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Education in Ontario

Guide your way to a seamless school transition when you relocate your CAF family to Ontario. 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)
        • French public  schools
        • Separate (Catholic) schools (English and French)
        • Online school  (register through your school)
        • Home education 

Private schools are also an option.

Age groups

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

Grade groupings within schools vary from community to community.

Special Education Support

Ontario offers Special Education programs and supports to accommodate all learners. Special education resources are provided at the board 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 Ontario includes grade 9, 10, 11 and 12, made up of 30 credit courses (18 are required courses and 12 are elective). Students in Ontario are required to complete at least 2 of their credits through an eLearning (online) format. Non-credit requirements include successfully completing a Gr. 10 Literacy test or equivalent course and 40 Community Service Hours.

Students starting Grade 9 in Sept. 2024 will also be required to complete one Technology course during High School to be eligible for a diploma.

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

Virtual Learning Supports

Learn at home offers ideas for ways to support Reading and Writing, Math, French through tips and activities. Includes link to Free Math tutoring for grades 3-12.

Discover more learning supports in the MFS Education Resource Guide.

FAQs about schools in Ontario