Education in Canada: Types of schooling

Understand the different types of Canadian schooling

There are 3 types of schooling in Canada

  • primary (elementary)
  • secondary
  • post-secondary

Primary (or elementary) school

Primary education is generally for kids 5 to 12 years old. This usually includes

  • preschool (optional)
  • kindergarten
  • grade 1 to 6

Learn more about primary school

Secondary (or high) school

Secondary education is generally for kids 12 to 18 years old. This group usually includes Grades 7 to 12.

Learn more about Secondary school


With the right educational credentials, anyone can apply to attend a post-secondary school.

Learn more about post-secondary school

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