As Canada’s premier public educational system, the TDSB has 582 schools and over 246,000 students, making it the largest public school board in Canada and the 4th largest board in North America. Over 200 nationalities and 75 languages are represented in our schools – giving our students the greatest advantage to achieve intercultural awareness and to become effective global citizens. The TDSB welcomes international students from around the world.
We take great pride in the academic excellence of our schools and students. The talented community of educators and support staff are dedicated to enriching the lives of our students and helping them achieve success. With over 40% of our graduates ranking as Ontario Scholars, more than 80% of the TDSB graduates go on to university or college.
The TDSB has one of the most robust international student programs in Canada. Our dedicated staff, teachers and counsellors understand the needs of our international students and know that help and support adjusting to life in a new country are often required. Our staff speak a variety of languages and they are always willing to offer friendly guidance on academic and personal issues. Our schools offer a vast range of academic courses and extracurricular activities that are designed to meet the diverse interests of our international students from all over the world.
Program Established: 1988
Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term Immersion Cultural Immersion, Integrated Orientation & Summer Camp
Specialized Programs: International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Arts Focus, Cyber Arts, Elite Athletes, Robotics
Language(s) of Study: English
Total number of schools: 582
High schools for international students: 28
Total Students: 246,000
Total International Students: 2,200+
International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
Nearest Airport: Toronto Pearson International Airport
Toronto is Canada’s largest city with a population of 2.7 million. It is the financial, commercial and business centre of Canada and political capital of the Province of Ontario. It is a city that prides itself on being the most multicultural and diversity is
our motto. We have many attractions (CN Tower, galleries, Centre Island), international celebrations and local festivals that highlight our multicultural mosaic. We are a centre of excellence with an outstanding public education system and world renowned post-secondary institutions like the University of Toronto. We are well serviced by a public transport system that includes a metropolitan subway, streetcars, buses, ferry services and dedicated bike lanes on a city system that totals 5,365 kilometers.
Secondary students can live with their parents, relatives or custodians during their stay in Toronto, or choose to live with local families. Homestay service can be arranged through Canada Homestay Network (www.canadahomestaynetwork).
All students at grade 8 and under must live with their custodians/parents.
International students at TDSB can enjoy and participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, clubs and sports teams, including:
We encourage all our students to actively engage in these exciting activities and clubs that are guaranteed to enrich the life at school and beyond.
Entrance Dates: September & February
Application Deadlines: November 1 & May 1
Application Fee: $200
Full Year Tuition Fee: $12,500 Elementary; $14,000 Secondary
1 Semester Tuition Fee: $6250 Half Year Elementary; $7,000 1 semester Secondary
Annual Homestay Placement Fee: Arranged by Canada Homestay International www.canadahomestayinternational.com
Homestay Monthly Fee: NA
Annual Health Insurance Fee: included in the tuition fee
All funds are in Canadian dollars