Summer School Programs

Our Board offers a variety of summer courses and programs to meet the needs of our secondary students.

*Due to Covid 19 measures, ALL summer school classes will be offered ONLINE. Updates regarding any program changes will be communicated by DCDSB Continuing Education on the direction of the Ministry of Education. 

*Online Student Orientation Session - July 2, 2020* 
 Students will be  contacted by their summer school class teacher for start-up details.

Please check junk email boxes and contact  if you did not receive a D2L/Brightspace Username and Password on June 29 by 4:00 pm.


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:

View the links above to register online or call 905-683-7713 (Ajax) or  905-438-0570 (Oshawa).

Secondary (OSSD) Credits 

Credit Recovery Summer School Courses
Duration: 2 weeks
Students must have taken the same course and level with in the previous TWO school years prior to summer school and have achieved a mark between 35% and 49% with no more than 15 class absences.

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 may only take the equivalent of ONE accelerated course in the summer, regardless of mode of delivery (in class or eLearning).

Students taking an on-line course will be expected to log-in on a daily basis and meet all deadlines. Students should be able to commit to a minimum of 24 hours per week to online learning. Final exams for all Grade 11 & 12 courses (except OLC4O) will be written in a classroom at the end of the term.

*Normally, students who have been successful in the course previously (achieved a mark of 50% or higher) and who wish to upgrade such mark, MUST take the accelerated course (as per the Ontario Ministry of Education). For Summer 2020, students are eligible to take an upgrading course if they have already completed the course and passed. Students may upgrade a course in a credit recovery (55 hour/2 week class).

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

Dates (Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm):

  • Accelerated Courses: July 2 - 27, 2020
  • Credit Recovery Semester 1: July 2 - 14
  • Credit Recovery Semester 2: July 15 - 27


  • Notre Dame CSS (Ajax)
  • Father Leo J. Austin CSS (Whitby)

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 2020: Parents and students are asked to complete one of the attached fillable PDF forms to apply for summer school, and email the completed registration form to their assigned Guidance counsellor via email for review and completion of registration process. Please see Guidance counsellor alpha assignments and emails below for your convenience.

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

Dates (Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 2:15 pm):

  • Accelerated Courses (in-class and eLearning) Semester 1: July 6 - 29, 2020
  • Accelerated Courses (eLearning only) Semester 2: July 30 - August 25, 2020
  • Credit Recovery Semester 1: July 6 - 16
  • Credit Recovery Semester 2: July 17 - July 29


  • J Clarke Richardson SS (Ajax)
  • Donald A Wilson SS (Whitby)
  • Maxwell Heights SS (Oshawa)

To Register for DDSB Summer School, students must contact their Guidance Teacher to receive a letter of permission and status sheet (Instructions for Summer 2020).
Registration must be completed at DDSB Continuing Education by Tuesday, June 30th. Registration opens May 1 at 12:00pm.

Alternative and Enrichment Education

  • DCDSB Travel for Credit Summer Courses (Summer 2020)
    • English in England and Scotland (ENG3U1 or ENG4U1)
    • Environmental Science in Costa Rica (SVN3M1)
    • Civics and Careers in Ottawa, Montreal and New York (CHV/GLC)
  • 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!
  • Hamilton Health Sciences: High School Health Research Bursary Program - An invaluable opportunity for top high school science students in grades 11 and 12 to apply for a seven-week summer internship placement program working alongside Hamilton world-class researchers and team members in July - August. Applications are due in April
  • 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 - 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.

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