In Ontario, all children aged 6 to 16 are legally required to attend school. Elementary schools provide junior kindergarten and kindergarten classes for children aged 4 and 5, and classes for grades 1 through 8 for children aged 6 to 13. Secondary schools (also called high schools) offer grades 9 through 12 for young people aged 13 to 18.
You may have many questions when it comes to enrolling your child in school and the Ontario Ministry of Education will provide answers about how the school system works in Ontario.
Elementary schools provide kindergarten programs (for children aged 4 and 5) and programs for grades 1 to 8. Junior Kindergarten (JK) and Senior Kindergarten (SK) can be half-day or full-day programs. Some schools and school boards do not have JK programs.
Secondary schools, often called “high schools”, provide programs from grade 9 to grade 12 for students to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). In order to do so, students must complete at least 30 credits (normally, 1 course = 1 credit). Students must also do 40 hours of community service and pass the literacy requirement.
Children must attend school in the vicinity of the neighbourhood that they live in.
The City of Timmins has four school boards which offer English, French and French immersion education. Two community colleges (one French and one English) and a French university are located in the city as well. Partnerships with larger universities offer the unique ability to earn a degree while attending a local community college. There are adult education centres for those looking to return to school and distance education programs for those who prefer to learn from home. With all these options, you and your children have the opportunity to stay in the community and receive a quality education.