ESL ProgramStudents 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 international 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 international 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.