International and Indigenous Languages

About the Program

Thank you for your interest in the International and Indigenous Languages (IIL) program at the York Region District School Board (YRDSB). We are pleased to welcome you to our exciting program.

  • The program is available to all YRDSB and non-YRDSB students
  • No prior language experience is necessary
  • Classes run Tuesday to Friday evenings and Saturday mornings

The program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education and is intended for students who wish to learn a new language, preserve their own language or enhance their intercultural awareness. There is no cost to enroll in the program, except for a consumable and resource fee.

Please note: Courses are subject to enrollment and teacher availability. Stacked classes may be created based on registration numbers. Additional fees are required for international fee-paying visa students.

We look forward to welcoming students in September. To ensure the safety of our students and staff, changes to program delivery will be made in accordance with the Ministry of Education and Public Health directives. Please continue to check the webpage for regular updates to the program.

Research shows that speaking more than one language has many cognitive benefits and may improve how the brain functions, such as improving memory and concentration; enhance decision-making and multi-tasking skills; and open future employment opportunities.

Elementary students standing in school hallwayCurrent School Year Registration

For elementary program registration information please contact us by email at international.languages@yrdsb.ca​ or by phone at 904 884 2046 ext. 242.

Summer 2021

After a successful first year, Grade 8 Reach Ahead courses will be available once again. As the program grows, we are excited to offer three languages: Farsi (new), Simplified Mandarin and Spanish. See Continuing Education for more information on registration and course details.

Upcoming School Year

With thanks to community interest and support. Yoruba will be offered beginning the September of 2021/2022 school year.

Secondary students standing outdoorsSummer 2021

Two credit programs will be available this summer: Grade 8 Reach Ahead and Acceleration Courses for students in grades 9 to 12. As the program grows, we are excited to offer three languages: Farsi (new), Simplified Mandarin and Spanish for Level B and Level C. Please see Continuing Education for more information on registration and course details.

Contact Us

Have questions? Check out the list of frequently asked questions or contact us.