School board launches program for elite athletes

As the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) prepares to roll out the welcome mat for more than 53,000 students at its 101 schools, a High Performer Athlete (HPA) program is being launched along with a new French immersion program for high school students.

Elementary school students begin classes on Sept. 4 and high school students return to school on Sept. 5. Grade 9 students will attend an orientation day on Sept. 4 to meet new peers and teachers, and to get to know their new school before classes get underway.

The regional HPA program – an academic-based program for elite student-athletes who participate in regional, provincial, national or international competition – is offered at Holy Cross Catholic Academy in Vaughan. Students benefit from a flexible timetable to help them balance both their academic and athletic commitments, while also earning high school credits for the work they put into their training.

A secondary French immersion program is being launched at Jean Vanier Catholic High School (CHS) in Richmond Hill, St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS in Aurora, and Father Bressani CHS in Vaughan. Also new this year are the following Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs:

  • Business at St. Elizabeth CHS and St. Joan of Arc CHS in Vaughan
  • Health and Wellness at Our Lady of the Lake CCS in Georgina and St. Robert in Markham
  • Arts and Culture at Sacred Heart CHS in Newmarket

SHSM programs help students focus their learning during their last two years of high school on particular sector that matches their interests. The board offers 26 SHSM programs at 14 high schools throughout York Region. Visit to learn more about these and other programs and services.

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