When does school start?
The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6, 2023, for Semester One of the 2023/2024 school year.

Please refer to the tentative 2023-2024 School Year Calendar for additional information.

When do you prefer students to arrive?
It is recommended that new students arrive a minimum of two weeks prior to the beginning of school in order to complete their Intake and Assessment appointment at our Welcome Centre.
How can I pay my application or tuition fee?
Please refer to our Make a Payment page for an overview of the recommended payment process for International Students.
What should new students bring with them to Canada?
Please refer to our Arrival Checklist.
Do students have to take English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) classes?
Students will be individually assessed during their English Assessment once they arrive in Canada.

If the student is deemed to have a sufficient level of English, then ESL may not be required.

How is a student's ESL level determined?
Please refer to our ESL Level Placement page for an overview of this ESL level placement process.
Where can I find English language support?
All of our secondary schools offer English language support on site.

Additionally, you can visit the Settlement Services website for various English language exercises.

Can students choose the classes they would like to take?
Following their Intake & Assessment Appointment at the Welcome Centre, students will meet with a Guidance Counselor to discuss the courses they’re interested in.

The courses students enroll in will depend on availability, prerequisites, and the student’s English language ability. Students are offered the full curriculum and ESL Program.

What are Religion courses like?
Please refer to the Religion Credits page to learn more about the various Religion courses our Board offers.
Can students participate in music, dance or sports?
All of our schools offer a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Which school can I apply to?
Please refer to our How to Apply page for a list of schools that are currently accepting International Student applications.
Is transportation to school provided?
To determine if you are eligible for busing, please click here. You will be required to enter your homestay address, grade, and then select Halton Catholic District School Board.

Please note that transportation is only provided to your home school, as determined by your homestay address.

When do students have vacations?
Please refer to the HCDSB’s School Year Calendar.
What is a “P.A.” day?
P.A. days are Professional Development days for HCDSB Staff. Students do not go to school on these days.
What is the Student Code of Conduct?
What is the Uniform Policy?
Please refer to a School’s Profile for their Uniform Policy. All of our secondary schools require students to wear uniforms.

Uniforms can only be purchased through our exclusive provider McCarthy Uniforms either online or at their local store.

Please visit mccarthyuniforms.ca for more information.

What is your Refund Policy?
Please refer to our Refund Policy page.

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For any remaining questions or concerns, please contact us directly for assistance.