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
Summer OFIS Office Hours - July 7 to September 8 - Tuesday to Thursday from 9am to 4pm - 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 **OFIS Office is closed for staff vacation from August 3-11 and August 24-30**
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
Policy Development Workshop - Special Needs/IEP
September 18 2015 - 10am-4pm - Durham Region - Location TBA - Publicly-funded school boards continue to struggle to provide adequate programs and resources for these exceptional students, resulting in a disproportionate influx into private schools. And families are often much less than candid about disclosing student special needs. This full-day workshop will help you develop successful strategies.read more
Spring Learning Day - Kingston
April 16 2015 - Leahurst College - Kingston - OFIS is pleased to announce it's Spring Learning Day featuring political updates on how the new sex education curriculum affects private schools, key legal updates to employment contracts (progressive discipline, termination), vaccination/exemption policy updates and timeline and checklist to ensure your school is ready for fall 2015!read more
Spring Learning Day - GTA
April 15 2015 - Burlington Holiday Inn & Conference Centre - Burlington - OFIS is pleased to announce it's Spring Learning Day featuring political updates on how the new sex education curriculum affects private schools, key legal updates to employment contracts (progressive discipline, termination), vaccination/exemption policy updates and timeline and checklist to ensure your school is ready for fall 2015!read more
If The Government Will Give Us Our Own Cash To Fund Child Care, Why Not Schools?
July 21 2015 - Marni Soupcoff - Globe & Mail - "There’s a far simpler approach that bypasses the necessity of centrally planning province-wide education systems that will work for all the hundreds of thousands of different circumstances, needs and desires of the kids and families involved: give parents a $12,000 voucher (or whatever the current per child spending amount on education is in a given province) and let them use it at the school of their choice."read more
Cardus Makes The Case For School Choice
September 4 2014 - Fresh North American data and a provocative new research paper from an esteemed Ontario academic clinch the argument for making school choice a key part of educational policy for the public good.read more
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