Frequently Asked Questions

How many start dates are there in a year?

There are 2 semesters per year, first one starting in September and the second one starting in February. Students can start at either one of those start dates. There are no disadvantages of starting at different times, as the courses run as long as a semester.

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 college?

Our college 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 so 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.

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 VHIP, underwritten by Industrial Alliance. Visa Students Health Insurance Plan (VHIP) 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 Schools. 

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. 

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