Frequently Asked Questions

How many semesters are there in an academic year?

There are three semesters in our academic year; first semester is from September to December, second semester is from December to April and the final semester is from April to June. Students take 2 to 3 courses in each semester.

Is Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) accepted worldwide?

Yes, Ontario Secondary School Diploma is considered an equivalent high school diploma from other countries.students who graduate with an OSSD can apply to universities around the world. 

What’s the benefit of studying in Toronto?

Toronto is the largest city in Canada, with major attractions and entertainment. Keystone is located Downtown Toronto, meaning you’re just steps away from the CN tower, Rogers Centre and Ripley’s Aquarium! We are also located in the middle of the Financial District, with many renowned companies around us. Studying in Toronto exposes our students to the real world, helping them acquire real life skills.

Why complete high school in Canada vs just coming for University?

Completing high school in Canada has many benefits:

  • Improve your English before attending university
  • Get familiar with Canadian education
  • Build relationships with communities and peers
  • Apply to top universities as a local student

Can a student go back to school in their home country after studying at Keystone for one year?

Yes, students will get an official transcript from the Ministry of Education of Ontario showing their earned credits. When they return to their home country, they should be able to continue without losing the year. However each country is different and this should be verified with the local authorities. 

What is the school’s philosophy to homework?

We believe the majority of learning should be during class time. Homework reinforces what was learned in class. The amount of homework each student has each day varies depending on how effectively students manage their time and the type of courses they are enrolled in.

Do you offer assistance when applying for university/college?

Our guidance counselor works one-on-one with each student and family to develop an individualized plan that reflects the goals and aspirations of the student. 

Do you offer extra-curricular activities?

Electives are offered based on student needs, interest and availability. Students are able to engage in many activities outside of school through our partnerships with sports clubs, dance and music classes and community service centers.

How often do students take excursions?

Some friendships are for a lifetime and most of those start during high school years. Friendships develop in school environment, and become stronger as they get to share variety of activities together. We schedule out of school trips at least 2 times per semester for the entire school. Experiential learning is part of approach to the delivery of the curriculum. Depending on the subject, we have many excursions. For example for law class, students visit the old city hall where they get to watch real hearings and speak to the judge. For business class, we visit many company headquarters, all reachable by a short walk. English class regularly visits the local theatre to watch a play and during science classes

What is a custodian?

In Ontario, students under the age of 18, without a parent or legal guardian, must be cared for by a Custodian. In addition to the official responsibilities of a custodian, which involve making the necessary arrangements for the care and support of the student in times of emergency, such as when medical attention or intervention is required, custodians are also responsible for proper care and supervision of the student as appropriate. Custodians serve as the official contact to the legal authorities. Custodianship Declaration Form is a required document when applying for a Student Visa. 

Is health insurance mandatory?

Health insurance is mandatory in Ontario and for all international students studying in Canada. Keystone International Schools provide insurance through GuardMe, which is a provincial health insurance replacement plan designed especially for international visa students pursuing their education in Canada. The insurance program is offered to international students who are not eligible for coverage under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) while enrolled at Keystone International Secondary School.

What is not included in the tuition?

School supplies, textbooks, special events (ex. graduation), out-of-city excursions, daily transportation from and to school, and a laptop device are not included. 

What’s included in the ESL program?

Our international students receive an English assessment upon admission to be placed in an appropriate English class. Our ESL students will take other subjects such as science and math with non-ESL students, allowing them to emerge in the school culture and improve their English in a class setting. Keystone also provides after-school ESL help for any students who wish to receive extra support. 

How do we assess the student’s previous credits?

After analyzing the student’s transcripts, we will be evaluating his/her previous credits through PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition). This is a formal evaluation and accreditation system to recognize courses a student has taken previously. Through this process, students may obtain Ontario secondary school credits.

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