Mentor/TSS 2013 Grads: The Skills To Get Through

I attended the University Fair this past Tuesday and in speaking with a parent afterwards, the discussion turned to university admissions and marks.

The question comes up most often with families who have been with us for a long time and usually when the students are in Grade 8 to 10. The argument we hear is that if the students go to another school, they will get higher marks.

If the final grade is the only thing that matters, we have a list of private schools where we know you can “pay for an A”. In my opinion, though, this sets the student up at university for either failure (you might need to put aside some additional cash for a 5th year, perhaps) or for a continued use of loopholes to get the required grades.

I think the numbers associated with the Mentor College and TSS Class of 2013 help to illustrate the point that our students earn the grades required for post-secondary education. There were 148 graduates last year and of those students, 146 of them were offered admission to at least one post-secondary programme. For those who say that it is difficult to get an “A” at our schools, please note that 85.1% of our graduating Mentor/TSS students were “Ontario Scholars” (minimum 80% average). I could give you a long list of where those kids are studying and what programmes they are taking but for those who believe that you can only get to college or university with an 80% average, here is what the grads with 79.9% and less are doing this year:

TSS Grads – Sheridan (Arts and Sciences), Humber (Business), Sheridan (Journalism), Humber (Travel and Tourism) and one student who did not apply to college this year (but plans to in 2014).

Mentor Grads – York University (Accounting), Toronto (Psychology), McMaster (Life Sciences), Wilfrid Laurier (Communications), Toronto (Criminology), Southern Connecticut (Exercise Science), McMaster (Humanities), McMaster (Social Sciences), Toronto (Life Sciences), Wilfrid Laurier (Criminology), Ottawa (Business) and one student who did not apply to university (but plans to in 2014).

I am confident that these students will be in the top half of their first year classes because in high school, they put in the required work and have the tools to succeed. As we always say, it isn’t marks to get INTO post-secondary education but it is the skills to get THROUGH post-secondary education that matter!

Chris Starkey
Administrative Principal
Mentor College / TEAM School

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