The Sudbury Catholic District School Board (SCDSB) has a reputation for providing the highest quality of education in line with Ontario Secondary School requirements. Our schools offer first-class secondary programs designed to prepare students for success at the post-secondary level and consistently outperform provincial averages in literacy and math assessments. Students receive exceptional math, science, social science, and language instruction in first-rate, innovative labs and school facilities. Specialized programs include: Advanced Placement, Reach Ahead, BEST, Specialist High-Skills Majors (Health & Wellness, Information Communication Technology, Business, Manufacturing, Transportation, Sports), Cooperative Education, French Immersion, and Arts & Drama.
Founded on strong Catholic values, the SCDSB is committed to the principles of equity and inclusivity that enable each student to learn and grow to his or her full potential. Administrators, teachers, support staff, and students are dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming learning environment to help international students feel at home in our school communities. International student programs are individually tailored to meet student needs and interests. Our full-year, one-semester, short-term shadow experience, and summer camp program offerings allow international students to achieve a competitive academic advantage and develop English proficiency while shaping students to be the leaders of tomorrow!
Program Established: 2015
Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Winter Camp
Specialized Programs: French Immersion, Advanced Placement, Sports, Fine Arts
Language(s) of Study: English, French
Total number of schools: 18
High schools for international students: 4
Total Students: 6,200
International Students Accepted for Grades: 9-12
Nearest Airport: Sudbury Airport
Located in the heart of beautiful Northern Ontario, Sudbury has a population of approximately 160,000 people. The city offers international students the best of both worlds as they get to experience all of the amenities and conveniences of urban life while surrounded by natural beauty. With over 330 pristine lakes and over 200km of trails, Sudbury is home to many scenic landscapes and outdoor adventure opportunities. Sudbury’s safe and friendly neighborhoods make it a welcoming community for international students. Located in close proximity to major cities such as Toronto and our nation’s capital, Ottawa, Sudbury is a vibrant city with many world-renowned attractions and urban comforts. The city’s world-class facilities include Science North, one of Canada’s favourite tourism attractions, and Health Sciences North, a-state-of-the-art teaching hospital that is connected to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. As the Education Capital of the North, Sudbury offers a number of options for post-secondary education, including Laurentian University, Cambrian College, and College Boreal. We have all the amenities of a big city including an airport with international access, active theatre and arts, a wide variety of sporting facilities and clubs, and many local festivals and shopping destinations.
The Sudbury Catholic District School Board has partnered with Canada Homestay Network (CHN) to help international students find a home away from home. Since 1995, the company has earned the industry’s best reputation for client satisfaction. CHN works in more than forty communities in Canada, from coast to coast, including small towns in beautiful rural areas and every major city in Canada. Their service is the most comprehensive and reliable in Canada and tailored to meet student needs. Their combined experience of matching tens of thousands of students over the last 15 years has helped CHN to earn a reputation for excellence and professionalism and the highest professional standards in the industry.
CHN arranges personalized matches between students and their Canadian host family based on their backgrounds, interests, lifestyles, and educational goals. For example, considerations for food preferences, hobbies, and pets are taken into consideration when arranging a match. All homestay families are also within a close distance to the selected schools. CHN carefully conducts personal interviews on all host families and requires personal references and thorough background checks, and conducts regular home inspections to ensure that international students are comfortable and happy with their accommodations. Providing quality homestay is a priority for the Sudbury Catholic School Board in order to ensure that students feel welcome and secure during their Canadian educational experience.
In addition to its commitment to academic excellence, the Sudbury Catholic School Board is committed to helping students to grow socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Its devoted staff works tirelessly to ensure that students become well-rounded individuals and caring and responsible citizens. With this in mind, students are encouraged to become active in our school communities through participation in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, clubs, and sports teams geared to all interests. In addition to developing skills like collaboration, leadership, and problem-solving skills, international students benefit from participation in extra-curricular activities which allow them to advance their English proficiency within stimulating social contexts.
Sports teams include soccer, volleyball, basketball, football and flag football, hockey, baseball, softball, cross-country running, swimming, badminton, wrestling, golf, curling, alpine and Nordic skiing, and track and field. School clubs include Student Council, Student Senate, Athletic Council, Yearbook Committee, Book Club, Fitness Club, Robotics Club, Music Club, Photography Club, Enviro-Club, and International Travel Club. All of these activities are supported by the schools and their staff and usually occur outside of class time. International students are encouraged to get involved in extra-curricular school clubs and teams to enhance their Canadian high school experience.