Many Choosing Independent Schools

Toronto Sun – September 9 2018 – Deani VanPelt – “Every year, a smaller share of Ontario students heads back to their locally-assigned public or Catholic separate school and more and more students head off to an independent school. Not only are independent school enrolments growing, the growth in the number of independent schools in Ontario is astounding.

“This year, about 140,000 students in Ontario will take their seat in one of almost 1,300 non-government schools. About half of these schools have a religious orientation, including Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Sikh schools, a third offer a unique educational approach such as Montessori, Waldorf, or classical. About 5% are what might be considered traditional elite private schools.”

“The latest available data (2015-16) show public school enrolments dropped by 6%, while enrolments in independent schools increased by 12% over the previous decade.”

“as the time come for Ontario to stop isolating itself from the rest of the country and learn from all the large provinces about best practices when it comes to funding independent schools? From British Columbia to Manitoba and Quebec, independent schools receive from 35% to 80% of the per-student allotment for neighbourhood public schools.”


Have Your Say! Provincial Education Consultations

Open Until December 15 2018 - Register for a telephone town hall session, complete an online survey, provide an online submission - Independent school supporters are keenly interested in what is best for the education system in our province, and government representatives have repeatedly said that they want the feedback, ideas and contributions of those who support independent schools. Let’s be part of this conversation!

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January 31, February 7, February 14, February 21 - 1:00pm-2:00pm - Online OFIS is offering a 4 week webinar series aimed at assisting independent schools in developing and/or strengthening Safe School Policies & Protocols. Ensure that your school understands the most current government & legal compliance expectations in establishing best practices to keep safe in a number of key policy areas.

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Private Schools Form An Important Part Of B.C.'s School System

Vancouver Sun - October 28 2018 - Dr. Beth Green - It's about time we recognized a simple fact about B.C. education. The province's independent schools are a positive complement to public schools.

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Independent Schools Should Be Encouraged, And Ontario Should Fund Them

Hamilton Spectator - November 4 2018 - Doug Sikkema & Dr. Beth Green - Far from the common misconceptions, these private schools are helping young Ontarians become more socially engaged and more generous

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