Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
International students are attending a secondary school in Kingston, Ontario (population 150 000) or Belleville, Ontario (population 50 000).
There are approximately 60 current international students. Homestay is provided in the community and is facilitated by a school board employee who works out of one of the schools and is wonderful at her job. She knows each of the students and treats them as her own children. Being in smaller communities the homestay cost is a bit lower than in large cities and some students like living in smaller communities. Kingston is the home of Queen’s University.
Ottawa Catholic School Board
This board is just beginning to develop its international program. Students would be placed in schools in the city of Ottawa. At the beginning, homestay would probably be provided by an outside agency ( Canada Homestay Network). As the international program grows the school board will further develop its homestay arrangements. Paul is very familiar with the schools and school principals and would be an excellent resource for the students.
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
The board has developed a large international program providing many different programs. Summer programs are also available for ESL learners. The schools in the city of Ottawa would be very familiar with the international student program the international program staff would be well prepared to welcome the students. Homestay is provided through Canada Homestay Network. The board has been doing this for years and is one of the leading school boards in international education.
Co-directors, Paul Brown and Patrick Mulvihill, are committed to providing the best service to our international students, their families and agents. Through our training, formal education and experiences with students and school systems and membership in the Ontario College of Teachers we are able to commit to the following:
Honest and efficient communication with all interested parents, students, agents and institutions.
A clear and concise fee structure with no “hidden” fees or extra costs Direct and constant contact with the student from the moment the student is met at the airport
Placement in a provincially approved and accredited Catholic public school system or a non-faith based public school system for each approved student
Support of an experienced and qualified guidance counsellor and school principal to guide the student with course selection and all academic requirements
Ongoing support and communication with all parties throughout the school term(s) to promote success, celebrate achievements and resolve disputes
Ongoing guidance and counselling to assist the student in determining their next steps of their educational pursuits including visits to nearby universities and colleges
Assistance with entrance, scholarship and bursary applications
Placement in an approved homestay.
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