10 reasons to attend high school in Canada

10 reasons to attend high school in Canada.

Where to send your child to study abroad? Great Britain is prestigious and elite. USA for those who want to be ahead of the rest. But these countries are not suitable for everyone, because the mentality, attitude towards foreign students and even the climate are very important for a child. Canada is a unique country that is a mix of the British educational standards, the dynamism of the American and the fundamental nature of the Russian educational systems.

Tatiana Chesalova, an expert on secondary education abroad at STAR Academy, will talk about 10 reasons why you should send your child to Canada.

1. Safety

According to the 2020 Global Peace Index, Canada is ranked 6th in the list of the safest countries in the world, which certainly makes it extremely attractive for international students to study. You can go to study in most Canadian schools as early as the age of 12.

The security indicator is assessed by 23 different quantitative and qualitative indicators in three areas: the degree of social security, the level of external and internal conflicts, and the degree of militarization. In addition, in 2020, the impact of the pandemic and its consequences was also analyzed.

2. Climate and ecology

Climatic conditions of Canada are close to Russian ones – there are more favorable regions with a mild climate (for example, the vicinity of Toronto or Vancouver), there is a kind of Canadian “Siberia” – Manitoba, Saskatchewan or Alberta. In general, most of Canada’s densely populated regions are in the temperate zone.

Canada’s natural wealth includes 10% of the world’s forests: over 50% of the country is forested. Thanks to the favorable environmental conditions in Canada, the average life expectancy is 82 years, and according to the level of health of the population, Canada is in the top 20 countries, according to The Bloomberg Global Health Index.

3. High quality education

The Canadian education system is recognized as one of the strongest in the world, combining British solidity with North American freedom. A personalized approach, high school-level subject choices and a serious attitude towards sports are the secret formula for the success of the Canadian approach to learning. Canadian schoolchildren demonstrate particularly high results in mathematics and natural sciences.

The technical equipment of schools deserves special attention. Private and public institutions in Canada are fully computerized, smart boards, Blackberry and IMAX are ubiquitous. The latest laboratory equipment allows even the most complex experiments in science courses.

Public schools are in no way inferior to private ones, for example, Edward Milne Community School, part of the Sooke Public School District, has its own school theater and a whale skeleton right in the school foyer.

4. Ability to study in English or French

Canada is a bilingual country. Most of the Canadian provinces are English-speaking, however, for those who prefer French, the doors of many schools in Quebec are open, where teaching is conducted in French.

Children who prefer to study in English can study French in depth in most schools in the English-speaking provinces. For several years of study, you can easily master both languages.

5. Lack of difficulties with admission

An important factor when choosing Canada as a destination for study is that most schools do not require entrance exams (as, for example, in England). For enrollment, it is enough to provide transcripts of academic performance from a Russian school and go through a Skype interview with the admissions committee. The most rated schools can also put forward requirements for the level of English, however, as a rule, if the level is insufficient, the school provides opportunities to improve it already on the spot. For this, special courses of English as a foreign language are held for international students. International English tests or SSAT are usually not required.

6. Easy adaptation

Canada is a multicultural country, almost all Canadians are immigrants or descendants of immigrants, so international students easily fit into any community. Canada’s policy encourages national diversity, representatives of various ethnic groups have the opportunity to preserve their identity and national traditions, while fully integrating into the Canadian cultural environment.

7. Opportunity to study in public schools for foreigners at a low cost

An important feature of the secondary education system in Canada is the possibility of teaching foreign students in public schools. International programs exist in many of them. Education for children from abroad is paid, but the cost is much lower than in private schools. For example, in Avon Maitland schools, a year of high school with a host family will cost CAD 25,500. For comparison, in a private school on the example of Pickering College, the academic year will cost 68,235 CAD.

8. Endless possibilities for sports

Canada can be compared to a huge sports complex. Most locals lead an active lifestyle and cannot imagine their existence without sports activities: camping, rock climbing, hiking, canoeing and rafting, sailing and horse riding – this is not a complete list of what Canadians do in their free time.

Topping the list of popularity is, of course, hockey. On an amateur or professional level, almost every family does it.

For example, a typical Pickering College boarding school campus includes a baseball field, several gyms, an indoor ice rink, a jogging track, and a fitness room.

9. Loyal immigration policy

Canada is a country open to emigration. You don’t have to be a millionaire or get married to get a Canadian passport. Moving to Canada is legal. One of the most popular ways is to emigrate through studies. After studying for a certain number of years in a Canadian university or college, the student gets the opportunity to stay in the country for quite a long time (it is assumed that during this period the graduate will find a job and change his migration status). The time spent looking for a job depends on the length of study. If the educational program lasts less than 2 years, then a work search permit is issued for the duration of the program, if the student studies for two years or more, then he has 3 years.

The procedure is so transparent that there are a huge number of specialized emigration agencies that help with the paperwork.

10. A more intelligent version of America

Despite the fact that Canada has a lot in common with America – a huge territory, multinationality, education system and love of sports – Canada is still different. Probably, the influence was exerted by the large number of immigrants from Europe. Safety and regularity in everything – these are the hallmarks of modern Canada. Recent months have shown how differently Canadians and Americans react to certain events. For example, the BLM (Black Lives Matter) movement, which gave rise to mass pogroms in the United States and European countries, did not affect Canada at all. The society, of course, reacted, but in a civilized manner, the Canadians did not begin to smash shops and clash with the police.

Thanks to these criteria, the role of Canada in the international arena of teaching foreign children is growing. And all parents who would like to send a child to study in this country can easily find the best school and city.

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