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    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...

    2016/17 Membership Applications are now available for download. Click here for details and application. Already a Member? Don’t forget to keep your membership current and renew by September 1st annually!
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Welcome to OFIS

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 issues outside of office hours are urged to contact our staff by email   OFIS Office will be CLOSED from July 25-29 inclusive for staff vacation - phone calls and emails will be returned beginning August 1 2016      

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

Secondary School Inspection Readiness Workshop - Burlington

June 6 - 7 2016 - 10am - 4pm - Star Academy - 1587 Cormack Crescent, Mississauga, ON - All private secondary schools seeking credit-granting status must now file all of the following documentation with the Private Schools and International Education Unit by June 30th. Will you be prepared? Two days of intensive pre-inspection training are being offered

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Policy Workshop - Employment Compliance/Workplace Harassment - Ottawa

June 2 2016 - 10am - 4pm - Fernhill School - Ottawa - 59 Vaughan Street - Registrants are invited to take in one or both workshops aimed at helping schools prepare for Ministry of Labour inspection blitzes scheduled for fall of 2016

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Policy Workshop - Employment Compliance/Workplace Harassment - Markham

June 1 2016 - 10am - 4pm - Wishing Well School - Markham - Registrants are invited to take in one or both workshops aimed at helping schools prepare for Ministry of Labour inspection blitzes scheduled for fall of 2016

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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."

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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 decreases

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