Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board is pleased to welcome the world to our wonderful city, named the “safest community” in Canada. The Catholic School system is committed to building an environment where students will always feel safe and comfortable. Located in the Great Lakes region, Windsor is the southernmost city in Canada. We are central to a number of large metropolitan cities such as Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Niagara Falls, all close enough to explore.

The Ontario educational system is among the best in the world; a reflection of high academic standards, highly trained teachers, and state-of-the-art schools. We offer specialized programs such as International Baccalaureate, French Immersion, Specialist High Skills Major Programs, ESL support, Advanced Placement, Dual Credit and Licensed Hockey Canada Skills Academy, Soccer and Baseball-based curriculum; as well as a wide range of extracurricular activities and organized excursions.

Our ultimate goal is to nurture the mind, body, and soul of our students and we look forward to having you study with us!

Windsor has everything that a big city offers, but with the comfort and safety of a smaller community. Windsor is located along the border with the United States.

Our location, the southernmost city in Canada, is truly unique; we are centrally located and within a short drive of many large cities and beautiful natural destinations for students to explore. From the beauty of Northern Ontario to the excitement of Toronto and Niagara Falls. There is so much to see and do during your stay in Windsor. Windsor is a ten minute drive to Detroit (US Visa required), where people have access to professional sports, concerts, museums and great shopping!

All this combined with the fact that Windsor is one of the top ten smartest communities in the world and it is easy to see why Windsor is the place to be!

Program Established: 2011

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester

Specialized Programs: French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Sports, Fine Arts

Language(s) of Study: English, French

Total number of schools: 50

High schools for international students: 7

Total Students: 21,000

Total International Students: 75

International Students Accepted for Grades: 9-12

Nearest Airport: Windsor International/Detroit Michigan International

The Windsor-Essex region is located along the banks of the Detroit River in Southwestern Ontario. In fact, it happens to be the most southern region in all of Canada at 42 degrees north latitude, a location it shares with such hot spots as Rome, Italy and San Francisco, California. But a moderate climate is not the only thing we have to boast about. We are located in the center of North America, which means that we are central to everything you could possibly hope to experience during your time with us. With cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, New York, Washington, Boston and so many others within driving distance, there will be no shortage of opportunities for you to explore. Because of our proximity to Detroit, Windsorites enjoy a wealth of culture, sporting events, and shopping that are only offered in a large city, yet return home to the safety and security that a smaller city offers. Add to this a beautiful riverfront and city parks and you have a wonderful city to call home during your stay.

It is important to us that your homestay experience is every bit as memorable as the time that you spend at school. It for this reason that we invest considerable time and effort into the process of finding a host family that will provide a safe and comfortable environment during your time abroad, with the expectation that you become an extension of their family during your stay.

Our host families are carefully screened with criminal background checks, home visits, and personality inventories to determine if they are a good match for you. We recruit our host families from within the school boundary that you will be located so that you develop a strong connection to the community within which you will be living. However, our commitment to finding you a good home does not stop once you have been placed, instead, we maintain a continuous line of communication between the school and the home to ensure that our students are being well cared for.

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board is an exciting place to learn with an array of extra curricular activities that will keep you busy. If sports interest you, then how about a full spectrum of athletic teams. We encourage you to try-out for one of our many athletic teams which include football, hockey, baseball, volleyball, track and field, badminton, curling, wrestling, etc.

If you are not interested in sports, then do not worry as our schools have plenty of other activities to be excited about. Are you into the Arts? Because, we have school bands, drama programs, dance clubs, art clubs, etc. In fact, there is something for everyone, whether it be the environmental club or student government, our schools are equipped to appeal to a wide variety of interests. And we haven’t even mentioned the school dances, field trips, pep rallies, etc., that will help you catch some school spirit.

Entrance Dates: September and February

Application Deadlines: September 30 & June 30

Application Fee: $150

Full Year Tuition Fee: Secondary $11,000

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $6,500

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $500

Homestay Monthly Fee: $675

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $500

Annual Custodianship Fee: $250

All funds are in Canadian dollars

General Inquiries Email: international@wecdsb.on.ca

Website: wecdsb.on.ca/international/

Mailing Address: 1325 California Avenue

City: Windsor

Province: Ontario

Postal Code: N9B 3Y6

Phone: 519 253 2482 extension 1278

Fax: 519-253-8397

Skype ID: Nadia.Desjardins2

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