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LEARNING School System in Ontario

School System in Ontario

Once you arrive in Leeds & Grenville, you will need to find out about schooling for your children.

In Ontario, children ages 4 to 17 are able to attend school for free and according to Ontario law, children ages 6 to 17 must attend school.

The school system in Ontario has two levels:

  • Elementary Schools offer kindergarten programs and programs for Grade 1 – Grade 8.
  • Secondary Schools are often called “High Schools” and provide programs for Grade 9 – Grade 12.

Children must attend a school in the same area that they live in. There are three different school boards in Leeds & Grenville:

Public School Board

The Upper Canada District School Board offers public education from kindergarten to grade 12 in Leeds & Grenville. Registration in this school board is open to all children.

Catholic School Board

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario offers public education from kindergarten to grade 12 in Leeds & Grenville. You can register your children with this school board, with the following restrictions:

  • From kindergarten to grade 8, children must be baptized in the Catholic faith or must have one parent who is Catholic
  • From Grade 9 to 12, all children can enroll regardless of religion
  • How to register your child with the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
  • Locate a school in the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario

French Catholic School Board

The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) offers public education, in French, from kindergarten to grade 12 in Leeds & Grenville. Registration in this school board is subject to some restrictions.  Click here to learn about student admissions to this school board. 

  • You can register your child with the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) by calling toll free: 1-888-230-5131
  • Locate the school nearest to you

Learn More

Newcomers’ Guides to Education in Ontario have information about how to help your children in school. They have information about registering your child in school, school policies, what students learn, and how students are graded.