Education System in Canada


 EducationSchool/LevelGradesAgeYearsNotes
PrimaryElementary1–66–126 
PrimaryAlberta Elementary School1–66–126 
PrimaryBritish Columbia Elementary School1–66–126 
PrimaryManitoba Elementary School 1–66–126 
PrimaryNew Brunswick Elementary School1–56–115 
PrimaryNewfoundland and Labrador Elementary School1–66–125 
PrimaryNorthwest Territories Elementary School1–66–126 
PrimaryNova Scotia Elementary School1–66–126 
PrimaryOntario Elementary School1–56–115 
PrimaryPEI Elementary School1–66–126 
PrimaryQuebec Elementary School1–66–126 
PrimarySaskatchewan Elementary School1–56–115 
PrimaryYukon Elementary School1–76–137 
MiddleIntermediate - Middle School7–912–153 
MiddleAlberta Junior High School7–912–153 
MiddleBritish Columbia Junior High School7–912–153 
SecondaryHigh School - Secondary School10–1215–183 
VocationalVocational Technical Programs 
Tertiary2 Year Pre-University Program2typically Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Arts
TertiaryThree Year Professional Program3Paralegal, Dental Hygienist, Nursing, etc
TertiaryUndergraduate 
TertiaryBachelor's Degree13–163–43 - 4 year program
TertiaryMaster's Degree16–1811 -2 year programs
TertiaryDoctorate3 

Primary Education

Education in Canada is both privately and publicly funded, and parents and children can choose the schools that they prefer. Moderating is done by provinces and, although approaches may vary in nuance, standards are universally high. Young children often spend 1 - 2 years voluntarily in kindergarten. From age 6 they enroll for 6 years of compulsory primary school education.

Secondary Education

There is no distinction between middle and high school. Most Canadian youngsters complete their school education through to grade 12, where after they may proceed on to vocational or tertiary studies. The Canadian academic year runs from September through to June, although in some cases January admissions are allowed.

Vocational Education

Following secondary school, students with a practical take on life prefer to continue with vocational education. Offerings range from individual courses through to technician and artisan training that takes 2 to 3 years..

Tertiary Education

Canada EducationCanada is justifiably proud of its universities and colleges. There is no formal ranking system though, and choices are often based on geographic convenience and the reputation of a particular course.

Of the 36 universities in Canada, 8 are privately funded and 1 (Montreal) uses French as the medium of instruction. Student from all over the world come to Canada for their tertiary education, and Canadian degrees are recognized everywhere.


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