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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."

The Search

  • 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.

Application Process

  • 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.

Financial Assistance

  • 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.

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