PEI International Student Program Frequently Asked Questions
When should I arrive in PEI?
Students should arrive at least one week before the first instructional day of school. The first day of school can be found on the Public Schools Branch (link is external) website for both the first and second semester. If you know your flight information to PEI, please send it to the EAL/FAL Reception Centre.
We cannot guarantee students will begin school on the first instructional day. We will do our best to make this happen, however, to support the process, it is important students communicate when they are coming and schedule a meeting with our office well in advance of their arrival.
What happens if I arrive after the first instructional day?
It is highly recommended that students arrive before the beginning of the year/semester. Arriving late puts unnecessary pressure on teachers and administrators. If students arrive late, the school will decide if they are able to enroll in their courses for credit or audit their courses, which means they would not receive credit. It is important to note that students cannot begin school until they have registered with the EAL/FAL Reception Center. Students should also complete their English Language Proficiency Assessment.
What do I do when I arrive in PEI?
When students arrive on PEI, they must make an appointment to register at the EAL/FAL Reception Centre. (Phone: 902-620-3738 or email email@example.com) At the appointment students may complete an English Language Proficiency Assessment. Once the assessment is complete, an appointment will be scheduled for school registration. Appointment times before the first instructional day of school tend to fill up quickly. The earlier the student arrives, the better chance appointments can be scheduled for the assessment and school registration.
How do I know what school I will be attending?
Can I choose my school? School placement is based on the address where the student is going to live on PEI. Proof of address is required before the student is enrolled in a school.
How is grade placement determined?
Grade placement is determined by age. Please review the table below to determine the grade level. To use the table, find the year you were born and that determines the grade level you will be placed in. Please note, this is based on the 2019-2020 academic school year.
|K||Gr 1||Gr 2||Gr 3||Gr 4||Gr 5||Gr 6||Gr 7||Gr 8||Gr 9||Gr 10||Gr 11||Gr 12|
If I am currently in Grade 11 in my country, can I come to PEI and do one year of Grade 12 and then go to university?
PEI’s Grade 12 courses are very language rich and require a high degree of fluency. Students require Grade 12 Academic English in order to attend university. They also require four other Grade 12 academic courses with certain prescribed courses depending on the post secondary program (e.g., Science, Business). When you arrive, you will need to do a language proficiency assessment. This assessment will determine if you will be place in Academic English or EAL. If your language level is exceptionally well developed, it may be possible to complete Grade 12 and go directly to university. Usually, however, it is necessary and appropriate to complete the stipulated levels of EAL courses in order to develop the level of proficiency that will allow future success at a post secondary level. This may take longer than one year. Also, the school you will attend will look at your Grade 10 and 11 transcripts. Based on that information, they will issue you Out-of-Province Credits (OPCs). You will need to meet all of the PEI graduation requirements in order to graduate with a PEI High School Diploma. Depending on the courses you have previously taken, it may not be possible to graduate within one year, even if your English proficiency is strong.
How long does it take before a letter of acceptance is issued?
Every effort is made to process each application as quickly as possible. However, please allow a minimum of 3 weeks once the complete application form, all required documentation and fee payments have been received. The 3 weeks begins after a complete application package has been received. Please do not slow down the process by emailing our office for regular status updates.
Do any of your schools offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme?
What are the graduation requirements?
Students must meet all graduation requirements to graduate.
What is the minimum grade average to be admitted to the PEIISP Program?
We are looking for the equivalent of at minimum a B average or 80-85% on academic subjects over the past 2 years of school.
Is there an age limit for students to remain in the PEIISP?
Students cannot stay in the high school program after the end of the school year in which they turn 20. Students that have already completed the final grade of high school in their country of origin, are not permitted to come as a fee paying student.
I need/want to take certain high school courses. Can you guarantee that I will be able to take these courses?
Schools on PEI follow a common provincial curriculum. Schools offer a similar program so students are able to meet graduation requirements, however, there may be some variety in the elective course schools offer. Schools make every effort to match the student’s requests and educational needs with the course offerings at the school, however, there are no guarantees. The wide variety of courses will undoubtedly prove to be sufficient and enriching for our international students.
Is an international student required to have Medical Insurance?
It is mandatory all international students to have medical insurance from an approved provider (e.g., Guard Me or Blue Cross). You will need to provide proof of your medical insurance when you come to our office for your English assessment, and each year thereafter.
What is included in the tuition fee?
The tuition covers transportation, textbooks, and instruction. Many clubs, sports, school events, and field trips are also covered by tuition. There may be additional fees for some specialized courses, clubs, field trips, etc. Also, you will need to provide your own school supplies (e.g., paper, binders, and pens). Some schools charge a fee and in return provide the school supplies that will be needed.
I want my child to attend one of the best schools. Can you give me the name of an excellent high school on PEI?
All high schools in the Province of PEI follow the mandated provincial curriculum under which the expectations and teaching components are clearly defined. Compulsory courses in Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and English are offered at each grade level. While every school teaches the same curriculum and is accountable to the same standards, some schools may offer different elective courses depending on their school population. These elective courses comprise arts, technology, humanities and social science courses. Every high school on PEI has seen students graduate from Grade 12 and go to world ranked universities. We do not rank our schools and school registration is based on the zone in which your child will live while on PEI.
How many schools are on PEI and what is the student population?
The Public Schools Branch and La Commission scolaire de langue francaise operate 62 schools from kindergarten to Grade 12 on PEI with a total school population of approximately 20,000.