Being an Avon Maitland student is an exciting opportunity for young people from across the world. The Avon Maitland District School Board welcomes international students while appreciating the diverse perspectives they bring to our classrooms and communities. We offer an excellent and affordable educational program designed to provide international students with a meaningful and engaging experience that fosters personal, academic and social growth. The program will provide educational opportunities for students 10 – 18 years of age, primarily in grades 5 – 12. Additionally the Board provides intensive summer sessions of 2 or 4 weeks bringing together international students with Avon Maitland students for an enhanced cultural and education experience.

Elementary Education (Select to view school profiles)

All of the elementary schools in the AMDSB follow the curriculum standards set out by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Elementary school includes grades Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. The school year begins in September and ends in June.

Elementary schools are comprised of:

  • Primary Divisions which include Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3
  • Junior Divisions which include Grades 4, 5 and 6 and
  • Intermediate Divisions which include Grades 7 and 8 (some intermediate programs are housed in Avon Maitland Secondary Schools which offer a 7-12 program)

In the Intermediate Division, students begin transition planning for their secondary school education. Student Services departments in all of the Board’s secondary schools provide support in this process to help students prepare to select their courses in secondary school. The elementary international program will provide student support, English as a second language, enriched learning environments, a home stay program, co/extra-curricular activities , recreational opportunities in the school and community, and enhanced study support.

Secondary or High School Education (Select to view school profiles and videos)

Secondary or High school is considered to be Grade 9 – 12 (age 14 – 18). Seven of the Board’s Secondary Schools are now grade 7 -12 schools. Congregating intermediate students into secondary facilities in some areas has given these students access to advanced facilities and more specialized teaching.

One credit is granted for the successful completion of a secondary school course of a minimum of 110 hours of instruction. To graduate with the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), a student must complete 18 compulsory credits, 12 elective credits, 40 hours of community service and pass the provincial secondary school literacy test.

A school year is divided into two semesters with a student studying either three or four courses each semester. Secondary students can attend high school while preparing for post-secondary attendance at either Canadian College or University.