3601 Sandhills Road Baden (Waterloo Region)
Ontario, Canada N3A 3B9
Canadian Independent College (CIC), formerly the North Wilmot School founded in 1964, is located on 11 acres of picturesque valley in the Waterloo Region. The college is in one of Canada’s fastest growing technological and economical areas, often called Canada’s Technology Triangle.
Canadian Independent College is a co-educational boarding and day University Preparatory College providing a caring learning environment in the Waterloo Region. Our curriculum is inspected by Ontario Ministry of Education and all of our graduating students have been accepted by top ranked universities in Canada and the USA. 90% of students are international English speaking students, 10% are local English and French bilingual speaking students.
THE MIDDLE SCHOOL COVERS GRADES 7 & 8
The academic program in Middle School allows our students to gain knowledge, skills and confidence as they approach High School. Our teaching staffs are well-versed in teaching techniques that engage young minds. Proven techniques such as: activity-based learning, individual education plan, group planning, debates and an element of challenge in classroom activities facilitate our students becoming engaged learners for life.
At Canadian Independent College, we offer a dynamic, excellent and cooperative learning environment where students’ curiosity is stimulated, leadership skills are refined, and advanced interactive learning is meaningful and focused.
Our teachers tailor their teaching practices to the unique intellectual, spiritual, emotional and developmental needs of middle school aged students.
The College’s emphasis is on building a foundation for lifelong learning and devotion to one’s dreams and inspirations. Expectations for academic achievement are high, balanced with an enriched Ontario Ministry of Education approved curriculum. We combine our enriched curriculum in Mathematics, Science, Languages, Arts, Business, and Technology with recreational athletics, music, drama, visual arts and exciting community excursions
Let your child discover the inner strength at Canadian Independent College
Canadian Independent College continues to be organized around a complete trimester system whereby a student can accumulate 10 complete high school credits from the beginning of September to the end of June without attending summer school. While we do not recommend this academic pace for all students, it is readily available for the student who is so inclined.
By the end of grade 10, students will have completed 16 of 18 compulsory courses required by the Ministry of Education for graduation purposes. These courses will be taught at the level that will enable students to complete OSSD standards as well as begin their preparation for the Advanced Placement exams in years three and four. Successful completion of these exams allows students to gain university credits concurrently with the completion of grade twelve credits.
Grades 9 and 10
Grades nine (9) and ten (10) make up the last two years of the intermediate curriculum in the Ontario Ministry of Education's requirements for the Ontario Secondary Graduation Diploma. These years, with their largely compulsory subjects, provide the skill and content base for specialization in the senior division. The school will also offer art in grade nine to fulfill the arts credit followed by courses in drama and art in subsequent years.
- Physical Education
- Computer Science
- Business Studies
- Study Hall
- Civics and Career Planning
- Art or Physical Education
- Recreation Science
- Canadian History
Two grade eleven courses in preparation for AP exams in year three (i.e. Biology , Chemistry , Computers , Economics , History , Geography )
Grades 11 and 12
Canadian Independent College offers preparatory courses for University or College to students in Grades 11 and 12. These courses are designed to aid the students to gain the knowledge base and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for University or College programs. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical aspects of the course content, as well as concrete applications.
By the end of the Grade 12 year, students will have been able to get the 30 credits required. Coupled with the completion of 40 hours of community involvement and successfully passing the required Ontario Secondary School Literacy test, students will be qualified for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) awarded by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Students who have completed an OSSD with at least six (6) acceptable prerequisite credits at the 4U/4M (Pre - University) are eligible for direct admission to universities or colleges in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, and any other international post secondary institutions.
What is the AP Program?
AP means Advanced Placement. The AP program provides an opportunity for high school students to take college / University level courses while in high school. This exposure helps to them to build university-level skills, and in many cases, students who take the AP examinations can earn university-level course credit at most of the colleges and universities in the US, Canada and some 32 other countries.
Gain the edge in university preparation:
Get a head start on exactly the sort of work you will confront in University.
Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques.
Develop the study habits necessary for tracking rigorous course work.
Stand out in the university admissions process:
- Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for university.
- Show your willingness to push yourself to the limit.
- Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence.
- Broaden your intellectual horizons:
- Explore the world from a variety of perspectives, most importantly your own.
- Study subjects in greater depth and detail.
- Assume the responsibility of reasoning, analysing and understanding for yourself.
CIC is a leading English as a Second Language (ESL) provider specializing in ESL intensive programs with small class sizes. Whether students are interested in preparing for a college/university education or improving English communication skills for personal or professional reasons, the Intensive English Program (IIEP) offers a rewarding learning experience in a multicultural setting.
For students who do not meet the Canadian Independent College English language requirements, completion of the Intensive English Program provides the opportunity for direct entry into College diploma, postgraduate and degree programs.
The IIEP Has 9 Levels
The IIEP offers full-time English as a Second Language instruction through 9 possible levels. Each level is 8 weeks long:
The 8th level will prepare you for diploma (OSSD) studies at CIC. Successful completion of this level is accepted by CIC as the equivalent of a TOEFL score of 550 (213, Computer Based/79-80, Internet Based) and qualifies you in English to be admitted to most professional programs in College or other post secondary institutions.
Students who plan to pursue a degree program or postgraduate program may continue after level 8 to complete an 8-week Academic Preparation option. This Level 9 will prepare you for direct entry into other postgraduate and degree programs.
Students interested in business English courses may choose to enrol in ESL Business after completing level 5.
In-class instruction, tutoring, and ESL conversation groups, as well as language software programs in the ESL computer lab, are all part of the CIC Intensive English Program.
Some Program Highlights
Convenient central location in the heart of the city of Waterloo. Dynamic downtown cultural community.
Access to all college facilities, including free internet and computer use, cafeteria, gymnasium and exercise room.
A helpful staff is available to assist students and can provide service in several languages if necessary.
Our on-campus resources include a student library and a multi-media computer lab for computer-assisted language learning.
Access to videos, tapes, books and periodicals in our ESL Resource Centre.
Outside of regular classroom instruction, IIEP students are able to engage in informal discussions in our new conversation group guided by experienced language tutors.
An on-site advisor is available to provide assistance in choosing post-secondary program options.
Extra Curricular Activities
Students at Canadian Independent College are provided with the opportunity to participate in many extra curricular activities that are not included in the regular program. All the listed activities are offered at least once per year:
- Student Council
- Public Speaking
- Track & Field
However, their continuance will be subject to sufficient interest and enrollment.
Canadian Independent College (CIC) is a University Preparation College (grade 9 - 12) and is registered by the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training. We also offer the Middle School program (grade 7 & 8)
Our curriculum is inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training and all our graduating
students have been accepted by top ranked universities in Canada and USA.
CIC is a member is good standing with the following accreditation boards:
Council of Advanced Placement School in Ontario (CAPSON)
Check Canadian Independent College on Ontario Ministry of Education web site.
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