June 11, 2013

Peel board expands range of regional programs to provide more options for students

The Peel District School Board has added two new Regional Learning Choices Programs and another location for an existing program that will be open to its students in September 2014:

• Arts and Technology at Morning Star Middle School in Mississauga
• Actively in Motion (A.I.M.) at Royal Orchard Middle School in Brampton
• International Baccalaureate (IB) at Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School in Brampton, a popular program already available at W.G. Davis Senior Public School and Glenforest and Turner Fenton secondary schools

“In Peel, students are encouraged to pursue their passions through innovative, hands-on courses, extracurricular activities and a variety of learning programs of choice,” says Tony Pontes, director of education. “Our expanded range of regional programs reflects the board’s commitment to greater equity of access, both in terms of geographical access and learning pathways.”

The Arts and Technology program at Morning Star starts in grade 6. This unique program will help students develop deeper artistic knowledge and skill mastery, while engaging in cross-curricular inquiry-based arts and technology learning opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of enhanced liberal arts and technology events in a variety of areas that may include digital photography, graphic design, animation, video production, visual art, music, robotics, technology, math and science.

The A.I.M. program at Royal Orchard starts in grade 6. The program will increase students’ interests, skill development and active involvement in athletics, fitness, wellness, leadership development, student motivation and engagement in the learning process. With access to high-performance training and conditioning facilities, students will enhance their athletic skills while achieving academic success.

The secondary school IB program at Harold M. Brathwaite starts in grade 9. The program will provide a stimulating academic environment that celebrates learning and connects it to the world outside the classroom. It emphasizes awareness and acceptance of all cultures and attitudes, and fosters an understanding of how and why we learn. Harold M. Brathwaite will offer the IB Diploma Program.

In addition to Arts and Technology, A.I.M. and IB, the Peel board also offers the following regional programs:

• Advanced Placement
• Arts
• Graphic Design Management: Flexography
• International Business and Technology
• International and Executive Leadership Academy
• SciTech
• Sports
• Strings
• Truck and Coach Technology 
Peel board regional programs start in grades 6, 7 and 9. Students in regional programs still complete all of the requirements of the Ontario curriculum, but there is an increased focus on an area of interest. Information nights for students applying to start programs in September 2014 will begin in November 2013. More information about the programs, including locations, descriptions, and information night dates and times can be found at www.peelschools.org/parents/programs.

Morning Star Middle School is located at 3131 Morning Star Drive in Mississauga. Royal Orchard Middle School is located at 77 Royal Orchard Drive in Brampton. Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School is located at 415 Great Lakes Drive in Brampton.


Media contacts:
Dawn Addison, Principal, Morning Star Middle School, 905-677-0300
Catherine Unelli, Principal, Royal Orchard Middle School, 905-455-3760
Sherry Dalcin, Principal, Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School, 905-793-2155

Ryan Reyes, Communications Officer, [email protected], 905-890-1010 ext. 2652


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