Primary, Elementary and Secondary Schools

Elementary, Intermediate and Secondary Schools

All children in Newfoundland and Labrador between the ages of 6 and 16 must go to school. Public school is free. Children begin school when they are about 5 years old. Most students finish high school by age 18, but some stay longer.

The first year of school is called kindergarten (Grade K). Elementary Schools (Grades K to 6), Junior High Schools (Grades 7 to 9) and High Schools (Grades 10 to 12) normally start between 8:30 and 9:00 am and end between 2:30 and 3:00 pm.

There are two school districts in the province: Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, which covers all English speaking schools in the province, and Conseil Scolaire Francophone Provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador which covers all French speaking schools in the province.

There are also other schools in the province.

To find out more about schools, including private schools, go to

This site will give you the names and addresses of schools, as well as their e-mails and the names of the principals. You can also get the names of the staff of the School Districts. This is important if you want to know about programs for children with special needs, disabilities or other learning problems.

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