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Education

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Hamilton has free public schools from kindergarten to grade 12. Many schools provide extra supports to help newcomer children adapt to schooling in Canada. Some public schools, postsecondary institutions and newcomer serving organizations provide language classes to learn English or French.

Publicly-funded schools are managed by district school boards. Hamilton has two English language public school boards: Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) and Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (HWCDSB). 

For registration with the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (HWCDSB), follow these steps:

Step 1: Contact Assessment Clerk at 905-525-2930 Ext 2006 

Step 2: Complete the online HWCDSB Registration Form 

Step 3: Have the registration documents ready to bring with you to the school 

Step 4: Connect with the school to arrange an appointment to bring the documentation and complete the registration process. The following are documents required for registration, but if you are missing any of these documents, HWCDSB will ensure there is no delay in the process:  1. Status Documentation (i.e. Permanent Resident card, Electronic Travel Authorization, etc.); 2. Student(s) passport and/or birth certificate; 3. Proof of residency in the City of Hamilton; and  4. Previous school report card (secondary only, if available). 

For registration with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB), follow these steps:

Step 1: Contact the HWDSB WELCOME CENTRE at 905-521-2554 to arrange a time for children to meet with a teacher for an English language assessment.  

Step 2: Complete online HWDSB Registration Form 

Step 3: Prepare these documents for school registration: parent and child’s passport, immigration documents (work permit or visitor record), proof of address, such as a lease, and child’s transcript (secondary only, if available. Even if you do not have all the required documents, continue with the registration process.

Step 4: Connect with the school to arrange an appointment to bring the documentation and complete the registration process. Online registration forms can be found below: 

Junior and senior kindergarten https://www.hwdsb.on.ca/kindergarten/ 

Elementary grade 1-8 https://www.hwdsb.on.ca/elementary/plan-for-school/

Secondary grade 9-12 https://www.hwdsb.on.ca/secondary/plan-for-high-school/ 

If you would like to pursue postsecondary education in a university or college in Ontario, you may be eligible for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) to cover the cost of your education as well as living expenses while studying.

Programs

Aboriginal Alternative Secondary School Program / Strengthening Hamilton Aboriginal Education

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre
905-548-9593 ext. 239
34 Ottawa St N, Hamilton, ON L8H 3Y7, Canada

Alternative education program for Aboriginal students wishing to continue their education, in a culturally appropriate learning environment, but not currently attending a secondary school. Aims is to shorten the gap of Aboriginal student’s dropout rates within the mainstream school system.

This program is a partnership between the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre. 

Catholic Elementary Schools in Hamilton

Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board
905-522-6680 (24/7 Emergency Line; does not operate in July & August.), 905-525-1724, 905-525-2930
250 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton, ON L9C 2V2, Canada
315 E 37th St, Hamilton, ON L8V 4B5, Canada
1355 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4M7, Canada
25 Alderson Dr, Hamilton, ON L9B 1G3, Canada
705 Centre Rd, Hamilton, ON L8N 2Z7, Canada
181 Belmont Ave, Hamilton, ON L8L 7M5, Canada
161 Meadowlands Blvd, Ancaster, ON L9K 1H8, Canada
470 Kitty Murray Ln, Ancaster, ON L9K 0C3, Canada
190 Glover Rd, Stoney Creek, ON L8E 5J2, Canada
400 Pumpkin Pass, Binbrook, ON L0R 1C0, Canada
420 Mohawk Rd E, Hamilton, ON L8V, Canada
1624 Centre Rd, Carlisle, ON L0R 1H2, Canada
252 Dewitt Rd, Stoney Creek, ON L8E 2R1, Canada
103 Fletcher Rd, Hannon, ON L0R 1P0, Canada
675 Mohawk Rd W, Hamilton, ON L9C 1X7, Canada
5 Hamilton Ave, Hamilton, ON L8V 2S3, Canada
80 Colcrest St, Hamilton, ON L8E 3Y8, Canada
24 Fiddlers Green Rd, Ancaster, ON L9G 1W1, Canada
15 Saint Ann St, Hamilton, ON L8L, Canada
75 Anson Ave, Hamilton, ON L8T 2X5, Canada
25 Alma St, Dundas, ON L9H 2C9, Canada
270 Governors Rd, Hamilton, ON L9H 5E3, Canada
185 Glenashton Dr, Stoney Creek, ON L8G 4E7, Canada
33 Cromwell Crescent, Hamilton, ON L8G 2E9, Canada
120 Parkdale Ave S, Hamilton, ON L8K 3P3, Canada
298 Hamilton Regional Rd 8, Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1E6, Canada
1361 Barton St, Stoney Creek, ON L8E 5L1, Canada
29 John Murray St, Stoney Creek, ON L8J 1C5, Canada
75 Concerto Ct, Ancaster, ON L9G 4V6, Canada
600 Acadia Dr, Hamilton, ON L8W 3A8, Canada
115 London St S, Hamilton, ON L8K 2G6, Canada
270 Locke St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 4C1, Canada
22 Queensbury Dr, Hamilton, ON L8W 1Z6, Canada
88 Macaulay St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 3X3, Canada
345 Albright Rd, Hamilton, ON L8K 6N3, Canada
25 Brentwood Dr, Hamilton, ON L8T 3V9, Canada
20 Bonaparte Way, Hamilton, ON L9B 2E3, Canada
43 Whitedeer Rd, Stoney Creek, ON L8J 2V8, Canada
60 Gray Rd, Stoney Creek, ON L8G 2X5, Canada
200 Windwood Dr, Binbrook, ON L0R 1C0, Canada
135 Hester St, Hamilton, ON L9A 2N9, Canada
24 Smith Ave, Hamilton, ON L8L 5P1, Canada
24 Amberwood St, Stoney Creek, ON L8J 2H9, Canada
171 San Remo Dr, Hamilton, ON L9C 5S6, Canada
1 Rexford Dr, Hamilton, ON L8W 3E8, Canada
1760 Garth St, Hamilton, ON L9B 1T8, Canada
170 Skinner Rd, Waterdown, ON L0R 2H7, Canada
295 Greencedar Dr, Hamilton, ON L9C 7M9, Canada
49 Fennell Ave E, Hamilton, ON L9A 1R5, Canada

Catholic elementary schools for the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. They offer education using a standard curriculum set by the Ministry of Education from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8.

McMaster University Student Services

McMaster University
905-525-9140 ext. 24796 (Office of the Registrar)
1280 Main St W #123, Hamilton, ON L8S 4M6, Canada

Offers post-secondary education in faculties of Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Science, Social Science, the DeGroote School of Business, and the School of Graduate Studies.

McMaster University is partnered with Mohawk College and Conestoga College to offer collaborative combined degree and diploma programs.

Also offers secondary services for international students, indigenous students, accessibility, special needs services, and the student wellness centre.

Individuals age 65 or older can receive free tuition. Anyone can apply to enroll as a listener or auditor to attend classes without receiving grades or credit.

Student Services provides services such as:

  • Program enrolment assistance
  • Timetable information
  • University/College transfers
  • Payment of program fees
  • Aid and award forms
  • Student card replacement 
  • Diploma requests

Student Services Office is located at the Office of the Registrar in Gilmour Hall, 108.   

Mohawk College Centre for Aviation Technology

Mohawk College
905-575-1212 ext. 2151
9300 Airport Rd, Mount Hope, ON L0R 1W0, Canada

Centre for Aviation Technology located at Hamilton International Airport.  Student capacity is limited to 350 people.  One of several permanent training sites through Mohawk College.  Offering the following programs:

  • Aviation Technician – Aircraft Structures (289)
  • Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance (269)
  • Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance (299)

  • Features include:

  • Only Boeing 737 NG Virtual Maintenance Training system in a Canadian College
  • Separate permanent turbine and piston engine labs
  • Outside space for operational planes (including Boeing 727)
  • Hangar space for 20 static aircraft (including an Ornge Sikorski helicopter, Falcon corporate jet)

Mohawk College City School

Mohawk College
905-575-2489 (General inquiries), 905-575-2730 (Mobile Classroom or trades inquiries), cityschool@mohawkcollege.ca
135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton, ON L9C 7V7, Canada
460 Wentworth St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 5W8, Canada
55 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON L8R 3K1, Canada

Tuition-free college programming offered in community spaces.  Programs include credit courses, workshops, speaker series, and college services.  Maximum of two City School College credits per person.  Visit website for details.

Mohawk College School Services

Mohawk College
1-844-767-6871 (Admissions and Registration), 905-575-1212 (General information), ask@mohawkcollege.ca
135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton, ON L9C 7V7, Canada
481 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 2Y8, Canada

Offers post-secondary academic and vocational training. Offers full-time studies, part-time studies, apprenticeship, continuing education, diploma and collaborative degree levels.  Cooperative education and experiential learning give students hand-on experiences.

Contact the Discovery Centre (Fennel Campus) to learn about:

  • study options
  • financial assistance, scholarships, awards and bursaries
  • preparatory and upgrading options
  • opportunities for further education
  • career assessments
  • booking a college tour

School Board Trustees, Hamilton Wentworth District School Board

Hamilton Wentworth District School Board
905-527-5092, info@hwdsb.on.ca
20 Education Ct, Hamilton, ON L9A, Canada

Hamilton residents elect a board of 15 trustees who establish policies and direction of the school board. A list of current trustees is available on the HWDSB website.