Frequently Asked Questions
The school’s management and education system are tailored to the needs of Chinese students. Our unique, student-centered curriculum enables students to learn in an individualized, safe and conducive environment that promotes a positive learning outcome.
All credit courses are taught by Ontario certified teachers and language test preparation is delivered by a team of bilingual mentors who are highly qualified. All students are assigned one or two mentors during their course of studies in NOIC ACADEMY. While the Canadian public high school provides excellent academic training, NOIC has a vast amount of experience in providing a holistic education tailored to Chinese students’ needs. At NOIC, students are provided emotional and mental support that is critical especially if it is their first year away from home. New students who just arrived in Toronto are usually vulnerable to a host of emotional issues due to their anxiety being away from home. With the encouragement and advice from the mentors, the students will not only thrive but also excel in their academic career.
In addition, mentors also assist students with their credit courses by facilitating communication between students and credit course teachers. For example, if the mentor discovers students require more help in a particular area of their studies, they will provide feedback to the credit course teachers who will supplement students’ studies by providing extra lessons or practices. Our credit course teachers and mentors thus, complement each other and assist students in the transitory period of their academic studies and life in Canada. The mentors also provide small class language tutoring and one on one university application guidance counselling. All these are implemented in order to increase students’ chances of entering their ideal universities.
Upon acceptance to NOIC ACADEMY, students’ previous studies will be assessed to determine the credits they will need to graduate. After fulfilling the required 30 credits, students will be awarded an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). With an OSSD, they may apply for admission to any universities and colleges in Canada, US and UK.
NOIC also offers an International Baccalaureate (IB) High School program. Students who complete all the program requirements will receive an IB High School Diploma. IB high school diploma holders will also attain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
As Canada does not have a streamlined national examination in grade 12, all students may apply for colleges or universities with their grade 12 results after fulfilling 30 credits, with the average score of six grade 12 courses (4U/4M).
The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The test measures whether or not students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects. In addition, NOIC students will also be required to take grade 10 and 11 English before they are eligible for the grade 12 English course. Finally, in order to successfully be admitted into universities in Canada, US or UK, students will need to take TOEFL / IELTS or English entrance examination at the universities they applied to.
1. Tailored services targeted at students’ differentiated learning and needs: NOIC provides university application guidance and counselling, based on university admission requirements and student’s individual needs. We combine credit courses with language test preparation and mentor system to help students maximize their academic achievements. Every student is assigned one or two mentors who will provide them with the best language training and university application preparation. The complementary NOIC system is not only closely aligned with the Ministry of Education’s requirement; it also ensures that students will not face the problem of clashing ESL and TOEFL/IELTS training schedules. It is efficient and effective in helping students fulfil various universities’ admission requirements at the shortest possible time.
2. University Partnership: NOIC formulated close partnerships with a number of universities in Canada and the US. Students graduating from NOIC have been offered admission to many world-renowned universities, such as: University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of British Columbia, Queens University, etc. Admission officers from these universities visit NOIC every year and our school also arrange students to attend some universities’ open house events frequently.
In the event that a student who abides by school’s rules and regulation, is unable to enter university, NOIC will either provide a refund of CAD$5,000, or the student may choose retake the exams at NOIC for another year if they do not request for a refund.
Students who have graduated with an OSSD in NOIC may apply to any universities and colleges in the US, UK, Australia and other. NOIC will provide the support that students need when applying for universities outside of Canada. Universities in US generally require students to submit SAT/ACT test result in addition to their OSSD. Graduates from our International Baccalaureate (IB) High School program have moved on to prestigious universities with the support from a professional instructor familiar with IB curriculum as well as university application. NOIC graduates have been enrolled into top universities such as University College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Sheffield, University of California Irvine, University of Florida, and Arizona State University.
Even though students who have graduated from a Chinese high school may apply directly to any universities and colleges in North America, they need to present a higher academic average in order to be considered for admission. The risk of being refused is higher compared to students who have completed secondary schools in North America. Students at NOIC have a greater chance in entering the universities and colleges of their choices as it is easier for them to verify and evaluate their academic credentials.
Chinese students who have difficulty entering tier one universities in China, have been known to enter University of Toronto after graduating from NOIC. Whereas, those who apply for universities in Canada from China are more likely to be rejected even with high TOEFL score and Gaokao (Chinese University Entrance Examination). There is a case of one student who applied from China and was rejected by McMaster University even though the student has a score of 89 on TOEFL and 578 on Gaokao. This is because NOIC is an Ontario Ministry of Education registered high school that offers internationally recognized OSSD and IB diploma. The dual-system of teachers and mentors ensures students’ chances of entering prestigious universities in North America and the UK is greatly enhanced.
According to the latest statistics in 2017, the university enrollment rate of our graduates has been maintained at 100%. The admission rate to the University of is 87.12%, including the most popular programs: Engineering, Business and Computer Science.
NOIC offers the prestigious and successful IB program where majority of the students can attain both IB diploma and OSSD. IB program graduates have greater opportunities of entering world-renowned universities. Our IB graduates have successfully enrolled into top universities such as University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Queen’s University, Western University, University of California, Irvine, University of Warwick, and University of Sydney.
NOIC has strict disciplinary and student management policies in order to provide all students with the best learning environment. In cases where student violates the rules and regulations such as cheating or absenteeism, they will be dealt with accordingly.
The Ontario Ministry of Education stipulates that the duration of a full credit course is 110 hours, At NOIC, it takes around two to three months to complete a course. NOIC also engages in small class teaching to ensure the high quality of teaching and learning.
NOIC also focuses on honing the child’s innovation, communication and presentation skills. These are vital skills in preparation for their universities.
NOIC was established in July, 2004. After an inspection by the Ontario Ministry of Education, NOIC was successful issued a BSID number (667013). For more information, please visit: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/privsch/.
Our team of credit course teachers focuses on the delivery of credit courses, and our team of mentors is committed to the provision of language test preparation and university application. Our credit course teachers are Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) certified and our mentors have a master’s degree in English, Linguistics or Education, coupled with rich experience in delivering test preparation and university application counselling services. Our principal, William Webster, is provincially certified and is experienced in preparing students for great success.
In March 2015, NOIC was also officially authorized as an IB world school. The NOIC IB number is 049719, and the details can be found at http://www.ibo.org/en/school/049719/. Our school is also a member of the Ontario IB School Association (IBSO).
Our English Language training program is conducted by our team of mentors in a small group or one-on-one setting. Students are assigned one or two mentors when they first arrived in Toronto. Our highly qualified mentors have vast experience of studying and working in North America and/or China. University application guidance and counseling is also provided to facilitate students’ enrollment to their ideal universities.
NOIC uses textbooks adopted by most private and secondary schools in Ontario. IB materials are hand-picked by NOIC as the IB curriculum does not stipulate a particular set of teaching materials. IB program materials are also used by other IB world schools.
For the NOIC Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) course enrollment, students who completed second year of junior high school (or higher) in China may apply. (For students from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, they must complete Grade 8 or higher to apply). Those who are studying in third year of junior high, high school or graduated not more than two years may also apply.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) High School program requires student to apply after completion of the second year of junior high school. We also accept third year junior high school student for grade 10 IB preparatory course. High school students may apply for IB program directly.