Education in Quebec

Education in Quebec

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Education in Quebec

During a move, finding a new school for your children can be quite a headache!

In the following document you will find information relative to Quebec’s education system as well as the region’s various Francophone and Anglophone school boards. Your child’s registration will be easier with the right tools at your disposal! 


Description of the Quebec Education System

The Ministère de l’Education et de l’Enseignement supérieur  (Ministry of Education and Higher Education) manages the province of Quebec’s education system. This system includes 4 levels of instruction: preschool (kindergarten), elementary and high-school education (including general education and vocational training), college education (including pre-university and technical education), and university education.

In Quebec, school attendance is compulsory for all youths aged 6 to 16 years. There is a public sector and a private sector for preschool, elementary, and secondary education (for both general education and vocational training) services. Elementary and high school is offered in French, English (if admissible), or in aboriginal languages

From the age of 5 years onward, children frequent preschool education―meaning kindergarten in this case―during 1 year. Children begin school full time in September if they are 5 years old before October 1st of the school year.

Elementary school education normally lasts 6 years, while secondary education is 5 years long. Depending on the study program that is chosen, the student may access vocational training from the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade. Those who remain in general education and get their high school diploma have access to 2-year pre-university college programs and 3-year technical training programs.

In both college and university, the student may choose English or French as the language of instruction according to the establishment that he or she will frequent. 

Lastly, university education is divided in 3 levels. The first level, which lasts 3 or 4 years, leads to a bachelor’s degree. The second level results in a master’s degree, and the third level leads to a doctorate.

Education services are free for Quebec residents, with the exception of university; this does not prevent the government from offering financial aid in the form of loans and grants. Teaching services are secular, and you will find both public and private establishments.