Frequently Asked Questions for New International Students

New applicants to school for international students always have several concerns and questions. These revolve around the process of admission, the academic structure, their welfare and how they get allocated a school. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions by those getting into a private international high school Toronto for the first time. The rules for admission in a public high school may differ slightly from those of admission in a private high school Toronto.

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1.Does an applicant need to submit English proficiency test marks for an application to a private school Toronto?

English language proficiency tests like TOEFL and IELTS are not needed for your application. Your application will be assessed and approved based on official transcripts, school year reports from the last two years and the recommendation letter. The TOEFL and IELTS tests are only used for evaluating your application for university if you have attended an English language high school for less than four years.

2.Are there admissions tests for international students?

There are no admission tests for international students. For secondary school students, that is from grades 9-12 there is a mandatory assessment test in English and Mathematics. The results of this test are used to determine the course selections for the new students.

3.How does one choose the elementary school to study in?

For international students looking for elementary school in the public schools, the school placement is based on the address of the parent or custodian of the child in the city. It is also subject to availability of space in the school. Many times the district school board reserves the right for the final school the student will be placed at.

4.What is used to determine high school placement?

For high school students also seeking to join public high schools, the choice of school they are placed in is determined by their request which is still subject to availability of space in the new school. At times it may prove impossible to join the school you want as the district board reserves the right to determine the final school placement. The challenge is largely on the availability of space.

5.What is the difference between a semester model and a non-semester model and how do students determine which one suits them?

In a non-semester school model, the students cover 8 courses in a full year at the same time from September to June. Students get 8 credits for the classes upon passing the June exams. In the semester model, students split the courses over two semesters.
They take 4 courses from September to January and sit for January exams where they get four credits. They then pick 4 different courses from February to June when they sit for exams and get the other four credits when they pass examinations. The courses are taught at a faster pace in the semester model because of the concentrated time line.
Senior students tend to prefer the semester school models which offer greater schedule flexibility.

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