Night School

Semester 1 Night School Registration is now closed.

Night School provides students of all ages an opportunity to obtain credits towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, gain prerequisite courses for post-secondary destinations or employment, or to learn/perfect an international language.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, credit courses are offered on-line in a synchronous method for Semester 1.  Delivery format for Semester 2 is yet to be determined.

For program information, click on the appropriate menu option below.

To register, complete both of the steps below:

  1. Complete the Night School Registration Form
  2. Register as a "New Student" with DDSB (all students who want to take night school must complete this step, even if you are a DDSB student)
    • IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS TO COMPLETE THIS STEP:
      • Create an account if you do not already have one
      • Choose "Adult" when asked what grade you are in
      • Choose "DCE Night School" as the school option
      • Complete the rest of the form before submitting
      • To complete this step, click Register as a New Student with the DDSB
Semester 1 - Credit Course Information and Documents
General Program Information - updated September 25, 2020 with new information

Credit courses run two nights per week:

  • Start Date - ​October 5, 2020
  • Registration Deadline - September 30, 2020
  • Students may still register for open courses after this date, however, selection may be limited.
  • Last day to register - October 7, 2020 (9:00 am)
  • ​Mid-term marks - November 18, 2020
  • ​Full-disclosure date - ​December 7, 2020
  • ​Final Summative Activity - January 20, 2021
  • ​Final class - ​January 28, 2021
  • No classes - October 12, December 21, December 23, December 28 & December 30, 2020

Remote Learning happens in ‘real time’.  It is similar to being in a face to face classroom within a school – however you will be accessing that classroom through a computer.  Students are expected to attend the virtual classroom each scheduled Monday and Wednesday between 6:00 pm and 9:15 pm.  Live synchronous instruction and learning will occur during this time.Students are expected to attend all classes and be active on-line each class between 6:00 PM and 9:15 PM.  Teachers will not be available outside of these hours. 

  • Semester 1 programs CANNOT be shortened to accommodate January 1 starts at post-secondary institutions. 

  • Durham Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel programs should there be insufficient enrolment.  Register early to avoid disappointment.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Students attending a secondary school MUST have permission from their day school to take a night school course as the Ontario Ministry of Education has a limit on the number of courses a student may take concurrently.  You must speak to your guidance counsellor and receive permission prior to registering.

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

Registration Documents and Information - updated September 25, 2020 with new information

Available Courses

Course Descriptions

Semester 2 - Credit Course Information and Documents
General Program Information

Credit courses run two nights per week:

  • Start Date - ​February 12, 2020

  • February 10, 2020
    • Students may still register for open courses after this date, however, selection may be limited.
  • Last day to register - February 26, 2020

  • ​Mid-term marks - April 8, 2020

  • ​Full-disclosure date - ​April 29, 2020

  • ​Exam - June 1, 2020

  • ​Final class - ​June 3, 2020

  • No classes - February 17, March 16, 18, April 13 and May 18, 2020

Remote Learning happens in ‘real time’.  It is similar to being in a face to face classroom within a school – however you will be accessing that classroom through a computer.  Students are expected to attend the virtual classroom each scheduled Monday and Wednesday between 6:00 pm and 9:15 pm.  Live synchronous instruction and learning will occur during this time.Students are expected to attend all classes and be active on-line each class between 6:00 PM and 9:15 PM.  Teachers will not be available outside of these hours.
 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Students attending a secondary school MUST have permission from their day school to take a night school course as the Ontario Ministry of Education has a limit on the number of courses a student may take concurrently.  You must speak to your guidance counsellor and receive permission prior to registering. 

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

Registration Documents and Information

Available Courses

Course Descriptions

Credit Language Courses (International Languages) - updated September 25, 2020 with new information
General Program Information 
An International Language is defined as any language other than English and French. Credit language courses adhere to the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations and are taught by accredited teachers.  The courses are design to develop knowledge and skills for those new to a language or to extend and perfect skills for those with previous knowledge.  Each course has 90 hours of instruction with an additional 20 hours of consultation time available to students.  Programs run from 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm.  Classes are held one night per week from October to May.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, credit courses are offered on-line in a synchronous method for the period Sep - Jan.  Delivery format for Feb – May is yet to be determined.

Remote Learning happens in ‘real time’.  It is similar to being in a face to face classroom within a school – however you will be accessing that classroom through a computer.  Students are expected to attend the virtual classroom each scheduled Wednesday between 6:00 pm and 9:15 pm.  Live synchronous instruction and learning will occur during this time. 

Program Dates - updated September 25, 2020 with new information

Start Date - ​October 7, 2020

Last day to register - November 3, 2020 (9:00 am)

​Mid-term marks - January 20, 2021

​Full-disclosure date - ​March 3, 2021

Final Summative Activity - May 5, 2021

​Final class - ​May 12, 2021

No classes - December 23 & December 30, 2020 and March 17, 2021

Registration Deadline 

Program cancelled due to low enrolment.

Students may still register for open courses after this date, however, selection may be limited. Durham Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel classes if there is insufficient enrolment by the registration deadline.  Register early to avoid disappointment.

Registration Documents and Information - updated September 25, 2020 with new information

Available Courses

Course Descriptions

Frequently Asked Questions - General Information
Are these courses the same as high school credit courses? 
All credit courses offered at night school by Durham Continuing Education meet the curriculum expectations of the Ontario Ministry of Education and are the same credit expectations used by publically funded and accredited high schools in Ontario. 
Can these courses be used for entry into college or university? 
Yes – night school courses are the same as any other Ontario high school credit and do meet the eligibility requirements for college and university programs. 
Do colleges and universities recognize these courses as the same as courses taken in a regular high school?
Yes – these are Ontario high school credits with the same expectations and curriculum of any other Ontario high school credit. 
Do I have to do prerequisite courses or can I jump right to the grade 12 University courses that I need for University entrance?
As an adult student, prerequisites are recommendations and not requirements. However, we seriously caution students from skipping the prerequisite courses as the lower level courses will assist you in mastering skills needed for successful completion of the senior University level courses. For students 18 years of age or younger, or those still attending a regular day secondary school, must have the pre-requisite courses. 
How many courses may I take at once?
Courses run two nights per week for four months. The maximum number of courses you could take per semester would be two – however, it is not recommended as you would be out four (4) nights per week.
I can’t attend night school tonight – how can I let me my teacher know?
If you do not have a contact number/email for your teacher, please call 905.436.3211 and leave a message with reception – make sure that you tell them it is for night school, your teacher’s name and the night school site. Please do not call the night school site directly. 
I have been out of school for many years – how do I get my transcript? 
Generally you can obtain your transcript from the last secondary school that you attended – schools are required to keep records for 55 years. Most schools will take the request over the phone. In some cases such as the Toronto District School Board, records are kept in a central repository and must be obtained from that central location. Check with your last school first. 
I have never attended school in Ontario – can I still get an Ontario diploma?
Yes – you can get an Ontario diploma. Some of your education from another province or country may also be recognized for credit towards an Ontario diploma. Each situation is different so once you get started in night school, see the on-site guidance counsellor to work out the next steps. 
I left school many years ago – can I still get a diploma?
Yes. Even if you never attended high school you can still obtain your diploma. Visit Durham Continuing Education and speak with a guidance counsellor to figure out what course to start with or see the on-site guidance counsellor once you have started night school. 
I will be away the last two weeks of classes and will miss the final exam – can it be changed to meet my schedule? 
Exam dates are not-negotiable and cannot be changed. Attendance is mandatory for exams dates. 
What courses do I need to graduate?
Although each individual situation is different, adult students will require 30 credits and compulsory credits that include English, Math or other, and a Science or Technology at the grade 11 and 12 level. See the on-site guidance counsellor when night school starts to explore your options. (Note: students who are currently attending a secondary school during the day should visit the guidance department of their home school for counselling). 
Frequently Asked Questions - Marks/Withdrawals/Cancellations
How can I get extra help at night school?
Teachers are available 15 minutes before and after class. Please speak with your teacher to make arrangements for extra help. 
How can I get my marks to college/university?
Current Durham DSB day students who have applied through their school to OCAS or OUAC, will have their marks uploaded to their transcripts for electronic transmission. Students who attend secondary schools other than Durham DSB, and who wish mid-term marks to be included in the mid-term transmissions, will need to obtain a proof of mark letter to take to their home school. These can be obtained from the night school office only. (Note: a letter would not be required for final grades unless the mark reporting is time sensitive.) Students not attending any day school, and who have applied to post-secondary programs for the following academic year, may need to obtain proof of mark letters to send to perspective colleges/universities. Visit the night school guidance counsellor or night school office for assistance with this process. 
How do I withdraw from my course?
You must withdraw at the night school site during night school hours. Please make sure that you bring any textbooks or materials to return at the time of withdraw. Start the process by visiting the night school office. Deposits will be returned in cheque form by mail, 3-4 weeks after withdraw forms have been submitted. Note: withdraws cannot be done at Durham Continuing Education or at the sites during the daytime.
I am an adult student who is or wants to apply to college/university. Is there someone who can help me with the process? 
For night school students who do not attend a regular secondary school, a guidance counsellor is available twice a month to help you. Please visit your night school office to sign up to see the counsellor. 
What do I do if my course is cancelled? 

If your night school course has been cancelled you have the following options:

1. Review the revised list of courses available on our website (www.dce.ca) to determine if you wish to transfer to another course. Please note that if you are currently attending secondary school, and are transferring into a different course than originally approved by your guidance office, you must obtain approval for the new course. Transfer into the same course at a different location does not require additional guidance approval.

2. If you wish to transfer locations or take an alternate course and you originally registered online, you may log back into your online account and register into a new course. Note that the payment from your first course will show as a credit on your account and will be available to cover payment for your second choice course. OR You may call our office at 905-436-3211 or 1-800-408-9619 and ask for registration to arrange a transfer or you may email us at dceinfo@durham.edu.on.ca to request a transfer.

3. If you do not wish to select an alternate course, you may request return of your deposit by calling 905-436-3211 or 1-800-408-9619 or request a refund by email at dceinfo@ddsb.ca.

4. If the course you require is not available with the Durham District School Board, the Durham Catholic District School Board may be offering the course and may have room to accommodate you. 

What is full-disclosure?
Full-disclose applies only to grade 11 and 12 courses. All attempts of a course where the student remains in the course after the full-disclosure date will show on the student transcript. Full-disclosure dates are listed on the Courses Available page and will be available at the night school site. 
When will I get my final marks? 
For students in a regular Durham District School Board secondary school, you marks will automatically be electronically deposited in your school records. A report card will also be sent to your home school to be added to your OSR. For students in secondary schools other than Durham DSB, report cards will be sent to your home schools. Please check with your school approx. 4 weeks after the completion of your course to ensure your records have been updated at your home school. For students who do not attend regular day school, a report card will be mailed to you (at the address of registration), 3 to 4 weeks after the completion of the course. You may wish to take the report card to your last school to have it added to your Ontario Student Record and transcript. (Note: if your last school is not willing to add it to your transcript and you need a record of this course for post-secondary application, then in future you will need to request proof for this course only at Durham Continuing Education). 

Students attending a secondary school MUST have permission from their day school to take a night school course as the Ontario Ministry of Education has a limit on the number of courses a student may take concurrently.  You must speak to your guidance counsellor and receive permission prior to registering.