The following International Student testimonials were gathered through voluntary end of the school year surveys.

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What was your favourite experience while attending school at the HCDSB?


“The variety of classes, and the friendly studying atmosphere. I enjoy learning history, and religion class is my favourite subject.”

Student Name: Peter S.
HCDSB School: Assumption CSS
Home Country: China


“My favourite part about Notre Dame was the ability to take part in extra-curricular activities, such as STEAM and L2L Tutoring. The extra-curriculars allow me to develop my communication skills outside the classroom as well as being educated.”

Student Name: Amir K.
HCDSB School: Notre Dame CSS
Home Country: Iran


“My favourite experiences are two field trips to go to University of Waterloo and Western University. Those are two amazing experiences and through that I finally knew what I want to do in university.”

Student Name: Victoria C.
HCDSB School: Notre Dame CSS
Home Country: China

Were you involved in any extra-curricular activities?


“I joined the  L2L Tutor Program. With the help of my tutors, I managed to achieve very satisfying marks in English and later on I became a Math Tutor which provided me with a chance to pay back to the program and the school society.”

Student Name: Emily (Aijia) Y.
HCDSB School: St. Thomas Aquinas CSS
Home Country: China


“I [joined] the STEAM Club and luckily became an executive. I enjoyed the STEAM events, we hung out with elementary students and showed them how things work and explained things to them. I also enjoy the L2L Program, teaching others and also made friends there. I feel happy when I share what I have learned.”

Student Name: Keyas L.
HCDSB School: Notre Dame CSS
Home Country: China


“I joined the Computer Club. Computer Club is more academic that prepares me for the competition [of university]. In contrast, I enjoy the music courses here, they offer me great opportunities learning different instruments.”

Student Name: Kevin Z.
HCDSB School: Corpus Christi CSS
Home Country: China

Would you recommend the HCDSB to other potential International Students? 


“Yes, because it is such a wonderful experience studying here. I got to know some wonderful individuals at this school, and also had the time and opportunity to try things I never experienced before. We also get the chance to get involved in some interesting classes such as repertoire and arts to find our own potential.”

Student Name: Kelly Y.
HCDSB School: Corpus Christi CSS
Home Country: China


“Yes, the school is very nice. The environment in Halton Region is also good.”

Student Name: Yibo F.
HCDSB School: Corpus Christi CSS
Home Country: China


“Yes. I strongly recommend our school to International Students if they are more academic, our schools have great teachers. You will be able to learn university courses in advance.”

Student Name: Alisa (Xuefei) Z.
HCDSB School: Assumption CSS
Home Country: China

Do you have any other comments related to your experience at the HCDSB?


“Attending Loyola has prepared me greatly for my post-secondary success. When I first arrived to Canada, it was a whole new culture for me, and I was able to adapt to it. Now I am going to study in Argentina, a place that I have never been before and it is going to be easier now because of my experience in Canada. Besides, nowadays globalized companies look for people that speak English fluently, and for this reason I feel happy that I got the chance to learn the language.”

Student Name: Andres
HCDSB School: St. Ignatius of Loyola CSS
Home Country: Venezuela


“The school community is very welcoming and supportive, definitely going to recommend to other students to reach out for the extra help provided by the school and the HCDSB youth and settlement workers.”

Student Name: Sarah Z.
HCDSB School: Corpus Christi CSS
Home Country: China


“It is just amazing. One of the best parts of my life.”

Student Name: Harry Y.
HCDSB School: Holy Trinity CSS
Home Country: China


Some student testimonials have been edited for clarity.