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Experiential Learning Choices Programs

The Upper Grand DSB offers a number of Experiential Learning Choices Programs (ELCPs), which are board-approved programs that provide a short-term extension of the regular school program with a focused curricular emphasis. 

ELCPs provide choice and programming options to students, allowing them to pursue personal interests and strengths while exploring a variety of destinations and pathways. 

Beyond Borders beyond-borders

Location: Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan Street, Guelph
Beyond Borders is an off-site business-learning program, with bundled courses in Business, English, Math, and an elective credit. Beyond Borders offers an opportunity for all enthusiastic and community-minded grade 12 students to enjoy a unique semester that will truly prepare them for the future. The program focuses on leadership development, business, math, global development and sustainability, with an emphasis on team-building, skill development, and experiential learning. Visit the Beyond Borders website for more information.

Community Environmental Leadership Program (CELP)

Locations: various off-site
CELP is a 4-credit environmental leadership program. As a community of 24, students have a fall canoe or winter snowshoe trip, teach grade fives the Earthkeepers nature program, take their English, Civics and Careers courses in the context of environmental issues and form lasting friendships over community meals.  CELP is open to all students in the Upper Grand District School Board through three sponsoring schools: Centennial CVI (see, Norwell DSS (see and Wellington Heights SS. 

*Westside Secondary School students wishing to apply to CELP for the 2019-20 school year should contact their guidance counsellor.

da Vinci Arts & Science Environmental Leadership Program 

Location: Arboretum, University of Guelph
da Vinci is an interdisciplinary program open to all grade 11 students. Students will have the opportunity to obtain 4 Grade 11 credits (EnglishENG 3U, Biology SBI 3U, Visual Arts AVI 3M and Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology HSP 3M) in a natural setting nestled among hiking trails, forests and ponds of the Arboretum at the University of Guelph. For more information, visit the da Vinci website.

Digital Historian Project (DHP) dhp300

Locations: TBD
The Digital Historian Project (DHP) is a partnership between the Upper Grand District School Board and the Dufferin County Museum and Archives (DCMA), involving three participating high schools: Centre Dufferin DHS, Orangeville DSS and Westside SS. Students take four credits in History and Data Management (math), spending about nine weeks each at the DCMA and in class. The program also includes drama, art and music. Digital Historian Project website

*The DHP is not running in the 2018-19 school year. Students wishing to apply for the 2019-20 school year should contact their guidance counsellor.


Location: Unitarian Congregation of Guelph
Headwaters is a program for grade 12 students in the Upper Grand District School Board. It offers 4 credits (Outdoor Activities, Environmental and Resource Management, English, and Interdisciplinary Studies) in a unique, semester-long, out-of-school format. Headwaters brings together 24 students from different schools to create a close knit community for learning and creating. Despite not knowing one another before the program, the students form friendships, experiences, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Interdisciplinary Dufferin Experiential Arts (IDEA)

Location: TBD
The IDEA program will offer a 4-credit package that includes three arts credits: Drama in the Community, Non-Traditional Art, Exploring the Arts as well as Writer’s Craft (offered as both a College and University Grade 12 combined course). 

*IDEA is not running in the 2018-19 school year. Students wishing to apply for the 2019-20 school year should contact their guidance counsellor.

MADE in Guelph – The Urban Arts Project

Location: Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan Street, Guelph
MADE in Guelph is an exciting and engaging four-credit program for grade 11 students with a keen interest in the Arts. Central to the focus of MADE is that the Arts can be used as a tool for community-building, cultural development, and profound social change. Urban Arts MADE in Guelph website.

MEI International AcademyMei Logo

Location: Various countries around the world
MEI International Academy’s motto is, “The World is Our Classroom.” Through MEI programs, students can study overseas in the summer and during the year in relevant locations that pertain to the subject they are studying. MEI’s guiding principle has always been to encourage students to learn about the world and how to live in it. It isn’t enough to travel abroad, visit historical sites and museums, and expect meaningful connections to happen automatically. MEI’s mission is to offer a global high school experience where each lesson is designed to inspire real education in the locations they visit. MEI offers exclusive scholarships for UGDSB students.