Academic Program for Gifted Athletes (APGA)
Since 1988, Northview Heights Secondary School has provided a learning venue for the Academic Program for Gifted Athletes (APGA) – serving students from the Greater Toronto Area and around the world. There are over 60 athletes of provincial, national and even international caliber currently registered in this program. These talented and accomplished athletes participate in a wide variety of sports.
Semestering benefits athletes as they can focus their attention on fewer subjects over a shorter period of time to maximize academic success.
High Academic Expectations
The Academic Program for Gifted Athletes enables student athletes to pursue academic excellence while maintaining the rigorous demands of training and competition. Northview Heights offers an extensive course program at both academic and applied levels as well as for ESL, enriched math and science and gifted athletes.
Regular classes mean regular routines. Athletes can set their training schedules without fear of having to constantly juggle a timetable, since classes are held at the same time every day.
Custom Learning Opportunities
APGA provides blended-learning credits and instruction in sport-related courses (Kinesiology, Health and Physical Education) as part of the curriculum pathway.
The central location of Northview Heights within Toronto permits access to top-notch training facilities. These include the University of Toronto Sports Complex, Downsview Park Sports Complex, Kia Training Grounds, York University, Herbert Carnegie Centennial Arena, the Granite Club, Thornhill Community Arena, Seneca Sports Centre, the Cricket Club, and Mitchell Field Community Centre.
Specialty Programs Information Night:
Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:30-8:30 pm
The APGA staff provide a communication network linking the school, home and sport. The APGA Director counsels athletes and serves as their academic advocate. Athletes acquire a variety of strategies to handle school-related stress and receive SAT support for NCAA eligibility. The Academic Program for Gifted Athletes is an academic program for school-aged gifted athletes. In addition to taking a full academic program, they also participate in sports-related courses designed to assist them in acquiring the knowledge and psychological skills required for training and competition.
A gifted athlete is defined as a student who is competing in any given sport, at a provincial or higher level. Athletes typically train 10-30 hours outside of school each week.
For a student to be academically eligible for APGA, he/she must have a minimum 70% average (or equivalent) and be currently training at least at a provincial level in their sport outside of school.
Features of this program include, a flexible timetable, academic monitoring and assistance, blended learning and special consideration for school missed as a result of competing or training camps.
For more information please contact Julian Fiorio (APGA Director) at 416-395-3290 ext 20139 or by email at Julian.Fiorio@tdsb.on.ca
Application deadline - January 31, 2020
In order to be considered for the program, the following documents must be submitted in addition to filling out the 4 page application:
1. A transcript identifying your academic achievements and/or a most recent report
2. A letter of recommendation from your professional coach
3. Documentation from sports governing body (i.e. OTA, GTHL)
4. A letter of intent outlining why the athlete wishes to join the APGA
5. Optional Attendance Forms - Step 1 and 2 (see below)
6. IEP, IPRC decision sheet, most recent psycho-educational assessment (if applicable)
7. Additional documentation to further support your application
Upon Acceptance the following items are required:
1. Out of Area Optional Athlete Tracking Form
2. Course Selection sheet
3. Grade 8 report card when issued in mid February