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Education in Canada

Education within Canada is broken down into two distinct categories; public schools and private schools.

The public school system is open to all students and is funded by the government both provincially and federally. Both public (secular) and catholic schools are available in most provinces.

By contrast, the private school system sets its own entrance standards, including entrance exams, and requires that tuition be paid on a yearly basis. Some of these schools are gender specific and most offer a higher standard of excellence.

CISS assists students with placement into both systems of education and, more importantly, offers a highly comprehensive servicing package for each year that you are enrolled with us in a CISS school.

General Information

The Ministry of Education for each province establishes the curriculum and outcome goals for all schools within the province. Most follow a similar structure, with the largest exception being schools in the province of Quebec.

School year: 

SCHOOL YEAR:

Begins: Early September

Ends: Mid-Late June

 

 

 

TERM OPTIONS:

 

 

Full Year (3 terms)

Early September

Mid-Late June

Semester (2 semesters)

1st Semester:  Early September  - End January

2nd Semester:  Early Februray  - Mid-End June

Students take their summer holidays during July and August.

Linear/Full Year (3-Term)
  • Most private schools, and some public schools, operate on a three-term or full-year basis.
  • Students take a maximum of eight courses each year from a designated list applicable for each grade level. Some courses are mandatory, while others are available on an elective basis, allowing the student some choice in their studies.
  • Students must attend the full year to co-validate their studies.
Block/Semester (2 semesters)
  • Most public schools, and some private schools, operate on a semester basis.
  • Students take four courses each semester, for a total of eight during the year. Courses are selected from a designated list applicable for each grade level. Some courses are mandatory, while others are available on an elective basis, allowing the student some choice in their studies.
  • This system allows a student to attend for less than a full year, but still co-validate their studies.
Age to Grade equivalency:

For all provinces outside of Québec: 

         Student Age           

         Grade level         

            School Type         

12 

Grade 7

Elementary / Middle School

13 

Grade 8

  Elementary / Middle School  

14 

Grade 9

High School

15 

Grade 10

High School

 16  

 Grade 11

High School

17 

Grade 12

High School

Province of Québec: 

         Student Age           

         Grade level         

            School Type         

12 

Form I

High School

13 

Form II

  High School 

14 

Form III

High School

15 

Form IV

High School

 16  

 Form V

High School

17 

 

CEGEP (2-3 years)
(outside of CISS scope)


The school system in Québec is designed to finish high school at the end of Form V (Grade 11). Students wishing to apply to a university or college in the province of Québec must then attend a two-year CEGEP or College of General and Vocational Education. Private schools in Québec are often permitted to teach a “grade 12” year, following the Ontario Curriculum.