Parents are invited to visit the nearest school to register their children. Families who are new to the country are invited to make an appointment to fill out the registration form and participate in an informal family interview. 

The appointment provides a time for the school principal or staff member to get to know your family better and to answer questions about the school, church community or local community services that may be helpful to your family. 

Soon after your child has started classes he or she will participate in an initial language assessment and a mathematics assessment. A report regarding the initial language assessment is provided to the classroom teacher/guidance counsellor and parents.  The report outlines strategies to support your child's English language development while he or she participates in the regular classroom/course program. 

Newcomer parents and students are invited to watch the following videos to learn more about schools in Ontario:

Reception and Orientation Process 

This video features 9 newcomer parents talking about how they helped their children be successful in school and the importance of parent involvement in the Ontario education system.  For parents with elementary or secondary students.  Available in 17 languages.

 Reception and Orientation Process

New Moves: An Orientation Video for Newcomer Students features 14 youth (intermediate or senior students) talking about their adjustment to school in Canada and what helped them be successful. You can listen to the youth talk about the differences they found in behaviour expectations, teaching methods and communicating with teachers and other students. Comments from the school administrators and images of life in Canadian schools are also included.   Available in 17 languages.