For so many reasons, the Durham Region is a very popular area for families looking to buy a home.

Every community here is unique, with family friendly places to go and things to do. Commuting is easy for the household, streets are quiet and safe, and larger metropolitan cities are always just a short drive away.

What also makes the Durham Region, and the communities and neighbourhoods within it, such an ideal home for families of all sizes, are the schools available here.

Many cities in the Durham Region, like Oshawa, Pickering, and Clarington, have a population of roughly 100,000 people and more. This creates a large demand for enough schools to serve every type of student with high quality education.

Nearly all of the students in the Durham Region are served by the Durham District School Board and Durham Catholic District School Board. There are other school districts, like the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland, or districts for students looking for something else as well, like the Clarington Catholic District School Board, Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir (French-Language Separate School), and the Conseil Scolaire Viamonde (French-Language Public School).

There’s even the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board that is available to students who live further east in the Durham Region, in communities like Courtice or Clarington.

Truly offering an education for all students, the Durham Region is a fantastic place to grow up and go to school.

Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Durham Region

The Durham District School Board is made up of roughly 135 elementary schools, secondary schools, and learning centers.

Check out this comprehensive list of the different schools that are part of the Durham District School Board, and exactly where they’re located, in the communities of:

There are also more than 15,000 students that attend Catholic school here at the elementary level. There are roughly 40 elementary schools in various communities that are part of the . To look at what every school offers, where they are located, and more, you can check out their site here.

Brooklin, a rural community in the Durham region just minutes north of Whitby, even has several schools in the community, three public and three Cathplic to be exact.

The award-winning and prestigious Montessori chain of private schools can also be found in the Durham Region, like the Blaisdale Montessori School in Pickering.

Even Courtice, which is located in the eastern part of the Durham Region with one of the smaller populations, is served by its own school district -- Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. There’s five elementary schools here and one secondary school, more than enough and easily located for families living in any neighbourhood in Courtice.

Post-secondary Schools in the Durham Region

There are so many different post-secondary schools here in the Durham Region, many students looking to extend their education travel from near and far to attend them. To families that already live here, it’s even more convenient to start that phase of life.

With the wide variety of property types in the communities here, at various price points, it’s also an option to find a home here while you attend school here, or prepare for a life and career once graduated.

Oshawa has several post secondary institutions, like the:

Pickering is home to the Durham College/Centennial College Joint Learning Site, which has many different graduate programs, but several complementary courses as well.

Make sure to check out Dan Plowman’s comprehensive guide to the communities in the Durham Region, and visit the community pages on his website to learn more about the schools there, community information, real estate information, up to date listings, and more.

If you're interested in learning more about the real estate market here in the Durham Region, and more on the best schools in the area, begin your search by exploring the real estate listings today!

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