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Registering For School

 

Ontario has 4 government-funded school systems:

  • English Public
  • English Catholic
  • French-language Public
  • French-language Catholic

English public schools are open to all students. Catholic elementary schools are open to all students who are baptized Roman Catholic and to children of Roman Catholic parents. Catholic high schools are open to all students.  Generally, French language schools are open to all students seeking a French language education.

Attendance is free up to the end of Grade 12, however, at some schools, parents may be required to pay extra for some supplies and equipment.

All government-funded schools are co-educational, meaning they accept boys and girls, and most do not require children to wear uniforms.

Assessment

If you are new in Peel, your child may need an assessment before starting school. Peel District School Board has We Welcome the World centres and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board has Newcomer centres in Brampton, Malton and Mississauga to help you with the next steps. All secondary students (grades 9-12), new to Ontario or who has been in the Ontario school system less than 6 months, must have their assessment appointment before attending school. There is no fee for registration. Call early and book your appointment to ensure your child's admission is not delayed.

English public schools

The Peel District School Board is the English public board in Peel that offers public education from kindergarten to grade 12.

English Catholic schools

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is the English Catholic board in Peel that offers public education from kingergarten to grade 12. Children can enroll in this board if:

  • From kindergarten to grade 8 - children must either be baptized into the Catholic religion or must have one parent who is Catholic
  • From grade 9 to 12 - all children can enroll, regardless of their religion

It is important to remember that this board teaches Catholic-based programs.

French public schools

Conseil Scolaire Viamonde is the French public board that covers Peel region and other areas of south-west and central Ontario and offers public education from kindergarten to grade 12.

Certain criteria usually must be met to allow your child to attend a school in the Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest or any other French public school board in Ontario.

French Catholic schools

Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud is the French Catholic board that covers Peel and other areas in southern and central Ontario. The Board offers Catholic education from kindergarten to grade 12.

Certain criteria usually must be met to allow your child to attend a school in the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud.

Private schools

Private schools also offer elementary and secondary education. Private schools may be partially funded by the government, but students must pay tuition fees to attend them. They often require students to wear uniforms. The Ministry of Education maintains an up-to-date list of private schools in Ontario.

Resources

Learn about the Peel Lunch and After School Programs (PLASP) or call PLASP at 905-890-1711.