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The Welcome Centre teacher assessor will meet with the student and parents to gather important information that will be used to support students’ success in their new school.  An interpreter can be booked upon parent request to assist throughout the meeting.

What is the purpose of the assessment?

  • To gather information regarding educational history and background.
  • To assesses students to determine proficiency in mathematics, English and first language.
  • To identify the appropriate level of language and literacy acquisition.
  • To informs teachers of program adaptations and instructional strategies.
  • To provide information on programs available within the school board and the community.

Who Needs to be Assessed?

  • Students who are new to Canada, entering the Ontario school system for the first time and whose first language is not English.
  • Grades 1 – 8 students who are re-entering the Ontario school system after an absence of two or more years and whose first language is not English.
  • Grades 9 – 12 students who are re-entering the Ontario school system after an absence of one term.
  • Any students from a French-language school in Canada.
  • All International students.
  • All students who attended schools where English was not the language of instruction.

NOTE:  Children entering junior or senior kindergarten are not assessed at the Welcome Centre.

The Welcome Centre staff also includes a YMCA Settlement worker who can meet with parents to help explain the school programming and routines as well as support with making a connection to community resources focusing on finding housing, looking for employment, accessing health care in Ontario and a variety of other support agencies.

How are appointments made?

  • Call the Welcome Centre at 905-521-2554
  • Secondary school students must have an assessment completed before they can register at their home school. Elementary school students may register and start attending their home school before the assessment is complete.

How long is the appointment?

  • Elementary students: 2-3 hours
  • Secondary students: 3-4 hours
Updated on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
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