Frequently Asked Questions - Lisgar School Council 


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  1. 1 Frequently Asked Questions - Lisgar School Council 
    1. 1.1 --  1 -- What is the deadline for application to Lisgar?
    2. 1.2 --  2 -- Can students apply to Lisgar if they live outside the catchment area?
    3. 1.3 --  3 -- What types of clubs, activities, and student organizations does Lisgar have?
    4. 1.4 --  4 -- What are the school hours?
    5. 1.5 --  5 -- What are the requirements for community involvement?
    6. 1.6 --  6 -- How do students select courses?
    7. 1.7 --  7 -- Can students change courses once they have been selected?
    8. 1.8 --  8 -- Which Advanced Placement (AP) classes does Lisgar offer?
    9. 1.9 --  9 -- Are students allowed to take courses at a higher level than their current grade?     
    10. 1.10 -- 10 -- Does Lisgar participate in competitions such as the Ontario Science Fair and Kangaroo?
    11. 1.11 -- 11 -- How many credits must a student have to earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma?
    12. 1.12 -- 12 -- Who can assist students with their university/college applications?
    13. 1.13 -- 13 -- How do grade averages affect eligibility?
    14. 1.14 -- 14 -- How do students make arrangements to visit potential universities/colleges?
    15. 1.15 -- 15 -- How do students apply for scholarships?
    16. 1.16 -- 16 -- Does Lisgar have a dress code?
    17. 1.17 -- 17 -- How does Lisgar deal with bullying?
    18. 1.18 -- 18 -- Is the school accessible to students during the weekend?
    19. 1.19 -- 19 -- Is parking available for parents or students?
    20. 1.20 -- 20 -- How can parents/guardians contact a teacher?
    21. 1.21 -- 21 -- How do parents/guardians inform the school of a student’s absence?
    22. 1.22 -- 22 -- What is the School Council?


--  1 -- What is the deadline for application to Lisgar?

The deadline for application is usually the end of February of each year. More information can be found under Information for Prospective Students.

--  2 -- Can students apply to Lisgar if they live outside the catchment area?

An application period is established for cross-boundary applications each February and is published on the Lisgar and OCDSB websites.  Please see:  http://www.ocdsb.ca/par/st/Pages/default.aspx for more information. 

--  3 -- What types of clubs, activities, and student organizations does Lisgar have?

See the full list of clubs, student organizations, and sports activities on our website.

--  4 -- What are the school hours?

Regular class hours are 8:50 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with one hour for lunch (11:25 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.). The main office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

--  5 -- What are the requirements for community involvement?

All students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of approved involvement in the community during their four years of high school. See the  guidelines on involvement and community involvement form.

--  6 -- How do students select courses?

Grade 8 students enrolled at Lisgar for the subsequent fall complete an option sheet (course contract) to select their courses.  

Returning students can find all information at:

http://www.lisgar.ca/studentservices.php

--  7 -- Can students change courses once they have been selected?

Students select courses in February-March for the following year. During September (for first semester) and February (for second semester), and after the final course schedule and instructor list have been published, students have an opportunity to place a request (along with a reason) for course changes, adding or dropping courses, or switching to a different class of the same course number. Approval depends on space availability and the reason for the request. Student Services can provide assistance with course selection and changes.

--  8 -- Which Advanced Placement (AP) classes does Lisgar offer?

The Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered by Lisgar are listed in the student planner. Lisgar encourages students who have demonstrated academic achievement, academic integrity, commitment to school, and a strong work ethic to consider AP courses. However, they must have permission from the department head or current subject teacher. Students must also fulfill AP course prerequisites before beginning courses. See the Advanced Placement Brochure.

--  9 -- Are students allowed to take courses at a higher level than their current grade?     

With School approval, students in Grade 10 may take Grade 11 courses. Students in Grade 11 can take Grade 12 courses. However, many courses have prerequisite courses that must be taken first.

-- 10 -- Does Lisgar participate in competitions such as the Ontario Science Fair and Kangaroo?

Information on upcoming competitions is posted on our website and on bulletin boards throughout the school. Teachers also provide information on these competitions during class time. Students who have not formally studied the subject but who want to take part in a competition should contact the teacher(s) affiliated with the competition.  

-- 11 -- How many credits must a student have to earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma?

Please see below for information on this subject:

-- 12 -- Who can assist students with their university/college applications?

Student Services provides the liaison with universities/colleges and is staffed with guidance counselors to provide assistance to students.

-- 13 -- How do grade averages affect eligibility?

Please visit “University and College information” for more information and useful links:  http://www.lisgar.ca/studentservices.php

-- 14 -- How do students make arrangements to visit potential universities/colleges?

Students can contact universities/colleges to arrange a specific meeting. However, students also visit during designated visiting days, such as open houses held in the spring. Students can contact the Admissions office of universities/colleges of interest to inquire about school or campus tours. Each year, the Ontario Universities' Fair is held in Toronto over a weekend in September or October, before Thanksgiving. A smaller, regional version of the fair, the University Information Program, takes place in the Ottawa area at different times of the year.

-- 15 -- How do students apply for scholarships?

There are three broad categories of scholarships: sponsored or nominated scholarships; direct applicant scholarships; and admission (or entry) scholarships. The application procedures are different for each.  

There is no limit to the number of scholarships that student can apply for. However, some universities/colleges will restrict the amount of funds they will disburse to a student that wins more than one scholarship, although the student will still be deemed a recipient.  For example, a student who wins a major entry scholarship such as the Loran may see their entrance scholarship funds reduced.

-- 16 -- Does Lisgar have a dress code?

Yes. The dress code at Lisgar is governed by an OCDSB Policy (P.104.SCO) and is included in the student agenda.

-- 17 -- How does Lisgar deal with bullying?

Lisgar follows OCDSB policies on bullying, harassment, and inappropriate behaviour, along their consequences. See the Provincial Code of Conduct - Standards of Behaviour, Respect, Civility and Responsible Citizenship (link) and the  OCDSB Code of Conduct for detailed information. Parents/guardians should immediately advise a staff member (home room teacher, student support staff, or Vice Principal) if:

  • Your child is being bullied,
  • Your child is involved in bullying,
  • Another child is being bullied, or
  • Your child has witnessed bullying or thinks someone else is being bullied (either on or off school property or online).

-- 18 -- Is the school accessible to students during the weekend?

Unless there is a special event, or prior arrangement has been made with a school administrator or teacher, the school is not accessible to students during the weekend.

-- 19 -- Is parking available for parents or students?

The school does not have parking facilities. There is paid street parking on Lisgar. However, most street parking in direct vicinity of the school is pay-and-display and is limited to a one-hour time period, if used prior to 7:00 p.m. on a weekday. There are also several paid parking lots in the vicinity. For some events, such as council meetings, mock timetable evening, parent-teacher interviews, and art/sports events, the “cage” beside the gym is open for parking and is free.

-- 20 -- How can parents/guardians contact a teacher?

Some teachers prefer communication by email, others by telephone. During mock timetable evening or the first meeting with the teacher each semester, parents/guardians will have an opportunity to ask for contact information. Many teachers will provide a pre-prepared note with his or her contact information. If you need to contact a teacher before the mock timetable evening, call the office.

-- 21 -- How do parents/guardians inform the school of a student’s absence?

Parents/guardians can call the absentee line at (613) 232-7874 or send an email to lisgarattendance@ocdsb.ca. You will need to provide your child’s name, grade, and homeroom teacher’s name

-- 22 -- What is the School Council?

The School Council is an advisory body that represents the voice of parents/guardians to the Principal, the OCDSB, and the Ministry of Education. It meets once each month, generally the first Tuesday evening of the month, at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. The School Council consists of parents/guardians, some with designated volunteer positions, the Principal, at least one other staff member, one or two student representatives from the Student Council, and, on occasion, an invited community representative.