International InformationThe 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 FeesThe tuition fee for an international student in the academic program (grade 7 - grade 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 international student is at NTCS, the tuition fees include mandatory health insurance coverage.
HealthSince the provincial Ontario Health Insurance Program does not insure international students during their time of study in Canada, the school has made arrangements with SunLife Insurance, which provides the necessary health insurance coverage. 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.
Equivalent CreditsThe Ontario Ministry of Education and Training has set the following as the standard by which equivalent credits may be granted for out-of-province secondary school studies:
1 year completed (ex. Form 3)
2 years completed (ex. Form 3 and 4)
3 years completed (ex. Form 3, 4, and 5)
More than 3 years completed
8 credits allowed
16 credits allowed
23 credits allowed
26 credits allowed
These are the maximum number of credits allowed and assume that the student was successful in those courses. Students who have failed subjects will be granted fewer credits. The determination of the number of equivalent credits is made by the principal.
University Bound StudentsStudents who wish to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) prior to applying to university usually take at least six grade 12 level courses. Of these, the one that all students must take is the grade 12 English. This is a very difficult course, especially for students whose first language is not English, so before being allowed to take the grade 12 English, students must take grade 11 English. Students may also be required to take supplementary ESL classes depending on their English level. Furthermore, students must score at least 70% on the NTCS English Language Proficiency Test to be able to enter the grade 11 English class.
Note: Ontario universities require a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test, with most requiring a score of 580 or higher.
Course RequirementsInternational students should be aware that in Ontario, there are 18 compulsory credits required for the OSSD. The majority of these credits are taken in the first two years and therefore, there are few options in grades 9 and 10. Furthermore, since both university and college entrance requirements frequently require mathematics, math is compulsory at NTCS before the grade 12 level. Students may also find that at least one science course is offered in grade 11 for which there is no option. Other restrictions are as follows:
- Students with 16 equivalent credits must take at least one senior social studies course and at least two English courses.
- Students with 23 equivalent credits must take at least one English course.