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Canadian School System

High School – AYP Programmes

Canada is known for its exceptional education system and MLI is the top provider of services for international students choosing to study in Canada. The MLI AYP Programme is open for all students from ages 13 – 18 who wish to participate in day-to-day classroom life and fully immerse themselves into the Canadian way of life.

Discover Canada

Choose from over 100 beautiful communities across Canada from coast to coast.

Flexible Programme Length

Register for 3 months, 1 semester, 1 full year or several years leading to high school graduation.

Make new friends

Students will have many opportunities to meet new friends during their visit to Canada.

Skills

Opportunity to take part in many sports and physical activities, and arts clubs and courses.

Communication

MLI maintains regular contact with students, responding to questions and concerns quickly.

Safe and Caring Environment

Students are matched with a caring home for the student offering them assistance, support, encouragement and a safe environment.

Student Support

MLI AYP Programmes

Every Japanese High School Programme student is assigned a Japanese Academic Year Programme Coordinator or AYPC, who will be able to provide assistance during the students’ entire stay in Canada.

Selecting your community is very important.  We recommend you work with your agent, who MLI will support, or your high school programme teacher to help you select the top three communities of your choice.

Our MLI Registration Team will help you work through the application process to ensure you have the necessary documents for your application.

MLI provides sole Custodianship for all students enrolled in the High School Programme. MLI Student Services for Japanese students includes:

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Academic monitoring including a school visit and contact with school guidance counsellors to ensure students are succeeding academically

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Contact students via LINE, WhatsApp, Teams, Zoom, text messages, or by cell phone on regular basis; counselling is available to assist students with adjustment into Canadian school and host family life

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Monitor host family by local coordinator and provide mediation support between student and host family as needed

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Japanese speaking support to help students with cultural understanding and navigate their learning new environment

High School

Canadian School System

In Canada, each province has jurisdiction over the curriculum, programming and funding of their schools. The students study in either a semester or linear system, for ten months of the year (September to June), five days a week (Monday to Friday) for approximately six hours a day. This is the standard for  Public, Catholic and Private schools.

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Public and Catholic Schools

The Public and Catholic Schools comprise the largest selection of schools in Canada. These are publicly-funded and monitored by each province’s Ministry of Education who work in collaboration with the local school boards. MLI has built strong partnerships with over 45 school boards and with multiple schools, making the communication and application process very efficient and effective.

Features of Public School
  • High Quality schools located in attractive communities across Canada
  • Modern and well equipped facilities
  • Wide range of subjects offered
  • Small international student population
  • Flexible length of stay (four weeks to multiple years)
  • ESL credit courses, AP and IB programs available in select locations
Features of Public School
  • High Quality schools located in attractive communities across Canada
  • Modern and well equipped facilities
  • Wide range of subjects offered
  • Small international student population
  • Flexible length of stay (four weeks to multiple years)
  • ESL credit courses, AP and IB programs available in select locations

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Private Schools

The Private Schools are funded solely by student tuition and alumni support. Although the general curriculum is overseen by the province’s Ministry of Education, each school operates independently and sets it’s own standards of excellence. These standards are most often higher than the public school. MLI has built very strong partnerships with selected private schools across Canada making the application process and communication that much easier.

Features of Public School
  • High Quality schools located in attractive communities across Canada
  • Modern and well equipped facilities
  • Wide range of subjects offered
  • Small international student population
  • Flexible length of stay (four weeks to multiple years)
  • ESL credit courses, AP and IB programs available in select locations
Features of Private Schools
  • Highly respected and prestigious institutions
  • Excellent academic programming
  • Boarding and Day School (homestay) options
  • Small classes with personal attention from teachers
  • Target 100% university placements
  • Innovative and excellent facilities, sports and extracurricular programs
  • Latest computer technology options available
  • Students must pass entrance requirements for acceptance
  • Rural and urban locations available
What are the start and end dates of school?

Every school board or district can decide which education system they would like to follow. There are two options, the Semester System (block system) and the Linear System (full year).

Semester System

With the semester system, the school year is divided into two parts or semesters. The first semester runs from September to January and the second semester runs from February to June. In each semester students can take a minimum of 3 courses up to a maximum of 5 courses, for a maximum total of 10 courses per year. This system is used by most of the public secondary schools and it is ideal for students who are planning to study in Canada for only one semester or for those students that plan on arriving in Canada in February.

Linear System

With the full year system, the school year is divided into three terms. Students take a minimum of six to a maximum of nine courses for the entire year, from September to June. Each week is divided on a rotational basis so that on any given day the student is only taking 4-5 classes. This system is used in primary school, most private schools and in Quebec. It is recommended for those students who plan on studying in Canada for a full academic year.

 

What are the Grade Levels and the names for the levels of schools in Canada?

The students are placed in their corresponding levels based on the age they were at the end of June and education is compulsory up to the age of 18. The education system is grouped into three levels:

  • Primary Schools (public, catholic or private)
  • Secondary Schools (public, catholic or private)
  • Post-Secondary (College or University)

Primary School

  • Grade 1 (ages 6–7)
  • Grade 2 (ages 7–8)
  • Grade 3 (ages 8–9)
  • Grade 4 (ages 9–10)
  • Grade 5 (ages 10–11)
  • Grade 6 (ages 11–12)
  • Grade 7 (ages 12–13)
  • Grade 8 (ages 13–14)

Secondary School

  • Grade 9 (ages 14–15)
  • Grade 10 (ages 15–16)
  • Grade 11 (ages 16–17)
  • Grade 12 (ages 17–18)

University and College (ages 18+)

Where can I study?

Canadian Communities Hosting International Students

The location in which you chose to study will be an important part of your experience in Canada. All regions and communities where MLI High School programmes are located are selected based on their ability and willingness to welcome international students both into the community and into the schools. As each student has their own needs, we offer a variety of communities to suit your preferences. We look forward to hearing about your interests so that we can help you select the best location for your time in Canada.

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Health and Safety

Students are closely matched with an English speaking host family who lives in the area where they will attend school. The host family provides a caring home for the student offering them assistance, support, encouragement and a safe environment. Our host families are visited and police checked prior to hosting. All of the students receive three meals daily, a private room, with desk, closet and all linens. Students are made to feel a part of their host family and are included in all celebrations and outings.

MLI recommends that you work directly with a local immigration / study permit company to ensure you have the latest updates, regulations and requirements to ensure a smooth entry into Canada.

How to apply

Download the 2023 High School Programme Documents

To apply to the MLI High School AYP Programme, ensure that you have collected all of the information that you will need to complete your application before you begin. Download the forms below which need to be completed by hand, scanned and submitted as PDFs.

Step 1 - for the student

Student Application Forms based on the programme options:

Additional documents are required for all programmes.

Step 2 - FOR THE AGENT (to be completed for ALL applications)

Once documents are complete, please submit them to aypapps@cisscanada.com. Our team will get back to you with confirmation or follow-up requests.

Student Stories

Find out what our students think about our programmes

“I think it’s the best thing you could do. In the future, you will always remember the people you met here all the experiences you had. It’s something that you would never be able to do at home.”

ManuelSpain – High School Programme in Wiarton, Ontario

“I enjoyed my life in Canada. I hung out with my friends and made many memories. The most favourite thing I did in Canada is Canada Wonderland. I went there with my host family and we had a great time riding the roller coasters.”

RikutaJapan – High School Programme in Stratford, Ontario

“The time in Canada had a lot of fun and meaningful moments such as communication with many people who I haven’t met before and experience of different culture and lifestyle. Even though I went to Canada under the covid situation, I could achieve many activities like volunteering and enjoy the time in Canada with my host family!”

MinyenJapan – High School Programme in Goderich, Ontario

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Information on applying for Temporary Resident Visa

Canada welcomes millions of visitors each year. All visitors are required to have a valid passport and, depending on where you are from, how long you plan to stay, and the reason for your visit, you may be required to obtain a Visa prior to your entry to Canada.

Students coming for a study period of six months or longer are required to obtain a Study Permit prior to arrival. Students failing to present a Study Permit upon arrival into Canada will be denied entry. Study programmes of less than six months do not currently require a study permit. Canada also requires a Temporary Resident Visa (TRVs) for visitors coming from a specified list of countries.

For more details about Canada’s Immigration policies, please refer to:

Group Programmes

Group Programmes provide an opportunity for students to practice their English, integrate with local students in a high school, experience life with a host family, enjoy unique activities, and have a genuine Canadian cultural experience.

Summer Programmes

Canadian Summer Camps allow students to enjoy all the benefits of overnight camp including swimming, campfires and sunsets with the comforts of sleep cabins You have the space to live, learn and grow.

Experience Canada

There are many great reasons to consider traveling to Canada for your study program. Canadians are known for our friendly and helpful attitude to visitors and it offers a quality educational experience. It is vast with 6 different time zones and being the second largest country in the world.