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At what age do children attend school?
The Education Act is the law that governs public schools in Ontario. It says that children aged 6-18 must attend school. Many children can begin full day kindergarten programs at age 4.
When do children begin and end school each day?
Generally, students attend school Monday to Friday, and the school day lasts about 6 hours.
Will I get in trouble if I don't enrol my child in school?
In Ontario, The Education Act is the law that governs public schools. It says that children aged 6-18 must attend school.
Does it cost anything for my child to attend school in Ontario?
There is no tuition cost to attend publicly-funded schools in Ontario. Generally, you have to pay to send your child to a private school.
My child is falling behind in school. How can I help?
High school is an important time in your child's education. Helping your child stay on track with their high school studies is crucial for their academic and professional development.
How can I contact a school, school board or trustee in my area?
Here are some ways to contact your local school, school board or trustee.
What transportation do students use to get to school?
Depending on where you live and on how far away the school is, there are different forms of transportation available.
What are my child's schooling options?
Ontario’s public schools offer a variety of programs. You may want to research the options available to you in your neighbourhood.
What are alternative schools?
Alternative schools offer different approaches to childhood development and education. They often focus on different subject areas or teaching methods. Typically, private alternative schools are costly while public ones are free or low-cost.
When are the school holidays?
Generally, a summer vacation takes place in July and August and there is a short break in December and March. The break in March is called "March Break." Each school system has its own set of holidays and you should check with your school.
Full-Day Kindergarten: A Question and Answer Guide for Parents
This document describes what full day kindergarten is, how your child may benefit, who will support your child’s learning and how you can be involved.
What does a student need to graduate from high school?
Students need to complete a certain number of courses, do community service hours, and pass a literacy test.
What is a “snow day”?
A snow day is when students or workers are allowed to stay home. A snow day is announced by schools and other institutions when there are unusually severe weather conditions that make it unsafe to travel.
Dressing for Winter
This fun video provides a short demonstration of how to dress young children in the winter. It also includes a 1-page summary.