A wide range of academic programs are offered at Sir Wilfrid Laurier. These programs provide our students with a strong foundation for further studies at university or college or for the world of work.
Some of our programs include:
· An outstanding Arts programs in Music, Drama and Visual Arts
· Core French and extensive French Immersion program consisting of 16 courses taught in the French language.
· A comprehensive Coop Education program which offers opportunities for some students to enrol in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.
· A wide range of Technology courses
· Endorsement certificates in French Immersion, Business Studies, and Technological Studies
· Certificates in Science, English, Construction, International Studies, Canadian Broadcast Media, Multimedia Designer, Robotics
· An unique Pre-Engineering program including Robotics
· Two Leadership courses: Leadership & Peer Support and Recreational & Healthy Active Living
· A LINK Crew course
· A Dual Credit opportunity with Algonguin College in the grade 12 Broadcasting course
· An opportunity to apply for a level one Auto Mechanic course at Algonquin College for grade 12 students
We offer the following Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs:
*Communication and Information Technology (either Broadcasting or Digital Media)
*Arts and Culture.
Successful completion of a High Skills Major Program results in a special red seal on the student’s diploma. Students enrolled in a SHSM program attend the host school for one semester and return to their home school to complete their secondary school diploma requirements.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier programs operate on the semester system with the day divided into four 75- minute periods. Students in the Broadcasting class are responsible for delivering our school announcements on closed circuit television. This is the only program of its kind in the Province that delivers a “live” television broadcast. This daily contact is supplemented by regular extended sessions with guest speakers and special presentations. All teachers have access to computer labs to provide authentic experiential opportunities for learning.
The Learning Support Teachers (LST) at Sir Wilfrid Laurier work closely with all of the teaching staff to meet the specific needs of students by means of:
*regular classroom support following the IEP accommodations,
*the Learning Strategies course,
*monitoring by the Learning Support Teacher
*a homework assistance program,
*SEA training as needed.
The Blue Room offers students a supportive area in the building to get caught up on coursework, have a quiet place to complete evaluations, and as a place to use and borrow Chromebooks or laptop computers. .
We are pleased to include and to support the students in the Dual Support program in Sir Wil.
Athletics, Clubs and Activities
Sir Wilfrid Laurier has a strong interscholastic sports program. The Lancers compete in the National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association. From September to June, Sir Wil’s student athletes proudly represent the school in a range of interscholastic sports: volleyball, basketball, football, ultimate, touch football, Nordic skiing, golf, swimming, badminton, curling, baseball, softball, track and field, cross country running, soccer, field hockey, and boys’ and girls’ ice hockey, golf, soccer, and tennis.
You Rock is a group of committed students and staff that work on building unity and acceptance of differences among people at Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Reach for the Top is a popular activity among our students. Our Free the Children group has been awarded the distinction as a lead “We School” in the Ottawa region.
Our dynamic music program consists of a Junior Band, Concert Band, two Jazz Bands, Vocal Connections, and a Guitar and Percussion Ensembles. Music students regularly perform in the community and participate in music festivals, massed bands and international travel.
Safe Schools Initiatives
As an active member of the local community, school staff communicates with local businesses and the City of Ottawa to coordinate programs to ensure a safe school and community. Within the school, staff has developed emergency response procedures in preparation for a variety of potential incidents. Our Ottawa Police Service School Resource Officer (SRO) visits the school regularly to make presentations on topics of interest to students and staff. “Wil Power" continues to be our best initiative allowing students to show pride in their school and to know that it is a safe and caring place.