Frequently Asked Questions
Fully Licensed and Accredited
NOIC ACADEMY is fully licensed and accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education, our BSID number is 667013. On a biannual basis NOIC ACADEMY is inspected by an Ontario Ministry of Education representative. NOIC ACADEMY was very successful during our last inspection in August 2020 receiving high praise for our online OSSD Diploma course program. The Ontario Secondary School Diploma is recognized internationally as we have had numerous students who have successfully applied and been accepted to universities in Canada, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia and Hong Kong.
NOIC ACADEMY offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. Students who have graduated with an IB Diploma from NOIC ACADEMY have had numerous postsecondary university pathway options. The IBDP is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares high school graduates for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students.
The NOIC ACADEMY commitment to the success of every student is evident in our history. Our teachers, our mentors and our staff assure every parent/guardian that their son/daughter is part of a school that has a safe, supportive and engaging learning environment. NOIC ACADEMY prepares our students for the transition to life in Canada and for the study habits and discipline required for success in their future. We are excited to welcome your son or your daughter to our school.
Tailored to Meet the Needs of International Students
NOIC ACADEMY high school is tailored to meet the needs of international students. Our unique, student-centered high school education program enables students to learn in an individualized, safe and inclusive environment.
As a unique private high school in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, NOIC ACADEMY has a vast amount of experience in providing an education tailored to the needs of international students. Our education model is based on direct service and individualization. To support a student’s transition to a new country, new students are provided direct service and transportation from the moment they arrive at Toronto International Airport. During their trip from the airport to our residence students will begin to meet our friendly and competent staff. At residence, students are provided an individual room in a safe and secure building. Students are transported each day via school bus to our school building at 50 Featherstone Avenue in Markham, Ontario, then home each day to the residence. Our residence has full time staff, and is monitored 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by security staff.
At NOIC ACADEMY, students are part of a community of international learners. Students have the opportunity to meet classmates from several other parts of the world. This community of learners is especially critical as they travel to Canada and experience their first year away from home. It is common for students to experience some anxiety being away from home. The Greater Toronto Area is one of the most multicultural cities of the world. To support students, it is common for students to meet classmates from similar areas of the world and for students on a daily basis to order nutritious food tailored to their interest.
With the encouragement from classmates and the advice and direction from our mentors, teachers and staff, students will not only thrive but excel throughout their academic career at NOIC ACADEMY.
A History of Academic Excellence, A History of Success
The NOIC ACADEMY Ontario Secondary School Diploma courses are taught by teachers who are certified and licensed in the province of Ontario. Each teacher is a subject specialist in their area of study with a postgraduate degree. For students who require language test preparation, it is delivered by a team of skilled bilingual mentors who are highly educated and qualified. As required, the mentors provide small class language tutoring and one on one university application guidance counselling. All students are assigned one or two mentors throughout the duration of their academic life at NOIC ACADEMY.
Our mentors play a key role with our international students. Mentors assist students with their credit course selection and by facilitating direct communication between students and credit course teachers. For example, if the mentor discovers that a student requires more help in a particular area of their studies, they will provide feedback to the credit course teachers who will supplement students’ studies and provide extra lessons and individual practice. Our credit course teachers and our mentors work in tandem to support and accommodate our students. They complement each other and assist students throughout this transition period of their academic studies and their life in Canada.
Our mentors provide a direct liaison between our students, our teachers and our parents/guardians. On a weekly basis, parents/guardians will receive feedback on the progress of their son or daughter. NOIC ACADEMY aims to provide continuous constructive feedback and information to parents/guardians, regardless of their location in the world. We recognize and acknowledge our parents/guardians as the first teachers of our students, and as our students progress on their academic journey, we will continuously inform parents/guardians. This communication is key to resolving any issues as they occur.
Our NOIC ACADEMY strategies as a high school are unique and have proven to be very successful. We know there is a direct relationship between our approach to education and the increase in opportunities provided to students at the very highest ranked universities in the world. We have a 100% university acceptance rate.
Outstanding Holistic Education
NOIC ACADEMY strives to provide a holistic education as a complement to our unique model. Our goal is to promote and encourage student participation in numerous opportunities offered through extracurricular and co-curricular activities, contest participation and community involvement. We aim to develop well rounded young adults.
Students at NOIC ACADEMY will actively participate in diverse student clubs and student governments. Students will be provided the opportunity to select from our music club, science club, chess club, various sports teams and our NOIC student council. Our teachers and student services department at NOIC ACADEMY regularly organize field trips that are directly linked to academic learning. The field trips serve to help students adapt to life in Canada and experience our diverse culture. Field trips have been organized to the Stratford Festival, Niagara Falls, Ripley’s Aquarium, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Center, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Toronto Zoo.
Students at NOIC ACADEMY take part in a wide range of Canadian and international contests. These include the University of Waterloo Euclid Mathematics Contest, the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC), the Canadian Computing Competition (CCC), and the Sir Isaac Newton (SIN) exam. NOIC ACADEMY students have achieved outstanding results and received certificates of distinction in these contests. With the guidance of our teachers at NOIC ACADEMY our students have ranked in the top 25% in the 2021 Canadian Computing Competition and ranked 31st internationally in the Euclid Mathematics Contest.
As a requirement for graduation with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, our NOIC ACADEMY students will devote themselves to community service for up to 40 hours in their time with our school. Students will practice their civic responsibility and the role our students can play in supporting and strengthening their communities. NOIC ACADEMY has developed connections with the levels of governments in Ontario and Canada. We have ongoing relationships with public service organizations and private businesses. As our future leaders, students are offered extensive opportunities to make direct contributions to our community. Some examples include volunteering at the York Police Service or the Toronto Police Service and in long term care homes in the district.
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.
Students who have completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma program with NOIC ACADEMY have been successful in their university application process after attending our school directly in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Our history with our students suggests that attending to NOIC ACADEMY provides students a greater chance of being accepted at the universities and colleges of their choice. Studying the Ontario Secondary School Diploma in Ontario prepares students for the rigor of study in a new country, for the experience of life in Ontario and for the transition to postsecondary study. Even though students who have graduated from a high school outside Canada 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. At NOIC ACADEMY our numerous years of experience with the university application process has shown that when you attend our high school in Toronto, Canada, the opportunity to receive an acceptance is definitely higher as a graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma from inside Canada.
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.
NOIC ACADEMY welcomes applications from both domestic and international students. We will review the transcript from your last high school and determine your eligibility for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma Courses or the IB Diploma Program. Book a tour or have a conversation now to discuss your plan and your future with our NOIC Academic faculty. We will create an individualized education plan for each student applicant. We’re happy to answer all your questions. Click Here