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Education in New Brunswick

Guide your way to a seamless school transition when you relocate your CAF family to New Brunswick. Start your school search as soon as you receive your posting notice. Prepare to register for school once your House Hunting Trip is complete.

Schools at a glance

Provincially funded schools for children 

    • English public schools (with French immersion option)
    • Francophone public schools (if your child has rights to first-language French education) 
    • Online school 
    • Home education 

Private schools are also an option.

Age groups

  • Kindergarten to Grade 5 – Elementary School
  • Grades 6 to 8 – Middle School
  • Grades 9 to 12 – High School 

Grade groupings within schools vary from community to community.

Special Education Support

The Resource Model in New Brunswick works collaboratively with parents and schools staff to provide for student learning needs. Special education resources are provided at the school level. 

Ease your transition from another province or school board by having the right documentation on hand.

  • Have professional assessments/diagnoses documentation ready
  • Include information on how the diagnosis directly affects your child’s learning
  • Provide your child’s existing Individual Education Plan (IEP), Individual Program Plan (IPP), or Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
  • Share past report cards and samples of school work

See the School Transition Portfolio in the MFS Education Resource Guide for more helpful information.

High School Graduation Requirements 

Secondary School in New Brunswick includes Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12. Students must complete a variety of compulsory credits as well as a language proficiency test in Gr. 9 to be eligible for a diploma. Students who are unsuccessful in completing the language requirements in Gr. 9 will have opportunities for reassessment in Gr. 11 and 12. 

Read about the high school graduation requirements in New Brunswick depending on your pathway.

Virtual Learning Supports

New Brunswick offers resources for families and activities for growth. Visit Learning at Home: Resources for Families ( for English and French resources.

Discover more learning supports in the MFS Education Resource Guide.

FAQs about schools in New Brunswick