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Summer School - Registration Information and Overview
​​In person registration:
May 1:  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
May 2 - June 28:  8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
(extended hours to 7:00 PM on June 25 and 27)

July 2 – August 23:  8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Telephone registration:
May 1:  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
May 2 - June 28:  8:30 AM to 3:45 PM
(extended hours to 7:00 PM on June 25 and 27)

July 2 – August 23:  8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Online registration:
May 1:   12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
May 2 - Aug 20:  24 hours per day
(unavailable from June 28 @ 3:30 PM to July 2 @ 8:30 AM)
Register online

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 Summer School Overview


Summer School offers students of all ages an opportunity to get ahead, catch-up, explore the world of work through experiential learning or get ready for the next step.  Programs are offered in a face-to-face format, on-line through eLearning or as a cooperative work experience.  All courses are taught by licensed teachers and meet the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations. Summer school sites also offer free tutor support for registered students.

Secondary Programs (Credit Granting Courses)
  • Accelerated Secondary Credit (Grades 9 - 12)
  • Credit Recovery (Grades 9 - 12)
  • eLearning Secondary Credit (Grades 10 - 12) 
  • Cooperative Education and Specialist High Skills Major Cooperative Education
  • Youth In Policing Cooperative Education Program (by Invitation Only)
  • Boyd Archeological Field School
  • Focus for Future (by Invitation Only)
  • Summer Centres for Success at Durham College (by Invitation Only)
  • Scugog Island First Nation Cooperative Education Program (by Invitation Only)
  • Learn@Home – Correspondence Program (for secondary students – limited eligibility – Principal recommendation only)
  • English as a Second Language Programs for Adults
Elementary Programs (Non-credit Granting Courses)
  • SMILE program - for students who have completed grades 6, 7, or 8
Above programs are offered at locations in Oshawa, Whitby and Ajax/Pickering each year. Programs start at the beginning of July and end each year before the August Civic holiday weekend (specific dates and locations change each year - see program pages for details). eLearning will offer a second semester starting late July and finishing the end of the third week of August.
Secondary Programs (Non-credit Granting Courses)
  • Getting Ready for High School (for students entering grade 9 in September)
This transition program is offered in the second last week of August at each secondary school within the Durham District School Board. (see program page for details)

 General Information

  • New for Summer 2019 - Current Durham District School Board students may only take ONE (1) accelerated credit or TWO (2) accelerated 0.5 credit courses OR a Co-operative Education Program OR up to TWO (2) credit recovery courses during summer 2019 regardless of the mode of delivery.  Exceptions MUST be requested by the home school principal to the principal of Durham Continuing Education.
  • In-class credit recovery courses CANNOT be combined with accelerated courses, eLearning, correspondence or cooperative learning courses.
  • eLearning students should expect to actively participate in their eLearning course for minimum 6 (six) hours per day – Monday through Friday for the duration of the program.  Due to the compressed summer school schedule, eLearning courses cannot accommodate extended absences within the course timeframe.  If it is necessary for a student to be away during the course, please contact Durham Continuing Education prior to registering to see if this learning opportunity best serves your situation.
  • Due to the compressed time frame of Summer School, students must be available to attend ALL program dates.
  • Exam dates cannot be rescheduled or modified.
  • Summer school bussing is only provided for elementary students throughout Durham and only secondary students who attend Port Perry HS, Uxbridge SS, and Brock HS.  Durham Region Transit, servicing the southern part of Durham, is aware of our summer school locations and has modified their summer schedules to accommodate students travelling to summer school destinations.
  • Registration opens May 1st or the first business day in May each year.  (See the program pages for more information)
NB. Program specific pages will be enabled as information becomes available.  Please check back often as information may change.