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Positive feedback on survey of OCDSB international students

OCENET received a funding grant from the Ontario Ministry of Education to conduct an online exit survey of graduating OCDSB international students. All international students who were in Grade 12 were contacted and had an opportunity to respond to a series of 25 questions based on their experiences in school, both inside and outside of the classroom, along with other questions related to levels of support and their Homestay experience while attending an OCDSB school.

Some students had been in Ottawa for several years and for others, they had attended OCDSB schools for only one year. Seventy-seven students responded to the survey during a two week period in June 2016. In most areas, the results indicate that OCDSB schools and OCENET programs are meeting the needs of the international students, and in several areas, schools are performing exceptionally well in accommodating our international students.

The results show that efforts can be made to encourage more international students to get involved in school life by participating in sports and clubs. These extra-curricular activities help students to make friendships beyond the classroom and to adapt to Canadian culture.

The survey results have been shared with international student advisors in schools as well as with Homestay. In addition, the survey results can be used as baseline data for comparison with any future surveys.

   
   
 

  A sample of the data collected from the graduating international students:

  • 56% of the respondents surveyed indicated that a main goal in attending a Canadian high school was to gain entrance to a Canadian university or college

  • 92% of students felt they were welcomed to their new school

  • 74% of students lived with Homestay family

  • 61% of students got involved in extra-curricular school activities

  • 92% of students felt they were included as part of the school community

  • 91% of students would recommend their high school to others

  • 49% of the graduating students planned to attend a Canadian university; 12% planned to attend a Canadian college

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