Summer School Information

Important Information About Summer School 2020

With the continued closure of schools due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the summer programming offered by Durham Continuing Education (DCE) will look a little bit different as we implement flexible student learning opportunities. In order to support students and mitigate the impacts of the school closure period, DCE has expanded the existing eLearning offerings for students in Grades 9 to 12 to include Credit Recovery and Gap Closing/Upgrading. Programming for elementary students is also moving online or to a mixed delivery model. Unfortunately, some of our other regular face-to-face programs have been cancelled this year to ensure the safety of students and our staff.

eLearning Accelerated Courses - Registration for Semester 1 (July 6 to July 29) is closed. Registration for Semester 2 (July 30 to August 25) is open

Courses in this program are recommended for current secondary students who wish to reach ahead in a subject they have not previously studied or wish to upgrade a mark in a course that they have *successfully completed. Click on the link below for more information.

*See the Credit Recovery & Gap Closing/Upgrading tab if you qualify for those programs.

eLearning Information 

Credit Recovery (Remote Learning) - Registration for Semester 1 (July 7 to July 17) is closed. Registration for Semester 2 (July 20 to July 30) is open

Courses in this program are designed for students (with home school approval) who, during the preceding two school years, have been unsuccessful in one or two subjects.  It is the responsibility of students and their guidance counsellors to ensure that all requirements have been met before registering for credit recovery course.  The student MUST take the same course grade and stream that was previously taken.   Up to one credit will be granted for each course successfully completed at summer school.  A maximum of two credits can be recovered during the summer session.  Additional student support may be available through on-line academic tutors for select courses.

Credit Recovery Information 

GAP Closing/Upgrading (Remote Learning) - Registration for Semester 1 (July 7 to July 17) is closed. Registration for Semester 2 (July 20 to July 30) is open

Courses in this program are designed for students (with home school approval) who, during the 2019-2020 academic year, have been successful in one or two subjects, and wish to upgrade their mark or revisit course concepts.  The student MUST take the same course grade and stream that was previously taken.   For students in grades 9 to 12, the upgraded mark along witht the previously earned mark will be entered on the student’s Ontario Student Transcrip (OST)  (for summer 2020 only).   These courses do not grant additional credits.  Additional student support may be available through on-line academic tutors for select courses.

GAP Closing/Upgrading Information

Getting Ready for High School - Registration Open

The Getting Ready for High School program may run in August depending on future direction from the government regarding safety and operating protocols for the reopening of schools. The mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning or mixed) is yet to be determined. This program allows students who are entering Grade 9 in the Fall of 2020 to become familiar with their new school and prepares them for the transition to Grade 9.  Click on the link below for more information.

Getting Ready for High School Information

SMILE-e Program (Remote Learning) - Registration is Closed

The original SMILE program is now being offered in a remote learning format as SMILE-e. Students who have completed grade 6, 7 or 8 have the opportunity to deepen their skills in literacy and/or numeracy or to learn new skills to prepare for the next grade. Click the link below for more information.

SMILE-e Information

Youth in Policing (Applications Available)

The Youth in Policing Initiative, run in partnership with Durham Region Police Service, is an eight-week summer employment opportunity for youth ages 15-18, residing in Durham Region. Click on the link below for more information.

Youth in Policing Information

Programs Not Offered in Summer 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the following programs will not be offered this summer.

  • Accelerated Secondary Credit Courses (face-to-face)
  • Boyd Archaeological Field School (face-to-face)
  • Cooperative Education and Specialist High Skills Major (face-to-face, SHSM)
  • Credit Recovery (face-to-face)
  • Small Group Physical Education Program (face-to-face, PPL1O1)

Note: Durham Continuing Education reserves the right to revise, limit or cancel programming as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and other circumstances. Please check back often. Updated information will be posted as it becomes available.