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Life in Canada (Schooling)

Canada is particularly popular for its progressive teaching methods while practicing old British discipline. The schools are notoriously well equipped and exceptionally well staffed as schooling is a very important part of the Canadian society.

Life In Canada Schooling

According to data released in 2015 Canada boasts 100% literacy in the age group 22 to 66-year-olds with every citizen in this category being at least somewhat schooled, ranging to those holding post degree qualifications.

“Migrants are very often motived to make a huge life changing decision based on their instinctive drive to provide better future prospects for their children,” says Robbie Ragless CEO of this immigration specialist, adding “We also know that it can be an exceptionally stressful thing to do and probably nearly impossible to find the right school when you are in a new to a country. For this reason NWI offers to check out schooling options and come up with the best solution for the family.

Canadian elementary and secondary education

Education in Canada usually starts young with kindergarten attended by children aged 3 – 5. By the time they turn 6 Canadian children will attend 1and typically complete school 12 years later at the age of about 18 years old. By law, children must go to school starting at the age of 5 or 6 and until they are between 16 and 18, depending on the province or territory.

Students go from primary to secondary school between grades 6 and 8, depending on the province or territory. Students who successfully complete secondary school get a high school diploma.

The school year usually begins at the end of August and finishes toward the end of June. Children go to school from Monday to Friday during the school year (except during holidays). If you and your family arrive in Canada during the school year, contact your local school board to find a place for your children.

Since Canada is a bilingual country, English-language and French-language schools are available across the country (even in areas where one language is more commonly spoken than the other).

Migrants should contact the ministry or department of education of the province or territory in which you will be living to learn more about English-language and French-language education options that may be available to you.

It is up to parents to choose the type of schooling for their children. Parents can choose to send their children to free public schools or pay to send them to private schools. In many areas, parents can choose between English and French school options. Parents also have the right to educate children at home, rather than in a school. For more information, contact the ministry responsible for education in your province or territory.

Enrolling in school

To enrol your child in elementary or secondary school, contact your local school board. Since school boards usually manage many schools, you may be able to choose the school that your children will go to.

To get into the school you prefer, make sure to enrol them well before the beginning of the school year. If you are enrolling your children in a Canadian school for the first time, the school or school board will assess them to determine what level they should be placed at and whether they need free support such as English or French language classes.

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