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Newcomer Students - Elementary and High School

Welcome to the TDSB! We are happy to welcome thousands of new students each year. We take pride in the linguistic and cultural diversity of the students and communities we serve. The TDSB offers different programming and a variety of strategies to support English language acquisition from kindergarten to grade 12. Learn everything you need to know about getting started and attending a TDSB school.

Elementary Students (Kindergarten to Grade 8)

First, please visit your local school and register your child/ward. To find your school and more information on how to register a student in school, please click here

All teachers support English language learners (ELLs) in their classes. Some students may also benefit from additional support through the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. 

To learn more about how teachers support ELLs and students in the ESL/ELD program, please click here

 

High School Students (Grade 9 - 12 / Ages 14 - 20) 

First, please visit your local school and register your child/ward. To find your school and more information on how to register a student in school, please click here

Once students are registered, students may be referred to one of two TDSB Secondary Assessment Centres (TSAC). TSAC staff arrange appointments for students to have their English language and mathematics skills assessed. TSAC observations are shared with students, parents/guardians and homeschools to help guide decisions about course selections. Our goal is to support students to reach the highest level of achievement that supports their chosen learning pathways and to meet their secondary and post-secondary goals. For more information on TDSB Assessment Centres, click here

Which students visit the TSACs?

Students who will be attending high school and are:

  • New to Canada
  • New to Ontario from other Canadian provinces or territories
  • Returning to Ontario after six months or more
  • Previously homeschooled

We are here to help make your transition into a TDSB school as smooth as possible. There are many supports and resources available to help you. For more information about ESL/ELD programming click here. For additional support, resources and information, please visit your local school. 

 

 

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