OFIS - The Ontario Federation of Independent Schools - is a legally incorporated, duly constituted service association for independent schools, established in 1974....
"Parents have a prior right to FREELY choose the kind of education that shall be given to their child" – 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26, Section 3...
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From The OFIS Office
The OFIS Office is open Monday through Friday weekly except during posted holiday and vacation times. Office hours are from 9am to 4pm daily however staff are frequently away from the office on school visits and consultations. Messages can be left by both voicemail and email and someone will return your call generally within 48 hours. The OFIS Office will be closed from March 6 through March 16 inclusive for March Break - phone calls and emails will be returned beginning Monday March 17. Please be patient as we attend to these messages once the office opens.
What is OFIS?
OFIS is the largest, fastest growing, most diverse independent school association. We exist to:
- connect independent schools in a network that shares resources, provides professional development for school leaders, offers administrative and policy support
- advocate for access to government education resources making them available to independent schools
- protect and support true parental choice in education by providing public information and ensuring independent schools’ right to reasonable self-definition
- encourage greater public awareness and appreciation for independent schools’ contributions to the provincial educational landscape by promoting standard-setting leadership in member schools
Bill 143 - Private School Leadership Session - Government Relations
Workshop - Thursday, February 20 2014 - 12:00pm-3:00pm - Burlington Convention Centre OFIS and CCMA are pleased to join forces in offering this SECOND government relations information session to independent school leaders. Updates on Bill 143's status, tips on how to use important tools in responding to Bill 143 and further strategizing on action plan items are all on the agenda for the afternoon.read more
Government Relations Information Session
Workshop - Monday January 13 2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm - Burlington OFIS and CCMA are pleased to join forces in offering this government relations information session to independent school leaders. Featured topics will include covering the implications of Bill 143 and the results of the Auditor-General's report on private school oversight.read more
Calculating ROI Of Social Media For Private Schools
Webinar - November 27 - 12:00pm-1:00pm Social media can be one of the most challenging platforms for schools to measure return on investment. But it is an area you can't afford to ignore.read more
What Is Standing In The Way Of School Choice?
March 1 2014 - OFIS ED Barbara Bierman Speaks To The Manning Networking Conference Organized By The Manning Centre For Building Democracy - During a panel on school choice and what stands in the way of it here in Ontario, Barb Bierman identifies 3 groups with responsibility - 2 of them are easy to guess, but the third might surprise...read more
Bill 143 - Impact For Private School Early Learning Programs
February 20 2014 - Private School Owners & Operators Meet Regularly To Respond To Bill 143 - Bill 143, the Child Care Modernization Act , was tabled by the provincial government on December 3 2014. It began debate on February 18 2014. There is opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback to the government on this bill before March 14 2014 and opposition parties are also looking to hear from those affected. Parents deserve real choice. Private schools are committed to offering the best, highest quality education that parents require. Private schools are happy to be part of a public consultation process on a bill that really works to keep kids safe.read more
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