Program Options

The District School Board of Ontario offers the following International Student Program options at

Secondary School and Elementary School:

  1. why choose dsbn - students

    Placement in Secondary School for students seeking to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students will be in Grades 9-12 and typically aged 14 - 17 years. Your transcript of courses completed at your previous school(s) will form the basis for which courses can be counted for equivalency (transfer) credits toward the OSSD. To earn secondary school credits, you must attend full semesters at a time (September to January and/or February to June), i.e. you cannot start or finish part-way through a semester and earn any credits.

    Course Offerings: If you have a strong interest in a particular subject area, such as the arts, music, or technology, you may want to look at the course offerings for a particular school, but you will need to consider also your need for ESL credit courses at selected schools. Course offerings at all DSBN Secondary Schools can be found here.

    Elementary Students
  2. Placement in Elementary School for students seeking to attend academic study at Elementary School. Students will be in Grades K-8 and typically aged 4/5 to 13 years. Students must attend for at least one-half year (5 months), starting from September or February. Students younger than 10 years of age are expected to live with a parent in the Niagara Region due to the support they need at such a delicate, young age.

  3. Placement in Secondary School or Elementary School for a semester-long cultural or language experience. Students must attend for one semester (5 months), starting from September or February.