Under the Canadian Constitution, education is a power allocated to the provinces; hence there is no unified national schooling system. Instead, persons looking to enroll themselves or their children in a primary or secondary school in Canada must look to the particular province they wish to settle in – different compulsory attendance ages (usually up to the age of 15 or 16) and the fact that in some provinces secondary school finishes at year 13 (not year 12) are some examples of the dissimilarities that may exist.
Without doubt, however, Canadian schools are first-rate - the fact that about 95% of all students attend government-funded schools speaks volumes about the significance placed on education in that country, and the massive resources available to all students. Most children will first attend elementary (or ‘primary’) school until grade 6, 7 or 8. Students will then attend high (or ‘secondary’) school, which in some provinces is separated into junior high (grades 7 to 9) and senior high (grades 10-12). In order to attend university, students must meet certain criteria, and this changes depending on the course and institution persons wish to study at.
Foreign students who wish to study will require a student visa to Canada
in most cases.