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Are you looking for information about education and schooling in Ontario? We can help – in this section, you’ll find the parent tip sheets that we offer in English. We also offer resources in other languages. If you don’t find the answer to your question, please email us and a volunteer will respond in your language.

Tip sheets to help parents understand the education system:

Starting school

Starting School is an exciting step in your child’s life, and you will probably have many questions.  This tip sheet will help you and your child prepare for kindergarten and Grade 1.

Who does what in education

When you need information, it is important to know who to talk to for help. What is the role of the Ministry of Education, school boards, schools, teachers and school councils? This tip sheet will help you understand who does what in Ontario’s education system.

Parent-teacher interviews

Parent-teacher interviews are a great opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and find out more about how your child is doing at school. This tip sheet shows you how to prepare in 3 easy steps.

Homework

One way to help children succeed in school is to support them as they do homework. This tip sheet answers your questions about homework and gives you some helpful ideas!

High school courses and choices

When students start high school, they have many choices about what courses they can take. Parents and students often feel pressure about making the right decisions. This tip sheet provides information about the different types of courses and where they lead.

Solving problems at school

When you have a question or a concern about your child’s education, you may not know who to talk to.  This tip sheet provides a clear step-by-step process for solving problems.

Special education

Some students may need extra support from a special education program to help them be successful in school. This tip sheet explains the process for ensuring students get the help they need.

EQAO testing

All Ontario students write province-wide tests in reading, writing and math in grades 3 and 6, in math in grade 9 and reading and writing in grade 10.  This tip sheet will help you understand the purpose of these tests, and how to help your child prepare.

Behaviour at school: Understanding the Safe Schools Act

Ontario has an official policy about how students must behave in school. This tip sheet explains the discipline process and what happens when a student is suspended or expelled.

For people living in the Toronto area:

English as a Second Language programs

Some students who are new to Canada need help learning English.  This tip sheet will help you understand the programs available in Toronto to support these students.

Support programs for struggling students

From time to time, students may struggle in school.  This tip sheet has information on programs available in Toronto that provide extra help for these students.

Helpful links for newcomers:

InMyLanguage.org

InMyLanguage.org provides multilingual information for newcomers to Ontario, Canada.

Settlement.Org

If you are new to Ontario, you can find answers to common questions about your new home on Settlement.Org.

SmartSAVER

SmartSAVER is a non-profit community project based in Toronto that helps families learn how to start an Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) and how to get Government money for their children’s education after high school.