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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 seminars, guest speakers, school visits, and day-long field trips, teachers will focus on strategies to help new students settle into their new community and to achieve success at school.
Students meet other international students and make new friendships even before classes begin. They will visit their home school, meet their ESL teacher and Guidance teachers.
The Board's mandatory assessment of new international students’ English language and mathematics skills will be scheduled during this time period. This assessment will enable school Principals and Guidance teachers to prepare the most appropriate course of studies for each individual student.

Important Information

  • The next orientation begins August 21, 2017. Students are required to arrive before this date to be available to participate in the scheduled activities.
  • An information sheet is available describing the orientation period. The
    information is available in English and Chinese.
  • All custodians are required to accompany students Documentation & Verification day. Please arrive at 9:00 am on the day indicated on the schedule and bring the required documents listed in the information sheet. 
  • Custodians are also required to accompany students on school registration day. A schedule will be distributed during orientation. Students must bring their most recent transcripts/report cards to school registration.


Locate the school to which the student has been accepted, and download the appropriate schedule. This information may be updated. Please revisit this page before and during orientation to ensure you have the most recent version.


​School​ Schedule​​

Dr. JM Denison SS | Sir William Mulock SS

North 1
Aurora HS | Dr. GW Williams SS | Huron Heights SS​ North 2

Alexander Mackenzie HS: Grades 9, 10, 12

Central 1
Alexander Mackenzie HS: Grade 11 |
Langstaff SS: Grades 11 & 12
Central 2
​Langstaff SS: Grades 9 & 10 Central 3
​Thornhill SS: Grades 9 & 10 | Westmount CI South 1
​Thornhill SS: Grades 11 & 12 | Vaughan SS South 2
​Thornlea SS: Grades 9 & 10
(Pick-up/drop-off at the front of the school, facing Bayview Ave.)
South 3
​Thornlea SS: Grades 11 & 12
(Pick-up/drop-off at the front of the school, facing Bayview Ave.)
South 4
​Unionville HS: Grades 9, 10, 12
(Pick-up/drop-off from Unionville HS will be at the school entrance, off Apple Creek, facing Warden Ave.)
East 1
Unionville HS: Grade 11 | Milliken Mills HS: Grades 11 & 12​
(Pick-up/drop-off from Unionville HS will be at the school entrance, off Apple Creek, facing Warden Ave.)
East 2
Milliken Mills HS: Grades 9 & 10​ East 3
Middlefield CI: Grades 9 & 11​ East 4
Middlefield CI: Grades 10 & 12​ East 5
Bur Oak SS: Grades 9, 10, 12​ ​East 6
​Bur Oak SS: Grade 11 | Markham DHS | Stouffville DSS  ​East 7
Woodbridge College | Tommy Douglas SS | King City SS​ West 1
Stephen Lewis SS | Maple HS​ West 2


Students will attend some activities at the address below. On the excursion days, however, students will depart and return from/to the home school location.
Dr. Bette Stephenson Centre for Learning
36 Regatta Avenue, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 4R1
Telephone: 905 884 2046 x 237
PLEASE NOTE: Students must bring lunch from home or money to purchase lunch.​


Buses will be scheduled and will depart from the student's home school location and will return to the home school at the end of each day. The schedule includes approximate departure times.  Buses will be marked and will load and unload in the main school entrance area. 
Students must arrive at their home schools 10 minutes before the noted departure time on the bus schedule.
School buses are for student use only.


Each student who attends secondary school is required to participate in a number of assessments before registering for school:
  1. Pre-arrival Learning (PAL) - this online English test must be taken after receiving the acceptance package sent by the Admissions Office.
  2. English assessment (Listening, Speaking, Writing, Reading) - this face-to-face assessment is conducted during orientation.

    To help you prepare for the English assessment we encourage all students to activate their PAL account and complete the English tutorials which are available. These tutorials increase vocabulary and better prepare students for their arrival.
  3. Math test - this is a written math test, administered by grade, during orientation.

    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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