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Specialized Programs

Specialized Programs

Busing to Rainbow District School Board’s four specialized program is offered to students within Greater Sudbury.

Arts Education Program

Sudbury Secondary School offers academic, athletic and superior arts education in a state-of-the-art facility. Arts Education includes comprehensive training in dance, theatre, instrumental music, vocal music, media studies and visual arts from educators who are specialists in their disciplines. The arts wing features the city’s best-equipped dance studio, drama studio/ black box theatre, media lab with green screen, visual arts studios, Mac lab, photography classroom and darkroom, vocal and instrumental music rooms and practice rooms, and a spectacular 450-seat auditorium to showcase student talent. At Sudbury Secondary School, students earn an Arts Education Certificate in addition to their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students also have the option to graduate with a French Immersion certificate and provincially recognized Specialist High Skills Major in Arts and Culture, Health and Wellness, or Custom Woodworking.

To learn more, please contact:

Heather Downey, Principal
Sudbury Secondary School
154 College Street
Sudbury, ON P3C 4Y2
Phone: 705-674-7551

Innovative Integrated Technology Program

The Innovative Integrated Technology Program (InIT) at Lively District Secondary School combines a variety of core subjects with innovative technology classes. Lively District Secondary School works in partnership with businesses and industry to provide relevant and meaningful activities to students through job shadowing, field trips and industry recognized certifications that prepare them to become competitive in a global market. The InIT program encourages problem-solving through the design process, integrating digital technology and industry standard software and hardware. Students also have an opportunity to incorporate involvement in one of four provincially recognized SHSM programs in Mining, Information and Communications Technology, Environmental Studies, or Sports and Fitness. In order to meet the requirements for an InIT certificate, college-bound students will be required to complete six technology courses and maintain a minimum 70 per cent average. University bound students will be required to complete four technology courses and maintain a minimum 80 per cent average.

To learn more, please contact:

Susan Kett, Principal
Lively District Secondary School
265 Fifth Avenue
Lively, ON P3Y 1M4
Phone: 705-692-3671

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

The International Baccalaureate Organization offers an enriched and comprehensive curriculum that promotes active global citizenship. This internationally recognized program encourages critical thinking, research skills, inquiry and reflection. The IB curriculum, together with learning through creativity, activity and service, inspires both academic and personal growth. IB students will be engaged with in-depth subject knowledge that is recognized by post-secondary institutions around the world. Students graduating with an IB Diploma can earn up to three first-year university credits. The IB Program is available at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School to all students who have the required interest and aptitude.

IB World School logo
International Baccalaureate World School logo

Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School has been authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program since September 2001. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a recognized leader in the field of international education, encouraging students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens. There are over 5,000 IB schools located in 152 countries worldwide, and Lo-Ellen Park is proud to be one of them.


The Diploma Program prepares students for university and encourages them to:

  • ask challenging questions
  • learn how to learn
  • develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture
  • develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.

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 IBO 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.

IB graduates from Lo-Ellen Park have gone on to thrive in many competitive enrolment programs at Ontario, Canadian and American universities, and are often the recipients of valuable scholarships.

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 (in some cases) 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 area will be provided transportation to Lo-Ellen Park for the Pre-IB and IB Program.

To learn more, about the IB Diploma Program, visit or contact Julie Wuorinen at [email protected].

Science Technology Education Program

Responding to the changing needs of our society, Lockerby Composite School was one of the first schools in the region to create a magnet program. Our Science Technology Education Program (STEP) has since enjoyed a rich tradition at our school for both English and French Immersion students. Established in 1991, STEP continues to be recognized across the province as a program that engages students while developing their problem solving and critical thinking skills through experimentation, analysis, and a design-build focus. The program focuses on the competencies students need to be successful in the world – critical thinking and problem solving; innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship; learning to learn, self-awareness and self-directed learning; collaboration, communication and global citizenship – and provides our Viking students with a place to grow and thrive in a safe, supportive, and enriching space..

STEP students entering Grade 9 and continuing on to Grade 10 study Science, Technological Design, Mathematics, and Geography for the entire school year. Combining these courses allows students to participate in Integration Days. Students complete their other courses in the conventional two semester framework. Additionally, our STEP Integration Days provide unique learning experiences that allows students and classes to work collaboratively and simultaneously with teachers from multiple disciplines one day per week. On these days, students broaden their technological skills, learn about the engineering design process, and are given the time to create, invent, design, and construct prototypes. Integration Days enable classroom learning to be enhanced with experiential learning, field trips, and mentorships through community partnerships, providing an enriching educational experience. As students in STEP progress into Grades 11 and 12, they choose to study a specialization based on their courses of interest, while using the skills acquired in Grades 9 and 10 to further their learning in their desired post-secondary and future career pathway. Students select from four unique disciplines that support an evolving world that relies on the connection between science and technology. STEP specializations focus on health sciences, engineering, computer science and sustainable development.


Students must apply for entry from Grade 8. A combination of academic performance review, attendance and learning skills review, teacher recommendation, and student application questionnaire are required for acceptance into the program (either through French Immersion or English Programming).

All qualified students living in the Rainbow District School Board area will be provided transportation to Lockerby Composite School for STEP.

To learn more about STEP, please visit the link below.

For questions, please contact:

Ryan Lafraniere, Principal
Lockerby Composite School
1391 Ramsey View Road
Sudbury, ON P3E 5T4
Phone: 705-522-1750

Lockerby Composite School - STEP