Toronto District School Board

TDSB International Student Programs (TISP)

The TDSB welcomes students from all over the world. International students coming to study at the TDSB can choose an educational path that best suits their personal interests and academic goals.

Attending school in Toronto is a rewarding experience. Toronto is a beautiful, clean and safe city. International students will learn about other diverse cultures, gain new perspectives and meet new friends while getting a first rate education.

Our teachers and counsellors understand the needs of our international students and know that they often require help adjusting to life in a new country. Our staff speak a variety of languages and they are always willing to offer friendly guidance on academic and personal issues.

Elementary Schools (Kindergarten to Grade 8)

Children living in Toronto with parents or relatives may attend one of our 470 plus elementary schools.

School placement is based on the residential address of parent/custodian. Proof of address includes lease agreement, property tax assessment documents, utility bills, bank statement or telephone bills.

All students at Grade 8 or under must live with their parents, blood relatives or custodians.

Admission Requirements

  1. An average of C+ (65%) or higher in the past two years of school
  2. Letter of recommendation from a teacher or principal
  3. English ability: Although there is no English-speaking requirement for elementary students, we recommend that students have some knowledge of English that includes reading, writing, listening and speaking skills

Secondary Schools (Grade 9 to 12)

Secondary students can attend high school while preparing for post-secondary attendance at either a Canadian college or university. Two academic streams are available. More information can be obtained by contacting the guidance department of each TDSB school designated for international students.

The TDSB secondary schools offer comprehensive support to international students and a full range of academic, language and elective courses., AP courses, extra curriculum activities, clubs, and sport teams. All schools offer a wide range of art programs including music, drama, fine arts and visual arts.

A selection of secondary schools has been selected for hosting international students (Please refer to Appendix A for school profiles). These schools are located throughout the City of Toronto in a variety of communities. The spaces available at the designated secondary schools are regularly updated on our website ( Please check the website often in order to have the most up-to-date information. Placements will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Every attempt is made to place incoming international students in their school of choice; however, this may not always be possible.

International students applying to TDSB secondary schools are only eligible to regular-track programs.

For TDSB Secondary School locations, please refer to the map of schools available to International Students.

Admissions Requirements

  1. An average of C+ (65%) or higher in the past two years of school
  2. Letter of recommendation form a teacher or principal
  3. English ability: Intermediate or higher level of English Language Proficiency

Secondary School Availability for February 2018
(updated October 13, 2017)
School Profile
Albert Campbell CI Registration Closed PDF
A Y Jackson SS Registration Closed PDF
Birchmount Park CI Registration Open PDF
Bloor Collegiate Institute Registration Closed PDF
Central Toronto Academy Registration Open PDF
Central Technical School Registration Open PDF
Don Mills CI Registration Closed PDF
Dr Norman Bethune CI Registration Closed PDF
Emery CI Registration Closed PDF
Etobicoke CI Registration Closed PDF
George Harvey CI Registration Open PDF
Georges Vanier SS Registration Closed PDF
Jarvis CI Registration Closed PDF
John Polanyi CI Registration Open PDF
L'Amoreaux CI Registration Open PDF
Martingrove CI Registration Closed PDF
Monarch Park CI Registration Open PDF
Newtonbrook SS Registration Closed PDF
Northview Heights SS Registration Closed PDF
Silverthorn CI Registration Open PDF
Sir John A MacDonald CI Registration Closed PDF
Stephen Leacock CI Registration Open PDF
Victoria Park CI Registration Closed PDF
West Humber Collegiate Institute Registration Open PDF
Western Technical-Commercial School Registration Open PDF
Woburn Collegiate Institute Registration Closed PDF
York Mills CI Registration Closed PDF

TDSB Cultural Immersion Program (1-4 months)

TISP also offers short-term immersion program specifically tailored for school groups (10 or above) and individuals from different countries. For details please email, and use Immersion Program as the subject line.

Summer School (Credit Courses)

Summer programs are available for international students attending TDSB secondary schools. The programs are offered by the department of Continuing Education and students are required to contact their guidance councelor for approval. Additional fee may apply.

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