The World Classroom Program is a short term immersion program geared to integrating international students with local York Region (YRDSB) students. The program runs during the school year from October to May with exceptions of January and March break period. A group of students from a specific country will be scheduled to be in York Region from a given start date to end date. Students in the same grades in York Region schools will be invited to host. Students who volunteer to host will provide homestay placements and will be partnered with visiting students at school. During weekdays, each visiting international student will attend and participate in school classes with his or her partner. The visiting student will live with his or her buddy’s family participating in daily family routines. Excursions will be planned for the visiting students during weekends.
At the end of the program each visiting international student will receive a progress report card and an achievement certificate.
We welcome visiting international students from around the globe: October to November and/or February to May (high school students, ages 14 to 18, Grades 9 to 12) and October to November and January to May (elementary students, ages 10 to 13, Grades 5 to 8).
During the 2012/2013 school year, the World Classroom program is limited to a maximum of 4 weeks in duration.
The group of international students arriving from a given country will be placed in various YRDSB schools across York Region. There will be one visiting international student per class and a maximum of six per school.
Homestay accommodation will be provided by the family of the York Region partner. International students will be provided with three meals a day, a private or shared bedroom, and access to the kitchen and laundry facilities.
International elementary visiting students will attend the same classes with their York Region partners. Secondary visiting students will go to the same school with their York Region partners, but will be able to select different classes to attend depending on their availability.
Students must register as a group (minimum of 15 plus one adult chaperone) and a deposit of C$300 per person is required four months prior to the program start date to secure the space. Full payment and completed registration package must be submitted two months prior to the program start date in order to be matched with a York Region student and confirm homestay and school placements.
Step 1 – fill out the WCP registration form for each student along with a chaperone agreement, specifying the start and end date. Provide the following documentation with the registration form:
Step 2 - submit the registration package along with the full payment to the Admissions Office at the following location:
Community & International Education Services
Dr. Bette Stephenson Centre for Learning
36 Regatta Ave.
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada L4E 4R1
Tel: 905 884 2046 ext. 237 | Fax: 905 773 2406
Payment can be made by one of the following options:
Step 3 – York Region District School Board will issue a group letter of acceptance and receipt of payment after receiving the registration package and full payment.
Step 4 - fill out the Arrival Confirmation Form and fax (905 773 2406) or email (email@example.com) to Admissions Office
Step 5 – arrive at a York Region school and pick up by partner’s family members
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|Price includes non-refundable registration fee, comprehensive medical insurance, homestay accommodation which includes three daily meals and return airport transfer.|
• daily classroom immersion program during school days
• homestay accommodation with 3 meals a day
• program excursions to touristic locations on selected weekends
• admission and transportation fees during excursions
• participation certificate and souvenir
• medical insurance
• airport pick-up and drop-off service