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Education in Quebec

Guide your way to a seamless school transition when you relocate your CAF family to Quebec. 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 

        • Francophone public schools (if your child has rights to first-language French education) 
        • English public schools (if your child is eligible -  CAF members are eligible to apply for English instruction if this is their preferred language of instruction, as CAF members are often temporary residents)
        • Online schools 
        • Home education 

Private schools are also an option.

Age groups

  • Kindergarten – Preschool 
  • Grades 1 to 6 – Elementary School 
  • Grades 7 to 11 – High School 

Grade groupings within schools vary from community to community.

Special Education Support

When registering your child, indicate on the School Board registration form whether your child has any suspected or known special learning needs. If a particular need is indicated, you will be asked to complete forms prepared by the Student Services Department, which may include a Parental Consent for Release of Information or the Registration for Kindergarten Current Services Form.

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 

Secondaire (Secondary School) in Quebec includes grade 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. Students must successfully complete specific ministerial exams in Secondaire IV (Grade 10) and Secondaire V (Grade 11) to be eligible for a diploma.

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

Virtual Learning Supports

Open School (L'École ouverte) shares links to resources for families to access while at home.

Alloprof offers access to homework help, activities organized by grade and subject, and exam prep resources to students in Quebec. 

English tutoring is available through LEARN.

Discover more learning supports in the MFS Education Resource Guide.

FAQs about schools in Quebec