“The passion the teachers have for their subjects and for the students is outstanding.”
Trish Nanayakkara, SOC Principal and former Consultant and Assessor, Ontario Ministry of Education
Southern Ontario Collegiate offers academic, open, college and university preparation courses; all based upon the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum and policy.
Students in the Grades 9 -1 2 and University Prep Programs graduate with the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, internationally recognized as a well-rounded, rigorous curriculum that blends information-based and skills-based learning to prepare students for university anywhere in the world.
See details of the Ontario curriculum here http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/secondary
At SOC, we hold ourselves and our students to high educational standards and our results bear this out.
98% of students at Southern Ontario Collegiate gain admission to top universities in Canada and beyond.
How do we achieve such great results? The secrets of our academic success are:
- Conducive Learning Environment
Southern Ontario Collegiate is a great place to study and learn. Our campus has a fully equipped computer lab and smart boards in many classrooms. We embed technology in every course and embrace creative teaching methods and great testing tools. We offer a full education with focus on learning, high standards and the idea of constant improvement. We also provide a structured environment with strict rules on class attendance, punctuality and submission of work.
- Highly Qualified and Engaged Teaching Staff
At Southern Ontario Collegiate, we strive to foster a learning community where the teachers and staff are learning, growing and developing along with the students. Our teachers are experts, each one holding at least a Bachelor’s degree in the subject they teach, with some holding Master’s degrees and PhDs. SOC teachers are always willing to give students extra help outside class. They go out of their way to make sure students know the material. These are teachers for whom education is truly a calling, not just a job.
- First-Class Guidance
At SOC we run a guidance and career education program. We invest lots of time in helping students plot the path they need to take over the three semesters to reach their goals. We work with students to develop their Individual Personalized Pathway (IPP) which shows the student’s strengths, areas for development, skills and interests, education and career goals, expectations and alternatives. We then ensure that students select credit courses in keeping with their strengths to maximize their success.
We also ensure that students learn and develop skills that will help them become more independent and responsible individuals. Our role is not simply to help them graduate high school. We prepare students for university and for work. Important life skills featured in our program include: time management, goal setting, conflict resolution, volunteering, collaboration, self-discipline and respect for others.
- Emphasis On Tutoring
Southern Ontario Collegiate is the only school in Ontario that has a full-time in-house tutor available to students during the school day. The tutor works with teachers to help the students. We also bring in visiting maths tutors who work with students on-demand. We have peer tutoring where students strong in a subject work with students who may be struggling in that area.
- Unmatched University Prep
Southern Ontario Collegiate provides expertise to help students complete university and college applications. We offer hands-on support with school and program selection, filling and submission of applications and other documents such as medical tests, visa renewals, proficiency tests and letters of reference. We make students and parents aware of all their options and we motivate the students to give their best, while remaining realistic about where their grades can take them.
Our many years of building relationships with university and college leaders has given us advantageous access to university recruitment and admission personnel.
Over the school year, Southern Ontario Collegiate hosts at least 20 of Canada’s top universities on our campus. These invaluable sessions give students an opportunity to sit face to face with university recruitment officers who give them up to date information on programs, scholarships and bursaries. The students benefit immensely from the chance to ask questions, gain insights into different programs and discuss career goals.
We also take students to university / college fairs and expositions, such as the massive Ontario Universities Fair in September. Most importantly, we prepare them to get the most out of these fairs by motivating them to ask detailed questions of the university reps, share their own backgrounds and make a positive impression.
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