APPLYING TO A HIGH SCHOOL IN ONTARIO

APPLYING TO A HIGH SCHOOL IN ONTARIO

Applying to high schools in Ontario involves several steps. These steps may differ from school to school in the province, so you should contact the school you are applying to for more specific information. However, there are some general guidelines for applying to high schools in Ontario.

Choose a school
Your first step is to research Ontario's secondary schools and decide on where you can best get the education you are looking for. Ontario high schools offer a wide variety of program choices for international students, so you should have no problem finding a good fit.

Apply directly to the school or to the school district
This step is the one that may vary the most. You should contact the school directly to find out whether they accept and process applications themselves, or whether all applications must go through the local school district.

Regardless of where you send your applications, you will likely be required to provide transcripts from your current school and possibly other supporting documents, which may need to be translated if they are not issued by your home institution in the language of the Ontario school (i.e., English or French). You should also find out if there is an application deadline, and give yourself plenty of time.

Pay your application fees and any other fees
Many high school applications require you to pay an application fee and all or part of the year's tuition before you will be issued a letter of acceptance. As the letter of acceptance is absolutely required to obtain a student visa, this step is very important. Most institutions will refund your payment if for some reason a student visa cannot be obtained. Check the individual school's policy.

Apply for your study permit
Once you have your letter of acceptance from a secondary school in Ontario, you can begin applying for your Canadian student visa, also called a study permit. This permit is required for all international students whose studies in Canada will last more than six months. The permit is issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The application process for this permit may take some time, and so it is very important to leave enough time before the beginning of the school year to apply for and receive your study permit.

Once you have your letter of acceptance and your study permit from CIC, you are ready to begin your journey to Ontario for an exciting high school experience.