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Ontario Education System

We take full advantage of Ontario’s secondary education system to offer courses on a semester and credit basis. Students need a minimum of 30 credits to complete their high school education and earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). UEA recognizes and awards credits for successfully completed high school courses taken in the students’ home country.

Thus, students only have to complete the remaining courses needed to meet the outstanding credits. This credit system, coupled with our semester programming, allows international students to pace their studies according to their academic ability and to take courses that match their personal interests.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Completion Requirements

Students require the OSSD to enter universities or colleges in North America. The OSSD is granted to students who earn a minimum of 30 credits. Credits are awarded for previous successfully completed courses. Thus students have to only take the courses required to obtain the remaining credits needed for graduation.

To Receive The OSSD, Students Must
  • Complete 18 compulsory and 12 optional credits

  • Complete 40 hours of community involvement activities

  • Pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test written after completing Grade 9:

Compulsory Credits
  • 4 credits in High School (Grades 9 – 12) English (1 credit per grade)

  • 3 credits in Mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)

  • 1 credit in Canadian History

  • 1 credit in the Arts

  • 1 credit in French as a Second Language

  • 2 credits in Science

  • 1 credit in Canadian Geography

  • 1 credit in Health and Physical Education

  • 0.5 credit in Civics

  • 0.5 credit in Career Studies

  • 1 additional credit in English, or a third language, or social sciences and the humanities, or Canadian and world studies

  • 1 additional credit in Health and Physical Education, or the arts, or business studies

  • 1 additional credit in Science (Grade 11 or 12) or technological education

Union Education Academy– Grade 9, 10, 11,12

6 Intakes in a Year
English Credit Head Start Intake
  • To meet the needs of different school systems around the world

  • To help students who wish to progress faster

Fall / Winter / Summer Intakes
  • Students who need to improve their academic English in Grade 10 or 11, can join this program prior to the Fall Intake and shorten their time to graduate by up to one semeste

Best Program Admittance to the CanadianTop Universities

With Comprehensive Care System, students who go through one or two years of the Best Program high school program at UEA have an exceptional ratio of success getting into the best universities.

The Best Program helps students maximize their potential and reach heights of success.

Best Program With Flexible, Tailored Education
  • Semester programming allows students to vary course load depending on ability

  • Credit system ensures students can focus on individual subjects according to their needs and aptitude

  • Testing and assessment throughout the semester – student success is not dependent on a single, national, final exam

  • Admission placement guides students to study at levels that they are assured of success

  • Technology oriented Blended Learning Model to better engage the young students in learning and research

Best Program With Extracurricular Opportunities
  • To complement and enhance academic performance, full range of athletic, community involvement, and activities for students to take a leadership role in – experience that top universities look for from applicants

  • Develop greater confidence and inspire higher academic success in students with opportunities provided by our unique Student Development Department

  • Opportunity to Participate in the Model United Nation Conference in YALE

Best Program With University Advancement
  • Dedicated counsellors at University Placement Office provide 1:1 guidance for students, from assisting with program choices, admission requirements and completing university applications

  • Students graduate with the OSSD, which allows them to apply to many universities in the USA without the SAT; and to all universities in the UK without A-Levels

  • University representatives visit and meet students at school to provide counselling and the most up-to-date admission requirements

Admission Requirements
  • All applicants must complete our online Application form

  • All applicants are required to provide transcripts starting Grade 9 from their home country. Certified translation of the transcript to English when necessary.

  • If the applicant has completed external exams in their home country, such as IGCSE, SSCE, O level, A level, IB exams, please submit results

No TOEFL or IELTS are required for admission
Admitted students will be placed into the appropriate level of English studies depending on:
– UEA’s English diagnostic results to be written on arrival or
– official IELTS or TOEFL score, if available
Applicants with any certificates or awards may submit them with the application

English Proficiency & Prerequisites Requirements
  • To qualify for Grade 11 (ENG3U), applicant must have a minimum score of 5.5 in IELTS

  • To qualify for Grade 12 (ENG4U), applicant must have a minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS

York University
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