NEW Requirements for International Travelers to Enter Canada by Air
If you are travelling to Canada by air, it is now MANDATORY to use ArriveCan to submit your information digitally before you board your flight. In addition, International travelers who are five years of age or older are required to present Proof of a negative COVID-19 test to the airline before boarding a flight to Canada. It must be a molecular polymerase chain reaction test ( PCR test) and needs to be conducted within 72 hours prior to your departure.
Students can download the ArriveCAN mobile app through Google Play or the AppStore. They may also sign in Online. Travel and contact information must be submitted to ArriveCAN at least 48 hours before departure. Once you successfully submit your information, an ArriveCAN receipt will be displayed. Please take a screenshot or print out. You will need to present the ArriveCAN receipt to the Canadian border services officer when you enter Canada. After you have entered Canada, you must confirm through ArriveCAN that you have arrived at the address you provided for your quarantine or isolation location within 48 hours of your entry into Canada and to complete daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments. For details, please click here to visit the official ArriveCAN website from the Canadian government.
Extended Online Learning for Elementary Students until January 25th
Students enrolled in in-person learning are no longer scheduled to return to class as previously planned on January 11th. The provincial government is extending the online learning until January 25th. Please continue your current online learning with your teachers until further notice.
Second Semester Night School Credit Courses Registration
Registration is open. You may click here to view the date and times, Registration and the Credit Course Program Flyer
Current students can contact your home school guidance counsellor to register course. Please be reminded your annual tuition fee allows you to have 9 credits within an academic year cycle. Additional tuition fee may apply if you are taking more than 9 credits. The public website will be updated and that a revised pdf of the flyer will posted on February 19th,2021 to reflect cancelled and re-directed courses.
Toronto Public Library – Free Online Homework Tutoring
Brainfuse is an eLearning platform offering online homework help with professional tutors. Tutors are available to help with Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, History, Geography and Language Arts for students in grades K-12. Brainfuse is available every day from 2pm to 11pm (Toronto time), excluding holidays. You can use Brainfuse from your computer or the Brainfuse apps for iOS and Android. All you need is a valid Toronto Public Library card. For details, please click here to Getting Started with Brainfuse
Advice on Course Selection
Students always ponder what to choose when it comes to course selection. Grade 9 and 10 students have very limited course choice because of the 18 compulsory credits in the Canadian system. Once you have completed your grade 9 and 10 compulsory courses, you will have more choices.
As a guidance counsellor, I always begin by reviewing the interests and academic strengths with my student. For example: “What do you like to study?” “What are you good at studying?”, “What do you plan to do after school?” In the Canadian school system, we talk about “pathways”. Pathways are your Education Paths. The basic and best suitable paths for international high school students are College and University. Colleges offer smaller classes mainly for practical or applied learning and the programs are more career-specific. College programs can offer a certificate (1-2years), a diploma (2 years), an advanced diploma (3 years) or a degree (4 years). Universities offer larger classes with independent learning programs. The programs are not necessarily career-specific. You can study an Undergraduate degree (3-4 yrs), a Graduate degree (+1-2yr) or a Doctoral degree (+1-2 yr). Today, many colleges and universities are in partnerships to offer bridging programs leading to both a diploma and a degree.
To choose the right courses that best fit your education path, you should consider both your interest, your strengths and your goal. If you have no ideas about your future study program or career, I usually advise my students to keep grade 12 English, one grade 12 math, 1 or 2 senior Science. Grade 12 English is mandatory for your future College and/or University admission. Thus, you will need to work hard on your English skills. Math opens doors to many post-secondary programs and careers. If you are struggling with math, you may look for advice from your school guidance counsellor to move to a different stream. The Science course can keep your door open to most Science, Health Care and Engineering programs. Most business programs require one a grade 12 English and a senior math credit. In this case, you have more room for your electives. It is never too early to investigate your education paths. MyBlueprint is an excellent academic and career cruising tool for you to begin with. You can also find the Program information from Ontariocolleges.ca and Ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca. These are some of the good places for you to do your research and begin your education planning.
To begin your course selection for 2021-2022, please contact your home school guidance counsellor to request an appointment to discuss.