Summer School Programs

Our Board offers a variety of summer courses and programs to meet the needs of our secondary students. Students should contact their St. Mary Guidance Teacher to register for summer school courses. For questions about summer school, please email 

***After Friday, June 28, 2024, students and parents should contact DCDSB Continuing Education for any issues regarding summer school***

Continuing Education

DCDSB Continuing and Adult Education program provides accelerated, eLearning and remedial summer courses for secondary students. We offer something for everyone, whether you are looking to take courses to get ahead, or want to improve your achievement standing - we can help. The courses available in the summer include:

Secondary (OSSD) Credits 

Credit Recovery Summer School Courses
Duration: 2 weeks
Students must have taken the same course and level within the previous TWO school years prior to summer school and have achieved a mark between 35% and 49% to be eligible. Students who wish to upgrade a mark in a course that they have previously completed can also take Credit Recovery summer school.

Accelerated Summer School Courses
Duration: 4 weeks
For students who wish to gain a credit in a subject they have not previously studied or who wish to upgrade a mark in a course that they have previously completed. Students can only take the equivalent of ONE accelerated course in the summer.

  • Students need computer and internet access to take an online course. Students taking an online course will be expected to log-in on a daily basis and meet all deadlines. Students should be able to commit to working on assignments each day. Participation of approximately 6 hours per day, Monday - Friday is highly recommended for completion of this program.
  • Due to the compressed time frame of Summer School, students must be available for ALL program dates.
  • Flexibility of an online course allows students to access their course material from anywhere that has internet access and any time during the day or night; however, students may be asked to participate in online discussions at specified times. 
  • Once students are registered and enrolled into the on-line environment, they will be able to access their courses at
  • Student must be in Canada for duration of course as VPN will not be supported for those outside the country. 

Students can only register for the equivalent of ONE accelerated course in the summer. If a student is taking an accelerated course, they cannot register for another program in July (i.e. a student cannot take an accelerated course and a credit recovery course).

Students who have been successful in the course previously (achieved a mark of 50% or higher) and who wish to upgrade such mark, can take either the Credit Recovery or Accelerated option (July 2024).

Please see DCDSB specific information (dates, courses offered, registration forms) below:

Durham Catholic DSB
For ALL INFORMATION (courses offered, registration process etc) PLEASE VISIT:


  • Accelerated Courses: July 3 - 26, 2024 (via eLearning)
  • Credit Recovery Semester 1: July 3 - 15, 2024 (Gr 9/10 in person @ All Saints CSS in Whitby and Gr 11/12 Archbishop Anthony Meagher CCEC in Oshawa)
  • Credit Recovery Semester 2: July 16 - 26, 2024 (Gr 9/10 in person @ All Saints CSS in Whitby and Gr 11/12 Archbishop Anthony Meagher CCEC in Oshawa)
  • Cooperative Education: Pre-placement Classes (July 2 and 35, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm) at Father Leo Austin CSS; Co-op Placement (if available): July 4 - August 6; Summer co-op placements must be in-person

To register for DCDSB Summer School, students must submit forms to their Guidance Teacher. Guidance Teachers will approve and complete the application process with DCDSB Continuing Education.

July 2024: Parents and students are asked to complete one of the attached fillable PDF forms to apply for summer school or pick up a paper copy from the Guidance office. The completed registration form can be sent via Edsby or dropped off in the Guidance office to their assigned Guidance Teacher for review and completion of registration process.
Registration deadline is Friday June 14 (4:00pm) for accelerated courses and Friday June 28 (4:00pm).

Online Student Orientation Session 
Students will be contacted by their summer school class teacher for start-up details. Once registered, your username and password will be emailed to you on June 28 by 4:00 pm. Please check junk email boxes and contact if you did not receive a D2L/Brightspace Username and Password. This should be the same as your regular St. Mary/DCDSB login/password. 

Durham DSB

For ALL INFORMATION (courses offered, registration process etc) PLEASE VISIT: 

To Register for DDSB Summer School, students must contact their Guidance Teacher for assistance (may require a letter of permission and status sheet).

Alternative and Enrichment Education
  • Explore: Explore is a five-week intensive summer language-immersion program. Participants in Explore receive a $2,200 bursary (taxable income) that covers tuition fees for the programs, instructional materials, meals and accommodations, workshops, and other mandatory activities. Discover another region of Canada while learning French. Enjoy five weeks of learning and adventure, friendship and discovery!
  • SHAD: Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for 600+ students from across Canada and internationally to attend a month-long summer program, in-residence at one of our Canadian host universities, focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering & math).
  • Toronto Zoo Summer School: Earn your Grade 11 Biology, University Preparation (SB13U) credit at the Toronto Zoo! This unique learning experience engages students through interactive learning opportunities, behind-the-scenes tours, career discussions with Zoo staff, and formal classroom lessons.
  • University of Toronto - Blueprint: Blueprint is an academic enrichment program that was designed for highly motivated Black students currently in Grades 10 and 11 who are interested in careers in Science, Technology Engineering and Math with a strong interest in Engineering. The program includes four weeks of summer programming. In addition to year-long student engagement including monthly webinars and scheduled meet-upsstudents will have the opportunity to hear from researchers in the STEM-fields.
  • University of Toronto - Summer Mentorship Program: The Summer Mentorship Program (SMP) gives high school students of Indigenous or African ancestry a chance to explore health sciences at the University of Toronto over four weeks in July. Students get hands-on experience through lab work, lectures and special projects, discover university education and professional careers in the health sciences, and earn a credit towards your high school diploma - GLN4O - Navigating the Workplace.
  • University of Toronto - Faculty of Law's Youth Summer Program: Every summer, high school students are offered a unique law school experience by the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law. During the Law YSP, students in grades 10 - 12 spend between one and six weeks at the University discussing legal concepts, learning about the realities of our legal system, and applying their knowledge in a variety of engaging interactive activities. The Law YSP features six week-long modules in the areas of Criminal Law (offered twice), Law & Politics, International Law, Corporate Law, Trial Advocacy, and Entertainment & Sports Law. 
  • University of Toronto - Faculty of Medicine's Youth Summer Program: Every summer, high school students are offered an exclusive glimpse into the world of medicine and medical research by the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine. The Med YSP features four one-week-long modules in the fields of Physiology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Pharmacology & Toxicology, and Microbiology. These modules are open to students in grades 10 and 11. Our fifth module offers students the unique opportunity to experience firsthand what it is like to do research in a scientist's lab! This three-week Research Module is open to students currently enrolled in grades 11 and 12.
  • University of Toronto - Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program (DEEP) Summary Academy: DEEP is designed for highly motivated high school students with an aptitude for science and math. DEEP provides students from around the world with the opportunity for advanced study in a variety of engineering, technology, business and science disciplines. The program is designed to expose bright young minds to concepts usually presented in the upper years of an undergraduate degree or in graduate school.
  • Durham Regional Police Service - Youth in Policing Initiative (YIP): Created as an employment and personal development opportunity for youth ages 15-18, the program aims to empower students to make positive changes within their communities, personal lives, and the lives of others. Youth work from July - August on Mondays to Thursdays, 28-35 hours per week.