New to Durham

Durham District School Board (DDSB) is responsible for public education in the rural communities of Uxbridge, Brock and Scugog townships and the cities and towns of Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa. We employ over 10,000 teaching and educational services staff in 136 elementary and secondary schools and learning centres. DDSB has more than 76,000 regular day students and thousands more who take continuing education and adult credit courses.

 Going to school

 If you're new to Durham, find a school near you to get started. 

View the school year calendar for and scheduled holidays and P.A. days.

Canadian resident?

If you are a Canadian resident with a permanent home address, you can now register for school.

International (non-resident) student registration

If you are residing in Durham temporarily, follow these steps to register for school as an international student.  


Durham Welcome Centre

Visit the Welcome Centre website or contact them by phone at 1-877-761-1155.

Settlement Workers In Schools

Settlement Workers In Schools help connect new students and families to services and resources. These workers give group information sessions, offer help with school staff, and address issues related to settlement when students first arrive in Canada.


 Settlement Workers In Schools consent forms by language

Please select your language, print, and return this consent form to the school principal to allow Settlement Workers In Schools to work with you and your family:

Help getting settled

Find more information on education programs and Durham Region:


Adult and Continuing Education- English Language Programs

Durham Continuing Education offers English language courses for adults to learn English as a Second Language (ESL) course as well as other adult courses and programs that can help you upgrade your skills.

Check out this video on the Newcomer Experience in the DDSB.