Regional Programs

STEM+ Focused Laptop Program

The St. Augustine CHS STEM+ Focused Laptop Program is an inter-disciplinary approach to inquiry and problem-based learning. It incorporates real-world challenges and the engineering design process to foster critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills, guided by the traditional principles of Catholic social teachings. Technology is integrated into daily instruction. Some of the skills that Grade 9 students are actively engaged in include: coding, robotics and design projects.

The program prepares students for the future. It consists of an academic component and non-academic (SHIELD) component with the opportunity to earn an international award. STEM+ encourages both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their academics, leadership and personal growth.

Regional Arts Program

The Regional Arts Programs include drama, dance, visual arts, vocal music, instrumental music, digital media arts, and communications technology. These exciting programs allow aspiring artists and performers to flourish in many branches of the arts and to integrate technology. The programs that are offered are unique, providing for an opportunity to either specialize in one area of the arts or to integrate one’s own artistic strengths with those of other students across the curriculum. Students not only gain a life-long appreciation for the arts, they also build important life skills including self-confidence, discipline and teamwork.


The program is offered at the following schools:


St. Michael Catholic Academy in Thornhill is home to the York Catholic Board’s Elementary Regional Arts Program (ERAP). Arts programming (Gr. 4-Gr. 8)  is taught by qualified teachers who possess expertise in their respective fields.

  • Auditions are NOT required.
  • Registration packages can be download from the YCDSB website or you may contact the school for a registration package.
  • Registration packages are available in January.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

This program offers a rigorous and intellectually challenging pre-university course of study (leading to examinations) to highly motivated students in the final two years of secondary school. Credits earned in this program are recognized internationally.

The program is offered at the following schools:

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is an internationally recognized enrichment program which offers college/university level curricula to high school students. Students have the opportunity to take part in examinations that may grant them advanced standing in courses at various universities. This program is suited for highly motivated learners with strong learning skills.

The AP program is offered at the following schools:

High Performer Athlete (HPA) Program

The High Performer Athlete (HPA) Program is an academic-based program for elite student-athletes who already participate in regional, provincial, national, or international competition, and who have aspirations to obtain their high school diploma and continue on to study at a post-secondary institution either in Canada or the United States.

The program is offered at the following schools: