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Jeff McKibbon

Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School

Grades 9 to 12 (FI & EP) - Enrolment 598

School Profile

In the Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School community, students, staff, parents and partners work closely together to foster academic excellence and high student achievement. Our challenging programs are designed to provide students with a solid academic and technological foundation for life-long learning. Our energetic and dedicated teachers constantly look for new ways to meet the ever-changing needs of students.

A strong knowledge base, critical thinking skills, productive work habits, and employability skills are emphasized in all subject areas.  Respect for others and the educational setting ensures that Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School is a safe and caring learning environment for all. As a staff, we also believe our timetable best supports the learning needs of our students.  Sustained effort over the course of the entire year enables students to acquire both the desired knowledge base and appropriate skills to follow their chosen pathways and realize their full potential.

At Loworld school logo-Ellen, strong academic students who meet the entry requirements have the opportunity to enrol in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School has been authorized to offer the IB Diploma Program since September 2001. In this two-year program, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19, students can earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and the IB Diploma concurrently. IB is designed to meet the highest standards required by any secondary school student in the world and is recognized by the world’s leading universities.

At the end of the two-year program, students are assessed both internally and externally in ways that measure individual performance against stated objectives for each subject.

The IB Organization works closely with universities in all regions of the world to gain recognition for the IB diploma. To aid this process, university admissions officers and government officials have direct online access to all syllabuses and recent examinations.

Students must successfully complete the Grade 9 and 10 Pre-IB program at Lo-Ellen Park before entering the IB Diploma Program in Grade 11. Thus, students must apply for entry from Grade 8. A combination of high academic performance, teacher recommendation, and an interview are required for acceptance into the program. In Grades 9 and 10, all compulsory subjects are taught at an enriched level to prepare students for the academic rigour of the IB Diploma.

All qualified students living in the Rainbow District School Board will be provided transportation to Lo-Ellen Park for the Pre-IB and IB Program. For more information about the IB Diploma Program, visit or contact Melanie Bertrand at

Special Education

The Rainbow District School Board provides for the needs of exceptional students through a range of programs and services.  Special Education programming in each school is supported by the Board’s Special Education/Student Services Department consisting of psychology staff, speech/language pathologists, and the services of itinerant specialists for the hearing and visually impaired. Lo-Ellen Park offers a number of Special Education programs including Gifted, Life Skills, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Gifted.

French Immersion

Students will receive a French Immersion Certificate from the Rainbow District School Board if they have acquired at least 10 credits in subjects taught in French. At least four of the credits must be in Français.

The students who enrol in French Immersion do so primarily to learn French.  All activities either in the classroom or out of the classroom are planned to enable the student to further develop his/her communication skills.

Co-op Education

The Co-operative Education Program at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School involves a partnership between education and business.  Students start with two weeks of in-school lessons where they learn job interview and resume writing skills, complete quizzes to identify their interests, skills and abilities, review health and safety issues, and receive WHMIS training.

Students then begin their co-op placements.  Placements can be in a wide variety of work areas including automotive, educational settings, health care areas, information technology, computer sales as well as office, clerical, and accounting.

These placements have provided students with challenging opportunities to apply and extend their knowledge and practice and refine the skills acquired in their related in-school courses.  This year’s co-op students have had the opportunity to acquire skills that reflect the high standards of our local workplaces.  Many thanks go out to the employers who volunteered their workplaces and their time to help supervise and encourage our co-op students.

Laptop Learning

The Laptop Learning Program reflects the evolution of education in progressive high schools today. This innovative program gives students the opportunity to use a laptop computer in class as a tool for learning.

This program
  • enhances classroom activities and the curriculum by integrating technology to provide students with rich and meaningful learning experiences;
  • teaches new technology skills and refines the skills that students already have; and
  • provides an environment in which students are comfortable using technology in a variety of situations throughout high school.

Our laptop classrooms are equipped with data projectors and sound systems to enhance the curriculum delivery. 

How does it work?

As a laptop student, you connect to our network with your own laptop, allowing you to interact with the teacher, other students, and the Internet.  Activities you will experience include Internet research, interactive web resources, developing presentations and multimedia projects, and submitting work via e-mail.

What are the benefits?

  • Students develop transferable skills expected in the work force and at the post secondary level.
  • Students communicate with the teacher anytime, anywhere.  Students can receive help online via email and let the teacher know if any difficulty is being experienced.
  • Students remain connected to the class in the event of an absence.

If this sounds like an exciting and important way to learn, contact us to find out how you can become part of this innovative program.

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Environment

Lo-Ellen Park is pleased to offer students a unique opportunity to develop knowledge and skills related to the Environment through a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM). This pathway includes a bundle of nine courses related to the environment, and a two-credit cooperative education placement in a workplace with an environmental focus. Additionally, students will earn valuable industry certifications, such as first aid and CPR, and will also participate in enriching activities such as field trips and connections with post-secondary institutions. Upon graduation, students who successfully complete the SHSM in the Environment will earn a diploma with a SHSM seal, and have gained valuable work experience to add to their resumes.

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Construction

Lo-Ellen Park is pleased to offer students a unique opportunity to develop knowledge and skills related to the Environment and the Construction industry through a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM). These pathways include a bundle of nine courses related to one of the SHSMs, and a two-credit cooperative education placement in a workplace with an environmental or construction focus. Additionally, students will earn valuable industry certifications, such as first aid and CPR, and will also participate in enriching activities such as field trips and connections with post-secondary institutions and other organizations. Upon graduation, students who successfully complete the SHSM in either pathway will earn a diploma with a SHSM seal, and have gained valuable work experience to add to their resumes.

Credit Recovery Program

The Credit Recovery Program at LEP was established in January of 2006 with the support of a grant from the Student Success Initiative.

As a result, the Credit Recovery Program was ‘up and running’ at the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year, when every secondary school in Rainbow District School Board was mandated to run a credit recovery program.  Students who are unsuccessful in obtaining Grade 9 or 10 Applied credits in any of eight compulsory subjects, but who achieved a mark of at least 35%, can ‘recover’ those credits by completing a condensed version of the curriculum in the form of independent learning modules.

Research has shown that most of the students who are ‘at risk’ in our secondary schools have not missed credits because of academic difficulties.  Rather, they tend to be students who learn best outside the traditional classroom setting.  The smaller, more informal setting of the Credit Recovery room allows for each student to proceed at his or her own rate and obtain more individualized assistance.

Drama at Lo-Ellen Park

Drama at Lo-Ellen Park covers a large range of curricular and co-curricular activities. The Grade 9 developmental drama course tries to ensure that students enhance their self-confidence and self-esteem while improving their problem-solving skills through constant group activities that are as entertaining as they are challenging. Students have the opportunity to work with tableaux, pantomime, improvisation, monologues, dialogues, script work, and scenes. Senior drama classes go deeper into character development and play production, and many of these plays are presented for the school community.

The LEP Theatre Company, through its Musical Theatre credit course, has been presenting large-scale musical productions since the mid-1980s, and people are always impressed by the polished professionalism of these productions. Some of the most popular and influential shows in the history of Broadway have been presented to great acclaim. Musical Theatre students also present an annual variety show of skits, sketches, songs, and dance numbers. The Variety Show plays to packed houses every fall.

The LEP Improv Team has won the Northeastern Ontario regional championships six out of the last seven years. This is an extra-curricular student-run activity that has been very successful and popular.

Overall, drama at Lo-Ellen Park is a vibrant force that lends colour and soul to the school community.

LEP Music

The Lo-Ellen Park Music Department has enjoyed a long-standing tradition of excellence both in the concert hall and the school community.  Our students consistently perform to gold and silver standings in the Northern Ontario Music Festival as well as MusicFest Canada and Heritage Festivals in Chicago, New York, Ontario, and British Columbia.

Lo-Ellen Park bands are excited to begin making use of a brand new recording studio opening soon in the school.  Students will be making recordings of their efforts in order to improve their playing and learn about technology in the music industry.

Music events will continue this year performing at school assemblies and events, as well as accompanying our talented singers and actors with our student Pit Band in our full-length musical in June.

The Lo-Ellen Park Music Department has an open policy for student participation including the integration of identified students.  We believe, and research proves, that there are many more skills than musicianship learned in a music program.  Students who participate in the Music Program at Lo-Ellen Park develop leadership and organizational skills as well as a strong sense of self-discipline and community – all while making music with their peers and having a great time, too!


At Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School, we feel that athletics are an important and integral part of the educational process.  Education implies, at the very least, the development of the student’s understanding and appreciation of, not only sport itself, but also the unique personal experience that comes from participation.  The co-curricular program exists for the enrichment of the athlete.

It is our goal to

  • provide a place for all students;
  • promote physical well-being; and
  • promote the sound social and emotional development of all participants.

Lo-Ellen Park offers a wide range of activities for both males and females.  We have been involved in all sports that SDSSAA offers.  We have one of the highest participation rates at both the city and NOSSA levels. In the school’s history, Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School has won more than 130 city championships, more than 45 NOSSA championships, and two OFSAA championships.

In addition to the all-Ontario championships, Lo-Ellen Park has had numerous teams and individuals win silver and bronze medals at the provincial level. Our graduates have competed successfully on the local, regional, provincial, national, and international stage. Some of our recent graduates have moved on to CFL, NHL, and national women’s hockey and volleyball teams.

Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School takes pride in its curricular, intramural, and co-curricular programs and will always strive to maintain high quality programs and support to all students, athletes and coaches.