Durham Catholic District School Board

At the Durham Catholic District School Board, we share a sense of community with families, staff and parishes. Guided by the teachings of Jesus and committed to Excellence, Equity and New Evangelization, we teach in schools throughout Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Uxbridge, Scugog and Brock. We offer a range of programs and services to meet the needs of all students. We invite you to learn more about our communities by checking out our website or visiting our schools.

With our amazing teachers, we teach students in 46 schools throughout Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Uxbridge, Scugog and Brock, serving approximately 21,150 elementary and secondary students. Our diverse and multicultural school board is attracting students from around the world.

Program Established: 2012

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Winter Camp

Specialized Programs: French Immersion, Short/Long Term Camps, Student Exchanges, Advanced Placement, Adult High School, TESL Certificate

Language(s) of Study: English and French

Total number of schools: 46

Total students: 21,150

Total International Students: 83

International Students Accepted for Grades: Grades K-12

Nearest Airport: Toronto Pearson International Airport

The Durham Catholic District School Board is a publicly funded Catholic school board located in Durham Region, east of Toronto, Ontario, serving the Town of Ajax, Township of Brock, City of Oshawa, City of Pickering, Township of Scugog, Township of Uxbridge and the Town of Whitby.  We are located a 30-minute drive from downtown Toronto. Oshawa is the home to Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), the newest university in Ontario.

Our students’ academic and community experience is enriched with Canadian Cultural opportunities like participation in local events, and trips to places like Niagara Falls and Ottawa, our nation’s capital. Day trips that extend beyond Durham Region are offered as part of the Passport to Excellence program so that students can take in many cultural highlights such as Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canada’s Wonderland, Ripley’s Aquarium, professional sports, ballets, theatres and much more.

The residents of Southern Ontario enjoy four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall. Because of the exceptional environment, there is much to see and do. The region is also home to strong economic development, attracting business world-wide, and is committed to economic growth, job creation, and revitalization throughout the region.

The Durham Catholic District School Board works closely with Muskoka Language International (MLI) to support international students with safe, caring and friendly accommodation.  Families are carefully screened and selected and ready to provide a welcoming environment and the support necessary to be successful in school.  All homestay families are usually within a short distance of school.

Guided by the teachings of Jesus and committed to the guiding principles of Excellence, Equity and New Evangelization, we support both student success and the professional development of our staff to ensure quality education and resources for all learners.

All international students are received with Welcome Day activities, Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) and Settlement Workers in School(SWIS) worskshop for students. Other cultural activities include Wellness Day, Apple Pickering Day, colleges and universities Open house,

Our academic experience for international students includes after school tutoring sessions, IELTS and TOEFL preparation classes and caring adults in our schools, such as English as a Second Language Teachers, Guidance Counsellors and the Passport to Excellence team.  Our Passport to Excellence: International Education program is focused on academics, community and Canadian culture. 

Entrance Dates: September & February

Application Deadlines: May 31 for September 1 and November 30 for February start

Registration fee for all new international students ‐ $250 (non‐refundable)

Registration fee for existing international students to renew visa ‐ $100 (non‐refundable)

Secondary school (Grade 9 – 12): $16,200.00 CDN – Two Semesters of Secondary School (maximum of 8 credits) 

                                                                       $8,100.00 CDN – One Semester of Secondary School (maximum of 4 credits)

Elementary school (Grade k – 8): $15,200.00 CDN – Full year of Elementary School (10 months) 

                                                                      $7,600.00 CDN – Half year of Elementary School (5 months) 

$1,800.00 CDN/Course – Adult Continuing Education Course (eg: PSW Program – $1,800 X 6.5 credits = $11,700.00)

$1,625.00 CDN/Course – Summer School Credit Course

All prices in Canadian dollars

Prices are subject to change, please confirm fees during the application process.


Website: dcdsb.ca/

Mailing Address: 650 Rossland Road

City: Oshawa

Province: Ontario

Postal Code: L1C 7C4

Phone: 905-438-0570 ext. 57252

Fax: 905-576-0923

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