Vaughan Secondary School

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Vaughan Secondary School
Vaughan logo.PNG
1401 Clark Ave. West[1]
Thornhill, Ontario[1], L4J 7R4
Coordinates 43°47′53″N 79°28′7″W / 43.79806°N 79.46861°W / 43.79806; -79.46861Coordinates: 43°47′53″N 79°28′7″W / 43.79806°N 79.46861°W / 43.79806; -79.46861
School type Public high school
Motto Ficta Fiunt Res Gestae
(Turning Dreams into Action)
Religious affiliation(s) Secular
Founded 1989
School board York Region District School Board
Superintendent Dennis Connor
Area trustee Joel Hertz
Principal Maria Maiato
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1159[2] (October 2013)
Language English
Area Thornhill, Ontario
Colour(s) Navy Blue and White         
Mascot The Vaughan Voyageur
Team name Voyaguers
Last updated: September 2016

Vaughan Secondary School (V.S.S) serves the community of Vaughan, Ontario, Canada. The York Region District School Board, governs the Vaughan Secondary School. Its principal is Maria Maiato.

Architecturally, Vaughan Secondary School has a modern exterior and interior design. The school consists of three-floor building and portables. The building's first floor consists of the main lobby, principal stage, and cafeteria. The second floor houses the library and the radio station.

With district reorganization in 2006, a number of regions previously associated with Vaughan Secondary School were reassigned to Stephen Lewis Secondary School (Block 10). Students entering Grade 9 and 10 in 2006 residing in Block 10 were transferred from Vaughan Secondary School to Stephen Lewis Secondary School. This reorganization reduced Vaughan Secondary School's student body from about 2000 students to about 1,100 students.[4]

Since 2009 to accommodate increasing numbers of students enrolled in French Immersion programs in York Region the Vaughan Secondary School offers a French Immersion program. Vaughan Secondary School is one of six schools in the York District which offer a French Immersion curriculum. At Vaughan Secondary School students can continue in the French Immersion program after graduating from a French Immersion program at their Elementary School. V.S.S. accepts graduating students pursuing a French diploma from Julliard PS and Louis-Honore Frechette PS. Upon successful completion of the requisite French Immersion courses, students are eligible to receive a French Immersion Certificate at the Leaving Ceremony in June of their graduating year.

Vaughan Secondary School offers the Advanced Placement program to its students. Starting from Grade 9, students can enroll in pre-AP courses for English, Math and Science. High level courses are offered through Grade 12 in Science (Chemistry, Biology and Physics), English, History and Math (Advanced functions, Calculus and Vectors). Like other AP programs, students who complete the Grade 12 courses are eligible to write the AP exam.

Vaughan Secondary School also offers the Specialist High Skill Major program [SHSM]. The SHSM is a specialized, Ministry of Education approved program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). SHSM assists students in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. These programs enable students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge in career-related learning environments with focused preparation for graduation and postsecondary education, training, or employment.

Vaughan.S.S is home to 90.7 RAV-FM. RAV-FM is one of four licensed high school radio stations in Ontario and is a part of Vaughan Secondary School's broadcasting course.

Vaughan Secondary School's senior basketball team's has back-to-back 2011 & 2012 OFSAA AAAA Basketball championships. Besides promoting school and community esprit de corps the basketball team promotes physical activity. The Girls Basketball team won the 2017 AAA Senior Girls YRAA championship.

Vaughan Secondary School has numerous extra-curricular Activities, Clubs, and Sports available to students including:

Sports: Archery, Athletic Association, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Jr. Girls Basketball,Cricket, Cross Country, Curling, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Rugby, Skiing/Snowboarding, Slo Pitch Softball, Soccer and Indoor Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track and Field, Co-Ed Volleyball, and Wrestling.

People/Interpersonal clubs: CAYRE, Character Matters, DECA, Femalution, Model United Nations Club, OSAID, Student Activities Council (SAC), Issues Club, and Yearbook.

Academic: Computer, Debating, Drama Club, Improvisational Club, Library Reading Club, Radio (RAV-FM), Science, Stage Crew, and Student Newspaper (The Scribbler).

Cultural: Art Club - Visual & Digital Arts, Chinese Club, Christian Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, Jewish Club, French Club and Korean Club.

Musical: Band, 9th Grade Beginner Band, Grade 10 Concert Band, GLEE, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Music Council, Percussion Ensemble, Small Ensemble, Ensemble.

Other: Chess, Earth Charter, School Store, Vaughan Gamer's Club, and Wild for Wellness.

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  1. ^ a b Vaughan S.S. School Information Page
  2. ^ "York Region District School Board - Monthly Enrolment Report" (PDF). York Region District School Board. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Vaughan Secondary School". Vaughan Secondary School Website. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Stephen Lewis Secondary School boundaries (PDF)" (PDF). York Region District School Board. 2002. Retrieved 2006-05-04.