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Frequently Asked Questions

How old must my child be to enroll?

To enter Kindergarten, a child must be turning four (4) by December 31st in the year that they start.


Is Maple Leaf a primary or secondary school?

Our School includes both an Elementary school (Kindergarten to Grade 8) and a Secondary school (Grades 9 to 12).


What curriculum does Maple Leaf follow?

Maple Leaf International School is an Ontario Curriculum school, and as such, is expected to comply with the regulations set forth by the Ontario Ministry of Education. The School undergoes a rigorous inspection annually by the Ontario Ministry of Education. More information on the curriculum can be found on the Ministry’s website http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/curriculum.html.


Will my child’s learning only cover Canada and Canadian topics?

Within the Ontario curriculum, students also learn much about Trinidad & Tobago. The Ontario curriculum is designed to develop students to be critical thinkers and have a global perspective.


Is the school year broken down into three terms?

The Academic year is broken down into three terms (September/January/April) for Elementary and two semesters (September/February) for Secondary. Secondary students typically take four courses each semester. Each course is based on 110 hours of instruction, therefore attendance is important for all secondary students in order to be granted a credit in a course.


Does Maple Leaf cater to children with special needs?

The School does not offer a special education program.


Are parents expected to purchase textbooks or laptops?

Textbooks are provided by the School and are to be returned in the same/good condition at the end of each year/semester. Textbooks do not drive the programs – Ontario Ministry of Education course guidelines do. Students in Grades 7 to 12 are required to have their own personal laptop.


How often are reports generated?

Elementary students receive three reports during the academic year, one progress report and two formal reports. Secondary students receive four reports, one midterm and one final report each semester.


Do Maple Leaf students sit the SEA or CXC examinations?

The School does not offer SEA or other local examinations. The awarding of a credit and final grades are determined based on 70% term work and 30% final exam or culminating activity or project. Students transition seamlessly from Elementary school to Secondary school.


Suppose my child requires some extra attention with their school work?

Extra support is available for students either from their homeroom teacher (Elementary) or from their subject teacher (Secondary) before or after school. Peer tutoring is also offered in the Secondary school. There is no cost for this additional support.


What does a Maple Leaf student receive after a successful completion of Grade 12 and graduation?

A Maple Leaf graduate receives an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) upon graduation. This diploma is awarded for earning 30 credits, 18 compulsory and 12 elective credits and having successfully passed the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), and completing 40 hours of community service.


Is this Diploma accepted in the USA or the UK?

The Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) is recognised and accepted by colleges and universities both locally and internationally.


What sort of guidance is offered to Secondary students?

A full-time Guidance Counsellor is an important part of Secondary school and offers personal and interpersonal counselling, career planning and postsecondary application support to Secondary students. Students in Grades 7 to 12 are guided in the use of the MyBlueprint, a software application used to support their exploration of pathways through education and career/life planning.