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Education in Newfoundland and Labrador

Guide your way to a seamless school transition when you relocate your CAF family to Newfoundland and Labrador. 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 

Indigenous and private schools are also options.

Age groups

  • Kindergarten to Grade 3 – Primary Program
  • Grades 4 to 6 – Elementary Program
  • Grades 7 to 9 – Intermediate Program 
  • Grades 10 to 12 – High School Program

Grade groupings within schools vary from community to community.

Special Education Support

When parents register their child(ren) who has learning exceptionalities they should share all relevant documentation with school staff to assist in the implementation of a leaning plan within the province’s Inclusive Learning model. In Newfoundland, the development of an IEP may not be required for students receiving accommodations only. Those accommodations will however be documented in the student’s Cumulative File.

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 Newfoundland includes grade 10, 11 and 12, made up of 36 credit courses. Students are required to write “Public Exams” as part of the evaluation for a variety of Grade 12 courses. 

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

Virtual Learning Supports

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District has curated links to programs and resources for learning activities.

Discover more learning supports in the MFS Education Resource Guide.

FAQs about schools in Newfoundland and Labrador