Admission to the International Programme (Grades 9-12)

The Mentor College High School International Programme welcomes students from all over the world! Students in the International Programme are integrated into the High School Division of Mentor College. For our Elementary ESL programme (Grades 1 – 8), please visit TEAM School.

Application & Interview

Prospective students are asked to submit an International Student Application Form. Once all the documents have been reviewed, a decision will be made whether or not to advance to the personal interview (phone or Skype). A school principal will contact the family, guardian, or agent (using the contact information on the Student Information sheet).

The majority of our international students are admitted based on the strength of the application set and interview. The student essay is used as a pre-assessment tool that assists the school in determining a student’s writing ability. The interview is used to gauge a student’s listening and speaking ability.

(1) For students who are currently studying abroad, the assessment tests are completed once the student arrives in Canada for summer school or orientation. The results are used to validate the course selections made for/by the student and the school reserves the right to make any necessary course changes.
(2) For students who are currently studying in a local Canadian school must arrange to write the English and mathematics assessment tests at Mentor College as part of the admission process.

Successful applicants will be issued a conditional letter of acceptance (LOA) and the family will be given three weeks to decide whether or not to accept the offer. Banking information will be provided at the time of the conditional LOA. If the family wishes for their child to attend, full tuition payment must be made before a formal letter of acceptance can be issued.

Student Visa & Study Permit

Students planning to attend the International Programme for the full year will require a current Student Visa. Annual renewal of the Canadian Student Authorization (Study Permit) will be facilitated by the school through subsequent Letters of Acceptance. Any student who does not have a valid student visa or study permit, or has not been able to renew the student visa or study permit will not be allowed to attend the school.

Depending on the country of origin, students who study less than six months in Canada may not need a study permit or may need a Temporary Resident Visa. Please refer to the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website for a complete outline of the requirements and policies for study in Canada.

Legal Custodian (Guardian)

Mentor College is a day school, not a boarding school. Most students in our International Programme come to Canada without their parents. For those who live with relatives, the relative can be the legal custodian (guardian). All students – regardless of age – must have a custodian who will act as the primary contact between the school and the family. A custodianship agreement must be signed and submitted to the school office prior to the start of the school year. For students under 18 years of age, the document must also be notarized.

Letter Of Acceptance

The Mentor College International Programme provides the setting and opportunity for students to gain a solid foundation in English. This academic background will enable each student to accomplish his or her future academic and professional goals. Development of learning skills is stressed above all else to provide the student with the high quality of education you expect.

Formal Assessment (English & Mathematics)

For those applicants who are accepted to attend Mentor College, the $200 application fee covers the costs of the English (reading, writing) and mathematics assessments. These assessments are usually completed after the student arrives in Canada and prior to commencing studies. The results are used to validate the course selections made for/by the student and the school reserves the right to make any necessary course changes. Translators are not permitted during the assessments; however, students may ask the proctor for clarification on any question. Students are encouraged not to be reliant on calculators in mathematics.

Once the student is enrolled in the school, he/she will have access to the wide variety of courses and extracurricular activities offered at Mentor College.

FAQs

Q: What if the tuition is paid in full and a study permit cannot be obtained?
A: In the unlikely event that the Canadian government does not grant a study permit or student visa, the tuition is refunded less an administrative fee of $1000.

Q: When can a student start at Mentor College?
A: The school year begins each September. Nearly all students attend for the full year (September – June) which allows them to earn Ontario credits. If a student is accepted to start after September, the student is not eligible to earn Ontario credits.

Q: Does Mentor College offer boarding?
A: Mentor College is not a boarding school; we are a day school only. For students seeking a Homestay Family, we recommend Canada Homestay Network (CHN).

Q: Do I need a custodian (guardian) if I am 18 years old?
A: Yes. All students at Mentor College must have a custodian (guardian), regardless of age. If the student has reached the Age of Majority (18 years old), the custodianship form does not need to be notarized.

Q: What are the hours of the school day?
A: Classes begin at 8:45 am, and end at 3:15 pm

Q: Is busing available?
A: Yes, at an additional cost. Busing is an option that is available through all of Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton and Etobicoke (West Toronto). 

Q: Is there a school uniform? How do I purchase this?
A: Yes, Mentor College is a uniformed school. The school blazer, kilt (girls) and tie need to be purchased at InSchool Wear; the rest of the uniform can be purchased at most clothing stores.

Q: Does Mentor College offer summer school?
A: Yes. We offer students the opportunity to take English and other courses at the various grade levels (starting the last week of June and ending the last week of July).

Q: When should the student arrive in Mississauga?
A: Orientation takes place in late August and classes begin in early September. Students are encouraged to arrive at least one week before the start of school in order to attend Orientation and write the assessment tests, if not yet completed

Q: Does Mentor College offer an instrumental music program?
A: Yes, there is a concert band program featuring woodwind and brass instruments, plus percussion. Students with no musical background may enroll in the grade 9 music course, students with who have played any of the band instruments, piano or violin (and can read musical notation) may enroll in the grade 10 course. Students with a solid background in woodwind or brass instruments may enroll in the grade 11 course. Some background in music theory is also a benefit.

Q: What is the minimum level of English required to attend Mentor College?
A: Students must be able to communicate effectively. While IELTS or TOEFL are not mandatory, English proficiency tests can strengthen the student’s application.

Mentor College IELTS recommendation:

Applications to Grade 12: students are strongly advised to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (preferably 7.0+) since we only have one year to work with students entering directly into grade 12. These students are also strongly recommended to join Mentor College in the summer to take the English 11 (ENG3U) course to help the student adjust to our school.

Applications to Grade 11: students are strongly encouraged to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or higher.

Applicants to Grades 9, 10: IELTS scores are not as important for the lower grades. 

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