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Summer School - Summer Meaningful Innovative Learning Experience (SMILE)

 SMILE Program

The elementary SMILE summer program provides students who have completed grade 6, 7 or 8 opportunity to deepen and extend their skills in literacy and/or numeracy or to reach ahead and learn new skills to prepare for the next grade through our innovative SMILE program.  NEW – this is a full day program.

The SMILE program will engage students in coding activities that incorporate problem solving, critical thinking, creativity,  collaboration, reasoning, spatial awareness, and sequencing.  This is a full day program form 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM daily.  Each class will be taught by an OCT qualified teacher and supported by an educational tutor.  Students will have a supervised lunch period from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM.  Students will be required to stay on site during the lunch hour.  No food service is available on site. 

Note: To support the success of identified students who receive modifications or accommodations to their program during the school year, please ensure that you submit a copy of your child’s IEP to Continuing Education prior to the start of the program.  This will be forwarded to the summer school site/teacher.  If you have questions, please call Michele Reid, Head of Elective Programs – Durham Continuing Education – 905.436.3211.  Documents may be submitted at Durham Continuing Education, or by FAX 905.436.1780 or via email

 Program Dates

 Sites and Times

Pickering SS - Map
Sinclair SS - Map
​Maxwell Heights SS - Map
​G. L. Roberts - Map
​8:30 am - 2:00 pm
​Monday to Friday

Please note that ALL students must bring a copy of their final report card and a signed registration form the first day of class. 

Transportation: Buses will be available for the SMILE program except at G.L. Roberts CVI.  A bus schedule will be issued at the time of registration.  

The program begins Tuesday July 2, 2019 and concludes Friday July 26, 2019.  Although it is recommended that students attend all classes, some absences can be accommodated.  Any planned absences should be discussed with the summer school site principal.

NB. Program specific pages will be enabled as information becomes available.  Please check back often as information may change.

Registration Instructions
 (for current Durham District School Board elementary students)
Registration Instructions
(for all other students)

Elementary Bus Schedules
Ajax/Pickering Schedule
Brock/Scugog/Uxbridge Schedule
Brooklin/Whitby Schedule
Oshawa Schedule
Registration Form
SMILE Program/DCE Code of ConductSMILE Program Specific Information
SMILE Registration Checklist

Registration opens May 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Wed. June 26, 2019

Students may still register for courses after the deadline where space is available.