Pre-schools or Early Years

Parenting and Family Literacy Centres - provide a place where parents/caregivers and children from infants to six years of age can play and learn together in their local school.

BridgeWay Family Centre - offers early learning programs that help children to develop the skills they need to be successful learners when they get to school.

Registering for School

Ontario has 4 government-funded school systems:

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

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.


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 to help you with the next steps. All high school 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.

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 kindergarten 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 school 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 Viamonde or any other French public school board in Ontario.

French Catholic schools

Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir is the French Catholic school board that covers Peel and other areas in southern and central Ontario. The Board offers a free Full-French Catholic education from Kindergarten to Grade 12. All elementary schools have a French daycare and before and after school programs.

Certain criteria usually must be met to allow your child to attend a school in the Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir.

The Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir also offers settlement services for newcomer students and their families in the Peel region. Settlement workers are in schools to orient and accompany students and their family by helping them to become better acquainted to life in Canada and to integrate into their new environment. For more information call: 416-397-6564 or 1-800-274-3764.

More information

Learn about the Peel Lunch and After School Programs (PLASP) or call PLASP at 905-89.

International Students

Peel Schools for International Students  and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board for International Students provide various high school education programs for international students.

Contact Us

Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir

110 Drewry Avenue Toronto, ON M2M 1C8

Conseil Scolaire Viamonde

116, Cornelius Parkway Toronto (Ontario) M6L 2K5

Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board

40 Matheson Boulevard West Mississauga, ON L5R 1C5