We pride ourselves for having the highest standards, the most qualified teachers and top-notch facilities. We have students from more than 40 different countries attending our school, and that number just keeps growing. Many students arrive with limited English skills, but after a short time with us they have all the necessary English skills needed for their post-secondary education and beyond. At McDonald International Academy, we offer a variety of programs that help you achieve your educational goals.


The Secondary School Program (Grade 9-12 University Preparation Program) offered at McDonald International Academy (MIA) is developed according to the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training. The goal of the program is to provide students’ high-quality learning in a friendly learning environment and allow individual students to choose programs that suit their skills and interests.  The program is designed with a flexible schedule to enable students to maximize their opportunities for career planning and post-secondary school education.

McDonald International Academy follows the globally recognized curriculum set by the Ontario Ministry of Education. This 4 year program is designed to properly prepare students for post-secondary studies at University or College in Canada, the United States and around the world.

Our credits are recognized by all American and Canadian universities and Colleges. Since our inception, over 15,000 students from 40 countries have graduated from MIA and successfully entered many well-known universities and colleges both in Canada and the USA. In addition, over 20 % of our graduates are offered University Entrance Scholarships each year.

During a student’s final year of high school they may apply to any university of their choice. In Canada, they require six grade 12 pre-university level credits in order to be considered. Each university and specific program will have their own minimum grade requirements for admission. In addition, they may apply for college programs which require completion of their O.S.S.D. and certain prerequisite courses depending on the area of study.

Course Codes

The course code identifies the course, the year of study and the level of destination.

The first character denotes the area of study to which the course belongs:

A – The Arts
B – Business Studies
C – Canadian and World Studies
E – English, English as a Second Language, English Literacy Development
F – French as a Second Language
G – Guidance and Career Education
H – Social Sciences and Humanities
I – Computer Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies
L – Classical and International Languages
M – Mathematics
N – First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Studies
P – Health and Physical Education
S – Science
T – Technological Education

The second and third characters identify the specific subject, e.g. in SCH3U ‘CH’ identifies the subject as Chemistry.

The fourth character identifies the grade of the course:

1 – Grade 9
2 – Grade 10
3 – Grade 11
4 – Grade 12

The fifth character identifies the course type:

D – Academic
P – Applied
O – Open
U – University
M – University/College
C – College
E – Workplace

Assessment & Evaluation Policy

At the beginning of each course the teacher will provide for the students a clear statement of the course content and course requirements, an explanation of evaluation methods and marks breakdown, along with a description of the policy for tests and assignments. Students are expected to be active participation in their own learning by assuming responsibility for keeping work up to date and by regular communication with teachers.

The final examination or the culminating activity is an important part of every course. A student must provide a medical certificate for an absence from the final evaluation useless prior arrangements have been made and approved by the school administration.

Reporting procedure

A Midterm Report is sent midway through the semester and the Final report is sent following the conclusion of the term.

The Ontario Student Transcript (OST) provides a comprehensive record of a student’s overall achievement in high school. The credits, which a student has earned towards fulfillment of the requirements for the graduation diploma, are recorded on the OST.

The Ontario School Record (OSR) is the official record for a student. These records are protected by the Education Act and freedom of information legislation.

McDonald International Academy – Academic Policies


  • Assignments must be completed and handed in on time.
  • If an assignment is handed in late, late marks will be deducted.
  • All assignments must be handed in within one week of the original due date. After one week, it will not be accepted and will receive a mark of 0 (zero). For example, if an assignment was due on a Monday, the last day it can be accepted (less late marks) will be the following Monday.

Tests & Exams

  • There is mandatory attendance for all test and exam days.
  • If a student misses any test or exam for the scheduled date and time, they are not permitted to rewrite the test and will be given a mark of 0 (zero).
  • Extenuating circumstances only will be looked at on a case by case basis.

Plagiarism & Cheating

If students are caught plagiarizing any assignment, they will be given an automatic 0 (zero). The following are all considered forms of plagiarism (but is not limited to):

  • Turning in someone else’s work as your own
  • Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • Copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not

If students are caught cheating on any exam or test, they will receive a mark of 0 (zero) on the said exam or test. Cheating includes (but is not limited to):

  • Copying off another student
  • Using “cheat sheets”
  • Using cell phones

Cell Phones

  • Cell phones are not permitted in class, unless allowed by the teacher for academic purposes only.
  • If students are caught using their phones without teacher permission, the teacher will confiscate the phone.
  • If any student is unwillingly to give their phone to their teacher, they will be sent immediately to the Principal’s office to face disciplinary action.

Attendance/Late Policy

  • All students are required to attend class every day to maintain good academic standing.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to know all their test and exam dates, and assignment due dates.
  • Absences due to illness must be substantiated with a doctor’s note.
  • If students arrive 15 minutes late after the class start time, they will be marked “Late”. If they arrive more than 30 minutes late after the class start time, they will be marked “Absent”.