Your Intake & Assessment appointment and Guidance appointment date and times are provided to you by email from International Student Program (ISP) staff.

IMPORTANT All new students must arrive a minimum of 48 hours prior to their Intake & Assessment appointment. If you arrive late, the student may be deferred to the following year/semester. Students cannot start school until they have completed their Intake & Assessment appointment.

Intake Appointment

During the Intake, you will meet with International Student Program (ISP) staff to confirm that all of your required documents have been provided and completed for registration purposes. ISP staff will discuss items such as your medical insurance coverage, transportation eligibility, school reporting procedures and will answer any questions you may have about starting school.  An HCDSB Settlement Worker will also attend this meeting and will provide information regarding accessing community services and ESL support at your school.

Any student who has not yet provided the required registration documents are required to do so at their intake appointment at the latest.

Required Registration Documents:

  • Valid Study Permit
  • Notarized custodianship documents
  • Halton address (where the student will be living)
  • All Secondary School Report Cards
  • Verification of age (Birth Certificate or Passport)

English & Math Assessment

Following your Intake Appointment, your English (learn more about ESL placement here) and math skills will be assessed by a teacher in a one-on-one consultation. Placement in academic courses at the secondary level will be based on the results of this consultation and your most recent report card. Secondary appointments take approximately 3 – 5 hours and Elementary appointments take approximately 1 – 3 hours. Students will receive breaks as required.

What you need to Bring to your Intake Appointment:

  • Proof of immigration status (Study or Visitor Permit)
  • All required Registration Documents
  • Most recent Report Cards (translated into English)
  • Scientific calculator (Secondary only)
  • Lunch including water/beverages

Guidance Appointment

Following your Intake & Assessment appointment at the HCDSB Welcome Centre, you (secondary students only) will meet with a Guidance Counsellor to choose your courses. Student Custodians/Parents are also required to attend this important meeting.

Students must bring all of the required registration documents with them to their Guidance appointment. Failure to provide all of the required registration documents may result in a delayed start to school.