Simcoe County District School Board, Ontario

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The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) welcomes international students from around the world to participate in full-year and one semester programs. The SCDSB is committed to ensuring that students reach their full potential and become responsible and contributing members of an ever-changing global society. The SCDSB focuses on providing quality programs which develop the skills of lifelong-learning in a safe, caring environment. International students will have a positive “once in a lifetime” cultural experience and come away with the knowledge, confidence and motivation required to excel in a global society.

SCDSB has over 15 years of experience in International Education. We have developed a strong International Student Program team, including a program coordinator, administrative and support staff, guidance counsellors, teachers and ESL instructors.  Each member of the team is dedicated to supporting an inclusive environment in which both international students and SCDSB students are able to interact and thrive.

Some of our international students attend a SCDSB high school for either one or two semesters, while others graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma and continue their education at colleges and universities, both in Canada and in their home countries. There are currently 12 high schools participating in the SCDSB International Student Program.

Extracurricular Activities:

All SCDSB high schools offer a variety of extracurricular activities. Examples of some of the teams and clubs international students are invited to participate in are:

  • Athletic teams: football, soccer, rugby, basketball, volleyball, hockey, ultimate frisbee, cross country running, badminton, golf, curling, skiing, tennis, wrestling, etc.
  • Clubs: Canoe and Kayak club, Chemistry Club, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Dance Team, Drum Line, Free the Children, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Photography Club, Prom Committee, School Musical, Student Council etc. 

Homestay Information

The homestay program provides students with the unique opportunity to live with a Canadian family. Local host families welcome international students into their homes and provide a safe and caring environment where international students are able to learn about Canadian customs and culture, and be fully immersed in the English language.

  • Homestay students are provided with a private bedroom, study space and three meals per day
  • The homestay company provides custodianship for homestay students under the age of 18
  • Host families undergo a vigorous screening process, including: in-home interview, criminal background and reference checks

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Study at a Simcoe County District School

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) welcomes international students from around the world to participate in full-year and one semester programs. The SCDSB is committed to ensuring that students reach their full potential and become responsible and contributing members of an ever-changing global society. The SCDSB focuses on providing quality programs which develop the skills of lifelong-learning in a safe, caring environment.

Facilities; all high schools provide:

  • Science and technology labs
  • Computer and internet access
  • Library
  • Indoor and outdoor athletic facilities
  • Student lockers

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) secondary school system is based on a two semester model: Semester One September to January; Semester Two February to June

Students can earn a maximum of four credits per semester. A credit is granted in recognition of the successful completion of a course that has been scheduled for a minimum of 110 hours.

The Participating Schools:

  • Banting Memorial High School
  • Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School
  • Barrie North Collegiate Institute
  • Bear Creek Secondary School
  • Eastview Secondary School
  • Georgian Bay District Secondary School
  • Innisdale Secondary School
  • Bradford District High School
  • Collingwood Collegiate Institute
  • Nantyr Shores Secondary School
  • Twin Lakes Secondary School
  • Orillia Secondary School

Fees & Information (2017 -2018 prices)

CAN$      250 Application Fee (non-refundable)
CAN$ 12,500 Full Year (maximum of 8 courses)
CAN$   6,250 One Semester (maximum of 4 courses)
CAN$      450 homestay application fee
CAN$      500 security deposit
CAN$   8,750 10 months homestay
CAN$   4,375   5 months homestay
CAN$      225 Airport pick-up (mandatory)

Tuition fee includes:

  • Academic Program (full year or one semester)
  • Orientation Program
  • ESL support
  • Designated guidance counsellor who provides ongoing academic support, including counselling in regards to course selection and college and university applications.
  • Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) for students who have started their high school education in their home country, but wish to graduate from a SCDSB high school