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Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute
School DescriptionSCHOOL PROFILE AND ACADEMICS
Located in the quaint town of Vankleek Hill in eastern Ontario, Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute has a reputation for providing strong academics, sports, and a variety of extracurricular pursuits. It offers international students language support with an ESL program and features a specialist high skills major program in health and wellness. Students can also participate in unique programs such as dual enrollment courses for simultaneous high school and college credit as well as technical career courses such as travel and tourism or manufacturing and construction.
Campus facilities include modern, high-tech classrooms equipped with Smartboards, science labs with professional software, a multimedia center, and music, drama, and art studios. Students also have access to a gymnasium, a fitness center, a running track, a weight room, and multiple sports fields. Students in the manufacturing and construction technical career program have access to a professional workshop with state of the art tools and materials.
SPORTS AND ARTS
Students at Vankleek can participate in individual and team sports such as track and field, soccer, volleyball, badminton, football, and basketball. There are also cross country, hockey, rugby, curling, wrestling, and lacrosse teams.
The school offers a wide array of art programs like drama, music, and concert band, as well as classes in film and video arts. Aspiring chefs can participate in the technical career education program's culinary arts track.
AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
The boys curling team at Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute has won the regional championships and gone on to play in the provincial championship tournament two years in a row in 2017 and 2018. In spring 2018, 19 students in the Upper Canada District School Board qualified for the Skills Ontario Competition: an event that allows students to demonstrate their technical abilities learned through specialized high-skills major programs. UCDSB was also named one of 2017's most energy-efficient school districts in the province of Ontario.
Located in eastern Ontario, Vankleek Hill is situated about an hour’s drive from both downtown Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario. The village is famous for Victorian-era buildings and homes lining the streets. The intimate community is home to local hockey and soccer teams. Unique to Vankleek Hill is its impressive community garden, which has two acres of organically-grown produce harvested by residents. The tight-knit community has lots of events that take place at the town’s arena and fair grounds, plus it has a nine-hole golf course with a driving range. Students also have plenty of parks, pubs, restaurants, and even a museum to enjoy.
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Dan McGillis - Retired NHL Hockey Player (Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils)as well as Adler Mannheim of the German DEL;
Martin St-Louis - NHL Hockey Player (Tampa Bay Lightning, Calgary Flames), Art Ross Trophy Winner, Hart Trophy Winner
- 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Grades at School
- 25 acres Campus Size
- 2% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?No
Student PopulationCoEd - School for both genders
Average Class Size19
English as Second Language (ESL) Support AvailableYes
Speciality ProgramsSpecialist High Skills Major Program in Health and Wellness; Technical courses in culinary, travel and tourism, manufacturing and construction; Full co-op, plan in grade 10 and start in grade 11.
Accepting Students in Grades9, 10, 11, 12
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