Education in Toronto


School system in Toronto


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The Canadian education system follows a three-stage system:

  • Primary
  • Secondary or Elementary
  • Post-secondary

Primary and secondary education is publicly funded. Schooling begins with kindergarten at age 5 and ends with Grade 12 (at about age 18) in a K-12 system. It is administered by the Ministry of Education

Children attend school Monday to Friday for six hours a day for approximately 190 school days per year. The school year begins in September, after Labor Day, and finishes at the end of June. Students receive a one to two week break from school at Christmas, a week break in either February (Spring Break) or March (March Break), as well as public, provincial, and territorial holidays.

Upon successfully completing secondary-school (high school), graduates are awarded a secondary school diploma. With a diploma graduates may choose to go to a post-secondary institution for university or college. In Ontario this diploma is called the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Private School in Toronto

In the province of Ontario, students may attend private schools instead of publicly funded schools. Private schools operate as a business or non-profit organization and are completely independent from the Ministry of Education. Private schools in Ontario receive no funding from the government, but they must meet the provincial stands in order for their students to qualify for an OSSD.

Private schools typically have nicer facilities, smaller classroom size, a community atmosphere, and more leadership opportunities for the students.
There is a vast amount of private school available in Toronto. Find one that fits your needs here.

Private School Fees in Toronto

Because private schools are not publically funded, parents should expect to pay a high tuition for their children to attend a private school. Cost is largely determined by what type of school it is (boarding school, faith-based, academic, alternative, gifted programs ect). Cost per school year range form $15,000-$35,000 in Ontario.

University in Toronto

Higher education, or post-secondary schooling in Ontario typically begins for students after they finish year 12. Every university sets their own admission standards depending on the degree program and your personal situation. Programs available in Ontario include: Undergraduate programs for a bachelor's degree, Graduate programs, and continuing education.

There are 18 universities in Ontario, and 28 public colleges.

Students looking to apply to universities in Ontario can use the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. There is no application fee for students who are studying at a high school in Ontario.

Libraries in Toronto

Toronto has an elaborate library networks throughout the city. The Toronto Public Library system has 100 libraries scattered throughout the city. Anyone who lives, works, goes to school, or owns property in the City of Toronto can sign up for a library card. Find a location near you by visit their webpage.

Update 18/08/2018


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