Secondary Program

Bayridge Secondary School

Loyalist Collegiate Vocational Institute

Limestone welcomes international students into its secondary school program, which spans from Grade 9 (age 14) to Grade 12 (age 18). There are six Limestone high schools in Kingston.  Study options include single semester (five months), full academic year (September to June), and multi-year enrollment for students who are aiming to graduate and continue to post-secondary studies in Canada.


Semester 1: September to January

Semester 2: February to June


School hours: 8:20 AM to 2:35 PM


High school students are expected to carry a full course load of four classes per day. Classes are 75 minutes in length.


English as a Second Language

Students whose English skills are not yet strong enough to meet the expectations of the regular Canadian classroom must take ESL classes, which are offered by Bayridge Secondary and Loyalist Collegiate. ESL is offered at five different levels.


Graduating from Limestone requires students to have a minimum of one credit of mainstream (non-ESL) English.


Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs

Limestone offers the Advanced Placement program at Loyalist Collegiate, and the senior years IB program at Kingston Collegiate. To be eligible, international students must demonstrate a record of strong academic achievement and a high degree of English fluency. We welcome international student inquiries about these two programs. Please contact us for more details.


Student Counsellors

International students at each school are assigned to an academic counsellor.  Counsellors are specially qualified teachers who provide students individual attention throughout their entire high school careers regarding course selection, college and university, academic progress, and personal guidance.


Graduation Requirements

Dozens of international students graduate from Limestone each year and continue on to Canadian colleges and universities. It is important to recognize that it normally takes international students at least two years to develop the English language competency and earn the necessary credits to meet Ontario’s graduation requirements. Contact us for more information.


Extra-Curricular Activities

After-school athletics and student clubs are an important part of school life at Limestone.  We strongly encourage our international students to take advantage of these fantastic opportunities for added social interaction, learning, and comradery.

Bayridge graduate Sammy Li (above left) was accepted to electrical engineering at Queen's University; Sofia Garcia (above right) now studies international business at Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico. Carlotta Massoletti (below left) was accepted to the media arts program at Humber College. Below right: Bayridge students participate in a robotics fair.

The Arts at Limestone: Opportunities for All Students to Reach Their Full



Recent LCVI Graduates Rita Wen (left) who was accepted to the economics program at University of British Columbia, and Haoyuan Fu (right) who was accepted to Engineering and Arts at McMaster University.

Music programs are offered at all Limestone schools.

All schools offer a wide range of sports programs.

Mathematics competition champions.

Limestone students face off against students from another school district in a televised trivia challenge.


International Education Office
Limestone District School Board
164 Van Order Drive, 1st Floor
Kingston, Ontario

K7M 1C1


(phone) 613-544-7745
(fax) 613-544-8997



Limestone District School Board is located in Kingston, Ontario, a small city of 120,000 people located at the eastern mouth of Lake Ontario. Kingston is rich in history, quality of life, and post-secondary education opportunities. With more Ph.D. holders per capita than any other Canadian city, Kingston is Canada's education capital.


Limestone District School Board is the gateway to many outstanding educational opportunities that await international students in Kingston. Your future here is bright!

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