Frequently Asked Questions

Limestone Learning Foundation

1. How do we apply for LEAP, Challenge and ATLAS?
All applicants for LEAP and Challenge will be invited to a day long workshop, where a number of assessments will be completed. Scores are put together with the report card scores and the students are ranked in numerical order, by scores.  ATLAS applicants go through a pre-screening process, in consultation with school staff and scoring of the report card, and then will be notified whether they are being invited to the workshop, or that they don’t meet the criteria for the program. All applications are completed online.

2. Where can I get more information about the programs and the admission requirements?
Please visit our Choices at 7 brochure for more information.

3. Challenge is offered at three sites. Can we apply for whichever one we prefer?
No. There are geographical boundaries for each site, indicated on the Board website. Particular elementary schools feed into each site (e.g. northern schools into Loughborough PS, western area schools into Odessa PS, and the others into Calvin Park PS). Please note that you can only apply to one Challenge site.

4. Can we apply to more than one program, for instance LEAP and Challenge? 
Several students apply to both programs every year.

5. How do you decide who gets accepted? 
Children are assessed during the day-long workshops, through a series of activities and presentations and their report cards are also scored. Challenge students also complete a pencil and paper language and math assessment on the workshop day.

6. How do you get a copy of my child’s report card?     
If your child attends a school within the Limestone District School Board, we access the report card electronically. If your child attends a school outside our Board, or is home schooled, you will be asked to deliver or mail a hard copy of the most recent report card to the Limestone Education Centre at 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston K7L 4X4, or scan and e-mail.

7. Can my child apply for a Grade 8 placement in LEAP, Challenge or ATLAS? 
Yes. The process is the same as for Grade 7. Please note that there are only limited vacancies in the Grade 8 programs, because most of our students continue on in the program from Grade 7 unless they move away or have some other family change. LEAP applicants should note that Grade 8 applicants must have completed the equivalent of one year of instrumental music instruction and bring along the instrument on the workshop day to demonstrate their level of achievement, in addition to the audition piece they have prepared.

8. How many applicants apply and how many are accepted into each program?
ATLAS: Applicants - about 60-80; accepted: 20  
LEAP: Applicants - about 150; accepted: 56
Challenge, Loughborough PS: Applicants - about 50; accepted: 28
Challenge, Odessa PS: Applicants - 35-50; accepted: 28
Challenge, Calvin Park PS: Applicants - about 150; accepted: 56

9. Is there a waiting list? 
Yes, a short waiting list is established for all programs, and it is kept active until the end of September. Vacancies are created, for instance, if a child is accepted into both LEAP and Challenge, so has to accept one offer and decline the other, and then that vacancy will be offered right away to the next person on the waiting list.

10. If my child doesn’t get in, will we be notified? 
Yes. All applicants are notified if they are accepted, placed on the waiting list, or if they are not being offered a space, on the notification to parents date.

11. What is the deadline for applications?
All of the dates are posted on the Board website.

12. Can we visit the programs and meet the staff?
There will be open house evenings for all programs at all sites. You are encouraged to attend these information evenings along with your children. This is an opportunity to get a clear overview of the programs and meet some of the staff.

13. Is transportation provided? 
Busing is not guaranteed, but students are almost always accommodated on a bus. If your child is accepted into a program, at the time of registration at the school, you can complete an application for transportation, and if Tri-Board Student Transportation can find a space on a bus which is near where you live and going to the site your child would be attending, they will make every effort to accommodate the request. However, this may result in your child arriving a bit late and leaving a bit early every day, which may affect his/her progress.


The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.