2020/2021 COVID Update
Classes will be held virtually for the 2020/2021 school year.
*** This is an unprecedented opportunity for students who ordinarily would not be able to travel to Toronto to participate in high school level Hungarian class and earn a credit towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.***
- Due to the extenuating circumstances related to COVID 19, the TCDSB has decided that classes will be held virtually for the 2020/2021 school year.
- Registration opens Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
- For information and to register, please visit the TCDSB’s website at this TCDSB’s website at this link.
- Classes will be held Saturday Mornings 9 am to 12:30 pm 2020 from October 17, 2020 to Saturday June 12, 2021
- Registration closes November 7, 2020
Please read our Registration FAQ
For more information about the high school program or to donate, please contact:
In 1961 the Hungarian Helicon Society formed a Helicon School Committee, which helped develop an extra-curricular program that offered Hungarian classes for high school students. In 1969, the Helicon School became recognized by the Toronto Board of Education as a credit course program, then in 1994, the Separate School Board in Toronto also started to support Hungarian credit courses.
Recently, approximately 40 students in grades 9 through 12, annually, are taking advantage of the opportunity to study Hungarian literature, grammar and history at the school. The school plays an important part in educating first, second and third generation Hungarian Canadians, and also other members of our multicultural community who are interested in Hungarian heritage.
The high school courses offered by the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s (TCDSB’s) International Languages Program and students are awarded high school credits, which they can use toward the completion of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The program is open to all students of any faith including those who attend non-TCDSB schools (the credits are accepted by other Ontario school boards, including public school boards and private schools).
While the high school program is administered by the TCDSB, the Hungarian Helicon Society continues to play an important role through its financial support and assistance to the program throughout the year.
The classes for the academic year typically run from mid- to late-September until the end of May on Saturday mornings at Senator O'Connor Secondary School (60 Rowena Drive, in the Victoria Park & Ellesmere/Lawrence area).
In the 2019/2020 school year, the grades 9/10 was located at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church at 432 Sheppard Ave East, North York, just west of Bayview Avenue, in a new schoolroom.
Future location is subject to approval by the school board administering the program.
With the support for the 2020 year from:
Bethlen Gábor Alap