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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.

For detailed information about any of the Choices at Seven programs, please access the menus below, and visit the school on the evening of the information night specified below.


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 extra 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 three sites:

 

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 online submission process).

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

Our previous paper registration form has been replaced with a Google survey. Please click on the link and complete the survey as your Extended French Immersion registration form. Once you have submitted the registration form, you will receive a confirmation email with necessary next steps. Families are requested to complete this registration by May 1, 2020. Thank you for your interest in Limestone’s Extended French Immersion program.

Extended French Immersion Registration Form


Challenge Program: Gifted and Academic Enrichment Program

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 solver who regularly engage and participate. The Challenge Program promotes respect, collaboration and inclusiveness, allowing student 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 (Limestone Education through the Arts) Program

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 (Applying Technology for Learning, Aptitude and Success) Program

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 they will need to be successful in their learning.  

Students in the ATLAS program may or may not be diagnosed with a Learning Disability. The program focus is on developing students’ organizational skills, self-advocacy skills, communication skills, social and emotional skills, and enhancing their use of assistive technology to support their learning.

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.


Application Process & Deadlines

Please see the menus below for information about the application process and deadlines for the 2020-2021 school year.   

Questions

Please consult our list of frequently asked questions below. Additional 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

Applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest.

In addition to your online application, you must create a video no longer than one minute that addresses the questions below. This is your chance to individually introduce yourself.

Challenge: How are you a leader? How do you use your gifts to help others? What is unique about you? Be creative! 

LEAP:  Demonstrate, in an artistic manner, your passion for learning through the arts. How will you demonstrate a willingness to learn through all four strands of the arts? Be creative!  

ATLAS: How do you learn best at school? Why do you believe that ATLAS is the right choice for you?  Be creative! 

 A successful video will

  • display creativity and passion
  • demonstrate innovative thought
  • communicate clearly
  • answer all questions

Please answer the questions specific to the program to which you are applying.

Name your video using your first and last name, followed by the program to which you are applying. For example: John Smith Challenge or Prayusi Parma Atlas

If you are applying to more than one program, you will need to submit a separate video for each program.

Please note that all requests for technical support related to video uploads must be made by Thursday, February 20, 2020.

In addition to the submission video, each applicant will be assessed on their most recent Report Card, their half day workshop tasks (for Challenge and LEAP) and the in-school team questionnaire/advocacy card (for ATLAS).

Information Nights

Extended French Program

  • Harrowsmith Public School: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 6 p.m. 
  • Module de l’Acadie, Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 6 p.m. 
  • Module Vanier, Tuesday, February 4, 2020 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 5, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Challenge: Loughborough Public School
Monday, February 10, 2020 at 6 p.m. 

Challenge: Odessa Public School
Monday, February 10, 2020 at 6 p.m.


Workshop Dates

Challenge (Calvin Park, Loughborough, Odessa) and LEAP applicants will be invited to attend a half-day workshop 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 3, 4, 5, 2020
*March 2, 6, 
9 & 11, 2020  have been added as possible workshop dates to accommodate disruptions due to potential work action


LEAP Workshop
March 24, 25 and 26 (if needed), 2020

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

Candidates for Challenge, LEAP and ATLAS programs will be contacted (by email) regarding the status of their application on Thursday, April 9, 2020 after 3:30 p.m.


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. Please note that all requests for technical support related to video uploads must be made no later than 24 hours prior to the submission deadline. 

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.

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?
Certainly. Several students apply to both programs every year.

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) at the half-day workshop. In addition, each applicant’s most recent report card Learning Skills are scored as well as the academic subject marks for Challenge and the arts strands marks for LEAP. ATLAS applicants are assessed on their video submission and on a review of each applicants report card, IEP, and in-school questionnaire/advocacy card.

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. We do not accept late applications.

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 but we attempt to accommodate requests. 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.If Tri-Board Transportation can find a space on a bus which is near where you live, and it is going to the site your child would be attending, they will try to accommodate the request. However, this accommodation may result in your child arriving a bit late and leaving a bit early every day, which may affect their 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 overall assessment score of each applicant until the cut off point of acceptance.

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 current school will transfer your child’s information to Vanier (Rideau PS, Polson Park PS, Sir John A. Macdonald PS) and to Acadie (Henderson PS, Amherstivew PS) . 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 (based on the location of your home). 

19. I have completed my child’s application but have not received any emails from the Choices at Seven registrar?
Please ensure that you have provided the correct email on the application form. This email will be used for all communications from the registrar. You should also check your clutter/junk mail box as emails will sometimes end up there. If you have any concerns or questions please email the Choices at Seven registrar or call 613-544-6925 Ext 394.

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