Toronto, ON | Grades 9 - 12 | Shortlist
The admissions process for OAT is very simple and straightforward. All that is needed is a phone call to the head teacher and registration via the well-made website. I would tell anyone that wants to apply to the school that the number of students is small so they should be prepared to make friends with everyone and to always be respectful and kind. There was absolutely no stress involved whatsoever. Being in my final year of OAT classes I can safely say that I made the right choice. Speaking as a Toronto resident whose public school guidance counsellors are quick to remind us of the uncertainties involved with private school, OAT is the perfect place for those who are not being served by public institutions. You can enroll full time, or take individual credits as your needs differ.
As I already said, I live abroad. I found OAT at Our Kids magazine and since the beginning my contact with the school was through the internet. Every time I asked for any information about the admission of my son, the staff answered on the same day as thoroughly as possible. All the steps for the Visa and other documents necessary for the acceptance in Canada were provided by the school. And finally, when we arrived in Canada, we were absolutely welcomed and received important information and support in aspects concerning common life in a new country like bank account, cell phone company account and the homestay. All these made us feel secure once we were so anxious about such a huge change in the life of our teenager son.
I honestly don’t remember the application process but I think that’s a good thing as clearly nothing stands out as going wrong. What I can say is that arrival was very smooth and I immediately felt welcomed and supported when I got to Ontario Academy of Technology. A piece of advice I would give to anyone applying to OAT is to visit the school beforehand. While the small classes were great for enhancing my personal style of learning, some people do thrive off of the social aspect of larger numbers. I think the casual and independent education style is also one that students must keep in mind. If you are a student who's motivation doesn't come naturally, I would simply be advised and aware that you will be challenged - and supported!
The application process is very straightforward and not at all time-consuming. I had several discussions with OAT regarding the best approach to meeting my sons' needs. The opportunity to schedule supplementary tutoring at OAT before committing to full courses was particularly welcome. Mr. Bahadour responds very quickly to any questions and is very flexible in terms of scheduling. He understands the challenges of fitting private credit courses into a regular TDSB schedule. OAT has been very prompt and thorough in forwarding marks and credits and ensuring that the proper documentation is provided. Billing and tuition payments can all be managed through a simple and convenient online system. Once again, the nature of OAT means that the admissions process will vary depending on the type of educational need that is being met. I would strongly advise scheduling an appointment to speak to Mr. Bahadour to determine the right choices.
In our case, the admissions process was more about thoroughly assessing if OAT was the best fit. Choosing a high school is a tough decision. The summer prior, my son took a math class at OAT. He was familiar with the school and knew the principal. So that he could meet some current students and try out a few classes (before making our decision), the principal let my son shadow another student for a whole day. After this, OAT handled all the paperwork to officially transfer from his old school. I am not sure what the admissions process would be typically but I don't think it takes too long. In our case, the principal knew my son and his academic level from the summer math program.