Education in St. John’s

At the far end of the most-eastern point of Canada, you’ll spot Newfoundland and Labrador. On its outer extremity sits St. John’s, a picture-perfect town.

There’s something about its position at the farthest eastern extreme of Canada, with nothing but 3,000 miles of unbroken ocean between you and Ireland, that moves the soul to poetry. That, and the whales that disport themselves just off the coast, so close that you need no boat tour to watch them; and the icebergs that in late spring drift stately by, no two alike yet so much part of everyday life that locals will row out to chip off chunks with which to freshen their drinks.

It's the calmness and friendliness of this part of St. John’s that makes it one of the best cities to come when you decide to study in Canada.

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The schools in St. John’s are managed by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The primary- and secondary-school system includes 262 public schools and six private schools, with both French and English options (many students come specifically for English and French language programs, at all levels).

After high school, international students may choose to study at one of the two universities or 25 private career colleges. All international students in Newfoundland and Labrador are provided health insurance.

Children's Education Public School

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The Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) system offers free access to all families with school-age children. All children from 6-16 are required by law to attend school. Subjects are taught in English with French being offered in certain areas.

While the majority of schools within the K-12 system are public, there are some private schools in the province. In this province, most children usually attend a school that is closest to their home. To register your child, you can call or visit the school. If you don't know which school is closest, you can check with the school board in your area.

If you are moving to Canada whether for work or study purposes and are worried about your child’s education. Don't despair. The city of St. John’s has some of the best child care schools with excellent facilities.

Child Care

There are multiple daycares and early childhood education facilities within St. John's that offer child care services to children two years of age or older. Most child care facilities in the city are government certified and regulated, however, before enrolling a child you should ensure that the facility is regulated to government standards. For further information on child care, visit the website of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and check out the Early Learning and Childcare Directory for a listing of child care centres, family child care providers, and family resource centres in Newfoundland and Labrador, including St. John's.

In addition to that, there is one French daycare centre in St. John's, the Centre de la Petite Enfance et Famille des Grands Vents (Phone: (709) 757-2850).

If you are employed part-time or full-time and require child care, you may be eligible for the Child Care Services Subsidy Program. In order to qualify for the program, your child(ren) must be enrolled in a licensed daycare facility.

Family and Child Care Connections is a community-based, non-profit family resource centre located in St. John's. The Centre provides programs and services designed to support children, their families, and child care providers. The Centre's website offers a Child Care Registry.

Grade Schools (K-12)

Newfoundland & Labrador English School District

The English School District (ESD) operates the English public school system in the St. John's region. The ESD also offers classroom French and a full French immersion program to assist students in becoming fluent in a second language. An International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, an internationally recognized university preparation program, is offered by the ESD at Holy Heart of Mary High.

Ecole des Grands-Vents

Ecole des Grands-Vents in St. John's is part of the province-wide Francophone public school district, Conseil Scolaire Francophone.

St. Bonaventure's College

An Independent Roman Catholic School in the Jesuit tradition dedicated to educational excellence in a Christian environment.

Lakecrest Independent School

Lakecrest is an independent school offering an enriched international calibre education.

Brother T.I. Murphy Learning Resource Centre

The Brother T. I. Murphy Learning Resource Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization which provides alternative educational and learning opportunities to youth.

Additional information, on K-12 education can be found on the website of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Post Secondary Institutions

people studying at public library

Memorial University

With 18,000 students, Memorial University of Newfoundland is Atlantic Canada's largest university and one of the region's most important research facilities.

Marine Institute of Memorial University

The Marine Institute is Canada’s most comprehensive centre of education, training, applied research and industrial support for the ocean industries.

College of the North Atlantic

College of the North Atlantic is Newfoundland and Labrador's public college. It is one of the largest post-secondary educational and skills training centers in Atlantic Canada offering nearly 100 full-time programs and more than 300 part-time courses.

Private Colleges and Institutes

book shelves in public library

Newfoundland and Labrador also offers numerous private colleges and training centres many of which are located in St. John's. A listing of private institutes is available on the Department of Advanced Education and Skills website.

Lifelong Learning

The skills and knowledge that individuals bring to their families, workplaces and communities play an important role in determining the economic success and overall quality of life for cities, towns and rural communities across Canada. In St. John's, there are many opportunities to participate in continuing educational programs. Below is a listing of some of the organizations that provide lifelong learning programs in St. John's.

Anna Templeton Centre

278 Duckworth Street

City of St. John's

Department of Recreation

College of the North Atlantic

Continuing Education

Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador

Clay Studio