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

Check Out Our Amazing Course Offerings!
Fall/Winter 2019-2020 registration will open on Friday, March 1st!
Our administrative office will be open on Friday, March 1st from 2:00pm to 9:00pm to accept registration. 

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)!
2019-2020 Schedule - CLICK HERE!
For information, contact us at or (905) 303-5457
Brain Power Students
Win BIG at DECA!
Brain Power Public Speaking student Miyuki Mori at DECA
Brain Power students take top spots in 40th Annual DECA Provincial Competitions - and they say their Public Speaking classes at Brain Power helped them win!

Miyuki Mori (pictured above) placed in the top 20 in Ontario for her oral speaking skills, and Andreea Murariu and Cora Usurelu (pictured below) were both selected to move on to the Internationals!

Brain Power Public Speaking student Andreea Murariu and Public Speaking alumni Cora Usurelu at Deca
Ernest Tang & Krishna Basani
Accepted to  Ivy League Summer Programs!
Brain Power Public Speaking student Ernest Tang (pictured below) has been accepted to the competitive Harvard Pre-College Program for the summer! Harvard Pre-College students will have the experience of being introduced to college life, attending challenging classes, living on campus, and enjoying fun excursions and activities.

Brain Power Senior 1 student Krishna Basani (pictured below) has been accepted to EXPLO at Yale University! EXPLO is a competitive program for a select group of high-school students from around the world. She will be studying social psychology and criminal justice this summer.

Brain Power Students Accepted to SHAD!
Brain Power Senior 2 student Andy Gong (pictured), Senior 2 student Jason Li (pictured below), and alumni Cora Usurelu (pictured below) have all been accepted to SHAD!

"SHAD's mission is to empower exceptional youth to make the world a better place. Every July, a select group of Canada’s best and brightest high school students come together to experience SHAD’s unique experiential-learning program - rooted in the STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics – while gaining entrepreneurial and workforce skills and a network for life." 
Brain Power Alumni Diana Pik
Presents at York University
Educational Experience Symposium
Brain Power alumni Diana Pik (left) and York University President and Vice-Chancellor, Rhonda Lenton
Brain Power alumni Diana Pik is working on an honours biology degree at York University, and she recently had the opportunity to present her work at an Educational Experience Symposium to York University President and Vice-Chancellor, Rhonda Lenton. 

Diana says: "Thanks to both the writing as well as public speaking and presenting skills I learned at Brain Power, I was able to showcase my work to York University President and Vice-Chancellor, Rhonda Lenton. ...I wanted to thank you for all of the lessons and skills that you and your program have provided me with, and to recognize that these skills assist me with my education and career goals to this day."

Register for Our March Break Workshops!

Secrets of Science
Science Research 101
Brain Power's
Education Planning Conference!
Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 1:00-4:00pm
SRC – 9600 Bathurst Street, Shirley Auslander Hall


An exclusive and comprehensive half-day event for keen parents
of academically inclined students.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Karine Rashkovsky,
Founder & Director
Brain Power Enrichment Programs


Guest Speakers:

University Admissions Officer
Career Trend Expert
Harvard & Schulich School of Business Lecturer

 Sample Topics Covered

  • Creating the right academic roadmap: tips for guaranteed success – what the research shows
  • How to ensure your high-achieving child stands out among the crowd
  • Detailed program comparisons (and inside information): high-school options in the GTA and university choices (how to choose the best and secure admission)
  • Entrance exams, interviews, supplementary applications, and references

 Meet and Q&A with Students and Alumni from:

  • UTS, TOPS, MaCS, UCC, IB, AP, HMST, PACE, Havergal and others
  • Top Canadian and international Medical, Business, Engineering, Law and other professional schools
  • Pre-college Harvard, Yale, Stanford, SHAD and others

Beverages and refreshments will be provided.

1 Adult Ticket – $125.00
2 Adult Tickets – $225.00
1 Student* Ticket – $50.00
2 Student* Tickets – $75.00
*Junior-high and high-school aged students.


For information, visit our conference webpage and/or 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!
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:
Andrew Zhao

Currently: Attending U. of Toronto (Computer Engineering)

Achievements: U. of T. Operations Research Challenge (2nd place); Betz Entrance Scholarship for Electrical and Computer Engineering; Edward S. Rogers Sr. Admissions Scholarship

Thoughts on Brain Power: Brain Power was a place where the mind was allowed to transcend the confines of daily life and explore the vastness of what is possible. Brain Power taught us  to think off the beaten path. Brain Power wasn’t just a help in English, but in every subject I’ve taken, even now in my engineering studies.

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 - CLICK HERE!
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 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!
"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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