WILLOWDALE HIGH SCHOOL
WELCOME TO WILLOWDALE HIGH SCHOOL
Congratulations on your decision to join Willowdale High
School to study in Toronto, Canada. You will love it here!
We are a community dedicated to providing an inclusive environment to support
young adults, such as yourself, to reach their fullest potential and achieve their
academic aspirations. We aim to provide challenging and rewarding academic
programs in a warm and caring environment. We strive to foster effective
communication, problem-solving, and leadership skills needed not only for
University success but also to lead successful lives.
Should you or your parents have any questions prior to your departure, please feel
free to contact us.
Congratulations and best wishes for a productive and successful academic year.
Willowdale High school Team
ABOUT THIS INFORMATION
This information booklet is
important for it contains
important information to
make your arrival and stay
We highly advise you travel with this
information booklet with you!
You or your parents will likely book your flight to Toronto for you. In order to
organize the airport transfer for you, your parents have to make sure that they inform
us about your flight details at least two weeks prior to your arrival in Toronto.
The details we need to know before you arrive:
• Your airline and flight number
• Your arrival date and time as well as the airport you are coming from.
You should check with your airline how much luggage you will be allowed to take
with you. Normally you are allowed to take 20-23 kg plus one piece of hand luggage.
When packing, please remember that you will have to carry your suitcase as well.
You should always have a luggage label on your suitcase and hand luggage!
To know what can you bring to Canada please visit the website:
In your handbag you should bring the following:
Your passport or ID card
Your flight ticket or E-ticket-number
Letter of Acceptance Copy
All important information such as School Address/Homestay Address
Health insurance documents (if any)
Contact details of your parents
Important documents, Money or Visa Cards should NOT be kept in your
Arrival in Toronto
Presenting your documents
You will/may need to show:
• a valid passport or travel document
• the letter of introduction the visa office sent you when they approved your
study permit (this letter has your permit reference number which we use to
issue your study permit)
• a copy of the acceptance letter your school sent you (LOA)
• proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in
Canada (bank statement)
• letters of reference or any other documents the visa office where you applied
told you to bring and either a valid:
o eTA. If you have an approved eTA, it will be linked to the passport
that you used to apply for your study permit or
o temporary resident visa.
For more details please visit:
After receiving your study permit in Toronto, you will go through customs and take
your luggage from the baggage claim. The baggage claim screens will show your
flight number and your destination of origin. As soon as you have found your
luggage, please go to the exit which will take you to the arrival hall of Toronto
Pearson International Airport.
You might be asked at customs where you will be staying so please make sure
you have your accommodation details.
In the arrival hall, you will meet our representative who will take you to your
accommodation. They will either be holding a sign with your name on it or a sign
with the name of the school—Willowdale High School.
Should you not see a representative immediately, please don’t panic! Please just wait
in the arrival hall and keep on looking for the sign. Once you have met the
representative you might have to wait for other students arriving for a while. The
transfer then takes place via the airport and the school representative will take you
from the airport to your accommodation.
Should you not have met someone after 15 minutes of waiting, please call the
following phone number:
• Tel: 647 968 3590-Mr. Lee
• Tel: 647 877 6880-Ms. Ivy
• Tel: 647 936 9516-Ms. Yolanda
Accommodation in Toronto
You will likely find many differences in the way of living in Canada if you compare
it to your home country. Usually, the furnishing, the division of buildings and the
cleanliness will be different than in your home country. The rooms in Canada are
usually smaller so that you will generally only have a bed, a table and a wardrobe in
there. Please remember to bring your own towels. Wifi is available in most host
In general, the families will introduce you to their habits on the day of your arrival,
such as general rules, the handing over of the key, times for meals etc. Please make
sure that you always leave your room and bathroom clean and tidy and that you do
not damage the furniture. Please also take the family into consideration and avoid
unnecessary noise, especially late in the evening and at night.
Should you have any problems or questions, please contact us.
The question of how much pocket money to take is difficult to answer since the
amount depends on age and individual habits. It is best to change money locally since
the exchange rate is usually better. You can also take Prepaid Visa Cards. You do not
recommend carrying a large amount of cash with you.
Our suggestion is to take about 100-200 CAD pocket money per week.
We will be willing to help you with the following:
• Getting a SIM (Canadian phone number)
• Opening a bank account
• Acquiring TTC pass/Presto Card
THE SCHOOL – Willowdale High School
Our mission is to provide quality education to empower young adults from diverse
backgrounds to become independent lifelong learners who are confident in their
abilities and are principled responsible citizens in a diverse global society.
We can do this together!
The school community provides an inclusive environment to support young adults
from different backgrounds to reach their fullest potential and achieve their academic
aspirations. We aim to provide challenging and rewarding academic programs in a
warm and caring environment. We strive to foster effective communication skills,
problem-solving skills and leadership competencies needed not only for post-
secondary success but also to lead a successful life.
The school in Toronto is in a great location in the city which is called the North York.
The school is within a short walking distance from shops and is easily accessible by
public transit. The school provides free wifi.
The school’s address is:
160 Eglinton Ave East 5th Floor, Toronto, ON M4P 3B5
Email: [email protected]
The staff at our school speaks the following languages: Arabic,
Armenian, Cantonese, English, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Turkish
If you have problems, please talk to us immediately so that we can
support you in every way we can.
You will be given a course calendar designed to provide
parents and students with information about the academic
programs offered at our school. In the course calendar, you
will find important information about the importance and the
value of finishing high school and essential information and
the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Also, included are information about the school’s academic
terms, reporting periods, timetable and the school’s
expectations regarding student responsibilities, achievement
The school academic terms/semesters for 2019/2020 are as
• Fall Semester: September 9 through December 18 (each course will run for 100 minutes; 5 days per week;
total 68 instructional days with 113.33 hours of instruction)
• Winter Semester: January 6 through February 26 (each course will run for 200 minutes; 5 days per week total
34 instructional days adding to 113.33 hours of instruction)
• Spring Semester: March 4 to June 24 (each course will run for 100 minutes; 5 days per week; total 68
instructional days with 113.33 hours of instruction)
• Summer Semester 1: July 2 through July 28 (each course will run for 360 minutes; 5 days per -week; total 19
instructional days with 114 hours of instruction)
• Summer Semester 2: August 4 through August 28 (each course will run for 360 minutes; 5 days per-week;
total 19 instructional days with 114 hours of instruction)
Schedule and Periods
Total TIME FALL & SPRING SEMESTER
9:00 – 10:40 PERIOD 1
100 min 10:40 – 10:45 BREAK
10:45 – 12:25
100 min 12:25 – 1:25 PERIOD 2
100 min 1:25 – 3:05
3:05— 3:10 PERIOD 3
100 min 3:10 – 4:50 BREAK
Total TIME WINTER SEMESTER
9:00 – 10:40 PERIOD 1
time 10:40 – 10:45 BREAK
10:45 – 12:25
200 min 12:25 – 1:25 PERIOD 1
1:25 – 3:05 LUNCH BREAK
200 min 3:05— 3:10
3:10 – 4:50 PERIOD 2
Total TIME SUMMER SEMESTERS
9:00 – 10:30 PERIOD 1
time 10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:15
360 min 12:15 – 1:00 PERIOD 1
1:00 – 2:30 LUNCH BREAK
2:30 – 2:45
2:45 – 4:15 PERIOD 1
* Night School and Weekend School may be offered based on student demand/needs.
**The school uses the provincial report cards and will distribute one midterm report and one final report within the duration
of each semester.
On the first day of School you are required to provide the following:
• Passport (Information page, Visa, and stamp of first entry to be
• Study Permit (to be photocopied)
• Transcripts for the past 3 years (translated in English with official stamp
• Vaccination record (translated in English)
• Custodian form
Use this section to add your notes, questions or reminders:
Toronto is Canada’s largest city and a world
leader in such areas as business, finance,
technology, entertainment and culture. Its large
population of immigrants from all over the globe
has also made Toronto one of the most
multicultural cities in the world. In the language
of the native Huron Indians, Toronto literally
means "a place to meet". As you will soon learn,
to this day, no name could be more suitable for
this city. Every day there is something new
waiting to be discovered.
CN Tower: The famous CN Tower, a widely recognized
symbol of Toronto, at 553 meters is one of the highest
free-standing buildings in the world. Once you have
experienced the breath-taking view above the city
stretching over Lake Ontario, you will have a hard time
returning to sea level.
Royal Ontario Museum: The fifth largest museum in
North America, the Royal Ontario Museum has a world-
renowned collection of art and artifacts. It is a keeping
pace of almost 6 million objects, as well as the largest
field- research institution in Canada.
Toronto Islands: Just a short ferry ride across the harbour, the Toronto Islands
provide an auto-free environment and plenty of outdoor activities. Beaches, an
amusement park, picnic grounds and art galleries are only a few of the possibilities
awaiting you on the Islands. From the Toronto Islands, you will have a beautiful view
of Toronto skyline.
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada: Explore the Waters
of the World at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. Located
in the heart of downtown Toronto at the base of the
CN Tower, the aquarium is Toronto's newest must-
see attraction for tourists and locals of all ages.
Royal Ontario Museum: Opened in 1914, the Royal
Ontario Museum (ROM) showcases art, culture, and nature from around the globe
and across the ages. One of North America's most renowned cultural institutions,
Canada's largest museum is home to a world-class collection of more than six million
objects and specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces.
❑ Trousers, Shorts ❑ Dresses, skirts
❑ Shirts, blouses ❑ T-Shirts
❑ Jacket ❑ Pyjamas
❑ Underwear ❑ Swimsuit
❑ Socks ❑ Shoes/Slippers
❑ Towels ❑ Hair dryer
❑ Shower gel/soap ❑ Body lotion
❑ Brush ❑ Shaver
❑ Washing powder ❑ Toothbrush/cream
❑ Shampoo ❑ Any other hygiene materials
First-aid kit ❑ Charger ❑ Pain relievers
❑ Plasters ❑ Ointment
❑ Sun cream ❑ Medicine for diarrhea
❑ Cold medicine
❑ After-bite cream ❑ Mobile
Miscellaneous ❑ Neck pouch ❑ Sewing kit ❑ Stationary
❑ Alarm clock ❑ Address book ❑ Writing pad ❑ Dictionary
❑ Adapter (alternating current 240 Volt) ❑ Adapter (Candian Plug looks like
❑ Money, Prepaid Visa Cards ❑ Passport/ID ❑ Insurance documents
❑ Flight ticket ❑ Travel Pack
REMEMBER: IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS (PASSPORT, ID FLIGHT TICKET, HEALTH INSURANCE
DOCUMENTS, BOOKING VOUCHERS) SHOULD BE KEPT SEPARATELY.
FOR THE PIN BOARD AT HOME
Address of the school in Toronto:
160 Eglinton Ave East 5th Floor, Toronto, ON M4P 3B5
Email: [email protected]
Emergency numbers WHS Toronto: 647 968 3590
If you require emergency
medical, police or fire services
please call 911.
Please only use the emergency numbers in
cases of real emergencies!