Niagara Catholic District School Board

Located in the beautiful region of Niagara Falls, Ontario, the Niagara Catholic District School Board is a leader in the delivery of Canadian and international education to primary, secondary and adult students alike. With 48 elementary schools, 8 high schools and 4 adult education centres, Niagara Catholic is proud to offer a variety of programs and services to our international students from across the Globe. Programs include the following:

  • One or two semesters in High School or Elementary School
  • Graduation with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • University preparation courses
  • Advance Placement courses (AP)
  • Four-month short-stay experience in High School
  • Specialized High Skills Major Program (very hands on courses)
  • School Integration Experience for groups (2 – 6 weeks)
  • Winter or Summer English Group Camps
  • ESL credit in all High Schools
  • ESL support in all Elementary Schools
  • Adult ESL classes
  • TESL Certification
  • Homestay Accommodation and Custodianship services

Program Established: 1988 after amalgamation of two school boards

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Winter Camp, International Dual Diploma, Teacher Training

Specialized Programs: Ontario Secondary School Diploma, Short Term English Integration, French Immersion, Sports, Fine Arts, Advanced Placement, and Specialized High Skills Major

Language(s) of Study: English, some French Immersion

Total number of schools: 60

High schools for international students: 8 (All schools offer ESL)

Total Students: 22,000

Total International Students: 250

International Students Accepted for Grades: Kindergarten to Grade 12

Nearest Airport: Toronto – Pearson International Airport (1 hour away) or Buffalo, NY – Buffalo International Airport (50 minutes away)

The Niagara Region is a beautiful area with 12 dynamic cities, including Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Welland. With a population of over 450,000, our Region is located in South-eastern Ontario, only 1 hour from Toronto and just across the Niagara River from New York State, USA

All students live with a local Canadian family in a comfortable and safe environment. Students receive 3-meals a day, 7 days a week. Caring families carefully selected through screening, interviews and background checks. Continuous support from full time Homestay Coordinator

Our Niagara Catholic schools offer many opportunities for our international students to get involved with our local students and communities, both during and after school. For those interested in the arts, there are many school-based clubs where you can practice and showcase your musical talents, learn an instrument, try out for a play or be involved with costume and set design, audio visual creation and much more. We are also big on sports, whether you like to play or watch field or ice hockey, football, soccer, basketball, cross-country running, there is always a place for you. In the winter months, make sure to join our ski/snowboard clubs who meet once a week on the mountains. Get Involved!

Entrance Dates: September or February for academic programs. Various flexible start dates for other programs

​Application Deadlines: ​June 30th (for September start) December 30th (for February start)

Application Fee: $350 (paid annually)

Full Year Tuition Fee: High School $14,800 Elementary School $13,800

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $7,400 High School $6,900 Elementary

Homestay and Custodianship Fees: Please consult Homestay Services for current fees

All funds are in Canadian dollars

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

General Inquiries Email: international@ncdsb.com

Website: niagaracatholicinternational.ca

Mailing Address: 427 Rice Road

City: Welland

Province: Ontario

Postal Code: L3C 7C1

Phone: 905-682-3360

Fax: 905-682-1219

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