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Gifted Program


  Program Philosophy
At St John Henry Newman, the mission of the Gifted Program is to meet the needs of the academically talented students by nurturing their affective and cognitive development. In fulfilling this mission, our students are inspired through the educational opportunities that foster their intellectual abilities, advance their academic achievement and enhance personal development.

Gifted students are enrolled in the Advanced Placement (AP) course(s), as well as academic and enrichment classes, where they learn at a level and pace suitable to their exceptional abilities. Opportunities are also provided outside the regular classroom to allow students to challenge themselves academically, learn more about their abilities, build self-confidence and self-esteem.

Enrichment Options During The Academic Year

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

Advanced Placement courses offer university-entry-level curriculum to students while in high school (Grades 9 – 12).  AP Exams are written by Grade 12 students during the first two weeks of May. 


  • AP Scholar - Lukasz Cichosz

Catholic Schools United Nations Assembly (CSUNA)
CSUNA is an activity that simulates the United Nations.  Student delegates engage in debates and apply principles of negotiations with adversaries and supporters.



  • Newman CSUNA Delegates
Journey of Discovery
This is a conference that provides an opportunity for students with academic talent and leadership skills to conduct workshops for gifted elementary students at the University of Toronto.
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  • Journey of Discovery @ U. of Toronto
McMaster Engineering & Science Olympics
This competition offers an innovative opportunity for students to apply engineering and scientific principles through competitions.
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  • McMaster Engineering & Science Olympics
Destination Imagination (DI)
DI is a global, youth-centered and creative problem-solving competition.  Competitors from elementary, secondary and university levels demonstrate their creative problem-solving
skills at local, provincial and international tournaments.

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  •  Newman Team @ DI Global Finals
Geography Challenge
This is a local, provincial and national student competition for Grades 9 & 10 students.  It is designed to encourage interest in Geography & to highlight its importance in our school curriculum.
  •  Emma Trinaistic - National Geography Challenge Competition, 3rd Place
  •  Geography Challenge Competition
Mini-Med School at the University of Toronto
Mini-med is comprised of a series of classes designed for senior high school students and adults.  The primary objective is to stimulate student curiosity in Biology and other health-related disciplines.
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Queen’s University Enrichment Course
Students have the opportunity to study a subject at the first year university level.  The combination of academics, residence life and extra-curricular activities attracts students from all over Canada, the U.S.A. and the West Indies.
  • Newman students @ Queen's
Model United Nations Conference (BAMUN)
This competition (held at Bishop Allen) provides students a platform for the discussion of ideas, solutions and opinions on issues that impact the global community.


U. of Toronto Gifted Conference Perspectives: Challenges, Ideas & Responses
This one day conference is for gifted high school students and it is held at St. George Campus.  The opening address is given by U of T Professor, followed by stimulating workshops.

  • U. of Toronto Gifted Conference
Public Speaking Competition
This contest is designed for Grades 9 – 12 students. It allows them to develop their public speaking skills.
  • Public Speaking Competition


  • TCDSB Annual Elementary Debating Tournament

Ontario Science Centre School
Grades 11 and 12 students are able to earn university preparation science and math credits for a semester at the Ontario Science Centre.

Peer Helping
Students develop a variety of leadership skills and apply them in tutoring and mentoring opportunities.

Summer School Options
Shad Valley
Senior high school students work in teams with professors on university campuses to develop an original invention or innovation, with the aim of producing a business.

Deep River Science Academy
This program is held at Deep River, Ontario.  Students work with scientists on research projects over a six weeks period.

Courses Abroad
Students can earn Ministry approved credits for studying and travelling throughout Europe.
Other Activities
  • Reach For The Top
  • Science and University of Waterloo Math Competitions
  • Exchange Programs
  • University of Toronto Mentorship Program
  • Encounters Canada
  • Short Story, Essay and Poetry Contests
  • Scholarship Planning and Applications
  • Waterloo Unlimited 

Student Comments About The Program
“The Gifted Program has given me the opportunities for a wide range of extracurricular and academics pursuits; for example, I get to travel to new places, compete in various competitions, meet new people and develop new friendships.” Emma Trinaistic, Grade 9

“Cardinal Newman’s Gifted Program provides students with exceptional opportunities; for example, it enables students to discover their passion, talents and strengths to help them reach their full potential.  I’m glad to be a part of this exciting program and look forward to participating in more enrichment activities.” Daria Mancino, Grade 10

“The Gifted Program at Blessed Cardinal Newman is a great way to enhance students’ learning skills.  It provides them with choices as they pursue their educational goals.” 

Matthew Cadhit, Grade 11

“The Gifted Program at Newman was an enriching and exciting experience from day one.  Whether it was drafting resolutions at CSUNA or competing at Destination Imagination, the gifted program enabled me to develop a plethora of new skills, garner new friendships and explore realms that extended beyond the classroom.  I will forever be indebted to the gifted program for all that it has offered me in my past four years at high school.” Gohar Rizwan, Grade 12