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Primary education is generally for kids 5 to 12 years old. This usually includes preschool (optional), kindergarten, and grades 1 to 6.
Secondary education is generally for kids 12 to 18 years old. This group usually includes grades 7 to 12.

1. Admission requirements

Admission requirements vary depending on the type of school. However, the requirements for primary and secondary levels are simple.

  • An average of 50% GPA from the most recent two academic years.
  • No requirements for English Proficiency Proof
  • Volunteer activities are recommended.
  • Custodianship letter*
  • Study Permit**

* A custodian is a responsible adult, who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, who will take care of and support the minor child. A custodian is optional for minors 17 years of age and older, but an officer can request one on a case-by-case basis.

** Minor children who want to study in Canada must apply for a study permit before they enter Canada.

2. Enrolment process

  • Submit all the personal information and documents to acquire a Letter of Acceptance.
  • Make tuition fee payments.
  • Apply for a Study Permit.
  • Get ready to come to Canada.
  • Take the English entrance test and receive the courses plan.

3. Tuition

International students must pay annual tuition fees at elementary and high schools in Canada. Tuition fees can vary depending on different types of schools. For example:

  • Public schools can range from $16,000 to $17,000 per year.
  • Private or independent schools can range from $15,000 to $25,000 per year.
  • Private or independent boarding schools can range from $63,000 to $83,000 per year.

Additional fees may apply for extracurricular activities, such as:

  • Sports teams
  • Clubs
  • Field trip

Most students bring their own lunch, but some schools offer cafeterias or hot lunch programs where a student may purchase a meal.

4. Scope

Canadian primary and secondary schools are one of the most advanced education systems in the world. International students will have invaluable opportunities to enhance their language skills, have an independent environment, and achieve higher education in top universities and colleges in Canada such as the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, the University of British Columbia, and more.

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