The Canadian government offers twelve-year compulsory education system to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents. To fulfill the demand of the Canadian job market, the public education system is designed to ensure students to receive 12 years of compulsory education and to be able to find a job in a suitable field of work, but not necessarily designed to help all students to achieve their maximum academic potentials. On the other hand, private schools such as MLC are designed to focus on students’ academic career and help them get into their desired university or college.
Not all Canadian public secondary schools accept international students. The ones which accept international students have very limited spots available since the schools’ priorities are to serve Canadian students rather than international students. Each public school is limited to admit 10 to 20 international students each year and majority of public schools do not accept grade 12 level international students regardless of availability.
Canadian public high schools use elective class system where students choose their desired courses and there are no designated classes or teacher for each student. It is difficult for international students with language difficulties to find extra academic help when needed since teachers only show up during class and offer very limited after hours’ assistance.
Canadian students are used to this lifestyle, but many international students with language barriers may find obtaining academic help to be a big challenge in this environment.
International students from countries such as China have a hard time adapting to the Canadian high schools’learning style. Students from countries where self-learning skills were not developed as a priority over academic scores will have a hard time adjusting in public schools as public schools require students to have strong self learning skills in order to be successful. 。
Many international students end up transferring to private schools as result of poor academic performance, because they do not receive enough assistance from teachers and lack of public schools’ focus on ESL students’ language barriers.
The universities and colleges admissions in Canada are based on the scores students receive for grade 12 and the application process is completely done online by students without assistance from teachers. Students must research each university and college’s admission requirements and due dates.
This process creates many troubles and confusions for international students as they have just recently come to Canada do not know which university or college provides the best programs for their desired field of study. MLC provides one to one university or college application guidance and assistance for students to ask questions about their choice of post-secondary school.
Public schools do not provide students with any living accommodations or assistance with living without the care of parents. For many international students, studying abroad may be the first experience of living without the care of their parents, and for many, this can be a big challenge. MLC provides welcoming and friendly home-stay options which give students a peace of mind when it comes to living alone for the first time.
MLC believes that smaller classrooms will help teachers give more time to focus on each individual student and especially students with English language difficulties.
Counselors will help students with university and college applications and other issues beyond academics to ensure students make the best choices for the their future academic career.
MLC offers students with welcoming and friendly home-stay accommodation options to ensure parents with a peace of mind for their children’s living conditions and provides live communications with parents online.