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
OFIS Office Hours - Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm - Our staff are often out of the office working with members. Messages can be left by both voicemail and email which are monitored regularly and returned within 48 hours of receipt. Members with emergent inquiries outside of regular office hours are encouraged to contact our consultants for direction - click here to find staff
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
Spring Learning Day 2016 - GTA
April 7 2016 - 9:30am-8:00pm - Burlington, ON - OFIS is pleased to announce it's Spring Learning Day in the GTA! Stay Current!—Get checklists and templates for all the most up-to-date government and legal compliance expectations for independent schoolsread more
Spring Learning Day 2016 - Eastern Ontario
April 5 2016 - 9:30am-8:00pm - Leahurst College, Kingston, ON - OFIS is pleased to announce it's Spring Learning Day in Kingston! Stay Current!—Get checklists and templates for all the most up-to-date government and legal compliance expectations for independent schoolsread more
1st Annual Fall School Leadership Retreat
November 6 at 3pm to November 7 at 4pm - Kempenfelt Conference Centre - Innisfil - personal leadership development opportunity especially designed with graduates of PSP I & II in mind. An opportunity to continue where courses left off, networking with other school leaders and graduates in a tranquil location in 'near-northern' Ontario - Download The Event Flyer!read more
Increased School Choice in Ontario ‘Long Overdue’ As Province Is ‘Falling Behind’: Report
November 19 2015 - National Post - Ashley Csanady - “We are just falling behind. School choice has been one of the major and perhaps the most potent education-reform initiatives that has been adopted very very widely around the world,” said Allison, emeritus professor in the education faculty at The University of Western Ontario. Studies show it can improve both student achievement and parental satisfaction."read more
Private School Enrolment Surge Led By Saskatchewan, Alberta
October 6 2015 - Canadian Press - CBC News - In almost every province, independent schools are getting more students while public schools see decreasesread more
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