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Lambton Kent District School Board

The Lambton Kent District School Board is funded and regulated by the Government of Ontario providing students with qualified and certified teachers in all grades and at all levels. Our District has a reputation for providing comprehensive, high quality and innovative full time academic programs to international students from around the world in a safe and welcoming environment. 

Students enrolling in our District will be fully integrated with age appropriate Canadian students in traditional classroom environments that feature high quality science labs, specialty rooms such as computer labs, art rooms, drama rooms, music rooms and well-equipped gymnasiums. In additional to a having access to a wide array of compulsory and elective academic courses, students will, when necessary, receive instruction and support in state of the art ESL classes using the latest technology available. 

With 99+% of our student population native English speakers, we are ideally suited to provide visiting students with total immersion in English in our schools, in our community and with their home stay families. This environment is clearly beneficial to students hoping to acquire the language skills necessary to enhance their prospect of accessing the best colleges and universities in Canada and across North America. 

Interested students should also note the Lambton Kent District School Board offers

  • An all-inclusive tuition fee with a generous refund policy
  • A streamlined application process that allows flexible enrolment dates
  • A willingness to accept students from ages 9 to 24
  • excellent home stay services provided by experienced community partners 

Program Established: 2002

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term

Language(s) of Study: English, French Immersion

Speci​alized Programs: Specialized High Skills Major Program

Total number of schools: 63

High schools for international students: 11 (4 school with ESL)

Total Students: 22,000

Total International Students: 400

International Students Accepted for Grades: 4-12 (homestay available for grade 7 – 12)

Nearest Airport: London (YXU), Windsor (YQG) and Detroit (DTW) are all about 1 hour away & Toronto (YYZ) is just 3 hours away. We are happy to arrange pick ups at any of the airports listed.

The Lambton Kent District School Board is located is the most southern region of Canada surrounded by the Great Lakes. The District has two main population centres, Sarnia and Chatham Kent. Major industries include agriculture, petrochemical and auto related manufacturing. Within district borders, there are numerous smaller towns supported by light to medium industry. Each of these communities has its own schools with over 99% of the population native English speaking. With Windsor and London each only about an hour away and Toronto only 3 hours away by car or train, international students will have easy access to the sights and conveniences of the city without having to sacrifice the benefits of living and learning in a safe, welcoming English immersion environment.

An important component to the success of the International Education Program is the placement of our international students in a secure, caring home with a Canadian family living in the area of the school board. We work with Canadian Homestay Network (www.canadahomestaynetwork.ca) in a strong partnership to ensure that our students are placed in welcoming Canadian homes.

The level of care that we provide for our international students is of utmost importance to us. We understand that it is a huge decision on the part of parents to send their son or daughter so far from home to study for a year or semester. The LKDSB and Canada Homestay Network will work together to guide students in their adjustment as they adapt to life in their new family and school. We will support students with their cultural adjustment, academic program, studies, and their social integration into the school. Students will be introduced to the local students and encourage them to join community and after school activities.

Our secondary schools provide students with a comprehensive list of clubs, athletic activities and arts programs from which to choose. These may include:

Art Club, Arts Council, Art Festival, Band/Jazz Ensemble, Book Club, Chess Club, Choir, Drama Club, Drama Festival, Debating Team, Environment Club, Improvisation Team, International excursions, Math Contest, Musical Orchestra, Musical Production, Peer Tutors, Public Speaking, Rotary Interact Club, Science Fair, Student Athletic Association, Student Council, Writing Contests, Yearbook

Badminton, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Curling, Football, Golf, Hockey, Rugby – girls only, Soccer, Softball- girls only, Track and Field, Tennis, Volleyball

Entrance Dates: While we can accept continuous intake for short term students. Students wishing to receive credits should be here to start their classes in September or February.

Application Deadlines: We encourage students wishing to begin their studies with us in September to apply by June 1, 2016 and students wishing to begin their studies with us in February to apply by November 1, 2016 but if we have school and homestay space we are happy to welcome late applicants.

Application Fee: Not Applicable

Full Year Tuition Fee: $12,840 CAD Secondary & $11,480 CAD for elementary

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $6,420 CAD

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $500

Homestay Monthly Fee: $850

Annual Health Insurance Fee: Included in tuition

Annual Custodianship Fee: Not Applicable

All funds are in Canadian dollars

General Inquiries Email: Kirsten.ramsay@lkdsb.net

Website: lkdsb.net/

Mailing Address: PO Box 1000

City: Chatham

Province: Ontario

Postal Code: N7M 5L7

Phone: 1-800-754-7125

Fax: 519-354-8222