At times students have expressed interests for enriched learning experiences within the regular school day. As a result, in 2015 we added the Pre-Advanced Placement program to our course calendar. This program commences in grade 9 in academic English, science, and math. Students can choose to enroll for 1 or all 3 Pre-AP courses. The courses are exactly the same of as their academic counterparts in terms of curriculum, but also include extension activities and can lead to advanced placement if a student chooses to continue their studies at the university level.
Specialist High Skills Majors
Understanding that many students enter high school with a focus on a specific career path, we introduced Specialist High Skills Majors to our school. These programs support a student's focus on a career path that matches their skills and interest while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students receive a SHSM seal on their diploma after completing a specific bundle of courses in the selected field, earn valuable certifications and gain important skills on the job through cooperative education placements. As a result, our school offers Specialist High Skills Major programs in a variety of disciplines and sectors: Health and Wellness that allow students to focus on either health care or fitness. As well, students can choose to acquire specialized skills in Information and Communication Technology with a specific focus on Engineering and Robotics, or they can choose the Non-Profit sector with a focus on Community Action and Social Justice.
For many years now a strong French Immersion program has existed at Mother Teresa. The program presently has an enrollment of almost 350 students. Students in this program complete a package of courses in French over their high school journey, leading to a French Immersion Certificate upon graduation that is recognized by the Ministry of Education.