District School Board of Niagara
You are invited to study at the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) located in the heart of the world-famous Niagara Falls area in Canada! At the DSBN, our motto is, “Achieving Success Together.” International students are well-prepared academically to enter reputable Universities and Colleges in Ontario, throughout Canada, and around the world. In addition to academics, DSBN is known for specialized arts and technology programs and is a world champion in Robotics.
Continuing your English language development is enhanced through our extensive ESL support provided at selected school sites and will occur naturally as you will be immersed in classrooms that have a high percentage of native-English speaking students.
Niagara’s climate is more moderate than in some other parts of Ontario and is located about one hour from Toronto offering many cultural, educational, tourist, and shopping venues. The Niagara Region, with its population of 500,000 spread over 12 communities, will offer you a safe and more stress-free environment in which to live, study, and have fun.
Families in Niagara are eager to provide the care and support that you will need as you adjust to a new culture. Host families are well-screened and are supervised by a professional homestay organization in the area.
Program Established: 2000
Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Winter Camp
Specialized Programs: French Immersion, Sports, Fine Arts
Educational Programs offered in: English, French
Total number of schools: 120
High schools for international students: 2 Secondary Schools with ESL services and 20 secondary schools altogether. If student does not need ESL, he/she can choose any one of the secondary schools as long as he/she is living within the school boundary.
Total Students: 40 000
Total International Students: 60
International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
Nearest Airport Toronto - Pearson International Airport (1 hour away)
The District School Board of Niagara is located in the heart of the Niagara Region that is home to the world famous Niagara Falls. Visitors from all over the globe come to view the magnificent Canadian Falls and to experience the natural geographic beauty of the area including two of the Great Lakes, the Welland Canal system, tender fruit and grape vineyards, and wide expanses of landscape that play host to a wide variety of outdoor activities such as hiking the Niagara Gorge, cycling the Niagara Escarpment trails, ice skating, playing hockey, canoeing, fishing and camping throughout the four seasons of Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.
While the three months of Winter are relatively cold with snow, the other nine months of the year are pleasantly mild to hot.
Please contact the homestay organizations listed below for further details on the services they provide
Canadian English Scholar Program
Hospitalite Canada Ltd.
These are two excellent homestay organizations that IE students of the DSBN have used.
A wide variety of extra-curricular activities are available in all secondary schools. These may include but are not limited to various sports, arts, academic, and interest progrrams. For short term cultural/language group programs, a package of activities would be negotiated and may include but are not limited to: museums, historical sites, Niagara Falls tourist attractions, visit to Toronto, outdoor activities.
Entrance Dates: September 1 & February 1
Application Deadlines: June 15 & December 15 (contact us if later)
Application Fee: Application Fee $250 deducted from total tuition fee
Full Year Tuition Fee: Secondary $12, 500 Elementary $11,200
1 Semester Tuition Fee: Secondary $6, 250 Elementary $5,600
Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $250 payable directly to an external homestay organization
Homestay Monthly Fee: Average monthly fees from homestay organizations is $780
Annual Health Insurance Fee: $450 for September - June
Annual Custodianship Fee: To be arranged with the Homestay organization (typically $1,000 per school year)
All funds are in Canadian dollars