If you decide that your children will receive education abroad, then you should study the nuances in advance. A stable, safe Canada will be an excellent option, and SMAPSE experts will consider the conditions for admission to Toronto schools below.
TOP-5 most important nuances for admission to schools in Toronto
- Nuance No. 1: the choice of school. Foreign students in Toronto can choose to study at either a public or a private school. When choosing a public school, make sure that it is a member of the CAPS-I (Canadian Association of Public Schools - International) - this is your reliable assistant in the world of educational institutions in Canada. There are not so many private schools, which makes them prestigious educational institutions with an individual approach to learning.
- Nuance No. 2: the age of foreign students. Toronto schools accept foreign students of different ages, but every child under the age of 18 must have a guardian - this moment is strictly monitored by school representatives. Some schools (usually private) are equipped with campuses, where students live under the supervision of school staff - in this case, a guardian may not be needed.
- Nuance No. 3: knowledge of a foreign language. Canada is a bilingual country with instruction in English and / or French. Toronto schools are English-speaking, therefore knowledge of the language at a good level is a prerequisite for admission (it makes sense to pre-raise the level and pass the IELTS or TOEFL tests).
- Nuance No. 4: competitive selection. Enrolling in a private school is not so easy, and the material capabilities of parents are not always a guarantee of admission. The competition in ranking educational institutions is so high that students are enrolled in schools from an early age. This is explained by the fact that graduates of boarding schools easily enter the top universities of Canada, Europe, and the USA. Public schools also impose rather stringent requirements on incoming foreign students, checking their education with the help of various tests and interviews. If the student is not sufficiently prepared, he is invited to take preparatory courses before the admission order is signed.
- Nuance No. 5: the financial component. Compared to neighboring America, studying in Canada will be cheaper at least twice. The cost of studying in public schools is lower than in private ones, and starts from 12,000 CAD $, but additional costs for accommodation, guardian services, etc. should be taken into account.
Specialized agencies will help you choose the most suitable school, taking into account the needs and wishes. When choosing consultants, it is better to contact the official representatives of SMAPSE foreign schools - experts will advise on all issues for free and will help you in choosing.
Using the elite boarding school Pickering College as an example, consider the conditions for admission to boarding schools in Canada:
- This private boarding school is suitable for those who expect to receive a full cycle of education within the walls of one educational institution: for foreign students there are all educational levels from kindergarten to grade 12. The campus infrastructure allows students not only to concentrate on their studies, but also to engage in the development of sports and creative abilities. The total number of students at Pickering College is small, which provides an individual approach to learning.
- Age requirements: from 4 years (full-time), from 12 years (boarding house)
- The level of language proficiency is not lower than Upper-Intermediate.
- The cost of a year of study on the program of middle and senior classes starts from 63,020 CAD $ (accommodation and meals on a full board basis are included). An elementary school will cost a little cheaper - from 25,835 CAD $ / year, but this price is without accommodation (younger students must live with guardians).
Acceptance of applications for education lasts all year. In addition to the application, other documents confirming academic knowledge must also be provided:
- Scorecard with grades for the last 2-3 years
- Test results in math, English (IELTS or TOEFL). For high school students, additional testing is also provided for specialized subjects
- Letters of recommendation from teachers
- Awards, letters of appreciation (if any)
- Medical certificate.
Applicants will need to have an interview with a school representative, the result of which will be a decision on admission.
Air tickets, visa support, guardian services are paid separately.