Canada is known across the world for its excellent education. Most people focus on university-level schooling, which you can learn more about here. However, Canada also offers a quality education at the primary and secondary levels. Are you considering coming to Canada with your family? If so, keep reading to learn about Canada’s childhood educational system. Further, we will explain what makes Canada’s primary and secondary schools such unique places to grow and learn.
Why Should My Children Study in Canada?
The first reason that you should put your children in school is to obey the law. That’s right, education for children is required by law in Canada. Thankfully, children can study for free. It is always the parent’s responsibility to enroll their children in school. Luckily, there will almost always be a school near you with transportation available. Textbooks are also covered, while other school supplies are covered by parents.
The main point of education is to learn. Thus, Canada’s excellent retention rates are a good indicator of the quality of its education. To illustrate, about 92% of Canadian adults have at least completed high school according to Statista. Further, about 68% of Canadians continue their studies after high school. This is much higher than the global average. However, the quality of education is not the only contributing factor to school life. The social aspect of school in Canada is also special.
Canada is a multicultural country. This fact has created a culture of tolerance and acceptance in Canada. In fact, school implements these values from an early age as well. Children of many races and cultures interact in classrooms and playgrounds as equals everyday. Indeed, you could say that many children grow with a blind eye to racial discrimination, so long as said values are supported at home. Additionally, multiculturalism leads to a diverse pool of teachers and professors. This means that children will have a diverse set of role models as they grow up.
How Does the School System Work?
Canada’s educational system provides many options for families. First, there are publicly funded and private schools. Children can study at the primary and secondary levels for free at publicly funded schools. Parents pay for education at private schools but have more control over the kind of education their children receive.
Additionally, there can be schools focused on specific values. For example, there are public schools based on religion or language. You can enroll your children in a public catholic school where they can learn based on Christian values. Additionally, you can find schools with a special emphasis on a language like French. Private schools offer even more variety, such as different learning philosophies and curriculums.
As for the system itself, the general progression lasts from about ages 5 to 18. In general, this period is split into 13 years or grades. The first of these is called Kindergarten, which proceeds to grades 1-12. Most public schools have a primary school building from grades 1-5, middle schools from 6-8, and high school from 9-12. Catholic schools usually have a single primary school from 1-8, and high school from 9-12. This means that children go through at least 2 or 3 school buildings before post-secondary.
Every student must receive a passing grade to progress from one year to the next. Each province defines its own curriculum. Also, each province decides the passing grade. Children will receive report cards throughout the year which document their progress. The grading system usually includes a letter system though details vary between province. You can receive letters from A-D, with C and above usually being a passing grade and F being the lowest possible score. Often, this grading system is also paired with a percentage.
Improve Your Children's Education in Canada
A better education in youth can mean a better future. Canada’s excellent education can give your children a unique advantage. Gentium Immigration is committed to helping you and your family find your way to Canada. Book an appointment with one of our consultants to begin your journey. We hope to hear from you!