Lakehead District School Board

Lakehead Public Schools (LPS) located in Thunder Bay, is the largest public board in Northwestern Ontario. LPS aims to educate, encourage, and support students to develop a passion for learning, set high personal standards, and become active community members.

All schools offer access to modern technology and innovative education. The small class sizes are conducive to learning and provide students the ability to quickly develop relationships with peers and staff.  Students can choose a path that best suits their needs, ranging from developing English language skills to obtaining an Ontario Secondary Diploma and pursuing post-secondary education anywhere in Canada. Thunder Bay has two post-secondary institutions; Confederation College and Lakehead University (LU), and is home to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and LU’s Faculty of Law.

Thunder Bay is the largest community on the shores of the world’s largest fresh water lake, Lake Superior. International students are fully immersed into an authentic Canadian, multi-cultural and English-speaking setting guiding them to their full potential. The city offers a safe, welcoming and friendly close-knit community. With an intrinsic connection to the outdoor environment and vibrant urban life, the city of Thunder Bay together with LPS, strives to provide a fun and memorable experience for every student.

Program Established: 2015

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

Specialized Programs: International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Specialist High Skills Majors, Co-Operative Education, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship, College Dual Credits, E-Learning, French Immersion, Kingfisher Lake Outdoor Education Centre, Aviation Technology, Sports, Fine Arts

Language(s) of Study: English

Total number of schools: 29

High schools for international students: 3

Total Students: 8,760

Total International Students: 17

International Students Accepted for Grades: 9-12

Nearest Airport: Thunder Bay International Airport

On the shores Lake Superior and nestled within the boreal forest and Canadian Shield, Thunder Bay is where upscale city life meets epic outdoor adventures. Regarded as the Gateway to Northwestern Ontario, here you can explore the nearly 150,000 lakes and rivers, climb to one of the highest points in the province, experience Canada’s longest zip-line, and sail on the world’s largest freshwater lake. People come from all over the world to indulge in Thunder Bay’s beautiful landscapes, cultural culinary delights, and superior educational and professional opportunities.


Thunder Bay is accessible from anywhere in the world through the Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT) which offers daily non-stop flights to major cities like Toronto and Winnipeg. The city is also the access point to and from the American Mid-West by way of the Pigeon River border crossing, 45 minutes away by road.

In partnership with the Canada Homestay Network (CHN), LPSI wants to ensure students have a successful educational experience with a caring host family and comfortable home.The Canada Homestay Network has been operating for 15 years matching tens of thousands of students from all over the world with families to provide them with a “home away from home”. CHN arranges a personalized match between the student and Canadian host, based on backgrounds, interests, lifestyles, and educational goals.Their standards of host recruitment are recognized as the highest in Canada.  CHN visits interested hosts in person, in their homes and carefully inspect their house. They discuss in detail the expectations for the kind of care and attention students will need.

Students have access to participate in a selection of competitive and non-competitive sports including: football, volleyball, dance, cross-country running and skiing, golf, track and field, badminton, curling, cycling, cheerleading, basketball, wrestling, soccer and tennis.

Each high school offers many different associations and clubs including: art, chess, concert and jazz band, Crime Stoppers, Dungeons and Dragons, gardening, glee, anime, Model UN and student government, robotics, drama and musical theatre, video game design, travel and exchange, yearbook, student council and activities, outdoors, photography, health and wellness and social justice.

Entrance Dates: September & February

Application Deadlines: May 1 & November 1

Application Fee: $300

Full Year Tuition Fee:  Full year $13,400 for secondary and $12,090 for elementary (Short term 1-4 months *pro-rated from full tuition)

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $6,700

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: 1st Year: $450 Each Year After: $250

Homestay Monthly Fee: $850

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $600

Annual Custodianship Fee:  $250 + $500 for monitoring; Airport Transfer: $100

All funds are in Canadian dollars

General Inquiries Email: international@lakeheadschools.ca

Website: international.lakeheadschools.ca

Mailing Address: 2135 Sills Street

City: Thunder Bay

Province: Ontario

Postal Code: P7E 5T2

Phone: 807-625-5176

Fax: 807-623-3083

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