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Question and Answers for Applying to schools


Is there a cost for each application?

Some schools request that a fee accompany your application, with the payment applied to the upcoming year's tuition if your child ends up attending the school. This is definitely a question to put on your list to ask about when you're doing research and visiting schools.


What questions should I ask?
Ask about any and every aspect of the school and your child's education that interests or concerns you. General questions...read more

When should I start searching for a private school?
The earlier you start, the better. At least a year in advance is recommended. You want to give yourself enough...read more

When do schools have open house events?
Many private schools hold open houses in the fall; some also hold them in the spring. They're a great opportunity...read more

Do schools only decide "yes" or "no"?
While knowing definitely one way or the other can be helpful for both families and schools, most schools do have...read more

How many schools should my child apply to?
Don't pin all your or your child's hopes on one particular school. Experts recommend applying to more than one school...read more

What is involved in the application process? How do I apply?
There may be variations among private and independent schools, but no matter the paperwork or the process, schools want to...read more

When do I need to apply?
Start your research early—at least a year in advance is recommended—and apply as soon as you've found a school that...read more

How much is the tuition for private school?
The cost of tuition varies greatly in Canada depending on many factors, including location, academic program, staffing ratios, facilities and...read more

What is the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT)?
The SSAT is regarded by some as the gold standard of entrance exams and a number of private and independent...read more

Will my child need to take an SSAT?
Some private and independent schools require prospective students to write an entrance test as part of the admissions process. For...read more

I am interested in IB (International Baccalaureate) schools.
Our Kids Go To School has information about schools that offer the International Baccalaureate degree. You can
...read more

What schools would you recommend in our area of British Columbia BC (ie. Chilliwack, Surrey, Vancouver or Burnaby)?
There are many schools available in most areas of British Columbia (indeed all of Canada). You can find a...read more

What are the private schools available for children in the Yaletown area in BC? What are the tuitions of these schools?
There are many schools available in most areas of British Columbia (indeed all of Canada). A list of schools...read more

How can I choose a good school for my kid?
There are many factors to weigh when attempting to make such an important decision regarding your child’s education. There...read more

i would like to know which school is right for my kids they arenew in canadaa
This question is one that many parents face once they decide to send their child to private school. Finding that "perfect...read more

Does your screening/assessment process of potential students cater to the politics of the school or what's best for the child? Do you place the child in the appropriate grade by skills or strictly by when their birthday occurs?
Students are almost always entered into their appropriate grade by age level or birthday. However, one of the pluses that...read more

The reason for considering the option of private school for my 12 year old daughter is due to very low grades. However, I am aware that many of the private schools requires the child to complete an assessment. If the results are low will this reduce the number of schools entry acceptance?
Schools use assessments and tests to make sure their school is right for your daughter. It is not about finding...read more

Can I enrol my kids in private school in Canada from Nigeria? I am not a citizen of Canada?
Yes. You can enroll your children in Canadian private schools. Boarding schools in canada accept students from nearly every country...read more

I & my family am a New Comer (PR Holder) on settlement process; yet wanted to enrol my children for private school. 1. Son : Presently shall be in Grade XI 2. Daughter : shall be in Grade 5 (seeking for all Girls School) Is there financial assistance if i can pursue them for private schools. How can I go thru this process and qualify for the compatible school.
To start, you may be interested in learning more about how to find the right school fit for your children...read more

Is SAT compulsory for admission in grade 8,9,12
Different schools will vary on whether or not they require the SSAT - a majority of them beyond Grade 5...read more

which schools have the smallest class sizes? How can I get my kids into our school of choice?
The easiest way to find a school with small class sizes is to use our Advanced Search tool here: http://www.ourkids.net/school/school-search.php...read more

How do I get my son to go to an English school if he doesn't have a certificate of eligibility?
We have some information on certificate of eligibility on our site here: http://www.ourkids.net/english-language-schools-montreal.php#cert as well as a list of English...read more

I have many questions, especially about the application and enrollment process.
You may be interested in learning more about how to find the right school fit for your children with our...read more

documents needed for international student
You may be interested in learning more about private education in Canada here: http://www.ourkids.net/canadian-private-schools.php with additional information on transitioning to...read more

admission requirements, SSAT?
You may be interested in learning more about the private school admission process on our website here: http://www.ourkids.net/private-schools-admissions-application.php As well as...read more

My son is in grade 7 is it too late to register him for private school.
Many schools have rolling deadlines, which means they will accept applications up until their enrolment numbers are fulfilled. If you...read more

The difference between Montessori and Waldorf? When to register? Etc.
You may be interested in learning more about the differences between Montessori and Waldorf in this article: http://www.ourkids.net/blog/waldorf-vs-montessori-schools as well...read more

Which schools are willing to take students for the second semester of the 2014-2015 year? My son wants to switch schools mid-year if possible (he is looking to switch mid-year in Grade 11 rather than at the beginning of Grade 12). It would be great it we could have a list of all the schools participating in the Expo who have space for mid-year acceptances in Grade 11.
Each school’s admission policy varies so it’s best to contact your shortlist of schools you’re most interested in to inquire...read more

The process for applying to UTS and other Toronto middle schools.
We have an overview of the application process for private schools on our website here: http://www.ourkids.net/school/private-school-application-advice.php that may be useful...read more

Requeriments
We have an overview of the application process for private schools on our website here: http://www.ourkids.net/school/private-school-application-advice.php that may be useful...read more

application requirement
We have an overview of the application process for private schools on our website here: http://www.ourkids.net/school/private-school-application-advice.php that may be useful...read more

I like to know the proceedure
We have an overview of the application process for private schools on our website here: http://www.ourkids.net/school/private-school-application-advice.php that may be useful...read more

What are the costs? How long in advance do I have to enrol to secure a spot? What kind of teachers do you hire?
School tuition varies on a few significant factors that you may like to learn more about in our overview on...read more

Interview and entry testfor going into private school
We have an overview of the application process for private schools on our website here: http://www.ourkids.net/school/private-school-application-advice.php that may be useful...read more

Can an independent school refuse a student admission for no reason when there are several spots available and that child is academically advanced and a prior model student of 4 years?
Private schools seek to find the right fit for their school as much as you do for your child and...read more

I have a student from Australia who has passed grade 11 and would like to enroll in grade 12. Will he be given credits for 10/11 and would he need to do provincial exams? Does he need an ICES evaluation to validate credits offered for grade 10/11?
In general, depending on the school, an entrance exam or other testing may be required. Grades from previous years may...read more

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