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Secondary School

Following elementary school, students move to a secondary school (also called high school). Students usually spend four years in high school, from Grade 9 to 12, studying a variety of programs designed to prepare them for the workforce or post-secondary education.

Students who have recently arrived from other countries may be assessed before they are placed in a secondary school grade (see Registering a Child). The purpose of the assessment is to determine a student's educational background and English skills. Generally, students are assessed in mathematics and language.

Kingston has a number of secondary schools that offer French-immersion and French programs for students who want to earn a high school diploma in French. Students can also choose to attend either a Catholic or public high school.

English as a Second Language (ESL) and French as a Second Language (FSL) programs are also available to students at the secondary level.

For More Information

How is my child assessed to start school in Ontario?
Information about mathematics and language assessments of secondary school students who have recently arrived from other countries.

Youth — Going to School
Information for students attending secondary schools, including sections on getting a diploma and researching post-secondary options.

Frequently Asked Questions for Students
Answers to questions about curriculum, tests, transcripts, evaluations and legislation governing elementary and secondary education.

Secondary Education
Information on programs in secondary school, strategies for succeeding, special education and the school year calendar.

English as a Second Language and French as a Second Language
An explanation of ESL programs offered by the public school board. A description of available FSL programs. Available in French only.

Newcomers’ Guide to Secondary School (Public School Board)
The guide has information on starting school, report cards, parent-teacher interviews, ways parents can help, school policies, learning English and other subjects. Available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Croatian, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Pilipino (Tagalog), Pashtu, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

School Boards and Private Schools
Listing of private schools in the Kingston area.

ISKA Multicultural After School Group for 8–12 Year Olds
A once-a-week Immigration Services Kingston and Area (ISKA) after-school program for newcomer youth aged 8-12. Activities include movies, fun, games, and homework help, as well as newcomer orientation and settlement services.

Global Talent, Local Business 2014: International Students Succeed in Kingston
A Kingston Immigration Partnership (KIP) initiative, this document profiles 11 current and former international students in Kingston. Coming from various countries, including Egypt, Pakistan, China, India, Mexico, Nigeria and France — and often by way of even more countries — they all chose to pursue their education in Canada. Representing a range of fields such as electrical engineering, pharmacy, marketing, education, economics, accounting, construction, energy management, and sales, these individuals — both those who are still studying and those who have transitioned to full-fledged careers — are actively involved in making Kingston their home.

International Education (ALCDSB)
Information on the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board’s (ALCDSB’s) international education program. Includes a general overview; information on the community and program curriculum; and details on the admissions process, downloadable forms, and contact information. The overview is also available in Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, German, Mandarin, and Spanish.

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