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Faculty of Engineering Secondary School

The Faculty of Engineering Secondary School offers high school students the opportunity to take technological design and computer science courses while earning credits toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Courses are open to students in Grades 8 to 12 and are offered in English only

Any Grade 8 students enrolling in a high school course will be taking it as a reach-ahead course; as such, a principal's written recommendation will be required prior to confirmation of enrolment.

Courses offered

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Technological Design (TDJ2O)

Technological Design – TDJ2O is a course that provides students with a better understanding of the engineering design process through projects done with microcomputers and virtual reality. Students will have the opportunity to learn about micro:bit microcomputers, use multiple sensors and develop their coding skills to solve common problems. They will also explore, create and program a virtual world using CoSpaces. At the end of the course, students will take part in an engineering design challenge by creating a virtual world that solves a defined problem.

This course is offered in two parts. Students must complete both parts to earn high school credits.

Outline of Course of Study for Fall 2021 (PDF, 210KB)
Outline of Course of Study for Winter 2022 (PDF, 209KB)

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Computer Technology – Quantum Computing (TEJ2O)

Offered in partnership with University of British Columbia and Geering up Engineering Outreach

This course introduces students to computer systems, networking, operating systems, application software and electronics, with a special focus on the emerging technology of quantum computing. Through this course, students will better understand the fundamentals of classical and quantum computing. Students will build small electronic circuits and write computer programs in Python. Students’ projects may include researching existing quantum technologies, developing code scripts that run on a quantum simulator, pitching their own quantum computing project, and debating on quantum versus classical hardware. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to technological design and will learn about secondary and post-secondary education and career opportunities in this field.

This course is not offered in Fall 2022.
Course outline for Winter 2023 will be available soon.

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Introduction to Computer Studies – ICS2O (Technovation)

This course is offered in collaboration with Technovation.

Be part of change and earn a high school credit at the same time! Technovation is the world’s largest global tech entrepreneurship competition for girls. Students will use the skills acquired in this course to build a business plan and mobile app in order to address a community problem.

Following the engineering design process, students will develop programming skills and create an app to solve a defined problem. They will also gain a better understanding of computers, from hardware components to software applications and operating systems. Students will have the opportunity to see real-world software applications through guest speakers! 

Course Outline of Study ICS2O Technovation (PDF, 233KB)

Course schedule and details

Registration details

When registering for courses, students will need to provide the following information/documentation:

  • their student or personal email address
  • their legal status in Canada: Canadian citizen, permanent resident, temporary resident or visitor
  • proof of age (copy of birth certificate)
  • proof of grade and school (copy of recent report card)
  • for Grade 8 students exceptionally: a completed letter, signed by their parent/guardian and current principal, approving their enrolment in a reach-ahead course
  • their Individual Education Plan (IEP), if they have one.

Additional documentation required for ICS2O: proof of Technovation 2023 registration.

Please refer to the school course calendar for all policies and procedures.

Note: Following a 2021 inspection, the Faculty of Engineering Secondary School received credit-granting authority from the Ministry of Education. The school has been assigned a BSID number by the Ministry and is listed as a private school on the Ministry website.

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