Welcome to Portage Collegiate Institute!
We are a semestered high school offering a wide range of courses for Grade 9 to Grade 12 students. As a semestered high school we divide the school year into two semesters. The first semester runs from September to January with final exams the last week of January. The second semester runs from February to June.
Under the semester system students take fewer courses in a term but complete them in the shorter time frame. Some students are able to complete their required courses for graduation by January. This allows students the opportunity to get an early start on work or post secondary courses. Most post secondary institutions follow a semester system and our graduates make the transition without difficulty.
Students have the choice of enrolling in the academic or technical program at PCI. We offer a wide range of academic courses preparing students for post secondary programs and the job market. Our teachers have piloted new curricula in English, mathematics, science and computer technology to provide our students with the most up to date skills in these areas. Our computer labs and library are networked and have Internet access available for instruction and research. We also have the Advanced Placement program at the Grade 11 and 12 levels in English, Calculus, Psychology, History and Chemistry.
Our Technical programs include Automotive Technology, Building Construction, Hairstyling and Marketing. These
programs prepare students for apprenticeship and a career in the industry.
Our resource team works collaboratively with teachers, counselors, administration and educational assistants to help students achieve success with coursework. Our resource areas offer a quiet place for students to work independently or to receive curriculum supports. Support may be offered directly by staff or through the use of technology.
Self-directed learning is a program designed to give students an opportunity to work individually on curriculum courses. There are several different factors that need to be considered when deciding if SDL is a program that suits your academic and/or environmental needs:
- Withdrawing from a course and unable to complete the credit
- Repeating the subject more than once and failing to obtain the credit
- Moving from another school in mid-term
- Experiencing an illness, injury, medical condition, or other circumstances that prevents regular class attendance
Counsellors are available to assist students in making course choices or who are experiencing academic difficulties. Our Career Centre is an excellent place for information and career search opportunities.
Student involvement is important at Portage Collegiate. We have an experienced and enthusiastic staff willing to support students in a wide range of classroom or co-curricular activities. School spirit is strong and we have great participation on school teams, organ-izations, and events. We look forward to a great year at PCI!