The Newcomer's Guide to Elementary School in Ontario

In Canada, it is expected that parents participate in their children’s education by helping their children with school work and socializing, as well as by communicating with teachers and other educators.

This guide outlines how elementary schools in Ontario are structured, the resources available to newcomer children and advice on helping your children succeed as they adjust to school in a new country. 

What You Will Find in this Guide

  • Getting Ready for School (including registering for school)
  • Helping Your Child Adjust to a New School
  • Learning English
  • School Procedures
  • Teaching and Learning in Ontario Classrooms
  • Education Policies
  • Student Behaviour
  • What Students Learn
  • The Report Card
  • Preparing for Secondary School
  • Parent Involvement and Communicating with the Teacher
  • Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Getting Involved in Your Child's School
  • Provincial Testing
  • Field Trips
  • Special Education Programs
  • Discipline Procedures

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About this Guide

The updated version of the Newcomer's Guide to Elementary School in Ontario was created by COPA (le Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions) in 2012, with contributions from stakeholders, including the Ontario Ministry of Education, and with funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). COPA is the provincial coordinator of the francophone TÉÉ (Travailleuses et travailleurs d’établissement dans les écoles) program. It is based on an earlier version produced by the Settlement Workers in Schools program (SWIS), a partnership between agencies in the settlement sector, school boards and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Last updated: April 11, 2016 1004937