Summer School Programs

Summer School

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

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.

*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).


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 3 - 26, 2019
  • Credit Recovery Semester 1: July 3 - 15
  • Credit Recovery Semester 2: July 16 - 26


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

To register for DCDSB Summer School, students must see their Guidance Counsellor for paperwork. Guidance Counsellors will approve and complete the application process with DCDSB Continuing Education.
Registration begins online on Wednesday March 27 and closes Thursday June 27. 


Durham DSB

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

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

  • Accelerated Courses: July 4 - 27, 2018
  • Credit Recovery Semester 1: July 4 - 16
  • Credit Recovery Semester 2: July 17 - 27


  • J. Clarke Richardson CI (Ajax)
  • DA Wilson SS (Whitby)
  • Maxwell Heights SS (Oshawa)

To Register for DDSB Summer School, students must see their Guidance Counsellor to receive a letter of permission and status sheet.
Registration must be completed in person at DDSB Continuing Education by Wednesday, June 27 for Accelerated Courses, and Thursday, June 28 for Credit Recovery Courses. Registration opens May 1 at 12:00pm.


Alternative and Enrichment Education

DCDSB Travel for Credit Summer Courses

  • Deep River Science Academy: Advanced public understanding of science and engineering developed by engaging students across Canada in research and development in partnership with educators, industry and government.
  • 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.

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