Halton Catholic District School Board

Today, Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic education system consistently produces high levels of student achievement. Further, graduates are taught the virtues and values of the Catholic faith – including community, responsibility, accountability, collaboration, caring and family – making them not just good students, but good citizens. 

The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community that provides exceptional educational experiences and services to over 36,000 students of all ages. God’s call to love and to serve is nurtured in staff and students in 56 school sites serving the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville. As a provincial leader in student achievement in literacy and numeracy, as well as Special Education, the Board is an exciting and dynamic place to learn, work and grow. 

Our School Board offers programs and services from Junior Grade 1 to Grade 12 and through to Continuing Education Services at campuses in Burlington, Milton and Oakville to students of all ages. We welcome International Students to our School Board to experience everything we have to offer on an academic and extracurricular basis. 

At the Halton Catholic District School Board, we believe every student has the right to an education, which will foster spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and social growth. It is our goal to ensure that all students achieve success, and are able to fully realize their God-given potential.



Program Established: 1990

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Summer Credit Courses, Short-term courses (10,12, 15 weeks)

Specialized Programs: International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Programs, Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (S.T.E.A.M.) Program.  

Language(s) of Study: English

Total number of schools: 58

High schools for international students: 10 (including Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School)

Total Students: 36,000

Total International Students: 135

International Students Accepted for Grades: 1 – 12

Nearest Airport: Toronto Pearson International & Hamilton International Airports

Halton Region is a regional Municipality of Ontario, Canada, located in Southern Ontario in the southwest part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).  It is comprised of the City of Burlington, and the Towns of Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills.  It is well situated between the City of Toronto, which is approximately 33 kms east of Halton Region, and Niagara Falls, which is about 72 kms west.

Other reasons to study and live in Halton Region

  • Countless opportunities for entertainment, recreation, relaxation and fun along over 25 kilometres of frontage on beautiful Lake Ontario.
  • Oakville rated #1 for best mid-sized Canadian cities to live in according to Money Sense magazine
  • Halton Region continues to be ranked by MacLean’s Magazine as being one of the safest places to live in Canada.
  • Close to many post-secondary institutions in southern Ontario

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) in partnership with Canada Homestay Network (CHN) work diligently to place students with local families who will provide them with a supportive, caring and nurturing home life to ensure that they have a successful experience in Canada.

Students are placed with families who can provide a safe and secure home life. All host families are screened through in-home interviews and are required to provide a criminal background check and reference check.

CHN has matched thousands of students over the last 20 years and have a reputation for excellence and professionalism in their field.

Further information is available at:  https://isp.hcdsb.org/homestay




Each school offers a full range of curricular and extracurricular programs which include a variety of individual and team athletics, school bands, drama clubs, art clubs, photography, social justice, homework clubs etc.


We offer a variety of specialized academic programs which include French Immersion, Dual Credit, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Specialized High Skills Majors to complement a variety of course offerings that include robotics, engineering, business, culinary arts, visual arts, music, dance, physical education, science, and math.

Please contact HCDSB at isp@hcdsb.org if there is any additional information that you require.



Entrance Dates: September & February

Application Deadlines: May 31st & November 15th 

Application Fee: $350

Full Year Tuition Fee: Elementary $14,000 & Secondary $14,500

1 Semester Tuition Fee: Elementary $7,050 & Secondary $7,300

Medical Insurance: included in the tuition fee (provided by Ingle Insurance)

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: Link to Canada Homestay Network (CHN) for fees

Homestay Monthly Fee: Approximately $1,350/month

Annual Custodianship Fee: Custodianship is arranged through CHN

All funds are in Canadian dollars

General Inquiries Email: LaurinC@hcdsb.org

Website: isp.hcdsb.org/

Mailing Address: 802 Drury Lane

City: Burlington

Province: Ontario

Postal Code: L7R 2Y2

Phone: 905-632-6314 ext 147


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