University PowerPoint Presentation 2023Applying to University Presentation  When researching your schools of choice, it is really important to gather as much information as possible.  Consider visiting post-secondary institutions during their open house events.  Most occur in the fall and information will be available on each University’s website.

Consider attending the Ontario Universities Fair, Oct. 1-2, 9:30-5 pm, Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  This event is fair style, meaning there will be representatives from each university present but no presentations are taking place.  It’s your chance to talk to representatives from each school.  If you would prefer to travel to Kitchener, you can attend a similar event on October 25th at Bingeman’s Ballroom from 5-9 pm.

Virtual events still exist for this school year for both parents and students.  These events are taking place Oct. 11, Nov. 9 and Dec.1, 2022 from 5-8 pm. This format allows students/families to register in advance (obtain a virtual pass) and attend multiple presentations for a variety of Universities on the nights mentioned above.   Registration in advance is required for all events.

Research Ontario University programs and Admission Requirements at ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca and make sure you have the 6 required grade 12 U, U/C courses needed to apply to specific programs. This site will also provide last year’s grade 12’s required averages to enter specific university programs.  It is very important that students ensure they have program requirements for each school they are applying to.  They will not be considered without them.  Good luck Mustangs!  As always, drop by guidance or make an appointment with your Guidance Counsellor if you need help.

Once your PIN codes have arrived in Guidance, you will be asked to pick them up. You are then able to apply to university, likely in November. From the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC), you can apply online on the OUAC-101 using the

Recommended last date to apply to university is January 12th, 2023.

For more detailed information click on the images and links above.

College Presentation 2022-23

Heading to an Ontario college in September 2023?  Students and families can research what each College has to offer using the Ontario Colleges website.  This is a great research engine that links students to each school that offers similar programs.  Students can check program requirements at each college they are applying to.   Students can apply for up to 5 programs or schools in Ontario during an application cycle.

Students also apply to College at the Ontario colleges website beginning October 1st, 2022.  They will need to create an account first before they can begin their application.    They require only their OEN (Ontario Education Number) and their Student Number, both can be found on any report card or timetable.

Students and parents are encouraged to attend Open House events in the fall at any college they are interested in attending.  Open House dates will be found on each college website.  If you wish to meet representatives from each Ontario College, consider attending the Ontario College Information Fair, October 19-20, 2022 at the Toronto-Enercare Centre.  For more information visit Ontario College Information Fair.

Recommended last date to apply is February 1st, 2023 for equal consideration.

Are you moving on to post-secondary and have an IEP?

Your IEP monitor will meet with you in the spring of your grade 12 year to review additional information on transitioning to post-secondary.

To have supports in place at your post-secondary institution, incoming students with disabilities must arrange and attend an intake appointment with the Accessibility Services office of their accepted school as early as possible. Students will be required to complete forms and submit documentation, in advance of the meeting. During the intake meeting students will meet with their post-secondary advisor/counsellor and determine which accommodations and resources they will use. Often, students will be given a letter of accommodation to share with professors to receive their in-class and exam accommodations.

Please keep in mind:
• It is the responsibility of the student to self-identify as a student with a disability and to register with the Accessibility Services office as soon as possible to receive accommodations.
• Students with learning and attentional disabilities or mental health disorders may need to obtain re-assessments to provide up-to-date documentation. This process can take several months, which may delay the arrangement of formal accommodations. If there is a delay in obtaining current documentation, temporary accommodations may be available for a short time.

Each institution will have its own policies and procedures regarding the required documentation to show proof of a disability which can be found on this website: http://www.transitionresourceguide.ca.

An IEP (Individualized Education Plan) from secondary school provides background information, but it is not enough for post-secondary support. Students are required to provide documentation from a qualified practitioner that confirms a diagnosis or permanent disability. Staff at the Accessibility Services office can assist students in obtaining up-to-date documentation or assessments as needed.  Be sure to check with the office at each institution to determine specifically what documentation requirements they have.

Some common requirements are, but not limited to:
• Learning disabilities: a recent psychoeducational assessment (conducted within the last 3-5 years using adult norms)
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): a diagnosis by a psychologist, psychiatrist, or physician with
appropriate training in neuropsychological disorders
• Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): a medical form or letter from a qualified specialist or a psycho-educational assessment
• Physical and medical disabilities, and mental health disorders: a medical form or letter from a qualified specialist indicating the student’s diagnosis, limitations, and recommendations for academic accommodations
• Deaf or hard-of-hearing: an audiologist report
• Blind or low vision: CNIB registration number

If your child has a SEA claim, please be aware that their chromebook or laptop will not go to their post-secondary school with them and you will need to let accessibility services know about your son/daughter’s assistive tech needs.

Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s IEP Monitor if you have any questions.

Mrs. Pat Grasso (A to I)                               Ms. Lynn Manders (J to Q)                               Mr. Denny Silveira (R to Z)

patrizia.grasso@wcdsb.ca                          lynn.manders@wcdsb.ca                                 denny.silveira@wcdsb.ca

Need Help Applying?

Come to Guidance during lunch time, your spare or make an appointment to see your Guidance Counsellor.

Application Blitz Week – Always the week before Christmas Holidays. Come see us for some help.

All computers in Guidance will be reserved for any grade 12 student wishing to apply to College or University. If you need support with your application, drop in and one of the Counsellors would be happy to assist you.