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Find the Right School
What are the steps in finding the right school for your family?
- Discuss what your family members feel is important in a school environment. Criteria may include location, size, pupil/teacher ratio in the classroom, academic rigour, breadth of courses offered, religious affiliation, music program, athletic program, diverse student body, boarding available, structured schedule, supervised study periods, family tradition, single-sex or co-education, etc.
- The CIS Ontario School Search function will assist you in narrowing your list of potential schools.
- Determine which items are an "absolute must."
- Review school websites to determine which schools satisfy your family's list of absolute requirements.
- Contact the admissions department on your "short list" of schools to request an information package on the school. Some schools will send a video on request.
- If you are looking at local day schools, call and ask if the school holds an Open House. This can provide an informal introduction to the school environment.
- Classes normally begin in September. Ideally you will begin the application process in the fall of the year prior to desired entry to the school.
- It is important to ask each admissions office about deadlines for applications. While each school determines its own admissions procedure, most will require a completed application form, an application fee, prior academic records, and references from those who know your child.
- Schools may require applicants to take an entrance test as one part of the admissions procedure.
- Many schools will require an interview, preferably on campus.
- Many schools have established scholarship, bursary, and/or loan programs to assist deserving students whose families are unable to meet the full tuition. Ask for details when you contact the school's admissions office.