Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB)

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is located in the city of Hamilton, midway between Toronto and Niagara Falls in southern Ontario. In addition to standard Ontario Secondary and Elementary courses our schools offer specialized programs in English as a Second Language (ESL), International Baccalaureate (IB), Business, Computer Science, Aviation, Visual Arts, and French Immersion. All school activities and clubs are open to international students. School teachers, guidance counsellors and administrators are committed to helping international students reach their full potential. Many of our international students have achieved excellent results at school and enter top Canadian Universities nearby such as McMaster University, University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo. As the 4th largest city in Ontario, Hamilton provides a safe, friendly and convenient environment to live. Rich in history and culture and surrounded by spectacular nature, Hamilton, is a city like no other.

Unique for its distinctive urban feel and vibrant arts and culture, Hamilton also boasts deep roots and a proud history. Hamilton offers incredible access to an urban core but also conservation and recreation lands, amazing waterfalls, and is a natural playground for cyclists, hikers, boaters and outdoor adventurers.


Programs Offered:

  • Full Year
  • 1 Semester
  • Summer Program
  • Programs offered in English
  • French Immersion
  • Programs offered in French

Specialized Programs:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Summer Credit
  • Adult High School
  • Hockey Academy
  • Specialist High Skills Major Certifications SHSM

Age Limit: 4 – 18 (19 depending on student’s level of English)
Universities & Colleges in Area:

  • McMaster University
  • Mohawk College
  • University of Toronto
  • McGill University
  • York University
  • Ryerson University
  • Conestoga College
  • Sheridan College
  • Niagara College
  • University of Waterloo
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Brock University
  • Western University


  • Royal Botanical Gardens
  • African Lion Safari
  • Waterfalls and Conservation Parks
  • Bruce trail for walking and cycling
  • Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Pier 4 and Bayfront Parks
  • Niagara Fall

110 King St. W. Plaza Level Suite 606
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8P 4S6

Airport: Toronto Pearson International

Entrance Dates: September & February

Application Deadlines: May 31 & November 30

Application Fee: $275

Full Year Tuition Fee: $12,300- $13,300

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $6150-$6650

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $800-$850 – depends on homestay companies

Homestay Monthly Fee:

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $604.25

Annual Custodianship Fee: 

All funds are in Canadian dollars

Heather Moffat
Vice-Principal, Community & International Education Services

Email: hmoffat@hwdsb.on.ca
Phone: 905-527-5092 ext 2332
Fax: 905-528-0189