Canada Education System

Canada Education System is sightly different in each province. For new immigrants understanding Canada education system would help to put kids to right schools. Also to plan for right education path for your kids I felt understanding education system is very useful

Normally here mandatory education to kids start from 4 years of age. Interesting things is, kid who will touch age 4 years even in December month of that year will go to school in that same year September.

Canada education system is sub divided to number stages like

Pre School / Pre Elementary (age 3 – 4 years)

Starts with age 3 – 4 years
Not public school covered. For this parent need to pay if they dont have govt subsidy. No fix curriculum.

Elementary School (age 5 – 12 years)

Junior Kindergarten
Senior Kindergarten
Grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Junior High School / Middle School (age 13 – 14 years)

Grade 7, 8

Senior High School / Secondary School (age 15 – 18 years)

Grade 9, 10, 11, 12


College offers different courses from 1 year certificate to 4 years full degree.
Certificates, 1 – 2 years
Associates Degree, 2 years
College Diplomas, 1 – 3 years
Bachelor Degrees, 3 – 4 years


Advanced academic certificates
Bachelor Degrees
Master’s Degree and


If you live in Ontario there are two school boards you can explore TDBS for Toronto and Peel Schools for Mississauga

For School ranking you can check here.