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Elementary School

Children can start school (see Registering a Child) at the age of three if their fourth birthday falls before the end of December. Most children spend two years in junior and senior kindergarten before starting full-time school in Grade 1.

Some Kingston schools offer half-day kindergarten programs — children attend in the morning or afternoon but not both — while others provide full-day kindergarten every second day. Some French schools provide full-day kindergarten every day of the week. Many schools provide programs for students before and after regular classes to accommodate the schedules of working parents.

Full-day kindergarten is being introduced across the province. By 2015, all children aged four and five will be attending full-day kindergarten in Ontario. A typical day in elementary school starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.

Children leave elementary school after Grade 8 to attend secondary school. Some students leave Grade 6 to attend an intermediate school for Grades 7 and 8.

Families who want their children to become proficient in French have the option of sending their child to a French-immersion public or Catholic school. French-speaking families can send their children to a public or Catholic French school.

For More Information

Newcomers’ Guide to Elementary School
The guide has information on getting ready for school, learning English, school procedures, education policies, report cards, parent-teacher interviews, provincial testing, and helping your child adjust to a new school.

School Boards and Private Schools
Listing of private schools in the Kingston area.

Full-Day Kindergarten
Information on the full-day kindergarten program in Ontario. Includes what they will learn, what happens before and after school, who their teachers are, why you should enrol your child, how much it will cost, how to prepare your child, and where programs are located. There is also a set of frequently asked questions (FAQ).

King’s Town School
An independent private school located in the heart of downtown Kingston. It has a Montessori preschool program for ages 2.5–6 and offers elementary and intermediate school (grades 1–8) curricula.

Centralized Childcare Registry and Information Service (CCRIS)
The official online childcare registry and waitlist service for the City of Kingston and County of Frontenac. This website provides a directory of available childcare options searchable by availability, location, age group, and type of care (home, centre, school, etc.) and program (half-day, full-day, after school, etc.). Sign up to receive notification of available childcare spaces.

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