apply to one Challenge site.

5. Can we apply to more than one program, for instance LEAP and Challenge?
Yes, you may apply to more than one program. However, you must complete a separate application (including a separate video submission) for each program.

6. How do you decide who gets accepted?                                                                            
Applicants are assessed on their video submission, a group/problem solving activity (Challenge) and in an arts activity/group presentation (LEAP) during the half-day workshop. In addition, each applicant’s most recent report card Learning Skills and academic subject marks are scored.

7. How do you obtain a copy of my child's report card?
If your child attends a school within the Limestone District School Board, we access the report card electronically. If your child attends a school outside our Board, or is home schooled, you will be asked to deliver or mail a hard copy of the most recent report card to the Limestone District School Board Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Ave., Kingston ON K7L 4X4, or scan and email.

8. Can my child apply for a Grade 8 placement in LEAP, Challenge or ATLAS?
Yes. The process is the same as Grade 7. Please note that there are only limited vacancies in the Grade 8 programs, because most of our students continue on in the program from Grade 7.

9. How many applicants apply and how many are accepted into each program?
ATLAS: About 60 applicants - 20 accepted
LEAP: About 150 applicants - 56 accepted (2 classes of 28)
Challenge at Loughborough PS: About 60 applicants - 28 accepted
Challenge at Odessa PS: About 40 applicants - 28 accepted
Challenge at Calvin Park PS: About 150 applicants -- 56 accepted (2 classes of 28)

10. Is there a waiting list?                                                 
Yes, a short waiting list is established for all programs, and it is kept active until the end of September. Vacancies are created, for instance, if a child is accepted into both LEAP and Challenge, so has to accept one offer and decline the other. That vacancy will be offered right away to the next person on the waiting list.

11. If my child doesn’t get in, will we be notified?     
Yes. All applicants are notified by email if they are accepted, placed on the waiting list, or if they are not being offered a space, on the notification date. Please see the list of notification dates.

12. What is the deadline for applications?
All of the dates are posted at Choices at 7.

13. What is the process for applying for LEAP, Challenge and ATLAS?
All applicants must complete the online application form and a video submission. Challenge and LEAP applicants will participate in a half-day workshop. Scores are put together with the report card scores (learning skills and academic marks). The students are ranked in numerical order, by scores.  

ATLAS applicants complete the online application form and a video submission. They are not required to attend a workshop day. The selection of suitable candidates will be made by a Board committee who will review each on-line application, submission video, the student’s most recent report card, the student’s IEP (if applicable) and the in-school team questionnaire/advocacy card. 

14. Can we visit the programs and meet the staff?
There will be an Information Night (open house evenings) for all programs at all sites. You are encouraged to attend these information evenings along with your children. This is an opportunity to get a clear overview of the programs and meet some of the staff.

15. Is transportation provided?
Transportation is not guaranteed. If your child is accepted into a program, at the time of registration at the school, you will have to complete an application for transportation through Tri-Board Student Transportation.Transportation, if available, will be offered on a courtesy basis and may be removed within 48 hours. Transportation, if available, will be offered at the nearest existing stop on an existing route. The education day may be abbreviated which may affect your child's progress.

16. What is the selection process for Challenge and LEAP?
For Challenge and LEAP, applicants are rank-ordered based on their overall score.

First Round: equity of opportunity. The first 23 places in each program are accepted from the rank-ordered list based on quotas for each Family-of-Schools

Second Round: based on the home school of each student. Only one student from each school will be accepted until all other schools have been considered. (Until the cut-off point of acceptance). Students from other schools or boards are considered in this and subsequent rounds

17. I missed the application deadline. How do I apply now?

We do not accept late applications. Please visit Choices at 7 for a list of dates.

18. My child is currently in a Grade 6 French Immersion program. Do I need to apply to Vanier or Acadie?

If you are a LDSB student, currently in a French Immersion program, you do not need to apply. Your school will transfer your child’s information. You should, however, complete a Tri-Board Student Transportation application. If you are in a Grade 6 French Immersion program in another school board, you are required to complete a LDSB registration form and submit it to Vanier or Acadie. 

Challenge

The Challenge Program is designed to meet the needs of academically motivated and/or formally identified gifted students who are seeking new learning challenges while maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

The purpose of the program is to engage students in the provincial grade level curriculum through enriched experiences in a fast-paced, dynamic and multi-faceted learning environment. Students will have the opportunity to extend their learning and maximize their potential alongside peers from a variety of schools. 

To experience success in the Challenge Program students should be well-organized, self-directed problem solvers who regularly engage and participate. The Challenge Program promotes respect, collaboration and inclusiveness, allowing students to develop a sense of their role as leaders within their communities and citizens of a global society.

The Challenge Program is offered at:

LEAP

The Limestone Education Through the Arts Program (LEAP) allows students to learn the Grade 7 and 8 curricula through an integrated, hands-on approach that uses the arts as a foundation.

Taught by teachers who are specialists in their field, the purpose of the LEAP Program is to provide students with the opportunity to achieve their personal best through arts-based activities that emphasize teamwork, self-direction, motivation, innovation and creativity. 

LEAP is designed for students who demonstrate a passion for the arts and best demonstrate their learning through creative and artistic activities. Students participate in experiences that develop their skills and interested in movement, drama, visual arts and music.  LEAP allows students to gain an appreciation for all arts disciplines while growing as knowledgeable and responsible citizens.

The LEAP Program is offered exclusively at 
Calvin Park Public School

ATLAS

The ATLAS Program is designed to provide focused, structured learning opportunities for students who are experiencing significant difficulties with communication and organization, and whose academic performance is not necessarily reflective of their potential. 

Through intensive, direct teaching experiences, the use of assistive technology and more hands-on learning, students will have opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, strategies and attitudes that lead to success in elementary and secondary school and beyond. 

To experience success in the ATLAS Program, students should be self-directed problem solvers who regularly engage and participate, prepared to take responsibility for their learning success, inquisitive, motivated and able to persevere, interested in learning new things, engaged and willing to seize the opportunities provided, prepared to commit consistent effort towards independent learning, committed to positive social interactions, willing to participate as a productive group member, and willing to accept, reflect on and effectively incorporate feedback. 

The ATLAS Program promotes respect, collaboration and inclusiveness, allowing student to develop a sense of their role as citizens within their communities and global society.

The ATLAS Program is offered exclusively at 
Calvin Park Public School.

Extended/French Immersion

The Extended French Immersion Program is designed to develop Grade 7 and 8 students’ skills in reading, writing, listening and oral communication in French.

Through this experience, students will communicate and interact in French with growing confidence and fluency. The program implements the Ontario curriculum and provides stimulating experiences as well as marketable second language skills. 

The Extended French Immersion Program accepts students with a Core French background who have demonstrated the prerequisite linguistic skills, who have a strong desire to complete academic activities and have the desire to learn French across most of the curriculum areas. A good foundation in mathematics and language skills in English are also important. 

Extended French/Late French Immersion is offered at the following elementary schools:

Extended French students have the option of continuing their French studies to Grade 12. 

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.