Summer School

"Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.” – Dr. David M. Burns
The HTS Summer School allows students to personalize their learning path beyond the regular academic school year. By offering a variety of summer courses, students in Grades 8-11 will be able to find a course in their area of interest and the grade level that is most suitable for them. The HTS Summer School proudly offers Grade 9-12 credits in the subject areas of mathematics, science, global studies, modern languages and English.

There are many benefits for a student to take a summer course at HTS. Smaller class sizes permit the student to dive into any subject matter with increased personalized support from their teacher. Having one course to focus on is also a unique experience for the student, something they would not receive during their regular academic year. This concentrated manner of study helps our students to grasp difficult concepts with less distraction, as well as to expand on their areas of interest and this permits them to take their learning further. For students who are currently in Grade 8, enrolling in a class over the summer helps them to prepare for the academic rigours they can expect to experience in our Senior School.
Taking a summer course is an excellent choice both for a student who is looking to improve and for a student who is looking to reach ahead. Students gain confidence, hone study skills, and often have the opportunity to expand their academic options for what they can study the following year.
We look forward to seeing you next summer!


John Doma
Principal, Summer School

Grade 9 and 10 Summer Courses

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  • Grade 9 Exploring Design Technologies (TIJ1O/TDJ1O Module Options)

    The TIJ1O/TDJ1O course introduces students to concepts and skills related to technological design, which involves the development of solutions to various design challenges and the fabrication of models or prototypes of those solutions.

    This summer school option provides the opportunity for students to complete up to three of the sixteen modules that students are required to complete to obtain the full credit.

    Open to students currently in: Grade 7 at Holy Trinity School who are already enrolled in the TIJ1O/TDJ1O reach ahead credit program.

    Instructors: Jennifer Clarey, Jason Dickinson, Stephanie Stephens
    Prerequisite: No course is required
    Notes: This work is done in the context of the HTS Innovation labs and is in service of the work they have already completed as part of the reach ahead credit program.
    Textbook: All resources will be provided
    Cost: $150 per module 

    $150 for the 2-day course
    $300 for the 4-day course
    $450 for the 6-day course

    Time: 8:30am to 3:30pm
  • Grade 9 Mathematics (MPM1D)

    During Grade 9 mathematics, you will develop an understanding of algebra, analytic geometry, and measurement and geometry. Our teaching approach focuses on building each learner as a mathematician, focusing on their personal needs and skills in the course. You will investigate, apply technology and explore abstract reasoning. More importantly, you will investigate experimentally relationships and understand the underlying connections between different representations of linear relations. The important relationships that emerge from the measurement of three-dimensional figures and two-dimensional shapes will also be an area of interest that you examine. Throughout the summer, you will use mathematical reason and communicate your thinking as you solve multi-step problems. The advantage of the personalized learning approach will allow for you to take the time you need to thoroughly learn concepts or explore topics of interest in a deeper manner.

    Open to students currently in: Grades 8 & 9

    Instructor: TBD
    Prerequisite: No course is required. 
    Notes: The MPM1D, Grade 9 Principles of Mathematics, course is open to students following one of two pathways. If a student is planning on reaching ahead, they are required to finish Grade 8 mathematics with an average of 85% or higher. If a student is taking the summer Grade 9 mathematics course to prepare for Senior School and intends to take the Grade 9 mathematics course again in their Grade 9 year, they are required to finish Grade 8 mathematics with an average of 70% or higher. Students are encouraged to meet with their Student Success counsellor to discuss the best pathway for them. This course is also available to Grade 9 students who are interested in improving their understanding of this material.
    Textbook: No textbook required
    Cost: $1450
    Time: 8:30am to 2:30pm
  • Grade 10 Mathematics (MPM2D)

    In this course, you will extend your knowledge of linear relations from Grade 9 by exploring the interaction of two lines simultaneously on a Cartesian grid. You will also explore a new relation called a quadratic that shows up as a parabolic curve when graphed. You will solve real-life applications that center around parabolas and use graphing software to help you transform these curves. Trigonometry will also be introduced which explores the relationship between the side lengths and angles of triangles. Finally, you will confirm the properties of geometric figures learned in Grade 9 by using technology and your new algebra skills. The course will be taught using a variety of methods including video instruction, group learning, graphing software and traditional teaching. This will allow you to develop your mathematics skills in a way that best suits your learning style and needs and will help you to communicate more effectively in mathematics.

    Open to students currently in: Grades 9 & 10

    Instructor: TBD
    Prerequisite: Grade 9 mathematics.
    Notes: Grade 9 students with a final mark in Grade 9 mathematics of 85% or higher may reach ahead. Grade 9 students with a final mark in Grade 9 mathematics between 70% and 85% will retake Grade 10 mathematics in day school. This course is also available to Grade 10 students who are interested in improving their understanding of this material.

    Textbook: Principles of Mathematics 10 (McGraw-Hill Ryerson), ISBN: 978007097339
    Cost: $1450
    Time: 8:30am to 2:30pm
  • Canadian History (CHC2D)

    Canada today is a far different place than it was in 1914. How much has Canada changed over the last 100 years? Why did these changes take place? You will explore the impact of two World Wars, the Depression and the Cold War on Canadian domestic attitudes and international stature. You will examine how changing demographics have altered our cultural, gender and social assumptions. By examining the key events of this period, you will appreciate the effort made by individuals and institutions to develop a society that today is recognized for being one of the top nations in the world in which to live.

    Open to students currently in: Grades 9 & 10

    Instructor: TBD
    Prerequisites: No course is required
    Textbook: Canadian Sources: Investigated 1914 to the Present (Nelson), ISBN: 9780176482992
    Cost: $1450
    Time: 8:30am to 2:30pm
  • Careers/Civics (CHV20/GLC20)

    Careers: Career Studies, a very practical hands on course that is all about you – your interests, values, goals and learning. This course will not only guide students to explore university and career options, it will also effectively prepare them to land their first or second, part-time job – guaranteed! Whether you are already employed or have never been employed, whether you have too many ideas about your future, or none, every student will gain valuable skills and information, which can be readily applied in the “real world.” Come to the course prepared to learn and have fun, all while getting a plan in place for your future.
    Civics: Do you love to debate or love to research interesting topics such as climate change, music, media and sports? Well then this is the course for you. Not only do you have to bring your courage to speak up and share what you are thinking in regards to issues in the world, in Canada and even in our school, you will also develop your research and writing skills so that you are a strong advocate for the things that matter the most to you. Citizenship is not only a privilege and right, but also a responsibility. Being a citizen is an active process where individuals co-exist and contribute to society as a whole. Participating in civic life contributes to the development of your identity, respect for others and a moral compass that not only guides you in your personal existence but in ways you decide to participate in society at a local, national and global level.

    Open to students currently in: Grades 9 & 10

    Instructor: TBD
    Prerequisites: No course is required
    Textbook: Civics: Civics Now (Nelson), ISBN: 9780176301941. Careers: No textbook is required.
    Cost: $1450
    Time: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Grade 11 and 12 Summer Courses

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  • Biology (SBI3U)

    This course will further your understanding of the amazing processes that occur in biological systems. You will study theory and conduct hands on investigations in the areas of biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure and function of animals; and the anatomy, growth and function of plants. The course not only focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study but also will help you refine skills related to conducting your own scientific investigation.

    Open to students currently in: Grades 10 &
    Instructor: TBD
    Prerequisite: Grade 10 Science, Academic. 
    Notes: This course is best suited for students who want to earn their Grade 11 science credit but do not want to pursue biology in Grade 12 or in university, Grade 11 students who have already completed Grade 11 chemistry with a final mark of over 85% and are interested in taking Grade 12 biology in day school in September, and Grade 10 students with a final mark in SNC2D of 85% or more in the biology unit who wish to reach ahead. Students who are planning to take Grade 12 biology in September after successfully completing the Grade 11 biology course in the summer should ensure that they have completed Grade 11 chemistry with a final mark of 85% or more prior to taking Grade 12 biology. 
    Textbook: Biology 11 (Nelson), ISBN: 9780070915800
    Cost: $1450
    Time: 8:30am to 2:30pm
  • Chemistry (SCH3U)

    Chemistry impacts our everyday lives. We use salt and sugar to flavour the food we eat, we brush our teeth with sodium fluoride and we use vinegar both in salad dressing and as a cleaning agent. Wouldn’t you like to know the structure and properties of these chemicals? Well, Grade 11 chemistry is the place to start! You will learn how matter reacts, how to compare and measure the relationships between various types of matter (solids, liquids and gases). You will also further develop your analytical skills to determine the impact of some common chemicals on our society and in the environment.

    Open to students currently in: Grades 10 & 11

    Instructor: TBD
    Prerequisite: Grade 10 Science, Academic.
    Notes: This course is best suited for students who want to earn their Grade 11 science credit but do not want to pursue chemistry in Grade 12 or in university. Grade 10 students with a final mark in SNC2D of 80% or more may reach ahead. 
    Textbook: Chemistry 11 (McGraw-Hill Ryerson) ISBN: 9780070915756
    Cost: $1450
    Time: 8:30am to 2:30pm
  • English (ENG4U)

    Framed within a provocative discussion about the value of literature, the ENG4U course offers you the chance to hone the skills necessary for greater success in all post-secondary studies. Designed to maximize the independent efforts of each individual learner, this course puts a premium on discussion, creativity, and critical thinking. You will work within broad novel-based units as you learn to make and find meaning. You will be required to demonstrate and refine the reading, writing and critical thinking skills you will have acquired in the first three years of high school. You will experience new narrative models – including literary non-fiction and historical fiction – all broadening the scope and range of your literary experience. A final ISP will ask you to “teach back” all that they know about literary analysis within a Book Club framework.

    Open to students currently in: Grades 11 & 12

    Instructor: TBD
    Prerequisite: ENG3U
    Textbook: TBD
    Cost: $1450
    Time: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Program Guidelines

The following outlines our guidelines and approval process for summer school courses:

Course Approval Process
HTS Students ONLY: Parent's approval must be emailed to Tracy Howard for confirmation. The HTS Student Success Centre must also approve the student’s participation in the chosen course.

Important: Students who register for a summer course at the HTS Summer Program MUST complete the add/drop form if the summer course registration affects the student's original schedule submitted to the school via Xello (formally known as Career Cruising). The forms must be submitted to the Student Success Centre otherwise, students may have difficulty acquiring a revised schedule that meets their needs in September.

NON-HTS Students ONLY: You must have your headmaster or guidance counsellor email John Doma indicating their approval for you to take this course. You must have your parent email John Doma indicating their approval for you to take this course. Your parent should also include your school’s name, and your overall average on your last report card in this email.

New textbooks can be ordered through our summer course registration system. Please “check out/click” the appropriate textbook in the course registration section and it will be added to your fees. The book will be available at HTS on the first day of classes.
Depending on the course, there could be additional course fees such as a field trip or a guest speaker.

Summer School Dress Code
HTS student dress should have a neat and modest appearance, allowing for personal expression of style while maintaining respect for the school and the individual. All clothing must be clean and in good repair. The following items are unacceptable for wearing at HTS Summer Program:
  • No hats
  • No midriff showing either when standing or sitting
  • No tube tops
  • No spaghetti straps (straps must be at least 3 to 5 cm wide)
  • T-shirts must not contain offensive pictures or language (depicting alcohol, drugs, tobacco, sexual content and other items considered offensive by the faculty)
  • Undergarments must not be visible
  • Spikes, chains, dog collars are not allowed
  • Pants must fit properly on the waist
  • Shorts/skirts must be of an acceptable length (no shorter than mid-thigh)
  • Shorts/skirts and other items of clothing may not be tight, clingy, mesh or see-through
  • Tops cannot be low cut
Students in violation of these guidelines will be asked by faculty to change into appropriate clothing. If they cannot do so, they will be sent to the Director of Summer Programs and their parents will be contacted.

Summer school attendance is compulsory to receive course credit. Students can only be absent up to two days.

We maintain strict registration and attendance procedures to help ensure the safety and security of all students and to properly track each child’s personal and medical information. Attendance will be taken and tracked every day by the summer school teacher.

Please phone reception 905-737-1114 or email John Doma if your child will be late or absent. If you know in advance that your child will be absent from class, please inform their summer school teacher. If the phone lines are busy, your call will be sent to voicemail. Please leave a message with your child’s name, course they are absent from, and any pertinent information.

Student Behaviour
Although we will work hard to encourage and promote positive and healthy student deportment, please note that if your child does not adhere to the HTS code of conduct expectations, it is our right to remove your child from the course without refund.