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English as a Second Language (ESL)


The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board welcomes all English language learners into our Catholic secondary school communities. We strive to offer an environment in which students of various cultures and languages can be successful.

ESL Supports in our Secondary Schools

Reception and orientation activities are provided on an ongoing basis to assist newcomer students who are joining our schools, to ensure that they are supported academically and socially.

Secondary teachers support students who are in the process of learning English by considering each student’s level of English language proficiency and providing appropriate accommodations and modifications to the Ontario Curriculum.

While all HWCDSB secondary schools support English language learners, more fulsome ESL programming is offered at Cathedral Catholic Secondary School, St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic Secondary School, and St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School. These schools offer a range of ESL credit courses which are tailored to different levels of proficiency in English. In addition, they offer a range of other credit courses adapted to the needs of English language learners (e.g., geography, religion, history, science) on a needs basis.

For more information regarding ESL courses, visit

Registering at a Catholic School

For elementary and kindergarten registration, please visit:

To register at any of our Catholic Secondary Schools, please make an appointment with the school Principal. Bring the following with you:

- Birth Certificate or passport
- Immigration information (e.g., VISA; Refugee Status, Permanent Resident Status)
- Proof of home address (e.g., driver’s licence; utility bill, etc.)
- Report cards or transcripts from previous years
English Language Learners - Welcome Newcomers

English Language Learners - Welcome Newcomers

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More Information and Contact

For more information on the above topics, please contact Student Services at your child’s secondary school.