The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board is pleased to offer a full range of academic programs for international students from Grades 9 - 12, leading to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Our International Education program provides a variety of services to our international students, making their time in Canada as enjoyable and educational as possible. Homestays can be arranged through the program, providing students extra opportunities to practice English and engage in Canadian culture, all within a safe, caring and supportive environment.
Read more about our unique program offerings, information on the City of Kingston, the City of Belleville and more: International Education Program Brochure
Students can study a variety of subjects, including French, English, geography, chemistry, physics, biology, environmental science, physical education, arts and technology and religion. English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are offered as well and included in the regular school program.
The Supervisor of the program maintains contact with all the students throughout their stay in Canada and helps students with any questions or concerns while in the program. An orientation will be arranged and includes a tour of the school and an initial academic assessment that is used to develop a program that best suits the student's individual needs. Students will become familiar with the school environment and the community that they will be living in. Students will meet with a guidance councillor to assist with course selections and a teacher-counsellor is assigned to each student who can answer questions on program requirements, post-secondary options and provides additional personal support. Students can have transportation arranged from the school to their home and parents will receive regular reports from the school on their child's progress.
For more information and to see more of the exciting updates and events at our two international program sites, please visit:
Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School - Kingston
Nicholson Catholic College - Belleville
International students must complete an Application and student participation agreement in order to be considered for admission into the program. Accompanying the application, the Board requires the student's immunization records, a transcript (written in English) describing the student's grade placement, numerical marks and personal conduct through the last school year. Numerical grades from their previous school year should also be included.
Additional information: International Program Applicant Information.pdf
Application and student participation agreement: International Student Application and Participation Agreement.pdf
Questions about our program? Email International Education
For Homestay Families:
The Homestay Family is an important part of the International Education experience for the student.
Students are coming to Canada to learn English, or in some cases to improve, their English, to prepare for entrance into a Canadian university, and to experience the North American culture and family life.
The following information has been designed to explain the general polices of the Homestay Program. Rules and expectations are meant to be a guide only. Homestay Parent(s) and students are asked to review the information upon arrival and adjust the information to suit their individual situations.
Homestay Parent Agreement
Testimonials from our International Students:
"All the teachers and students are kind and they treat you like a Canadian student. I feel really comfortable." - Aiko from Japan
"They are good teachers and good friends."- Jason from Korea
"It's a very nice city because people are nice and the places are clean." -Chihiro from Japan, speaking about Belleville, Ontario, Canada
"I think Kingston is a great city and the bus system is pretty neat." - Javier from Spain
"My room is great and very comfortable. The family is very nice. My host parents include me in their conversations and they help get me involved." - Victoria from Spain
"I really like my homestay. She makes me feel comfortable and I actually don't miss my home, because it feels like home here." - Mariana from Mexico
Testimonials from our Host Families:
"There is so much to learn about the different cultures! I'm happy to provide a warm caring home environment while my students are away from home, enabling them to enjoy their new school experience." - Clare, homestay parent
"Thank you for giving our family an opportunity to host an international student. It has been an enlightening experience that I would recommend to anyone." -Lori, homestay parent