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North Toronto Christian School (Formerly called The Yorkland School) - ISSCC - International Education & Study Abroad SpecialistSchool ID: 693
School Name: North Toronto Christian School (Formerly called The Yorkland School)
School Type: Co-Ed
City: Willowdale
Tuition fee: Overseas Students: CAD$11,270 , Local: CAD$7,296 (all grades)
Residential Type: Homestay
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Program offer: Grades 7 -12 (Overseas)
Other Information: North Toronto Christian School is a co-educational Christian elementary and high school, not affiliated with any specific church or denomination. The Bible is used as an integral part of the school curriculum and all matters of counselling, discipline, and school life are governed by a commitment to Biblical principles and values. School Year/Hours The school year extends from September through June. All classes begin at 8:45 a.m., but the high school day ends at 3:05 p.m., while the elementary school day ends at 3:15 p.m. Program Traditional Christian values are promoted and integrated into the arts, sciences, physical education, and all aspects of the school program. Dedicated teachers seek to provide guidance and instill a sense of self-worth into students, which is of inestimable value over a lifetime. NTCS promotes the love of God and teaches respect for others, obedience to parents, and non-violent solutions to problems. OVERSEAS INFORMATION The program at NTCS is designed primarily for Canadian residents, but there are a number of places available at the higher grade levels for students who enter Canada on a student Visa. The school is particularly interested in students who have relatives in Toronto with children attending North Toronto Christian School, and who plan to live with those relatives while attending the school. Students are also considered if they are recommended by parents who currently have children in NTCS, or if they are referred to the school through a church, mission organization, or representative in an overseas country. Tuition Fees The tuition fee for an overseas student in the academic program (grade 7 - 12) for one full school year (September through June) includes ESL classes, which may be required as part of their studies according to their English ability. Fees must be paid in full prior to the start of the school year. For the first year an overseas student is at NTCS, the tuition fees include mandatory health insurance coverage. Health Since the provincial Ontario Health Insurance Program does not insure overseas students during their time of study in Canada, the school has made arrangements with SunLife Insurance, who provides health insurance coverage for overseas students. Hospital and medical expenses are covered up to the amount normally paid by the provincial health plan. If a student chooses not to join this school plan, evidence of equivalent medical coverage must be provided. ESL PROGRAM Students must meet a certain standard of English before gaining admission to the North Toronto Christian School program. All students are required to complete grade 12 English and pass the Ontario Secondary School's Literacy Test in order to graduate. Depending on a student's reading and writing skill level, this may affect their grade placement at NTCS. The level of English proficiency of any prospective student applicant is very important to the school. It is critical for a student to have English skills that will enable them to participate fully while attending classes with English students. Each overseas student will undergo language proficiency tests upon arrival at North Toronto Christian School. Depending on the results of these tests, the student may be required to take English as a Second Language courses to improve their English level. An ESL program is also available, designed to teach English to overseas students to a level that will prepare them for the academic program at NTCS and for successful university study when they graduate. These courses emphasize the importance of speaking and listening skills and vocabulary development, along with the reading and writing skills necessary for the academic subjects. Instruction is also given in social studies, history, and geography. Extracurricular activities are a large part of every student's life at North Toronto Christian School. Therefore, all international students are encouraged to get involved in the teams, clubs, and committees at NTCS. Additionally, students are introduced to Canadian culture and lifestyle. The program at the Chandos Outdoor Education Centre in northern Ontario and school trips in and around Toronto expose students to the diversity of Canadian life. Almost all courses are taught at the "university-bound" level of difficulty. Students completing these courses are eligible to enter all varieties of post-secondary schools. Certainly, most students are university bound and the goal of the program is to prepare them for successful entry and completion of a university program of their choice. NTCS's experience is that its students have no difficulty with their university admissions applications. In general, most post-secondary institutions like to admit students from private schools because they know it is more likely the students have had solid academic training, developed generally strong study habits, and have come from homes where education is valued. These students are, therefore, better prepared to endure the rigours of the university experience. Most of the students are accepted into all the universities to which they apply, many with scholarship offers. Even more importantly, the school is pleased to hear of the successes of its graduates in their university studies. From these personal visits and reports, the school is confident that its high school program prepares the graduates academically, socially, and spiritually for the demands of an independent university lifestyle. From the general Ontario-wide student population, many are admitted to university, but few graduate. The goal is to prepare NTCS students with the skills necessary -- not to merely gain acceptance to the universities of their choice, but to complete their university program.

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