About Ontario Elementary School Programs

Also known as grade school or primary school, Ontario elementary schools customarily offer classes for students in Junior Kindergarten through to Grade 8. Most students in Ontario begin elementary school at four or five years old, but they are not required to do so until age six. After Kindergarten, students advance through Grades 1 to 8, where they are taught according to a standard, province-wide curriculum, which includes: the arts, French as a second language (some offer French Immersion), health and physical education, language, mathematics, science and technology, as well as social studies in Grades 1 to 6, and history and geography in Grades 7 and 8.

Upon successful completion of Grade 8 (which generally occurs at 13 years of age), the student advances to high school / secondary school. In addition, school boards must ensure that all elementary students have a minimum of twenty minutes of sustained, moderate to vigorous physical activity each school day during instructional time.

Elementary curriculum policy documents can be viewed on the Ontario Ministry of Education website.  The four elementary schools that welcome international students are: Spencer Avenue and Princess Elizabeth in Orangeville, Rickson Ridge and Westminster Woods in Guelph.