News and Updates
Live Chat Drives Enrolment for Private SchoolsIn a post-COVID world, private and independent school enrolment has shifted. While some schools are back on track, many are struggling this year to reach numbers that are necessary to maintain programs and faculty. Based on our own experience at SchoolAdvice, live chat has been the best tool for driving engagement and growing our business. This blog offers private and independent schools some strategies for implementing live chat for their schools.
Selecting an Admissions Consultant - Top 10 pointers.Choosing the right school can be an overwhelming and challenging task. With so many options available, it can be difficult to determine which school will be the best fit for you. This is where an admissions consultant can be invaluable. In this blog, we highlight the major benefits of using an admissions consultant and the key features to look for when choosing an admissions consultant.
Teaching in Canada, A Guide for International EducatorsIf you are an international educator looking to teach in Canada, there are a few things you need to know before making the move. Canada is known for its excellent education system, and many international educators are drawn to the country because of the high quality of life and the opportunities available to them. Here are some tips and advice to help you prepare for teaching in Canada.
Private School Tuition Fees and Current TrendsEvery January we begin a review and update of profiles to reflect changes in academic programs, grades offered, faculty and administration updates, and changes to tuition and school fees. This year we have noted some new trends in the way schools choose to publish (or not publish) tuition and fee information on their websites. A growing number of schools no longer display fees on the school website. Instead they require visitors to submit an inquiry to learn about the costs.
What Quebec parents and students need to know about English EligibilityAs of fall 2023, francophone and allophone students, and anglophone students who have not applied for their English eligibility certificate, will have to pass a new French exam to graduate. Most of these students will have to take three French literature classes to prepare them for the exam. Students attending elementary or high school in English already have a certificate and are exempt from the French exam. Once a student receives an eligibility certificate, their name is added to a database run by the Education Ministry. CEGEPS will have access to the database by March 1.
Private Schools in Toronto and Surrounding CitiesToronto’s rapid growth combined with an ever increasing number of international students aspiring to graduate from Canadian schools, has resulted in an unprecedented increase in the number of Toronto area private schools. Private and Independent schools offer a broad spectrum of pedagogical options and the newer schools tend to align themselves with a particular focus. Montessori schools have become very popular and today there are many options for families. Schools offering an IB framework have grown in number over the past decade as well.
Quebec Schools with Grade 12The 'Grade 12' option in Quebec is a strategic option for students that allows them to graduate from high school and apply directly to University, as would students in every other province in Canada. Many of the Quebec schools, listed below, partner with Ontario schools. This means the student graduates with an Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSD).
School options & free assistance for temporary Canadian residents fleeing UkraineIn support of families entering Canada under this new program, SchoolAdvice is offering free advisory services to assist in selecting and enrolling the children of Ukrainian refugees in Canadian public and/or private schools.
Recruiting Accredited Educators for Private SchoolsRemember when schools would post openings for teaching jobs and the applications would pour in? It was necessary to post a deadline date just to stem the flow. Today just about any human resources director at any independent or private schools will tell you things have changed. Response rates are down, way down and trending lower.
School options for Hong Kong citizens moving to CanadaThe government will also expedite study permit applications for those who want to study in Canada. There has already been an increase in applications for study permits from Hong Kong residents in 2020, and Canada will continue to promote this opportunity.
Back to School 2020 Full of Angst and UncertaintyI spoke to two high school teachers and three parents, all of whom I know, some casually, others as neighbours, and one parent recently appointed as a commissioner with the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB), which administers a large geographical area from Verdun to off-island Vaudreuil with about 20,000 students. I spoke to them before school started (for most, it was back to classes by September 4) and after the first few days back after almost six months at home. There was relief, frayed nerves, unanswered questions, rumours, legions of emails, consultation, aggravation,tears and a lot of patience.
Tale of Two Schools: Stanstead & LCC Prepare for Challenging New School YearThe coming academic year 2020-21 will no doubt go down as the most difficult any school has ever faced. Gone is the pure anticipatory excitement of a new grade, new teachers, a new school and newly-purchased back-to-school clothing and supplies. For some parents, especially those of young children, it will be as if they are sending their child off to war.
Back to School 2020 Update - Ontario & BC Outline PlansIn the early days of a Canadian August parents, teachers and students do a kind of silent countdown to the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. Time to shop for clothes and school supplies, checking off the items generally laid out in a list provided by the school.
Back to School Protocol for Canada 2020-21 - A Mixed BagAt this point in the summer, it would be normal to see back-to-school ads for clothing, computers and various sundry of supplies that would see elementary and high school ages students prepared for the annual rite of fall. But given the presence of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, advertisers seem to be taking a cautious approach to a season that normally generates hundreds of millions of dollars in sales.
Exceptionally Gifted StudentsHuman talent is tremendously diverse. Education tends to dislocate people from their natural talents and human resources are like our world’s natural resources, they’re buried deep. Natural talents are not found just lying around on the surface. We have to create the circumstances where these natural talents or human resources can present themselves.
Ca pousse and the Importance of School GardensWhen we talk about education, the focus seems to always be on the core academic subjects of the prescribed curriculum. However, in order to be successful learners, all students need to be eating well. Nutrition plays a key role in the healthy development of children and nutritious foods provide the body and mind with the energy needed to grow, feel well, be active, stay healthy and to learn.
Marketing Strategies for SchoolsAs a school, you have something in common with the families who visit SchoolAdvice.net. You both want what’s best for the students. You know your school has a lot to offer but it can be difficult to communicate that message effectively and efficiently. This is why efficiently marketing your school is ever so important.
Top Tips for Private School Open House VisitsIt’s Open House season across the country. Families thinking about private school options have a lot to consider when trying to find the right school. This can be overwhelming as there are many different options and many different aspects to consider when choosing a school.
Demotivating Teachers, 7 Things to AvoidSome times the best way to achieve positive results is to consider the most negative possibilities and do the opposite. Much has been said and written about how to motivate teachers. Perhaps more can be learned by thinking about how to avoid the negative. In that spirit, here are seven ways that are sure to demotivate teachers.
Strategic Social Media Marketing for SchoolsMany of you may be hearing whispers that Facebook is dead, but it is in fact very much alive. Although new competitors have emerged over the years, Facebook has always been able to adapt their platform and introduce new features to avert potential threats and to keep its audience growing with more users on any other social network.
Live Chat Drives Enrolment for Private Schools
Selecting an Admissions Consultant - Top 10 pointers.
Teaching in Canada, A Guide for International Educators
Private School Tuition Fees and Current Trends
What Quebec parents and students need to know about English Eligibility
Private Schools in Toronto and Surrounding Cities
Quebec Schools with Grade 12
School options & free assistance for temporary Canadian residents fleeing Ukraine
Recruiting Accredited Educators for Private Schools
School options for Hong Kong citizens moving to Canada
Back to School 2020 Full of Angst and Uncertainty
Tale of Two Schools: Stanstead & LCC Prepare for Challenging New School Year
Back to School 2020 Update - Ontario & BC Outline Plans
Back to School Protocol for Canada 2020-21 - A Mixed Bag
Exceptionally Gifted Students
Ca pousse and the Importance of School Gardens
Marketing Strategies for Schools
Top Tips for Private School Open House Visits
Demotivating Teachers, 7 Things to Avoid
Strategic Social Media Marketing for Schools
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