Educational programs provide great opportunities for students to gain experience and enrichment outside of school. At VHS, we encourage students to explore these opportunities and take advantage of the benefits they can have on their lives and education. Many program application deadlines for the spring and summer are quickly approaching, so we encourage all students to consider applying to the exciting opportunities below if they are interested.

Summer Company

This Ontario government program is for Ontario students who are interested in starting their own summer business. Successful applicants will receive up to $1,500 to help with start-up costs and up to an additional $1,500 when they successfully meet all program requirements. Successful applicants will also receive advice and mentorship from local business leaders to help them develop useful skills in the areas of sales, marketing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management, and networking. This is an excellent opportunity for young entrepreneurs to get started in the world of business. For full details regarding eligibility and to find out how to apply, visit the official program page.

Deadline to apply: May 19, 2019

Cambridge Immerse

Immerse Education provides exceptional, award-winning summer school programs hosted at the various colleges of historic Cambridge University in England. Immerse programs aim to foster an optimal learning environment that stimulates academic enquiry and instills a passion for learning. Participants learn in small classes with supplementary workshops and fun activities, and they live in the colleges for the duration of the program. Immerse summer programs are designed by expert, experienced tutors, including some of the brightest minds from some of the world’s leading universities. Programs are available for students aged 11 to 18 in disciplines such as law, engineering, app development, architecture, medicine, economics, philosophy, physics, international relations, and more. For full details regarding programs and fees, visit the Immerse Education website.

Deadline to apply: Application deadlines vary by program. Visit the Immerse Education website for specifics.

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Are you a physics fanatic? The Perimeter Institute hosts the International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP) program for Canadian and international students who intend to pursue physics at the university level. Learn about modern physics and key topics in the field, such as quantum computing, superstring theory, and dark matter, from Perimeter Institute researchers. Work with international theoretical physicists in small group-mentoring sessions. Gain hands-on experience in labs and research facilities, and take part in mini courses designed to deepen students’ insights into Einstein’s ideas and the quantum nature of the universe. This program is recommended for students aged 16 to 18 and takes place in Waterloo, Ontario. Only 40 young physicists will be chosen, but the Virtual ISSYP program has no limit and allows students to learn the same topics from home. For full details of the ISSYP program, visit the program website.

Deadline to apply: March 29, 2019

Teachers, check out the Perimeter Institute’s EinsteinPlus one-week intensive workshop that focuses on quantum physics, special relativity, and cosmology. This is a great way to keep your classroom instruction modern and captivating. The deadline to apply is April 16, 2019. Visit the program website for details.