Toronto District School Board

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the deadline for submitting an application?

    The deadline for submitting an application for February intake is October 31 for Secondary and November 29 for Elementary.
  2. How early can I apply for admission to your school?

    The earlier you apply, the sooner the application can be evaluated and a school placement allocated. We start to accept applications in December (of the previous year) for September intake and September (of the previous year) for February intake. 
  3. Do I need to submit English proficiency test marks (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS) for my application to your high school program?  

    No. We will evaluate and approve your application for admission based on your official translated transcripts or school reports from the current school year (if applicable) and the last two years, and the letter of recommendation. The TOEFL or IELTS scores are generally required for your admission to university if you have studied in an English language high school for less than four years.
  4. Are international students required to write an admissions test?

    No. There is no test to determine admission to a TDSB school. However, upon arrival, there is a mandatory assessment test for secondary school students (grades 9-12) in English and Mathematics. Course selections in our school system for newly arrived secondary students will depend on the results of this assessment test.
  5. How can I choose the elementary school to study in at the TDSB?

    School placement for elementary students is based on the address of their parent or custodian with whom they are going to live with in the city of Toronto and is subject to availability of space and school. The TTDSB reserves the right to determine final school placement.
  6. How can I choose the secondary school to study in at the TDSB?

    School placement for secondary students is based on the student's request and is subject to availability of space and school. Please note that placement in the school of your choice is not always possible. The TDSB reserves the right to determine final school placement.
  7. The TDSB secondary schools are generally organized on either a semestered model (half-year) or non-semestered model (full-year). What's the difference between these two models and how do students select a suitable school?

    In a full-year, non-semestered school, students take 8 courses at the same time from September to June. Course contents are spread out throughout the entire school year. Students receive 8 credits for their classes after passing the June exams.

    In a semestered school, students take 4 courses from September to January, and will receive 4 credits after passing the January exams. Students will then take a different 4 courses from February to June, and will receive 4 credits after passing the June exams. Due to a more concentrated timeline, courses are taught at a faster pace.

    Many senior students in grades 11 and 12 will find it more advantageous to study in a semestered school which allows them scheduling flexibility and the opportunity to complete courses in a faster pace than in a non-semestered school. Also, students might find it easier to concentrate on completing 4 courses per semester than on the 8 courses full year non-semestered program.

    The TDSB reserves the right to determine final school placement.

  8. How is grade placement determined?

    Grade placement is generally determined by your age and academic background. The TDSB reserves the right to determine final grade placement.

    It is understood that the grade level of your course selections in our school system depends on the results of the assessment tests that you are going to write after you arrive. It may take you two or more years to graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma and to meet the requirements for admissions to university or college in Canada.

  9. How long does it take before a letter of acceptance is issued?

    Every effort is made to process each application as quickly as possible. However, please allow a minimum of 2 weeks once the complete application form, all required documentation and fee payments have been received.
  10. Does the TDSB admit International students with Special Education requirements?

    No.  The TDSB does not provide any special education support to international students with a disability.
  11. Does the TDSB provide the services of a custodian?

    International students under 18 years of age coming to study in TDSB schools must appoint a custodian in the Toronto area to undertake the full custodianship and to make the necessary arrangements for the care and support of the student in place of the parents as appropriate. All minor applicants must supply two notarized declarations - one signed by the parents or legal guardians in the country of origin, as well as one signed by the custodian in Toronto.

    The TDSB does not provide a custodian for international students.  Families are responsible for making their own arrangements or ask assistance from the homestay service provider.
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