The Upper Canada District School Board, Cornwall, Ontario


At the Upper Canada District School Board, our mission is to prepare all students for a successful life. UCDSB has 22 high schools and 63 elementary schools. Our schools are relatively small; most secondary schools have 400-600 students while elementary schools have about 300 students. Classes have an average of 25 students. This allows for our staff and students to get to know one another. The Upper Canada District School Board also has eight English as a Second Language (ESL) schools that offer specialized language support for English language learners.

The Upper Canada District School Board is located in Eastern Ontario, between the cities of Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. The Upper Canada region is comprised of several cities, across 12,000 square kilometers. People in Eastern Ontario are friendly and involved in their communities. Our small towns and cities are vibrant and our citizens are involved in local sports, politics, clubs and charitable events. Our international students enjoy the security and the care of living with a Canadian family in a small-city setting.

There are four seasons in Canada: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. You should make sure to bring clothing that is appropriate for the season(s) you will spend in Canada. Weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for the different changes in the climate. 

The Homestay Experience

Students of the UCDSB International Education Program are immersed into the English language while living with a welcoming Canadian homestay family. As an international student, you will encounter a new world of adventure when you stay with a carefully selected and pre-screened host family. These families share their home and provide students from other countries with an opportunity to experience Canadian culture, customs, and language. Our welcoming homestay families also invite students to share their homeland culture and experiences to the host family.

Homestay families will provide a safe, nurturing home environment. You will have a private bedroom and regular nutritious meals. Homestays will receive financial compensation on a set monthly basis to cover the additional expenses they incur by hosting a student. Spending money is the responsibility of the student and his/her natural parents. The family contribution will come from heart by caring for the student as their own child and making him/her feel like a true member of the family.

Study at the Upper Canada District School Board, Eastern Ontario

Have a look at our International Baccalaureate Programme

The Upper Canada District School Board provides students with an opportunity to develop their English skills while working on academic credit courses. Our Secondary schools provide instruction from grades 9 through 12 and offer courses of varying levels of difficulty designed to prepare the student for university, college or the workplace. 

Please note that international students accepted into the International Education Program will be asked to participate in a English Language Assessment. Once their English level is known we will recommend the best educational plan for the student. The program can range from full time English Enhancement Program to a full time Academic Credit Program all within their high school. Each student will be provided with an individualized placement plan. We ask that all new students arrive one week early for an orientation program.

Schools at the Upper Canada District School Board

The Upper Canada District School Board has eight hub schools that have comprehensive language support for English language learners.

Fee Schedule

CAN$ 13,000 Full year tuition, including medical insurance

CAN$   6,500 Half year tuition, including medical insurance

CAN$      800/week short term tuition fee

CAN$ 9,000 Homestay for one year (lodging and food)*

CAN$ 4,500 Homestay for one semester (lodging and food)*

* Fees include private room, all meals, internet access, administration, custodianship, orientation and airport pick-up and drop off.

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