High School at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School   is a high school located in the western part of Old Oakville, Ontario, part of the Greater Toronto Area. There are approximately 850 students attending the school in grades 9 through 12, making it the second smallest high school within the Halton Catholic District School Board. St. Thomas Aquinas High School has always been proud of the range of programs made available to students to help them prepare for post secondary options and careers.  The school’s new state of the art facility features upgraded academic, athletic and technology facilities.


St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary
  • Destination Oakville | Ontario Canada
  • age from 15 to 17 years old
  • Language English
  • dates September to June
  • length 5 months or 10 months

Study Programs

1) Regular High School curriculum

2) IB Diploma program (since 2012)

3) Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in Health Care Science/Medical St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School is dedicated to academic excellence, the development of each individual’s interests and talents and the nurturing of the Catholic Faith. Students are taught to think critically, work independently, communicate effectively, and show respect for themselves, for others, and for the environment.The school offers academic programs for university‐bound students, applied programs for college‐bound students, and essential programs for the learning challenged; it also offers co‐op apprenticeship and workplace programs in computer engineering and cosmetology.


The new school building comprises three storey and features a theatre, two gymnasiums, a full range of tech and co‐op classrooms and an interior running track, a weight room.

IB Courses

French, Spanish Ab Initio, English, Economics, History Europe/Middle East Peacemaking, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Theory of Knowledge


Aquinas Onlive, Chaplaincy team, Book Club, Dominican Republic HOPE mission trip, Environmental Club, Peace and Justice Club, Silent No More, Student Council, Tech Crew, Yearbook, Anime Club, Book Club, Chess Club, Debating and Public Speaking team, an many more!


Soccer, Football, Basketball, Field Hockey, Rugby, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Cross‐Country, Track and Field, Hockey, Swimming. The school community prides itself on athletic achievements, and STA fields teams known as the "Raiders" in a wide variety of sports.


Arts‐related groups include the Aquinas Concert Band, a Jazz Band, a choir, a yearly school play, entries in the Sears Drama Festival, and the school's Tech Crew. Art Club.


Our high school exchange programs in Canada provide full board.  Students will be welcomed by warm Canadian host families and learn firsthand about one another's culture ‪and live in a warming and comfortable environment.

You will have the opportunity to develop your language and social skills by meeting new friends and sharing experiences with your host family. Canadians are always looking forward to learn about your culture, yourself and everything about your home country.  Host families are carefully selected by our local coordinator, based on availability and your interests and hobbies.  

Canadian host families are also well known for supporting exchange students, by offering care at all times. International students will feel like at home, from the moment they arrive.  ‪We have many stories of students keeping in touch for years with their second families, visiting again with their own parents etc.
Students can also count on the full support of our local coordinators in Canada, who will be more than glad to offer any extra support, in case students are feeling homesick, need some extra reinforcement with school subjects, or need advice in communicating with the host family. Students must be aware that they might be placed in several host families during their exchange program in Canada ‪(due to availability, life circumstance, change of jobs etc.)
The personal growth and communication skills gained from an experience abroad can make an important difference in college and career goals. Apply now for your high school exchange in Canada!


Please contact Nacel Canada HSP for further details.


Please contact Nacel Canada HSP for further details.

Price includes

  • Local supervision during whole program and local orientation
  • School and Host Family placements in Full board
  • Official documents to obtain visas
  • Reimbursement of mandatory school fees for Core Subjects
  • Medical, accident & liability insurance.
  • Local assistance and 24 hour emergency support

Price does not include

  • International airfare to final destination in Canada
  • International Travel Insurance
  • Visa, passport and medical exam fees
  • Extra activities organized by schools and other
  • Daily transfers from family to school (bus passes)
  • School supplies and calculators, uniforms and sport uniforms, club or team fees
  • Extra language courses
  • All domestic transfers in Canada
  • Individual transfers for arrivals outside of scheduled arrivals and departures
  • Legalization of High School Transcripts (225 CAD)
  • Personal expenses and pocket money
Apply at least 5 months before arrival.
  • Students aged 13 – 17 at the time of arrival
  • 2 or more years of English language study
  • Experience living away from home, maturity and independence
  • An interest in learning about another culture and language
  • A willingness to share in the daily life of a host family
  • An open and flexible attitude which will allow the student to adapt to the school and host family environments
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