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NSRIC International School in Toronto
Ontario, Canada

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Authorized and Registered Online K12 School by the Ministry of Education, Ontario, Canada – BSID No: 665414

Our Programs

NIST offers a world-class educational program offering an accredited curriculum from the Ontario Ministry of Education in Canada.

Accredited Curriculum

NIST offers a world-class educational program offering an accredited curriculum from the Ontario Ministry of Education in Canada. We pride ourselves in educating students to be recognized global citizens advocating for positive change and leadership in learning.  

Our students engage in a variety of individual and group learning experiences using 21st century tools to ensure workplace and professional readiness for their future.  We educate and train our students to pursue higher education, applying to universities of their choice.  The students document their learning experiences throughout their time at NIST, using the framework of the five learning stages – Investigation, Preparation, Action, Reflection and Demonstration.

NIST and 3Cs OF Learning

NIST supports the 3Cs of learning – Conceptual, Competency and Character learning. Students can extend their subject learning to their social-emotional experiences and vice versa. This will strengthen their subject understanding and knowledge, and allow them to enjoy different approaches to their subjects. By engaging in and documenting their learning experiences:

Conceptual

The students develop and enhance their ‘thinking skills’, ‘communication skills’, ‘social skills’, ‘self-management skills’ and ‘research skills’. 

Competency

The students are able to practice and demonstrate world-class learner profiles in real and practical ways; to be ‘inquirers’, ‘knowledgeable’, ‘thinkers’, ‘communicators’, ‘principled’, ‘open-minded’, ‘caring’, ‘risk-takers’, ‘balanced’ and ‘reflective’.

Character

The students develop an appreciation for and regularly practice core values of ‘joy’, ‘caring’, ‘integrity’, ‘inspiration’ and ‘respect’.

Levels of Study

Learn Online at Your Own Pace

NIST offers a full accredited homeschool educational experience to families that opt for this option for their children.  We deliver our homeschool courses through an intuitive student learning experience. Within each course, students are provided with “lessons” that encompass all the resources to teach, convey, reinforce, and help the student learn and master a concept.

 

Each lesson begins with a video lecture in which a teacher presents a single, specific concept or a few concepts that are tightly intertwined. NIST high-resolution videos give students the information and instruction they need to master the course material, creating the feeling of a one-on-one learning experience.

Students who enroll in the NIST Homeschool Education program are typically looking for an alternative to traditional school settings for a variety of reasons, such as a medical necessity, interest in more rigorous coursework, safety from bullying issues, a more flexible learning environment, and independent studies for students who would like to accomplish mastery-based learning.

 

NIST homeschooling high school graduates are welcomed into top universities around the world. The school’s programs are flexible, yet rigorous, resulting in graduates that are motivated to achieve success and are optimistic about their future.

Kindergarten

The NIST Kindergarten preschool provides children with a play-based and emergent curriculum, which is child-centred and teacher framed. Our educators develop large and small group online instruction; sharing learning centers, based on observed student abilities, skills and interests.  Age-appropriate instruction, activities, and centers will be provided to children daily in the areas set forth by the Ontario Ministry of Education.  Please click on each strand for detailed curricular outcomes in our kindergarten program:  

  1. Belonging & Contributing
  2. Self-Regulation and Well-Being 
  3. Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviours
  4. Problem Solving and Innovating

A strong focus is put on developing children’s self-regulation and growing independence within a caring and nurturing environment that considers children’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual well being.

Age Requirement:
Parents interested in our preschool must ensure that their child meets the age requirements; children must be between the ages of 4 to 6 years old to be eligible to apply. Parents are asked for their child’s proof of age at time of application.

Grade 1 - 6

The NIST Elementary and Primary Education program serves students in grade 1 to grade 6. The elementary courses include core subjects such as mathematics, English language arts and reading, science, and social studies. Students will take elective courses, such as coding, art, and music, as well.

Supported by an incredible staff of educators, NIST’s elementary school program uses a blend of captivating videos, interactive course materials, and synchronous live online instruction. This engaging instructional format maintains the attention of even the youngest students at NIST.

 

When a student enrolls in the NIST elementary and primary program, they will receive:

 A world-renowned Canadian curriculum without the burden of high costs for travel;

  Live lessons taught by some of the world’s greatest and most experienced teachers;

  And personalized instruction based on individual student needs.

 

The program ensures that each student has mastered necessary concepts before moving them onto the next grade, keeping them on pace with their peers. NIST’s elementary school will provide students with the knowledge they need to move on to our middle school program.

Age-appropriate instruction, activities, and centers will be provided to children daily in the subject areas set forth by the Ontario Ministry of Education.  Please click on each subject area below for detailed curricular outcomes in our elementary program:  

Students are encouraged to explore, experiment, wonder, inquire, practice, invent, create, imagine and play. We believe that learning should be fun and that part of our role as educators of young children is to instill a love of learning. We want all our learners to be actively engaged and involved fully with a hands-on approach to all learning experiences.  Our program strives to develop students who are independent and life-long learners. The attributes of NIST serve not only as a guide for the kind of student that we hope will graduate from our school, but for all the learners in our school community: students, teachers and parents. We also hope that parents will encourage the development of these attributes at home in order to support what is being done at school.

Grade 7 - 8

The NIST Middle School Education program will prepare students for high school while building upon subjects and concepts they learned in elementary courses. Students take classes that cover mathematics, English language arts and reading, science, history, geography, and health and physical education.  Supported by an incredible staff of educators, NIST’s middle school program uses a blend of captivating videos, interactive course materials, and synchronous live online instruction. This engaging instructional format maintains the attention of this age group at NIST.

 

When a student enrolls in the NIST middle school program, they will receive:

 A world-renowned Canadian curriculum without the burden of high costs for travel

  Live lessons taught by some of the world’s greatest and most experienced teachers

  And personalized instruction based on individual student needs.

 

The program ensures that each student has mastered necessary concepts before moving them onto the next grade, keeping them on pace with their peers. NIST’s middle school will provide students with the knowledge they need to move on to our middle school program.

Age-appropriate instruction, activities, and centres will be provided to children daily in the subject areas set forth by the Ontario Ministry of Education.  Please click on each subject area below for detailed curricular outcomes in our Middle school programs:

Grade 9 - 12

The NIST High School Education program allows students to graduate with a Canadian accredited diploma from the Ontario Ministry of Education, called the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). In accordance with our vision of disseminating knowledge to others, NIST wishes to execute this vision to the global market by offering students all around the world a strong educational foundation through a Canadian high school diploma.  Our graduates are highly successful in their pursuit of higher education in universities and colleges across the globe, including North America, Europe, and Australia.  Our students pride themselves with successfully completing a journey of one of the richest curriculum’s offered in a global context.

Through NIST, International Students can:

  Study a world-renowned Canadian curriculum without the burden of high costs for travel

  Take Canadian high school courses from anywhere in the world

  Engage in live lessons taught by some of the world’s greatest and most experienced teachers

  Get personalized instruction based on individual student needs

  Earn a Canadian Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  Get admissions into a University or College of their choice in Canada

To meet NIST’s graduation requirements, students can select from an expansive list of courses. In addition to core subjects, like Math, English language, Arts, and Science, students can select electives that they find interesting, which allows them to experiment with subjects tailored to specific career fields.

NIST’s high school prepares students for success after graduation. Whether they choose to attend college, university, or pursue a career, NIST graduates hold a competitive edge over their peers, which we call the NIST Advantage!

As our program grows year after year, we strive to offer a wide range of opportunities for creativity, technology, and service to the community. Within this context, students of varying abilities and aptitudes are encouraged to develop to their full intellectual, social, moral, physical, creative, emotional and individual potential.  We believe in cultivating the skillsets of our students through project-based learning, extra-curricular online activities, and a student-centered instruction and assessment pedagogy.  

Graduate Requirements

In order to successfully complete the high school program at NIST, and graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), students must fulfil all ministry requirements.

OSSD Program

Total Credits to Graduate (minimum)

30

Compulsory Courses Required

18

Elective Courses Required

12

Ontario Secondary Literacy Test

Successful Completion

Community Involvement Hours Required

40 Hours

Credit Definition

Credit is granted when a student has successfully completed at least 110 instructional hours in the course.  

Compulsory credits for OSSD

Subjects

Comments

4 credits in English

1 credit per grade

3 credits in mathematics

At least 1 credit in grade 11 or 12

3 credits for group 1, 2, and 3 courses*

1 credit in each group

2 credits in science

Grade 9 and 10

1 credit in Canadian geography

Grade 9

1 credit in Canadian history

Grade 10

1 credit in arts

Grade 9

1 credit in health and physical education

Any grade

1 credit in French as a second language

Grade 9

0.5 credit in career studies

Grade 10

0.5 credit in civics and citizenship

Grade 10

18 credits total

Credits according to Groups

Three credits, consisting of 1 credit from each of the following groups:

Group 1
  1. English (Including the Ontario Secondary School Literacy course)
  2. French as a second language
  3. Classical Languages
  4. International Languages
  5. Native Languages
  6. Canadian and World Studies
  7. Native Studies
  8. Social Sciences and Humanities
  9. Guidance and Career Education
  10. Cooperative Education
Group 2
  1. French as a second language
  2. The Arts
  3. Business Studies
  4. Health and Physical Education
  5. Cooperative Education
Group 3
  1. French as a second language
  2. Science (Grade 11 or 12)
  3. Computer Studies
  4. Technological Education
  5. Cooperative Education

Vocational Programs

Why Pursue Vocational Training?

Any person who needs to develop job skills or certification in a certain field should consider applying to NIST’s vocational program. Prioritizing career-specific skills has a practical focus, preparing students for entry into the workforce.

 

Vocational education is an important option to consider at NIST, especially for any person who is already working in their chosen career or field, and who may just need to update or certify their training to work in North America.

 

NIST offers a wide range of vocational high school courses so that our students are ready for the workplace, in skills trades of their choice.  Please contact us for more information about our vocational programs.