Toronto, ON | Grades 9 - 12 | Shortlist
At Ontario Academy of Technology - OAT, the extracurricular opportunities are in areas like mathematics, for example. Students paticipate of Math contests. This is a small school and there is not many sports classes where students can develop sports skills. So , if your goal is the development of an athlete, this is not the kind of school you should look for.
As the school is very small there are few extracurriculars. One thing that is very nice is that students go on field trips to places relevant to the classes they are taking (science students get a tour of the Toyota factory for example). This level of on the ground learning is found in few other places. I'd forgotten how much I'd missed them.
I was only there for night school so I did not attend any extracurricular events. When I went there, the school had only just opened and there weren't many full time students that I knew of. I can say, however, that students were encouraged to bring in their hobbies and interests to the school. During my year, there was also talk of setting up a prom, and while that fell through because of unforeseen circumstances, the plan was thorough and Hamed worked hard to accommodate and allow students to input their opinions and ideas equally.
This question is not applicable to my sons' experience as part-time students at OAT. They did not seek extracurricular activities here. OAT seems to offer a variety of supplementary type activities relating to STEM, but I have no first-hand knowledge regarding them. I have given a mid-range numerical score for this section only because I have no knowledge, one way or the other, of this aspect of OAT's program.
OAT is a small school. They offer a few after school clubs per semester. There has been 3D printing, art, and sports days. My son only did 3D printing and loved it but I can't speak to the other clubs. More clubs would be great, but in a small school, there has to be interest from the students otherwise they can't offer many at once. I would love to see something outside of STEM for extracurriculars, a music class would be great. Around February or March, OAT arranges university visits. Even the grade 9's and 10s are allowed to attend these excursions. Last year, they toured McMaster where they spent time learning about microbiology. It was hands-on and I think the kids did an experiment with splitting atoms. For fun and team building, the whole school went bowling and out to lunch to celebrate just before the winter break.