Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I register for the school?
Secondary students (Grade 9-12) new to the HDSB can register for school when all secondary school offices reopen on Monday, Aug. 22.
All HDSB school offices will reopen the week of Aug. 22.
When will the school offer the full program Grade 9 to 12?
Elsie MacGill SS opened for Grade 9 Students only in September 2021. The Community Pathways Program (CPP) will be added when the facility is fully ready to accommodate the program - this is scheduled for September 2022. I-STEM programming will begin for Grade 9 students in September 2022. Also in September 2022 we will have both grade 9 and 10 students. In September 2024 is when Elsie MacGill will have all grade 9 to 12 students and programming.
Who is Elsie MacGill?
Elsie MacGill (1905-1980) was the first woman to earn a Master’s degree in aeronautical engineering
(1929). She was also the first practising Canadian woman engineer and first female aircraft designer. In
1940, she became chief aeronautical engineer of Canadian Car & Foundry (Can Car) in Fort William,
Ontario. There she headed the Canadian production of Hawker Hurricane fighter planes during the
Second World War, producing more than 1,450 aircraft. An active feminist, MacGill was national
president of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (1962-64). She
was also a member of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada (1967-70). MacGill is
a recipient of the Order of Canada. Elsie MacGill is the subject of a Heritage Minute by Historica Canada.
What are the boundaries for the school?
In 2021-22, Elsie MacGill SS will only provide Grade 9 English Language (ie. no French Immersion) programming for students. Our Elementary Feeder Schools are Anne J. MacArthur PS, Boyne PS, PL Robertson PS, and Viola Desmond PS. A map that shows our boundaries is found HERE. The boundaries for students who will be joining our Community Pathways Program (CPP) is found HERE.
Maps are for display purposes only. To confirm your address please see the HDSB's Find My Local School Website HERE.
If you do not live in our boundaries but want to attend Elsie MacGill SS, please complete the Out of Area Transfer Form HERE and submit it to your home HDSB high school.
Am I eligible for a school bus?
What courses will you offer?
For the 2022-23 school year, we will have Grade 9 and 10 courses only. All compulsory credit courses are de-streamed and all students will be working towards earning Academic Credits in English, French, Geography and Science.
Our Grade 9 Course Selection Sheet 2022-2023 can be found HERE. Any questions can be directed to our Head of Student Services (Ms. Sahar Monzavi-Bacon) through email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the 2022-23 school year and beyond, our course offerings will be driven by student voice - if our students want a particular elective course, we will offer it!