Event details

(Fall 2022) Principals Course Part 1: Foundations of Independent School Operations in Ontario

  • October 17, 2022
  • 9:00 AM
  • October 20, 2022
  • 4:00 PM
  • Leahurst College (109-4 Cataraqui Street Kingston)



Course Description

Whether founding a new school or taking on a new leadership role in an established school, this course will provide the core knowledge and introduce the skills required to successfully operate an independent school in Ontario. Critical concepts and key resources for independent school leaders will be explored in depth, including:

  • The Private Schools Policies and Procedure Manual
  • The independent school sector’s relationship with the Ministry of Education
  • Responsibilities of the private/independent school principal
  • Understanding the validation process and preparing for the inspection (inspected high schools only).
Additional topics of discussion will include Human Resource considerations for independent schools (hiring practices, employment contracts, etc.), marketing and recruiting students, and policy development. 

The course is relevant to all school levels (elementary and high school) for both ‘in-person’ and ‘on-line’ models.

This course is a prerequisite for the OFIS Independent School Principals course. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Additional Information

Fees include all course materials and light meals (breakfast, lunch and refreshments). 

Registrants may be eligible for financial assistance through the OFIS Charitable Trust.  Learn more and apply today.

Course requires a minimum amount of participants to run

Participants may wish to bring their laptop however it is not required. 

About the Instructor

Tony DiLena has extensive experience in education in Ontario, including over 20 years with the Ministry of Education as Coordinator of the Private Schools and International Education (PSIE) Unit and Manager in the Student Achievement Division. Tony now shares his expertise with independent schools as a consultant guiding schools through the inspection process.

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