Durham Academy Secondary School International Admissions

  • In 2017 Durham Academy Secondary School welcomes its first high school class with students from Canada and around the globe. Be a part of this exciting endeavor and educate your child in one of the most highly-ranked countries in the world for education, quality of life and diversity.

  • The Academy is located in Oshawa, Ontario, a city of 150,000. Oshawa is small and safe city--with an affordable cost of living--yet is within a 30-minute drive of Toronto and 2 hours from Niagara Falls. The Academy is in a quiet residential area within walking distance of public transportation, and with facilities that are ideal for a school that focuses on small class sizes and knowing each student’s name.

  • While the Academy is new, its educational foundation started over thirty years ago with Great Beginnings Montessori and Durham Elementary Private School. Their philosophy of education ensures that each student will be recognized as an individual with unique talents and abilities. Durham is a member of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools.

  • The curriculum chosen by the Academy will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and students will work towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Fully accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Academy hires Ontario Certified Teachers who also have training in English as a Second Language. Inside and outside of the classroom, your child will participate in activities and events that will help them acclimate to the Canadian culture and enhance their educational studies.

  • Durham Academy has a male and female residence where they will receive nutritious meals, have their own bedroom with the option to share and transportation to and from school. Both residences are staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week with guardian supervisors. The academy has also arranged for Home stay with local families. The home stay parent can also act, if needed as your child’s custodian (as required by Canadian immigration regulations). Your child may also stay with their home stay family during the holidays and school breaks.

  • Airport pick-up, and an orientation to the school and the Oshawa area will be provided during the week before classes begin (no additional charge). Parents or guardians are most welcome to attend. 

Application Process

Upon receipt a completed International Student Admissions Package:

  1. Your application will be reviewed by the International Admissions Counselor and then referred to the Principal;

  2. You will be contacted to arrange for an interview via Skype. If possible, both parents (or guardian) should be available for the interview, along with the applicant;

  3. Admissions decisions will be made within 10 days of your interview. You will receive your decision via an emailed Durham Academy Letter of Admission from the International Admissions Counselor or your Educational Consultant.

  4. To accept your offer of admission an Administrative Fee of $200 and a deposit of $5000 must be returned within three weeks of the date on the Letter of Admission. The $5000 deposit will be applied towards the first year of tuition, or refunded if a study permit is not approved. A tuition payment plan is available.

  5. Upon receipt of the deposit, you will be provided with a Student Admission Form that will list all of the information, including housing arrangements, that is required for the study permit application.

  6. You may use the Student Admission Form, along with the Letter of Admission, to apply for your study permit with the closest Canadian consulate. Our International Admissions Counselor can also assist you with the study permit application for an additional fee of $475. Please contact Susan at durhamacademyinternational@gmail.com for more information.


September 2017 Enrollment Term 1 September 5th 2017 to January 25th 2018. You can register anytime throughout the year.

February 2018 Enrollment Term 2 January 29th, 2017 to June 20th 2017

International Student Tuition and Fees

  • Application Fee: No charge

  • Administration Fee (non-refundable) required upon accepting offer of admission: $200

  • Deposit required upon accepting the offer of admission: $5000. Applies towards first year of tuition and is refundable if a study permit is not approved.

  • International Student Tuition:
    • Grade 9, 10 $9000.00 per year ($4500.00 for half year enrollment)
    • Grade 11, 12 $12,000.00 per year ($6500.00 for half year enrollment)

  • Material Fee (all students): $750

  • Homestays: Cost will be arranged with the host family

  • Health Insurance: Student must arrange on their own


Durham Academy Inaugural Scholarship

$3,000 each will be awarded to the first five international* students who enroll for the 2017 inaugural year of Durham Academy Secondary School.

  • Student must enroll for the full academic year (September to June).
  • Half of the scholarship will be awarded in September, half will be awarded in February by way of reduction to tuition.

Principal's Scholarship

$2,500 each will be awarded to five international* students using the following formula:

  • grades from all classes (except for the English class) will be added together and averaged (out of 100). This average will be added to the grade received from the English class to determine the score (out of 200).
  • The five students with the highest scores will receive a $2500 award, which may be applied to the following year's tuition, or taken as a cash award after July 1st.

*International students are defined as those in Canada on a study permit.

Payment Information

  • The Administrative Fee and Deposit can be paid by Western Union, Paypal or Wire Transfer. Information will be provided with the Student Admission Form.
  • For regular tuition payments we recommend that you open a Canadian bank account.
  • Payment Plan: The yearly tuition fee is paid by 10 post-dated cheques, each in the amount of the yearly tuition fee and divided by 10. Cheques are dated the 1st of each month from September 2017 to June 2018. (The first year tuition is reduced by the deposit.)
  • The Material Fee is paid by 3 post-dated cheques, in the amount of $250 dated August 15th, 2017, December 15th, 2017 and March 15th, 2018. Material fee for half-year enrollment is $500.

Study Permit

You may use the Student Admission Form, along with the Letter of Admission, to apply for your study permit with the closest Canadian consulate.

Our International Admissions Counselor can also coordinate the study permit application for an additional fee of $475. Services will be provided by a licensed Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), as governed by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. Only Immigration Consultants and attorneys may offer immigration advice to applicants. Please contact Susan at durhamacademyinternational@gmail.com for more information.

The time it takes to get a study permit varies by country (see processing times), so please apply as soon as possible. You must be able to show that you have enough money to support your child’s educational time while in Canada. The Student Admission Form will indicate that you have paid a deposit to Durham Academy Secondary School.

Download our International Student Admissions Package


Questions? Contact Susan, the International Admissions Counselor, at durhamacademyinternational@gmail.com
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