Congratulations on choosing Catholic education for your child! The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to cultivating the special characteristics of Catholic education whereby our students are nurtured by the message of Jesus Christ and by the tradition of the Church.
The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic. A provincial leader in student achievement, HCDSB provides exceptional educational experiences and services to nearly 31,000 students of all ages. God’s call to love and to serve is nurtured across our 45 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools, and 3 continuing education facilities, serving the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. With a focus on Achieving, Believing, and Belonging, we provide our students and staff with the tools for realizing their fullest potential, while also instilling a life-long commitment to the community.
This section of the website will provide you with useful information, resources and tools to support your child’s education. Whether you’re new to Halton or new to our Board, you’ll find useful information on everything from EQAO, transportation, how to enroll your child in school, school hours and the school year calendar, Curriculum, Special Education and French Immersion programming, our Board’s Focus on Faith initiative, policies and procedures and Continuing Education.
Research shows that students do better when parents are actively involved in their education. Being involved in your child’s education could mean anything from helping with homework, volunteering at the school or becoming a member of your Catholic School Council or the Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC).
At the Halton Catholic District School Board, we believe that the foundation of Catholic education is strengthened by the cooperative relationship between home, school, and parish. As parents, you are the primary educators of your children. Catholic schools complement the educational and faith development that you have begun and are continuing with your children. We invite you to become more involved in your school and your parish.
For many parents, child care is an important factor in choosing a school. Child care, including before and after school care and Early Learning extended-day programs, are offered in schools throughout our Board. Most of the child care centres located within our schools are operated by the YMCA, with the exception of the centre at Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School in Milton, which is operated by The Family Place. All of the before and/or after school child care programs within our schools are also operated by the YMCA. For more information about the child care centres or the before and/or after school child care programs, please contact your local YMCA. For more information about The Family Place child care centre, please call 905-878-0121.
Parents who have a question about their child’s education should contact the school staff. Initially, the classroom teacher should be approached; if there is further concern, the Principal, then the Superintendent, and finally the Director of Education may be approached. Most problems or concerns can be solved at the school level. Our teachers and school administrators value open communication with parents and want to hear from you if you have questions or concerns.
Trustees are also available to help guide parents through the education system. Our Board of Trustees are officials elected to serve parents, students, taxpayers and the school system. They are the link between communities and the school Board, ensuring our Catholic schools in Halton meet the diverse needs of students and parents in their respective communities. Board meetings are open to the public and are held on the first Tuesday and third Tuesday of each month in the Board Room of the Catholic Education Centre in Burlington.
If you have a question, feedback or information you’d like us to add to this section, please send us your comments.