WINDSOR SECONDARY

Graduation Information

WELCOME GRADS OF 2015!
This website will help you with many of the things you need to know for
Planning 12 and Graduation 2015.

 Your counsellors are:


Ms. Best:             sbest@sd44.ca
Ms.
Townsend:   
btownsend@sd44.ca
 

Planning Your Transition From High School

Grade 12 is a time of planning and transitioning into your future after high school.  Use the following monthly checklist to make sure you are successfully planning a smooth transition.


In September:

 

  • create a list of post-secondary institutions to which you will apply this year. Check their websites to see if you will have to write any essays, submit a personal information form, or submit additional criteria such as letters of reference or a portfolio to accompany your application.
  • look and listen for announcements regarding the university fairs, scholarships, university speaker/representative dates at Windsor and other pertinent information 
  • check the school?s counselling department bulletin board for scholarships. University undergraduate calendars and viewbooks may also be available from the counselling department. You can also, view the undergraduate calendars on-line. 

 

 

In October: 

 

  • attend regional and local university fairs (Post-Secondary Evening, Canadian University Event, etc)
  • go on to the university websites and the application website to familiarize yourself with the application process (the PASBC website will be presented in Planning 12)
  • apply for scholarships such as TD Bank, the Loran Merit Scholarship, Wendy?s Restaurants and any other national scholarships for which you realistically qualify.  Use the scholarship data bases listed on this website under "Scholarships and Awards"  
  • make copies of everything you send away in your applications. 
  • request reference letters from teachers and community contacts (for leadership and volunteerism) at least two weeks in advance of the due date of the scholarship or university request 
  • request transcripts 2 weeks in advance from Mr. Pepper in the counselling suite  

 

 

In November: 

 

  • apply as soon as possible to the universities and programs of your choice. You will need your Personal Education Number (PEN) to apply through PASBC (Post-secondary Application System BC) or the OAUC (Ontario Universities Application Centre)
  • Continue to apply for scholarships

 

 

In December: 

 

  • consider early offers if received (always conditional until the very end) based on your Grade 11 marks. It is not necessary to accept anything at this early date. 
  • check your email regularly and respond to any information requests by the universities 
  • continue to do your research if you still are undecided about which universities are of interest. Attend university sessions and sign up for university counsellor appointments
  • talk to your parents about plans to finance your university education and the financial commitment 
  • stay in touch with your counsellor and on top of scholarships and bursaries. 

 

In January: 

 

  • note that for many universities this month marks the deadline for getting applications in order to be considered equally for the major upcoming round of offers 
  • make sure universities receive all the pertinent information about additional components such as on-line courses, night courses and current timetable changes. 
  • online courses need to be 50% complete by April and a letter from the online school must be sent directly from them to the university stating whether or not you are 50% complete
  • Fill out the PSI Form (Post-secondary Institutions Selections Form) to give permission for your marks to be release from the BC Ministry of Education to the PSIs of your choice.  See instructions on how to do this here.

 

 In February:

 

  • note that this month marks the last date, in some provinces, to revise your university choices without penalty 
  • continue to check for scholarship and bursary opportunities 
  • continue to check your email to be informed of important dates for supporting documents, auditions or interviews for some specific programs