WHAT GRADE WILL MY CHILD BE PLACED IN?
Students in Ontario are placed based on age and year of birth. For example, a student born in 1999 will attend Grade 4 for the 2008-2009 school year. For secondary school, students will be placed in classes according to their previous school records.
WILL PREVIOUS SCHOOLING COUNT IN CANADA?
Yes. Any type of previous schooling records that you might have will be helpful to determine strengths and weaknesses that will make it easier when assessing the student. This will be combined with English language skills and the year of birth to place students in the appropriate classroom.
DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AT THE WELCOME CENTRE, OR CAN I JUST WALK IN?
Booking an appointment is highly recommended, especially when a language and/or mathematics assessment is required. A teacher needs to be present for the assessment and that needs to be scheduled in advance. Having an appointment will help the Welcome Centre staff prepare to help you.
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AT THE WELCOME CENTRE
Call 905-641-1550 and ask for Extension 54152. If no one is available at the time of your call, you can leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.
CAN I JUST GO DIRECTLY TO THE SCHOOL TO REGISTER?
The school will redirect you to the Welcome Centre. We encourage newcomer families to visit the Welcome Centre, not only because we can help you with the registration and assessment process, but also because we can provide you with important settlement information about local agencies and procedures for your new life in Canada. We can even give you some resources in your language.
I AM 19 YEARS OLD; I ALREADY GRADUATED FROM SECONDARY/HIGH SCHOOL IN MY HOME COUNTRY. COULD I STILL ATTEND HIGH SCHOOL IN CANADA? IS IT RECOMMENDED?
Yes, you can still attend high school in Canada. You can attend high school until age 21. The school will assess your credits from your home country, and depending on your career plans, they will place you in the classes that will give you the credits to pursue college or university education. We recommend you do this, not only because you will get credits towards your high school diploma, but also because you can improve your language skills as you study and interact with teachers and classmates.
WHAT IF I DO NOT HAVE ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION?
We understand that sometimes getting all the proper documentation is a challenge. We have alternatives. For example, if you do not have immunization records from your country, we will help you set up an appointment with the Public Health Department. They will instruct you on how to get the required vaccinations before attending school. If you have any problems getting the required documents, please contact the Welcome Centre for further assistance.
I SEE THAT I NEED TO GO TO THE WELCOME CENTRE, BUT MY ENGLISH SKILLS ARE NOT VERY GOOD. CAN I GET HELP IN MY LANGUAGE?
The Welcome Centre staff is culture sensitive, and is used to working with families from around the world. Many staff members are multi-lingual. You are welcome to bring a family member or friend to help translate.
DO STUDENTS WEAR UNIFORMS TO SCHOOL?
Elementary students (Grades Kindergarten to Grade 8) do not wear uniforms to school. Some secondary schools do require uniforms. You will learn more about uniforms directly from the secondary school.