Summer Meaningful Innovative Learning Experience (SMILE)

Important Information About Summer School 2020

  • Due to the uncertainty surrounding the re-opening of schools this summer, Durham Continuing Education is currently experiencing limitations in the types and number of courses we can offer.
  • This summer, eLearning courses will be available and on-line registration at will open on May 1, 2020 at 12 pm (GMT + 5) for students to enroll in eLearning courses.
  • We are hopeful that expanded programming choices and other registration options can take place for the current 2020 summer session, pending direction from the province and public health authorities. However, Durham Continuing Education reserves the right to revise, limit or cancel programming as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and other circumstances.

The elementary SMILE summer program provides students who have completed grade 6, 7 or 8 the 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.

Bus Schedule

Buses will be available for the SMILE program.  A bus schedule will be issued at the time of registration.

Ajax/Pickering bus schedule

Brock/Scugog/Uxbridge bus schedule

Brooklin/Whitby bus schedule

Oshawa bus schedule

Course Dates and Times

Classes begin on July 6, 2020 and end on July 29, 2020.

8:30 AM to 2:00 PM. 

Supervised lunch period - 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.

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.

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

Schedule of important dates

Course Guide
Course Guide
Course Information and Registration Forms

Ajax/Pickering bus schedule

Brock/Scugog/Uxbridge bus schedule

Brooklin/Whitby bus schedule

Oshawa bus schedule

Program information

Registration checklist

Registration form

Registration instructions for current DDSB students

Registration instructions for non-DDSB students

Summer School Code of Conduct

What to do if your summer school course is cancelled

Program Information
The SMILE program will engage students in coding activities that incorporate problem solving, critical thinking, creativity,  collaboration, reasoning, spatial awareness, and sequencing.  Classes are taught by an OCT qualified teacher and supported by an educational tutor.  
Registration Deadline
June 30, 2020.  Students may still register for courses after the deadline where space is available, but choices may be limited.
Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
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
Summer School Locations
Maxwell Heights SS 
1100 Coldstream Dr. - Map
Oshawa, ON
L1K 0N1 
J. Clarke Richardson CI 
1355 Harwood Ave. N. - Map
Ajax, ON
L1T 4G8  
Donald A. Wilson SS 
681 Rossland Rd. W. - Map
Whitby, ON
L1P 1Y1