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Orientation IES
The YRDSB orientation period is designed to give new secondary international students the best possible start to their learning career in York Region. It includes information about their new community, the Ontario school system, and the high school they will be attending. During a combination of virtual seminars and guest speakers, students will be better equipped to settle into their new community and achieve greater success at school.


Canada remains a welcoming destination for international students. However, as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, there are some important protocols that international students and other travellers must follow to reduce the risk of infection and transmission of the virus, including undertaking a mandatory 14-day quarantine period immediately upon arrival in Canada.
Please review the Protocols for Pre-Departure, Travel & Arrival into Canada document and complete the required self-isolation plan.

Important Documentation

The following documents are required from all students before officially registering for school. Please send scanned copies by email to before August 31, 2020.
  • Completed and signed secondary school registration form
  • Photo page of the passport
  • Study permit approval letter - if sent before arrival
  • Study Permit (issued by IRCC upon entry to Canada) if sent post arrival
  • Entry Visa 
  • Education Services Agreement (4-page document sent by email with the acceptance package) must be signed by parents, custodian and student


Each student who attends secondary school is required to participate in a number of assessments before registering for school:
  1. English assessment (Listening, Speaking, Writing, Reading) - this virtual and online assessment will take place during the orientation period.

    To help students prepare for the English assessment we encourage them to access their PAL (Pre-arrival Learning Program) account and complete the English tutorials which are available. These tutorials increase vocabulary and better prepare students for their arrival.
  2. Math test - this is a multiple choice math test, followed-up by a virtual math examination administered by a teacher. This, too, will take place during the orientation period.

    A math study guide is available which sets out the expectations for each grade which you may download.
Questions are welcome and can be sent by email to:

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