Toronto District School Board
Toronto District School Board

English as a Second Language/English Literacy Development

More than 50% of students in the TDSB speak a language other than English at home. While some English language learners are new to Canada, others start learning English when they begin school. We offer a variety of programs and services for English Language Learners.

LEAP Program

LEAP (Literacy Enrichment Academic Program) is a special program for students aged 11- 18 who did not have the opportunity to attend school regularly before arriving in Canada.  LEAP offers these students a chance to gain English language, literacy, and mathematics skills so that they can participate fully in their classes. LEAP is offered in 40 elementary schools and 13 secondary schools. Application to a LEAP class is made through the student's home school. 

ESL and ELD Support

Most students can read and write in their first language when they arrive in Canada but may have limited English skills. English as a Second Language (ESL) programs help students learn English so they can participate fully in the curriculum and school life with their English-speaking classmates. 

Newcomer Reception Centres

Toronto District School Board has three Newcomer Reception Centres:  West End Reception Centre, Georges Vanier Reception Centre and Greenwood Reception Centre.  All students eligible for secondary school (ages 14 - 20) will visit one of these three Reception Centres before registration at their local secondary school.  

During the day students spend at the Newcomer Reception Centre, their English language skills and mathematics skills are assessed.  These assessments will help the local secondary school support the new student.  

Each Reception Centre has multilingual staff to assist students and families.  Newcomer families can also connect with a Settlement Worker, to learn more about topics such as finding housing, looking for employment, accessing health care in Ontario, and a variety of support agencies.


What You Need

All secondary students must make an appointment with the Reception Centre by telephone (see phone numbers below). Students and their families must bring the following to their appointment:
  • Appropriate legal documentation
  • Two pieces of proof of current Toronto address (rental agreement, telephone bill, bank statement, driver’s license, or government document with current Toronto address)
  • School documents from the student’s previous school, if available
  • Proof of immunization, if available

TDSB Newcomer Reception Centres Brochure

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Newcomer Reception Centre Locations

There are three Newcomer Reception Centres. Please access the location that is most convenient for you by calling to make an appointment. 

West End Reception Centre
777 Bloor Street West, 4th floor 
Toronto, ON (north side of Bloor St. at Christie subway station)
416-393-0542     Map and directions to West End Reception Centre
 
Greenwood Reception Centre
24 Mountjoy Avenue
Toronto, ON (1 block south of Danforth Ave., east of Greenwood at Greenwood subway station)
416-393-0750    Map and directions to Greenwood Reception Centre
 
Georges Vanier Reception Centre
3000 Don Mills Road East 
Toronto, ON (Don Mills Road East, south of Finch)
416-395-9440    Map and directions to Georges Vanier Reception Centre

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