System Designated Specialized (Magnet) Programs are series of interconnected courses that make up a program that leads directly to, or supports, a student’s transition to a specific post-secondary destination (i.e. work, college, university, etc.). A System Designated Specialized (Magnet) Program is designed to meet the needs of a unique group of students.

A System Designated Specialized (Magnet) Program supports:

  • improving student learning and learning opportunities;
  • offering a diversity of programs that address varied students needs;
  • promoting educational excellence, quality staff and partnerships;
  • assisting students to make the transition to post-secondary destinations;
  • increasing the opportunity to access unique programs; and
  • effectively utilizing resources including staff, facilities and finances.

Students are permitted to transfer to a school outside their school boundary to participate in a System Designated Specialized Program. Those students who choose to participate in System Designated Specialized Program in a school outside of their designated area home school boundary are responsible for providing their own transportation to the program site. Exceptions include students involved in the Fast Forward or English as a Second Language (ESL) programs who live more than 3.2 km from the nearest school offering the program.

Please explore our excellent System Designated Specialized Programs below for a brief description of the program and contact information.

Design Program
English as a Second Language
English Literacy Development
Environmental Studies
Extended French and French Immersion
Fast Forward
GeoTech Studies
Integrated Arts Program
Instrumental Strings Program
International Baccalaureate Studies
Old Order Mennonite Program