SHAD is not an acronym. It was named after a creek where the first program began in Aurora, Ontario.
Why should I attend SHAD?
SHAD's mission is to provide a transformational experience for each participant through an immersive program of lectures, workshops, projects and activities that builds on STEAM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, arts & math), introducing participants to a multi-disciplinary approach. If you are selected to attend SHAD, we know that you have exceptional upside potential and the SHAD experience will empower you to realize this potential. You will gain insights into areas of study you haven’t encountered before and be inspired by living in a community of exceptional, motivated students like yourself, with a passion for solving important problems. Your creativity will be stimulated, you will develop an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset, and you will learn how to be a leader amongst leaders.
After your four weeks immersed in this rich learning environment, you will leave the program with a network of incredibly talented SHAD alumni from all regions of Canada, your self-confidence and aspirations for your future will be enhanced forever, and the SHAD brand of excellence that you carry will open the door to opportunities for admission to top universities, scholarship awards, and future employment opportunities.
How are students supervised during the program?
The safety and well-being of the students and staff is first and foremost a key priority for the SHAD organization. With that in mind, we have a comprehensive Risk Management Policy to ensure a safe environment and a full complement of team members who live-in at each program, and we require the university residence to accommodate separation of the male and female rooms by floor and/or by wing.
Once a student is accepted into the program, included in the information package is a student and parent handbook, which outlines the rules and expectations of students during the program.
How do students know if they fit the criteria to apply?
High school students currently completing Grade 10, 11 or 12 (Quebec secondaire IV, V or CEGEP I, or the international equivalent) are eligible to apply.
We value diversity and encourage all students to apply who have an interest in STEAM, demonstrated creativity, intellectual curiosity and leadership skills. We also recognize that these qualities can be shown in many ways. SHAD is not just for the most vocal student leaders or those with the highest average; we’re looking for Change Makers - youth who want to bring about real, positive change.
Students can apply even if others from their class or school will be applying – there’s no restriction on numbers from a particular school or area. Admission into SHAD is on a competitive basis, so put your best effort into your application.
When will students know if they have been selected to attend the program?
We start contacting applicants in February, and will notify all applicants of their status. These notices will include either an offer of a place in the program, placement on a waiting list, or that we can no longer consider the student's application.
Usually campus placements are confirmed by mid-April.
Do students get to choose which campus they attend?
When a student is offered a place in SHAD, they will be sent a registration form on which they can rank all of our campuses.
While we will try to accommodate preferences, please note that space is limited at each campus, and we also strive for geographic representation and gender balance at each campus.
Is there any difference in the programs provided at the SHAD campuses?
The SHAD experience at every campus includes an immersive program of lectures, workshops, projects and activities that builds on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math), introducing participants to a multi-disciplinary approach. With an excellent program team and approximately 56 exceptional students from across Canada at each campus, we build a community where students participate in a rich learning environment and are also able to experience the campus and its surroundings.
May students leave the program to attend another event?
SHAD's success depends on the community of SHADs at each campus. The program has scheduled activities morning, afternoon, and evening, seven days a week, plus there is a lot of team-based project work. Students and staff alike are required to live in residence during the program. The rewards match the commitment! There are absolutely no exceptions for time off during the program. Absences are not allowed unless for medical or family emergencies.
How are the campus program teams comprised?
Well-qualified team members ensure that all aspects of the experience – academic, logistical, and social – exceed every expectation. They teach from their passion, not from a curriculum. Some team members live in residence for the duration of the program and become part of the community.
These dedicated team members have excellent credentials and many are top-rated university professors. Dozens of volunteers from all areas of the university and business community add to the mix to create a dynamic experience. All team members and volunteers subscribe to the highest code of conduct as defined and maintained by SHAD.
Is the SHAD program fee tax deductible?
The SHAD program fee is not tax deductible and we therefore do not issue tuition receipts.
Is the program fee deposit refundable?
When a student is offered a place at SHAD, they are asked to send in a deposit towards their program fee. That deposit is refundable before noon on April 5, 2018, less a $250 administration fee. After this date, a partial refund may be considered, contact us for details. There will be no refund of the program fee for any reason during the program.
During the program, can friends or family visit students?
We understand that parents, friends or relatives may want to spend time with or visit the SHAD participant during the program. However since our program teams spend a great deal of time building their SHAD community over the course of the month, we do not encourage visiting until Open Day. It has been our experience that when some students can see their friends or relatives and others cannot, the community can be disrupted.
Open Day is held on the final Thursday of the program, and it is the prime opportunity to visit. Open Day is the perfect occasion to meet the whole group of students and faculty/volunteers, check out innovative projects, and share the excitement of SHAD.