Appleby Host Family
Programme 2017-2018

Appleby College requires that each distant or international boarding student has a Local Host Family while attending school. The Host Family is essentially a support system for the student, acting as a local contact for the school. The Host Family must be English-speaking and must reside within 100 kms of Appleby College.

There are five long weekends during the school year (see below). The school is closed on each of these weekends and no supervision is provided by the school. The Host Family is responsible for picking up and housing the student on these occasions, unless alternate arrangements are agreed upon between the host family, student and student’s parents/guardians prior to such weekends. The same expectation applies should the student find himself or herself in need of a home due to a disciplinary action. The school is also closed for the Winter Holiday and March Break; however, students generally return home during these breaks and do not require housing support.

Long Weekends for 2017-2018:

  • Thanksgiving Weekend: Thursday, October 5 at 3:50 p.m. to Monday, October 9 at 9:30 p.m. (Boarders)
  • November Long Weekend: Thursday, November 9 at 3:50 p.m. to Monday, November 13 at 9:30 p.m. (Boarders)
  • February Long Weekend: Thursday, February 16 at 3:50 p.m. to Monday, February 20 at 9:30 p.m. (Boarders)
  • Spring Weekend: Thursday, March 29 at 3:50 p.m. to Monday, April 2 at 9:30 p.m. (Boarders)
  • May Long Weekend: Thursday, May 17 at 3:50 p.m. to Monday, May 21 at 9:30 p.m. (Boarders)

Distant or international boarding students’ families have two options for securing a Host Family:

Option 1:

This option is appropriate for a distant or international family who has identified their own local Host Family. The Host Family must agree to the expectations listed below and with this option either the parent or their self-appointed Host Parent would be the main school contact throughout the year. To choose this option, please fill out and submit the electronic Host Parent Information form.

Parents and Host Parents should assist in ensuring the student is properly equipped with necessary school items, including uniform, stationery and appropriate outerwear.

Parents and Host Parents should attend Grade Parties in September and Parent-Teacher Conferences in November and April.

Parents and Host Parents should Read the Code of Conduct, support all school policies, and review these documents with the student.

Host Parents are valued members of the Appleby community and are welcome at all Appleby functions and events open to parents. They are encouraged to communicate with House Directors, Advisors and Faculty if there are any questions or concerns.

Option 2: ISGC Home Stay Package: $375-$500 per weekend.

Appleby College has also retained International Student Guardianship Canada (ISGC) to assist our international families in this capacity.

The ISGC Home Stay Package is a variable option. There is no commitment required, and you may choose to use ISGC’s Home Stay services for any number of long weekends as required. With this package, long weekend options include: going on a school trip, staying with a friend, or staying with a local Host Family through ISGC. Please view the ISGC’s one-page information sheet for more information. To select the ISGC Home Stay Package, please contact ISGC directly at 416-792-3585 or

For more information about ISGC, please visit

If you have any questions about the Appleby Host Family Program, please contact the Admissions Office at 905-845-4681, ext. 216.


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