Frequently Asked Questions About Our School Programmes:
1) How is the school year divided?
The academic year runs from the beginning of September to the end of June. In most school systems, the school year is divided up into two semesters — September to January and February to June. Students take a maximum of four courses in each semester, for a total of 8 courses for the year. At the end of each semester final exams are written. There is a mid semester report with marks and comments followed by a final semester report. Holiday breaks when school is closed include: summer break (end of June) to Labour Day (1st Monday of September), Thanksgiving Day (October), 2 weeks over Christmas/New Years; 1 week in March – usually the 2nd or 3rd week, Easter and Victoria Day (May)
2) What is available to students at the public schools?
There are a wide variety of courses available - from the traditional maths, arts, sciences, physical education and social studies to music, dramatic arts, business studies, technology and computer science. There are different levels of difficulty available - from basic to advanced studies. Course offerings vary by school. Many support programmes are in place for students, including ESL, tutoring, guidance counseling, career planning and library services. Campus facilities include a library, gymnasium, cafeteria, sports fields and computer labs with internet access.
3) Can I participate in extra curricular activities?
Yes. Schools have an array of activities that are available to students. Please be sure to inform us in advance of any specific interest that you have so we can place you in a school that offers what you are looking for.
4) Can I graduate from a Canadian high school?
Yes. International students can graduate from a Canadian public school and receive a diploma provided they meet the minimum diploma requirements as determined by the specific Provincial Board of Education. This information is available upon request. The length of time to graduate will depend on the student’s performance.
5) How do I apply?
Complete an application form that outlines your family life, personality, interests, aspirations, academic history and medical history and describe what it is you hope to achieve and experience during your stay in Canada.