Public, separate school boards: There are six provincially-funded school boards in Durham:
- Durham District School Board (www.ddsb.ca)
- Durham Catholic District School Board (www.dcdsb.ca)
- Conseil scolaire de district du Centre Sud Ouest (www.csdccs.edu.on.ca)
- Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud (www.csdccs.edu.on.ca)
- Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board (www.pvnccdsb.on.ca)
- Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (www.kprschools.ca)
Private education: Durham is also home to several independent schools, including Montessori schools and Trafalgar Castle School (www.trafalgarcastle.ca), a day and boarding school for girls in Grades 5 to 12.
Post-secondary education: Durham offers convenient proximity to numerous universities and colleges including:
- OCAD University
- Ryerson University
- Trent University Oshawa
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology
- University of Toronto Downtown Campus
- University of Toronto Scarborough Campus
- York University
- Durham College
- Centennial College
- George Brown College
- Humber College
- Seneca College
Durham College (www.durhamcollege.ca): Durham College has campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, and offers more than 140 full-time and 16 apprenticeship programs in a number of different disciplines.
It shares its Oshawa campus with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. The college will soon break ground on the Centre for Collaborative Education, a legacy project tied to its 50th anniversary in 2017. The new facility will bring together local, Indigenous and global communities, providing a new home for several of the college’s most innovative and ground-breaking programs.
The Whitby campus is home to the Skills Training Centre, which offers apprenticeship programs and numerous trade-related certificate and diploma programs. It’s also home to the Centre for Food, which focuses on the field-to-fork concept, and
Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant.
Trent University Durham (www.trentu.ca/durham): This university campus is located on Thornton Road along major transit corridors in the heart of Oshawa and has earned a reputation as a teaching-focused university with a solid foundation of arts and humanities degree offerings.
Trent Durham recently launched several new degree programs, including: Communications and Critical Thinking, Media Studies, Social Work, Philosophy and Child and Youth Studies, along with new postgraduate certificates in Human Resources Management and Marketing & Entrepreneurship.
The campus plans to expand its Oshawa campus and in 2017 will continue its trend of innovative program development by introducing a Law & Arts dual degree program with Swansea University in Wales.
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (www.uoit.ca): Since its opening in 2003, UOIT has earned a reputation as a forward-looking, technologically-oriented, cosmopolitan university. It offers innovative and unique undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 specialized research laboratories and faculties.
Professors and students undertake research in a wide range of areas that include automotive design and engineering, business and information technology, computational science, alternative and sustainable energy, nuclear engineering, law enforcement, manufacturing and community/public health.
The university shares a campus with Durham College and plans to develop 190 acres directly north of the campus to provide new classrooms, laboratories and infrastructure required to support the learning of future students, professors and researchers.
More: Durham College and Centennial College offer graduate certificate and continuing education programs at the Pickering Learning Site in Downtown Pickering.