General Information for the International Student Program Curriculum - English Language Learning (ELL)
The International Student Program at John Knox Christian School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada serves international students of all cultures who desire to learn English in a Christian environment. We accept applications for students from Junior Kindergarten up to grade 8 .
Students are integrated into the regular English-speaking classroom and receive the support of our English Language Learning (ELL) Teachers.
Students receive orientation and personal support throughout their stay. Students are scheduled to receive conversational language development daily during school hours with our ELL teacher. This includes written work, grammar, vocabulary building, and assistance with homework. In addition, senior students attend English Language Academy after school twice each week.
To help our International families with their transition to life in Canada and at JKCS, the head of our English Language Learning Program meets with interested parents on a weekly basis. We also offer English classes for parents twice a week. (There is a fee for these classes.)
Students will be exposed to a variety of subjects through this integration program, including: Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, Fine Arts (Music, Drama, and Visual Arts), Computers, Social Studies, Technology, Physical Education, and Extra-curricular activities, such as sports teams.
We accept students with any level of competency in the English language. Students who require additional support in their language development will be placed in a combination program. That program is a combination of small-group English instruction outside the class and exposure to English integration inside the class.
Each applicant’s acceptance in the JKCS International Student Program will be determined by the availability of space in each classroom. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible as space is limited.
Study Permits/Visas & Medical Insurance
Students are required to apply for a visitor’s visa or a study visa and have valid medical insurance for the entire time they attend school in Canada.
Please find the application information for Study Permits and Visitor’s Visas at this link for Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC): www.cic.gc.ca/
Agents may forward all forms to the parent(s) to be filled in, and then submit the completed forms to the school. John Knox Christian School pays agent fees. Please contact Melissa Kuyvenhoven at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the fees.
Forms and Documents should be completed in English.
When the application forms and deposit are received, and the parent or guardian has completed an interview *, a letter of acceptance (LOA) will be issued for Study Permit or Visitor’s Visa application purposes. A student is then considered accepted.
* Interviews may take place via a messaging app, such as WeChat or Skype.