International Programs: High School Credit


The Centre for Education & Training offers language and educational programs for youth between the ages of 14 - 21. High school aged learners may enroll in a Canadian public school for a minimum of one year. Canadian schools are dynamic and exciting for the youth of the 21st century. Learners can study English and become world citizens through an immersive multicultural learning environment that fosters tolerance and understanding.

The Ontario secondary school program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they will need to lead satisfying and productive lives in the 21st century. The program will prepare students for further education and work, and will help them to become independent, productive and responsible members of society.

The secondary school program is designed so that students can meet the diploma requirements in four years. Courses are offered in new ways intended to ensure that education is relevant both to students’ needs and interests and to the requirements of postsecondary institutions and employers. In Grades 9 and 10, courses strongly promote the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills by all students, but at the same time allow students to begin to focus on their areas of strength and interest and to explore various areas of study. In Grades 11 and 12, the program is designed to allow all students to choose courses that are clearly and directly linked to their intended postsecondary destinations.


Application Fee:

Administration fee (non-refundable)$350.00 CAD (includes placement assessment)


Standard academic year (up to 8 credits)

$13,250.00 CAD

Per semester (4 credits)

$6,625.00 CAD + Administration Fee

Student Registration Fee (payable at school)$50.00 - $150.00 CAD

Night or Summer School (1 credit)

*Only offered to current high school students

$1,100.00 CAD

Homestay Program: If interested please visit the following link - Canada Homestay International

Homestay Application Fee (non-refundable)$350.00 CAD

Homestay Accommodation for 10 months$9,750.00 CAD (meals included) *10 months

Health Insurance (required):

StudentGuard Health insurance is mandatory for all PDSB International Students effective September 2, 2011

For more information on this comprehensive insurance policy please click here.

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$1.75/day CAD

Airport Pick Up

Airport Pick Up and/ or Drop Off Fee

((2 weeks noticed required)

$100.00 CAD each way

Public Transportation

Monthly Bus Pass$107.00 CAD 

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Courier/Mailing Documents:

Courier/Mailing Original Documents to Home CountryPrice to be determined by courier company at time of mailing

Bank Charges

Bank Charges once money is received in CanadaRange from $10.00 to $45.00CAD

All fees are in Canadian Dollars and are quoted as of November 15, 2010.


Peel Academy for International Students at: 

Clarkson Secondary School 

2524 Bromsgrove Road, 

Mississauga, ON L5J1L8

Benefits of the Peel Academy for International Students:

  • counseling support specific to the needs of international students regarding settlement issues and cross-cultural awareness
  • superior English Second Language programs
  • flexible timetabling
  • expert guidance to prepare students for university and college studies
  • pathways to success created by Peel District School Board, Sheridan College and the University of Toronto Mississauga
  • inclusive, globally minded society that values multiculturalism
  • internationally recognized public education system

To register, please see the Registration section for more information.

Code of Conduct

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OSSD Requirements

Things You Should Know About Secondary School in Ontario

Students will earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), which is recognized internationally after successful completion of high school. Students can choose from 2 courses of study: Academic or Applied. This prepares the students for post-secondary study in their chosen discipline either for college or university.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Diploma Requirements

Students must earn a total of 30 credits to obtain a secondary school diploma. One (1) credit requires approximately 110 hours of class time.

30 credits include 18 compulsory credits and 12 optional credits. Equivalent credits will be granted where applicable for International Learners. An original high school transcript from the home country along with a translated version in English is required.

18 Compulsory Credits

  • 4 credits - English
  • 3 credits - Math (1 at senior level)
  • 2 credits - Science
  • 1 credit - The Arts
  • 1 credit - Canadian Geography
  • 1 credit - Canadian History
  • 1 credit - French
  • 1 credit - Health and Physical Education
  • ½ credit - Civics
  • ½ credit - Career Studies

Plus one credit from each of these three groups:

1.The Arts

Business Studies

Health and Physical Education

2.Canadian World Studies


Social Science 

Third Language

3.Senior Science

Technological Education

Optional Credits

In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students must earn optional credits selected from the courses listed as available in the school course calendar.

Community Involvement Activities

As part of the diploma requirements students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of unpaid community involvement activities.  These activities can be completed at any time when earning secondary school credits.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

Students are required to successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test which is based on Grade 9 reading and writing expectations. This test can be taken in Grade 10 or after.

*Students planning on attending university must select at least six (6) Grade 12 university or university/college preparation courses in order to meet university entrance requirements.

Many Students Take an Extra Year

Many students choose to take an extra year or two to finish high school. This gives them more time to learn English. It also helps be better prepared for their plans after high school. The teachers and the guidance counselor can help you consider this option.

Public Education in Ontario

All provincial schools like the Peel District School Board (PDSB) are governed by the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines.

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Diversity in Peel

The Peel District School Board is one of the most multicultural school boards in Canada. Our teachers have been working with students from diverse cultures for many years. Teachers and counselors provide support and guidance on personal and academic issues through English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.

For more information on the Peel District School Board please visit


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Government of Saskatchewan
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
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