ESES: Equine Sciences and Equestrian Studies High School Diploma

Starting 2019/20 - Applications start fall 2018. Priority for admission is given to grades 9 and 10 students enrolled in the 2018-2019 academic year at Odyssey Heights.

For girls that are passionate about a career in veterinary, environmental, and biological sciences; equine management; and/or human services (ie teaching, psychology, social work),  - or just crazy about horses and animals - the Equine Sciences and Equestrian Studies program is being created just for them. The ESES diploma consists of both new locally developed and existing and Ontario Secondary School courses, AP courses, one to three days at the stables each week, co-op and work placements, and extensive out of province and international travel. Though the year-end overnight trips are taken with all Odyssey Heights students in the same grade, the equestrian trip portion will typically be different/more challenging for ESES students.

When Odyssey Heights purchases our Northern Ontario Farm Campus (in 2022-2026), semesters in boarding at the farm will also be part of the program. ESES students graduate with their Ontario Secondary School Diploma, at least 2 AP credits, their Montessori Secondary II Diploma with a specialty in ESES, and their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. 

Universities are already recruiting our future graduates

Even before Odyssey Heights School had a Toronto location, The University of Connecticut was recruting our future ESES students. Over the next few years Odyssey Heights will be developing relationships with universities offering pre-vet, biological sciences, and equestrian post-secondary programs in Canada, the US, and the UK. 

Applications start fall 2018 for 2019 grade 10 and 11 admission.

There is a limit of 12-14 girls per year (36-42 for the program) to ensure safety and to allow students in all three years of the program to get to know one another as a Learning Community. By 2020-2021 the program will have a dedicated teaching staff of 3-5 teachers, plus equestrian specialists at our partner facilities.

Please note that priority for admission to the limited enrolment ESES high school program is given to current Odyssey Heights students. There are only 12-14 students in each year of the program. We will be accepting applications for admission to grades 10 and 11 for 2019/20 academic year in fall 2018. After the 2019/20 academic year the only admission point will be grade 10.

 
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Grade 10

In grade 10 ESES students focus on learning the basics of stable management, physical building requirements for equestrian businesses, agricultural ecosystems, and equine science in Green Technologies (Grade 10 Open). Part of their cumulating project in grade 10 Green Technologies is designing their "dream" equestrian facility. There is also a dedicated Careers class for ESES students. In Outdoor Activities and Healthy Active Living (Grade 11 Open), students develop well rounded, broad equestrian skills in both English and Western riding in preparation for the year-end trip to Alberta - including the 4 day backcountry western riding trip, and a day at Spruce Meadows.

Once Odyssey Heights School has purchased our Northern Ontario Farm Campus, Grade 10s will spend the majority of their fall term on the farm, as well as some time in July and 2 weeks in Winter and/or Spring term.

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Grade 11

Grade 11s typically spend one to two days a week in equestrian activities in the fall term, plus a weekly seminar in AP Environmental Science. In the Winter, Spring, and July terms (January to the end of July) they take the first 5 credit ESES Integrated Studies course that includes:

  • Integrated Studies - Grade 11 Open
  • Biology Grade - 11 University
  • Green Technologies: Agribusiness - Grade 11 University
  • Outdoor Activities and Healthy Active Living - Grade 12 Open
  • Environmental Science - Grade 11 University/College
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Montessori Secondary II Agriculture and the Environment

The year-end trip to Iceland includes overnight, backcountry/wilderness riding on Icelandic horses, as well as trip(s) to Icelandic sheep farms. Students will apply and expand their knowledge of environmental and agricultural sciences, and equestrian skills during this trip.

Once Odyssey Heights School has purchased our Northern Ontario Farm Campus, Grade 11s will spend the majority of the Winter and Spring terms on the farm.

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Grade 12

Grade 12s typically spend two days a week in equestrian activities in the fall term, including the weekly AP Biology seminiar. In the Winter, Spring, and July terms (January to the end of July) they take the first 5 credit ESES Integrated Studies course that includes:

  • Integrated Studies - Grade 12 University
  • Biology Grade - 12 University
  • Green Technologies: Agribusiness - Grade 12 University
  • Introductory Kinesiology - Grade 12 University
  • Spatial Technologies in Action - Grade 12 University/College
  • AP Biology
  • Montessori Secondary II Senior Project
  • Montessori Secondary II Agriculture and the Environment

Students complete either a job shadow or a 1 credit/110 hour co-op course. The coop course must be taken in either the July term before grade 12, or in the fall of their grade 12 year.

Once Odyssey Heights School has purchased our Northern Ontario Farm Campus, Grade 12s will spend the majority of their grade 12 year on the farm. Families of grade 12 students will be invited up one longer weekend per term for a visit.