Toronto International Academy is like my second home in Canada. As an international student, I was very worried and timid when I first came here. But that feeling disappeared immediately after I attended my first class. It was an ESL class and I met other international students just like me. They seem very confident and enjoy life here and they always tried to start a conversation with me first. Ms. Antonio - my first teacher - was also a great person, she always encouraged me to speak as much as I could and make the most of class time. There were not many conflicts since everybody respects and appreciates each other. I made some awesome friends, and we had a really good time and still keep in touch until now.
Graduates often end up in top Canadian universities, such as University of Toronto, Waterloo, Western, Ryerson and Guelph. Although the alumni community is in multiple locations, the tight bond formed between me and my fellow classmates helped us stay connected. Toronto International Academy was a very open and supportive environment. Peers were always supportive of each other and the friendships formed lasted over time. Parents were always welcomed and encouraged to be more involved in the students' academic lives as well as the overall school environment. Suggestions from both students and parents were always welcomed and utilized in making the environment more desirable for all students to thrive in. Since leaving school, I have remained in contact with most of my graduating class, including international students that have returned home.