The Newcomer's Guide to Secondary 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 secondary schools in Ontario are structured, the resources available to newcomer youth and advice on helping your children succeed as they adjust to school in a new country. 

What You Will Find in this Guide

  • The Ontario Education System
  • Registering your Children in School
  • Communicating with School Educators
  • Helping your Child Socially and Academically
  • Preparing for University, College or Apprenticeships
  • Bullying
  • Work Experience Programs
  • School Policies and Procedures
  • Typical Teaching Styles in Canada
  • Volunteer Requirements for Graduation
  • Discipline at School
  • Choosing Courses and Developing an Education Plan
  • Learning English as a Second Language and Special Education Programs

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About this Guide

This updated version of the Newcomer's Guide to Secondary 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 1004939