Registering a Child
Children must be registered before they can attend school. Parents will be asked to present a number of documents to school officials, including:
- The child's birth certificate or passport
- Proof of address
- Immunization record — All school children must provide proof of immunization for a specific list of diseases unless there is a valid written exemption for medical illness, allergy, or religious or conscience belief. Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health maintains and tracks the immunization records of all students attending elementary or secondary school in the Kingston area. See the Immunization page for more details on this topic.
Older children who have recently arrived from other countries may be assessed in mathematics and language (English and French) before they are placed in a secondary school grade.
Except for private schools (see below), elementary and secondary schools are funded through the tax system, so parents do not pay extra fees to enrol their children, unless they attend as international students. Kingston has four publicly funded school systems:
The school year in Ontario starts at the beginning of September and ends in late June. Except for private schools and certain Catholic schools, most students are not required to wear uniforms to class.
French education is an important part of the Kingston education system. Francophone residents can choose to educate their children in the French language and culture through the two French-language school boards.
The Limestone and Algonquin school boards offer special programs to students who want to become proficient in French. Some schools are also designated as French-immersion schools, which mean the majority of the programs are taught in French.
The Limestone and Algonquin boards both have special programs for international students in the elementary and high school grades. Most international students live with Kingston families during the school year. They also pay an annual tuition fee that includes medical coverage during their stay in Canada.
Students with special physical, intellectual or emotional needs are fully integrated into Ontario schools. In some instances, they will be provided with special programs and services. See the special education section for more information.
Bus transportation is available to students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 who attend Kingston-area schools. Eligibility is determined by a combination of Grade level, walking distance to the school and the bussing area of the school. In most instances, the travelling time is less than an hour.
There is no charge to ride the school bus. Parents are responsible for ensuring their children arrive at the pickup point safely and on time. Younger children must be met by parents or a designated adult when they are delivered to their home at the end of the school day.
Bus services are provided by:
- Tri-Board Student Transportation Services — English school boards
- Consortium de transport scolaire d'Ottawa — French-Language school boards
As part of a 2014-2015 pilot program, Kingston Transit is making a student transit pass available to students in Grades 9, 10, and 11 for free.
See the For More Information links below for details on these programs.
Private schools are also an available educational option. There are a number of private schools in Kingston (see For More Information links below) that cater to different grades.
Unlike publically funded schools, private schools are independent and do not receive government funding. Usually students must pay to attend them and there may be admission requirements or a waiting list.
Programs are generally diverse and may have a smaller classroom size and student-teacher ratio than conventional schools. Often there is a focus on a specific religion, culture, language, or teaching methodology.
For More Information
How do I enrol my child in school?
Information on registering children for school, the documents required and immunization record. Includes links to other useful documents.
French-language education in Ontario
Ontario government site explaining the difference between French education and French immersion programs. It also explains the composition of French/English curriculum in certain schools.
Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
The French Catholic school board responsible for Kingston. The board itself is located in Ottawa. Includes information on the programs offered. Most information on this site is in French only. The school board is also available on Facebook
(both in French only).
Limestone District School Board
Main website for the English public school board in Kingston, with details of the various schools and programs available to elementary and secondary students. Special programs include the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, environmental education programs, and focus, specialist, and apprenticeship programs. Also included are various language curriculums: French as a Second Language (French Immersion, Extended French, and Core French), English as a Second Language (ESL), international/heritage language programs.
Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic School Board
Main website for the English Catholic school board in Kingston, with details of the various schools and programs available to elementary and secondary students. Special programs
include the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, various French curriculums (French Immersion, Extended French, and Core French) and other unique opportunities such as outdoor education and Robotics Challenge.
Tri-Board Student Transportation Services
General information about school bus services to the English school boards in the Kingston area. Includes an online application form, school boundary map and eligibility forms, alerts, and news and announcements. Also available on Facebook
with informational videos on YouTube
Limestone Community Education
A department of the public school board, Limestone Community Education offers ESL programs, international language instruction, workforce training, academic upgrading and programs to help immigrants find work in the health-care field. Videos of services are available.
Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL) Kingston
Website for Teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) in Kingston and Area. Includes information on English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and resources for adults and children in the Kingston area. Also includes a calendar of upcoming workshops.
Limestone International Education
The Limestone District School Board offers elementary and secondary education to international students. Includes information about graduation requirements, tuition, medical coverage and living arrangements. Also includes details on special programs such as: Queen’s Pathway Program, a 14-month pre-evaluation program to Queen’s University’s (BA program only) for students entering Grade 12, and the Queen’s Engineering Experience International short-term program, an engineering and English as a Second Language (ESL) summer camp program for high school students.
Your Legal Rights
A large resource of general legal information for Ontarians, compiled from hundreds of organizations across Ontario. While the site itself is only available in English, materials are available in multiple languages
, including French
. Managed by Community Legal Education Ontario.
Rules in a Canadian School
Article on general school rules and what is expected and appropriate behavior in Canadian schools. Also addresses how the school will handle improper behavior and rule breaking by students or staff.
SHAD Uncommon Purpose Scholarship Program
This is a 4 week summer enrichment scholarship program for secondary school (high school) students currently completing grade 10, 11, or 12 or the international equivalent. Students spend a month living in universities across Canada (including Kingston!). The program focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), with a strong entrepreneurship component.
International Education (ALCDSB)
Information on the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board’s (ALCDSB’s) international education program. Includes a general overview; information on the community and program curriculum; and details on the admissions process, downloadable forms, and contact information. The overview is also available in Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, German, Mandarin, and Spanish.
KFL&A School Immunization
Information on immunization and vaccination requirements for Ontario schools. Includes how to update your children’s record and how to register an immunization exemption.
Grade 9/10/11 Transit Pass Pilot Program
Kingston Transit free 2014–2015 pass program for students in Grade 9, 10, or 11. Includes details of the program, eligibility requirements, required forms, and where to pick up the passes.
Consortium de transport scolaire d'Ottawa
General information about school bus services to the French-language school board schools in the Kingston area. Includes eligibility information, a school boundary map and eligibility tool, contact information, and various other resources. Parents can subscribe to receive bus schedule updates and cancellation notices. Available in French only.