Study in Canada
Low threshold for admission into public education, good cost-effectiveness. The private independent education follows the British tradition and is of high quality. High admission rate to famous universities in North America. Lenient accompanying policy and excellent social environment.
Public education is cost-effective. Top private independent schools have 100% graduation rate and many of their graduates are admitted into top elite schools in North America. Elite private high schools boast of high teaching quality, complete facilities, colorful extracurricular activities, and high enrollment rate.
Lowest grade accepted
Children over 5 years old can apply for admission.
Private or public
Private VS public
Public schools require low tuition but have guaranteed teaching quality.
Private schools have different expertise and gather children of social elites.
AP and IB courses provided.
High admission threshold.
Select the appropriate grade in Canada according to age and the grade finished in the domestic school. Applicants who cannot provide ideal standardized test scores or high average results may choose to study in a lower grade.
Applicants should be generally under 19 years old. Public schools generally do not have language requirements, but the usual performance of the applicants should be good enough. Top private schools consider the IELTS, TOEFL or SSAT scores.
Public: RMB 150,000 to 180,000
Private: RMB 250,000 to 350,000
Student visa policy
The student visa is valid for the length of the course and extra half a year to facilitate the renewal or other arrangements.
For students without IELTS 6.0, they cannot join the SDS program and need to submit complex materials. Sponsor background and authenticity of funding source are emphasized. Engaging a professional institution to prepare the application materials can guarantee a high issuance rate.
Students under 13 years old must be accompanied by their parents. Parents of children over 13 years old can obtain a visa for a maximum valid period of 10 years and can stay up to six months for each visit. They can visit their children frequently.
Immigration Policy after graduation
Graduates who finish two-year or three-year courses can apply for a 3-year work permit (Quebec does not require work experience but intermediate French proficiency).
Employees can submit an immigration application with their employer’s guarantee or through provincial nomination.
Education System in Canada
Canada has an education system similar to China. Public schools generally implement the compulsory education system in primary and secondary levels which spans 12 years from primary school to high school. The education system varies with province and is usually 6-3-3 (i.e. 6 years of primary school, 3 years of junior high school, 3 years of senior high school). However, Ontario changed the 13 grades to 12 grades from 2003, namely: 6 years of primary school, 2 years of junior high school, and 4 years of senior high school. It takes 12 years and 30 credits to graduate from high school.
advantages of primary and secondary schools in Canada
High teaching quality, reasonable tuition, and high cost-effectiveness of public schools.
independent private middle schools focus on cultivating social elite.
Studying in Canadian secondary schools paves the way to attend famous universities in North America.
High school graduates do not need take the local college entrance examination to apply for a university.
Frequent round-trip visas for parents to accompany the students in 10 years.
Traditional country of immigrants and extensive channels of immigration.
Public middle schools in Canada are government-funded and are assigned under the school boards based on geographical location. An school board manages several schools and assign funds and faculty staff to them. Local students in Canada are arranged to schools according to their home address and distance to school, while international students are assigned according to the characteristics of different school boards, and the school boards decide whether to enroll and assign schools to them. Under normal circumstances, the school boards will assign these students based on the their choice, quotas and geographical locations of schools, and personal conditions of the students.
- Government-funded, high-quality education, low tuition;
- Globally recognized diploma; students can apply for any university in the world;
- A large proportion of local students, good language environment;
- Focus on the practical ability and social awareness of students, more flexible management;
- Most students have to live in host families, which help them improve their English proficiency.
- More elective options.
Courses: Most of the schools have their own language centers and offering ESL, and a few of them offer AP and IB courses.
Applicable population: Canadian public schools are more suitable for outgoing, self-disciplined and adaptable students who are willing to communicate with others actively and who have artistic expertise or hobbies in sports.
Admission requirements: No interview, TOEFL or IELTS, for students generally under 19 years old.
International students: up to 6%
University enrollment rate: 85%
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York District School Board
York District School Board is located in the Greater Toronto Area, which is a relatively modern emerging area. The subordinate schools are well equipped. Some of them schools were open to international students two years ago. There is a good English language environment. As a popular school board, York District School Board offers limited quotas.
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is one of the largest school boards in Ontario and governs nearly 20 high schools, 100 junior high schools and primary schools in Hamilton and the surrounding areas, and international students take up only a small share. Many of the schools affiliated to the school board maintain close relationships with well-known universities in Canada and their international students enjoy equal access to these universities as local students.
Independent schools in Canada are private schools with a history of nearly 100 years and their students are from wealthy families in Canada and around the world. They include boarding and day schools, or boys’, girls, and coeducational schools. Most of them provide high-end sports courses, such as equestrian, tennis and golf. The schools review the backgrounds of strictly and the admission is supervised by the Board of Directors and the Parent Committee. These schools not only focus on cultivating students’ academic ability, but pay more attention to their leadership, judgment and social responsibility.
- The schools have a long history and most of the students are from local upper families. They strictly follow the teaching tradition and philosophy of cultivating elites; students can integrate more easily into the mainstream society;
- High quality of education, pure English environment, nearly 100% university enrollment rate;
- Elite education, high reputation and status in Canada;
- Most of them provide SAT training courses, coupled with the superior background and rich extracurricular activities of students, greatly increasing the chance for students to get offers from top universities in the United States.
Courses: some provide ESL courses, but most of them provide AP and IB courses.
Applicable population: independent schools generally require more than two years of study in school to graduate, so they are more suitable for younger students who come from wealthy families and who show talent in academic courses and hobbies.
Admission requirements: The schools put forward high admission requirements and usually require IELTS, TOEFL or SSAT score based on the grade of the applicant and interview; sometimes they also interview parents to assess the family atmosphere.
International students: up to 10%
University enrollment rate: 100%
Hillfield Strathallan College
Established in 1901 in Hamilton, Ontario, Hillfield Strathallan College was at first a boys’ day school that cultivated talents for the Canadian Royal Military Institute and was later expanded to be a full-time coeducational day school. The university enrollment rate of its graduates is 100%. 90% of the graduates receive Ontario scholarships. The school offers professional one-on-one academic guidance to students from Grade 9 and provides SAT and PSAT tutoring.
Graduates get offers from: Harvard University (US), University of Wisconsin (US), University of California (US), British Columbia University (Canada), McMaster University (Canada) and so on.
Balmoral was built in 1901 and has famous alumni such as Albright (Canada’s first female secretary of state), Julie Payette (Canadian astronaut), and Barbara Stanmester (president of the Finance Group of the Royal Bank of Canada). The school has a profound understanding of the advantages and effects of single-sex education, and based on this concept, has developed a special curriculum for girls. In the school, the students accept test and grow while they explore the academic courses, sports, art and other fields. Studies show that an all-female whole educational environment is more convincing.
Graduates get offers from: Cornell University (US), Stanford University (US), California Art Institute (US), International Hotel Management Institute-Switzerland, McGill University (Canada), University of Waterloo (Canada) and so on.
St. John’s Ranvenscourt School
St. John’s Ranvenscourt School is one of the two schools funded by the British royal family in Canada. Located in Manitoba, a 15-minute drive from Winnipeg, the school is the most frequent winner of national mathematics, debate, and Mathematical Olympiad in Canada. It accepts students mainly from local doctor, lawyer and official families.
Graduates get offers from: Harvard University (US), Princeton University (US), University of Pennsylvania (US), Queen’s University (Canada), University of Toronto (Canada) and so on.
King’s Edgehill School
Located in Windsor, Nova Scotia, and founded in 1788, King’s Edgehill School is the first coeducational independent private school in Canada and even the Commonwealth outside the United Kingdom. The school enjoys a high reputation in terms of faculty strength, teaching results and facilities in Canada and the world and is one of the top schools in Canada. It is the 6th school that provides IB courses in Canada and has a history of more than 30 years in delivering IB courses.
Graduates get offers from: Duke University (US), Northwestern University (US), Cornell University (US), Berkeley College of Music (US), Queen’s University (Canada), and Concordia University (Canada).
Located in Stanstead, Quebec, and founded in 1872, Stanstead College a coeducation boarding private school that provides credit courses from Grade 7 to Grade 12 necessary to get a high school diploma from Quebec and a high school diploma in Ontario. It also provides AP courses from Grade 10 and as well preparatory courses for universities in Ontario. Because it is located on the border between Canada and the United States, the school has many American students and 50% of its graduates apply to the famous universities in the United States. The school is a test center of SAT and ACT.
Graduates get offers from: Cornell University (US), Boston University (US), Harvard University (US), Columbia University (US), York University (Canada), University of Alberta (Canada) and so on.
St. John’s Kilmarnock School
Located in Waterloo, Ontario, all students are required to study IB courses. Pre-IB courses are provided for Grade 10 students. Teachers of the University of Waterloo provide students with counseling every month. The school is an official test center of SAT and provides university credit courses for Grade 12(University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, Laurier University). The school adopts the small class system and has advanced teaching facilities.
Graduates get offers from: Boston University (US), New York University (US), University of Waterloo (Canada), and University of Guelph (Canada).
Niagara Christian Collegiate
Founded in 1932, Niagara Christian Collegiate has adhered to an excellent teaching tradition for many years and is well received by the local students and international students alike. Located in Fort Erie, Ontario, the school is only 15-minute drive from the world-famous Niagara Falls and it covers an area of 129 acres. The school offers academic tutoring to help students prepare for TOEFL, IELTS and SAT exams.
Located in the city of Toronto, Ontario, the school is close to the University of Toronto and shares its library. The school has more than 200 students, of whom there are less than 25 Chinese students. The school has 100% university enrollment rate.
It takes two and a half hours to drive from the school to Toronto and 2 hours to Ottawa. The school has only 30 students, all of whom are the children of teachers of Queen’s University. Now it has two Chinese students. The students have physics, chemistry, and biology classes in the labs of Queen’s University and are taught by the teachers there.
The school was built on the model of Dwight School in New York. Founded in 1872, Dwight School is the first school to offer a complete set of IB courses from kindergarten to Grade 12 in North America. The school is traditionally excellent in academics. The exchange between schools increases the diversity of courses in the school, allowing students to spend the summer in Shawnigan Lake, or to attend courses for a semester in New York or London. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to serve in a joint community of Tanzania, India and Peru at some point.
In addition to private independent schools marked by high entrance threshold and high tuitions, Canada also offers many good private schools (non-international colleges).
There are boarding and day schools, and the schools evaluate applicants mostly based on interview.
The teacher-student ratios in these schools are within 1: 8. The schools have complete facilities and high-quality teaching. Most of them provide AP courses to facilitate the students’ later application for elite universities in North America.
The annual cost ranges from Canadian dollars 40,000 to 70,000.