Brain Power is a Canadian award-winning after-school enrichment centre, servicing bright and talented students. Our vision is to create the ideal learning environment in which high-achieving students can thrive. Whether it be promoting civic engagement, hosting book clubs, or offering a staff of PhD professors, Brain Power is a leader in progressive education.
The 2020/21 Experience at Brain Power Enrichment Programs
We have swiftly transitioned into virtual learning in all of our Brain Power programs, delivering to students exciting lessons designed in a step-by-step professional, interactive manner (check it out here: https://bit.ly/2TRA4cR). We are now offering our virtual Brain Power courses to students in every Canadian province. Our staff are always available for unlimited one-on-one conference calls with our students as we know this is a difficult time and transition. We have even added live interactive tutorials where students are joined by their like-minded peers and instructor on call to review every video lesson, discuss materials, ask questions, and get inspired!
Brain Power goes above and beyond other enrichment learning providers on the subject of virtual learning. By using a Learning Management System, Canvas by Instructure, we are following the example of leading universities around the world. Students have 24-hour access to our material, and parents enjoy the transparency that comes with instant and secure access to their child’s performance in our classes. With the unexpected arising of today’s present situation, Canvas has provided us with the opportunity to continue to offer our educational services to all of our students in an easily accessible manner.
We're so proud to be supporting families through this difficult time and keeping kids excited about learning—our students are able to continue their academic success with us!View recent COVID-19 updates from Brain Power Enrichment Programs
Dr. Karine Rashkovsky , Founder, Director, & Lead Instructor of Brain Power Enrichment Programs Ltd.
Honours B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D. (Education Policy)
Brain Power offers many unique courses in the fields of English Language Arts; Mathematics and Problem Solving; Public Speaking; Science; and Robotics, Coding, and Aerospace
A leader in after-school enrichment, Brain Power empowers bright and gifted students in grades 1 through 12 who thrive in a challenging environment. Brain Power has grown over the decades with what I describe as a mission “to provide unique curriculum, world-class teaching, and experiential learning opportunities, all while exceeding current educational standards and promoting a social conscience.” As the founder and director, it is my aim to make it clear to those new to Brain Power that we are not one of the many tutoring centres that dominate after-school education options; rather, we are a niche after-school enrichment learning centre designated only for bright and gifted students, thus responding to the provincial and federal demand for fostering the growth of ambitious students. Indeed, given our unique approach, Brain Power has put Toronto on the map for enrichment education in Canada. Our students come from all over, regularly travelling from Brampton, Toronto, Mississauga, Newmarket, Etobicoke, Scarborough, Markham, and as far as Port Elgin, with some even flying in from other Canadian cities like Calgary for certain specialized workshops.
Unlike other after-school learning centres, our goal is not to have our students speed through the Ministry of Education’s curriculum. Instead, we have developed our own advanced enrichment curriculum that is taught by (mostly) Ph.D. level instructors. These high education levels, unique compared to other enrichment centres, mean that our instructors have the expertise to teach sophisticated and challenging ideas. Our brilliant students, who are often not sufficiently stimulated by their day schools, find true mentors in our instructors, who are curious intellectuals like them. Providing a refreshingly low student-to-teacher ratio in relation to most classrooms, our raison d’etre is to be an ideal learning space for high-achieving students.
Brain Power is a mecca of intellectual achievement and social justice that stirs students’ interests in academic pursuits and global issues far beyond the scope of a single school. With Brain’s support and encouragement, our students participate in an array of academic, creative, and entrepreneurial competitions, collaborations, and showcases. They have won top prizes in an array of prestigious local, provincial, national and international academic and entrepreneurial competitions. We’re proud of our students, and we plan to continue providing motivating mentorship and experiential growth opportunities like no other educational facility in North America.
Brain Power graduates tend to have incredible academic achievements, obtain impressive scholarships, take on amazing career trajectories, and live inspiring success stories - and they attribute their success to the fantastic opportunities they found at Brain Power. There is nothing we are more proud of than playing a part in their impressive accomplishments and helping to create young innovators and future leaders.
Our star team of staff makes Brain Power a site of educational excellence. Since I select instructors for their playfulness, gregariousness, and charisma in addition to their educational credentials, Brain Power is a fun and animated space where like-minded people meet. Looking at the staff and students at Brain Power, I feel very optimistic about our future.
Dr. Karine Rashkovsky
Founder & Director
More details about accommodations: Brain Power is located on the third floor (Unit 313) in the Schwartz/Reisman Center on the beautiful Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Campus.
Is Brain Power Enrichment Programs technology free?
With the AT-HOME use of an online Learning Management System (LMS) IN ADDITION TO IN-CLASS LEARNING, students have 24-hour access to our material, and parents enjoy the transparency that comes with instant and secure access to their child’s performance in our classes. While the software supplements our courses by making learning easier outside of class, our in-class work remains dynamic, meaningful, hands-on, personable, and very much human.
More details about property: The Schwartz/Reisman Centre is a non-profit organization that welcomes everyone. In addition to Brain Power Enrichment Programs, the Lebovic campus has many other family and community programs. For more information on The Schwartz/Reisman Centre please visit their website: https://srcentre.ca/ For more information on The Schwartz/Reisman Centre please visit their website: https://srcentre.ca/
Cost: $325 to $2,620 /program
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We are SO proud of Brain Power student Matthew Tong! Matthew was extremely successful on the Johns Hopkins University School and College Ability Test (SCAT) test! He qualified for both the Advanced CTY-level (Center for Talented Youth) AND CTY level for both Math and Verbal/Reading. In other words, Matthew's scores were above the average of gifted high schoolers from the around the world who also took the test! In fact, he was in the 99th percentile for his math score! This would all be very impressive in any circumstance but it's even more impressive because Matthew is only in Grade 5! What an incredible result, Matthew! Congratulations!
Matthew took Brain Power's Ivy League Prep - Training for Talent program which helped him to achieve this success! For more information about this program, check out our website: https://www.brainpower.ca/summer-programs/
Congratulations to Ally Zhao! On May 30, Brain Power Senior 2 student Ally Zhao won a prestigious award: York Region Youth Champion. This award was presented to Ally at the Evening of Recognition by York Region's ClimateWise Business Network. Brain Power's Director and Founder, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, was asked to speak at this event and present Ally with the prize.
Some more information about the award: This honour is awarded to an individual in our community who is between 15 to 24 years of age and who has shown outstanding commitment to driving sustainability in forward York Region.
Some of Ally's achievements include:
* Selected as 1 out 120 high school students in the world to represent Canada and go to the Arctic with "Students on Ice" to study Climate Change from leading experts. Ally won a scholarship along with the opportunity to attend this momentous learning trip.
* Executive Director of Eco Club for Thornhill Secondary School
* Founder of an organization called Seeds of Awareness that currently hands out native plant species to the school community to help provide education about these types of plants and their value to the environment.
* Key Leader in Thornhill Secondary School's achieving the Platinum Award for Eco Schools competition (an award that recognizes the efforts schools across Ontario has made towards climate change.
We are so proud of Ally! Congratulations once again!
Super proud of alumnus Alex Kolodkin!
Alex's company Set Scouter is now the largest marketplace of film locations in North America.
Set Scouter was founded in 2012 and launched in July 2013, by Kolodkin and COO Lidia Bit-Yunan. The startup was inspired by Kolodkin’s frustration with attempting to scout out set locations in Toronto as a film student, according to the Financial Post. The startup has worked with Ryerson University’s DMZ, participated in Communitech’s Rev program, and was one of four companies selected for 500 Startups’ Batch 15. In 2014, Kolodkin received a two-year entrepreneurship fellowship from the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, which helped the startup validate product-market fit and develop its platform.
🖐Meet Erik Fridman
⭕ACHIEVEMENTS: Founder of Get Crazy Entertainment and C&S Windows; Sales Director at a luxury car dealership; Professional musician, studying entrepreneurship & strategy; mentor for the summer company program at the Vaughan Business Enterprise Center; future in entrepreneurship with a business degree!
⭕THOUGHTS ON BRAIN POWER: Life-changing. Simply awesome.
⭕TALENTS: Rhetoric, business, writing music, playing guitar, singing
Throwback to an alumni's success story - helping uni students with an incredible app! Rony Besprozvanny - you are an IMPRESSIVE humanoid! Brain Power is so proud of you. "Engineering students partner with Queen's IT Services to make iPhone app for students"
More here: https://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2015-10-05/news/a-way-to-qtap-into-your-schedule/?fbclid=IwAR0r_jIdBZH8dKzAiWtDGQ0tGJimse_LmQZIVS4vryWMdTg5SyN8oTnukNE
🔵CURRENTLY: The Juilliard School; Bachelor of Music in Viola
🔵ACHIEVEMENTS: Honour roll in High School; Guelph Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner; Oakville Chamber Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition Winner; The Marta Hidy Prize Concerto Competition Winner; Aspen Music Festival Orchestra Fellowship; C. & H. Lewine Scholarship A.H. Kuhn Memorial Scholarship J. & B. Werter ($35 000!)
🔵EMPLOYMENT: Violist in a professional orchestra as well as teaching the next generation of artists
🔵THOUGHTS ON BRAIN POWER: As a middle school student, I would always dread doing public speaking and writing essays. After attending Brain Power, Karine showed me a different perspective in studying English and opened my eyes to a whole new world. It was in her classroom that I realized the true joy of learning. I am indebted to Karine for the passion she has shown me for teaching and learning. She taught us to constantly stay curious and her lessons have helped me grow not only as a student but as a person as well.
🖐 Meet Ilia Ostrovski
🔵CURRENTLY: Obtained McMaster University - Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours); Attending Queen's University School of Medicine
🔵ACHIEVEMENTS: Banting and Best Scholarship for Diabetes Research; NSERC - Undergraduate Student Research Award; Multiple publications in peer - reviewed journals and oral presentations at international conferences (American Diabetes Association); Former Editor-in-Chief of Queen's Medical Review; Former Managing Editor of The Meducator 5. Founder of the Psychobiology Writing Workshop at McMaster University
🔵CAREER TRAJECTORY: Starting Internal Medicine residency at McMaster
🔵THOUGHTS ON BRAIN POWER: I'm extremely grateful to Karine and Reuven for helping me discover my interest in writing, which has largely defined and balanced my otherwise science-focused career. I wholeheartedly endorse Brain Power to anyone looking to develop their critical thinking skills in the company of ambitious and intellectually curious peers.
We are SO impressed by alumnus Diana Pik!
NEWS: This past week York University hosted an Educational Experience Symposium, during which Diana presented her research. Diana says that thanks to both the writing as well as public speaking and presenting skills she learned at Brain power she was able to showcase her work to York University President and vice-chancellor Rhonda Lenton. WOW! 😮
Diana has been completing an honours biology undergraduate degree at York University and currently working on an honours thesis that she designed herself.
Congrats, Diana! Brain Power is absolutely thrilled for you and so impressed!
August 25, 2019
Dr. Karine Rashkovsky Wins Entrepreneur of the Year Award!
Dr. Karine Rashkovsky is an Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner at the 3rd Annual Women in Leadership Awards Gala!... Read More
August 25, 2019
Dr. Karine Rashkovsky will be a Guest Speaker at Girl Expo Canada 2019
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August 25, 2019
Brain Power alumna Cora Usurelu wins the SHAD Cup!
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