Brain Power offers after-school enrichment programs for bright and gifted children in Grades 1–12. To be considered for the program, students must demonstrate good grades and high academic potential. A free assessment interview is given prior to registration.
All instructors are experienced teachers and professors who hold a PhD or Master’s degree in their subject area.
Regular courses run September through June; sessions meet once per week and are available in three primary disciplines:
- English Language Arts (Grades 1–12): Students build vocabulary and grammar and writing skills, reading comprehension, analysis, essay writing, and logic and reasoning; encourages a love of reading.
- Math & Problem Solving (Grades 3–12): Students work on problem-solving strategies and techniques, critical thinking, memory, and developing a growth mindset.
- Public Speaking (Grades 6–12): Students learn techniques in public speaking and persuasion and develop skills in presentation, negotiation, debate, speechwriting, ethics and justice, and more
Entrance Exam Preparation
Entrance exam preparation is offered for gifted programs including UTS, IB, MaCS, TOPS, UCC, and others.
During summer, Brain Power offers month-long courses or full-summer courses (one or two weekly evening sessions) in English/Writing, Math, Public Speaking, High School Preparation, and Entrance Exam Preparation (English, Math, Science, and French).
Two workshops are offered:
Mechanics of Writing is designed to improve students’ grammar skills while teaching them how to write complex, well-researched, and effective high-school essays.
University Applications is a five-lesson-long workshop providing complete support with university admissions. In addition to detailed instruction and feedback on applications and scholarships, the course addresses the issues of interest to university-bound students (in Ontario): choosing a university, finding and applying for scholarships, navigating the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC), writing special application essays, presenting oneself well in interviews and recorded applications, and some of the most common concerns about first year.