Inspire Learning!

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) is a provincial leader in education. Our schools promote excellence, diversity, individual excellence and quality of education. YRDSB students are enriched with the opportunity to live and learn together with foreign students.

Why choose YRDSB?

At the provincial level, YRDSB students continue to achieve the highest positions according to the, Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), the ministry that governs quality standards of education in Ontario. This is due to the combination of prepared and motivated students for success, highly trained teachers to facilitate student learning, educational leaders who share a common vision of excellence and a contributing community that understands the importance of good public education.



Programs for International Students

YRDSB students have the highest academic standards in the province of Ontario and are the third largest school district in the province. Located north of the City of Toronto, YRDSB has about 200 primary and secondary schools. International students can participate from Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Primary Education (Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 8)

Primary education includes Pre-Kindergarten (4 years old) through Grade 8 (13 years old). The school year begins in September and ends in June. English as a Second Language (ESL) is offered at most schools. Parents and students can choose from more than 160 elementary schools.

Secondary Education (Grades 9 - 12)

Secondary school students between the ages of 14 and 18 can select which school to attend within those designated for international students. The school year is divided into two semesters, and in each semester you can take up to four academic courses (credits). English Second Language (ESL) classes are offered at five levels throughout the school year as a credit course to help the student strengthen the language. Advanced Term (AP) courses are available at select high schools.
International students must meet the following requirements to graduate from the secondary level and receive their Ontario High School Diploma (OSSD): complete the 18 required credits and 12 optional credits, pass the province mandated literacy test (OSSLT), and meet 40 hours of service to the community.
Some of the facilities that are available for student use are: 
  • Technological classrooms
  • Science and computer labs
  • Gyms and weight rooms with showers
  • Modern libraries
  • Communication, design and multimedia laboratories
  • Theatre and music rooms
  • Dining rooms
  • Sports fields
  • Online resources
Students may enroll in various extracurricular activities and sports teams, such as:
  • Student council
  • Environment clubs
  • Theatre and drama
  • Informatics Engineering
  • Chess
  • Mathematics
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Robotics
  • Visual arts
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Weight training
  • Tutoring

Student Services

YRDSB's orientation program is designed to provide international students with the best start to their stay in York Region. This orientation program is focused on helping students establish themselves within their new community and school; Providing classroom activities, special speakers, visits to schools and community centres, and walks to different attractions. As part of the programming, each student will be assessed in English and Mathematics. This assessment will be taken into account in preparing each student's curriculum.

Agent Services

Students under the age of 18 who have chosen this service can be assured that YRDSB will act as the official agent for their academic issues and maintain contact with their parents throughout the school year.

Academic Counselling

Each high school has a team of academic counsellors who are available to offer assistance in course selection and study planning. Students may also speak with their academic counsellor regarding their post-secondary plans.

Student Counselling

International education staff act as a mediator between students and schools, assisting them in adapting to their new school and community. Regular visits to schools are held to meet with academic counselors, teachers and principals, where individual progress is monitored and reported to the student's parents.

Homestay Program

The well-being of our international students is vital to academic success during their studies in York Region. Our lodging service offers friendly and welcoming families who provide an environment of friendship, protection and support. Students are accommodated with families who live near the school and are accessible to public transportation. A host family is selected for each student according to their interests, lifestyle, personal needs and preferences.
The regular monitoring of students and families ensures a good adaptation. Accommodation coordinators are available seven days a week for student and family consultations.

For more information on these programs, contact us at info@isicanada.co or go to the website http://www.yrdsb.ca/international
YRDSB Homestay Services include: 
  • Families with a clean public record

  • Family profile with photos

  • Individualized family selection for each student

  • Commitment to quality and service

  • Emergency 24 hours a day

  • Homes near the school

  • Welcoming English speaking families

The host families offer:
  • A stable and safe environment

  • A private furnished room with access

  • Shared bathroom

  • Three meals a day, including snacks