At what age do children attend school?

In Ontario, children aged 6 - 18 must 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 program at age 4.

Elementary schools provide full day kindergarten programs for children aged 4 and 5. They also provide instruction from grades 1 - 8. Generally, students begin elementary school at 6 years of age and graduate at 13.

Secondary schools, often called "high schools," provide instruction from grades 9 - 12. Generally, students begin high school at 14 years of age and graduate at 18.

Many community agencies can help you find information about school for your children. To find help in your area, go to Services Near Me.

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Last updated: September 18, 2015 4001211