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January 2019
Fall-Winter 2019-20 Registration
Will Open on March 1st!
Summer Registration is Now OPEN!

Check Out Our Amazing Course Offerings!
Every July and August, Brain Power offers dynamic educational summer courses in Language Arts, Math and Problem Solving, Grammar and Writing, Public Speaking, Science (MaCS, TOPS, HMST), French, and Entrance Exam Preparation (UTS, IB, SSAT, MaCS, TOPS, HMST)!


*To see our schedule in full size, click on the schedule below (and scroll down the page).
Summer Course Descriptions - CLICK HERE!
For information, contact us at or (905) 303-5457
Ivy League Prep: Training for Talent
NEW Summer Courses!
Ivy League Prep: Training for Talent - English (Grades 2-8)
Ivy League Prep: Training for Talent - Math (Grades 2-8)
Ivy League Prep: Training for Talent - Spatial Reasoning (Grades 5-8 OR 9+)

Want to train to have what it takes to be recruited by Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY) or other Ivy League schools? Take one or all of the "Training for Talent" programs at Brain Power this summer! Tailored specifically to your child, this program will train students (one-one or semi-private - your choice) for the Johns Hopkins CTY assessment test (SCAT) and similar Ivy League entrance examinations. It will also deepen your child's knowledge and strengthen his/her abilities in one or all of three subjects: Math, English, and/or Spatial Reasoning. 
*Brain Power is not officially affiliated with or endorsed by Johns Hopkins University or the Center for Talented Youth.
Did you know? Johns Hopkins University is very prestigious for more than its Center for Talented Youth. It is known to be a top-ranking (in the world) research university and it also excels in many scientific areas. Its biomedical engineering program as well as its medical school are ranked #1. Johns Hopkins University is ranked 5th best in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine.
For More Information on Johns Hopkins CTY - CLICK HERE!
Dhin Thanasuwanditee Wins 1st at 
Ontario Fall Junior Kendo Championships!

Brain Power Foundations 2 student Dhin Thanasuwanditee (pictured at left) recently won 1st place (in his age category) in the Ontario Fall Junior Kendo Championships! 

Dorian Kang Competes at the
World Cadet Chess Championship
Brain Power Intermediate 1 student Dorian Kang (pictured at left) recently placed 46th at the World Cadet Chess Championship (WCCC) held in Spain!

In 2016, Dorian won 2nd place (in his age group) at the North American Youth Chess Championship (NAYCC) and World Chess Federation FIDE Chess Candidate Master Title. 
Kailey Wu and Monna Wei Found
Care to Cure
Brain Power students Kailey Wu (pictured far left) and Monna Wei (pictured left) have started up a non-profit organization called Care to Cure!

"Care to Cure’s main goal is provide awareness to everybody about DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma), a rare and incurable cancer occurring in many children, and one of the deadliest forms of cancer. DIPG is a very serious pediatric and neurologic condition. Together, we are providing support to those who are directly or indirectly affected by DIPG, and aiding the research to find a cure."

Check Out Our New March Break Workshops!

Secrets of Science
Science Research 101
Join Brain Power's FREE* Book Club!

1. Check out the details on our awesome book club events below!
2. Register for your choices in person at the front office or by phone (905-303-5457) or email at
3. Pick up a copy of the book at a bookstore or your local/school library!
4. Have a great time finishing the book before we meet!
5. Join us for an exciting discussion of the book and/or a performance.

* Events that include a performance may also have a charge for ticket prices. See details in the event descriptions below.
Alumni of the Month:
Ilya Kreynin

Education: U. of Toronto, Industrial Engineering and Bioengineering

Awards/Achievements: Dean's List, President's Entrance Scholarship, Tedx Speaker, Canadian Engineering Debate Finalist, Top 8 Ontario University Wrestler, holder of 2 AI patents, had designs implemented on 2 rides at Disney World! 

Thoughts on Brain Power: Lots of places teach you math and English, but not a lot of places teach you how to think. Beyond helping prepare me for UTS Stage 2 interviews (which changed my life for the better), I'm forever grateful to Karine and Reuven for teaching me to think deeply about problems and not to set limits on what my mind could do.

Interested in Gifted Testing?
Make an Appointment with Nanci Goldman
Gifted testing provides information on a child's abilities and exceptionalities and results may be utilized for certain advanced-placement academic programs in various private and public schools.

Brain Power can help by connecting you with our in-house specialist Nanci Goldman (pictured left). 

Nanci has over 15 years of experience as a Psychoeducational Consultant in the public school board.  In this setting, she provides consultation and comprehensive assessment of children/adolescents with diverse needs (e.g. intellectual, academic, social, emotional, behavioural).  
Nanci completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.  She is registered in the area of school psychology with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. 
Contact us at or (905) 303-5457
For More Information on the Competiton - CLICK HERE!

The Alice Munro Short Story Competition is an opportunity for writers to explore the short story, a literary art form made popular by 2013 Nobel Laureate Alice Munro.

Our Founder, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, will personally help any Brain Power student who wishes to submit writing to this contest.

One of Brain Power's incredible alumni, Michelle Krasovitski (pictured left), won 1st place in Canada in 2015! Read her by clicking story here! 

For More Information on the Contest - CLICK HERE!
The Johns Hopkins Centre for Talented Youth (CTY) gifted and talented summer programs offer bright students the opportunity to engage in challenging academic work in the company of peers who share their exceptional abilities and love of learning. While the focus is on rigorous academics and learning, the social experience that results from bringing these students together is an integral part of the program.
For More Details - CLICK HERE!
For More Details - CLICK HERE!
Choose a two-, three-, or six-week program, where you'll earn transferrable credits from Cornell University in subjects such as architecture, business, engineering, human rights, science, and veterinary medicine. Courses are taught by Cornell faculty, giving you an unrivaled learning experience with some of the university's best professors.
The deadline for application is March 8th, 2019.
For More Details - CLICK HERE!
The deadline for applications is February 1st, 2019.
For More Details - CLICK HERE!

The Youth Summer Program (YSP) was established in 2008 and every summer students from across North America and around the world are offered an exclusive glimpse into the world of Medicine and Law. A unique modular-based format provides students with a diverse set of subject areas and flexibility. Students participate in the exploration of the respective fields, career opportunities, and what they should be thinking about and doing in high school to prepare themselves for post-secondary admission and education.

For More Details - CLICK HERE!
Richmond Hill Public Library Arts Contest

The Richmond Hill Public Library (RHPL) Arts Contest is the community's opportunity to recognize and celebrate the talent of its creative teens.

The annual contest and celebration showcases the written, poetic, visual and photographic art of high school students who live and/or study in Richmond Hill.  

The competition is open to high-school students (Grade 9-12) that live or go to school in Richmond Hill.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 8, 2019 at 6:00pm.

For More Information on the RHPL Arts Contest - CLICK HERE!
"The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is a group of young Canadians who provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada on issues of importance to them and to all Canadians. Listening to young people about issues that matter to them is an important commitment of the government. As Minister of Youth, the Prime Minister wants to hear directly from young people. The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is one mechanism to support this dialogue."

"Youth Council members meet both online and in person several times a year to discuss issues that matter to their peers, their community, and their country. They interact with each other outside of meetings to discuss ideas and upcoming activities, and to talk with their peers about issues that matter most to them. There may also be opportunities to engage with local and national organizations, meet with policy makers and decision-makers like Cabinet Ministers, and attend public events."
Prime Minister's Youth Council - CLICK HERE!
Math Homework at Brain Power:
A Recipe for Academic Growth
  • We believe in encouraging children to develop a “growth mindset” that views challenges as “energizing rather than intimidating” because “they offer opportunities to learn” (Dweck 2015).
  • This requires that students are challenged, and that means getting stuck on certain questions, getting certain questions incorrect, and returning to rethink certain questions more than once.
  • This is why we deliberately split our homework questions between those that:
    • Give students an opportunity to reiterate and reinforce skills and techniques that they have learned (or seen demonstrated) in the classroom.
    • Challenge students to use their creative thinking to tackle problems that go a bit beyond what they have learned (or seen demonstrated) in the classroom.
  • If students get a homework question incorrect, they should reattempt (but not resubmit) it before the next class. (Parents should not feel obligated to “step in” to explain the problem to their child.)
  • In the next class, the instructor will review all of the homework questions, taking extra time to explain those that students found particularly challenging.
  • Not only does this approach encourage children’s academic growth, but it also bolsters their self-reliance, resilience, creativity, and flexibility in the face of intellectual challenges.
More information on developing a "growth mindset" in children:

Dweck, Carol S. “The Secret to Raising Smart Kids.” Scientific American. (Jan. 1, 2015).
Post, Gail. “A life lesson for gifted children: failure.” Gifted Challenges. (Aug. 9, 2013)
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