Elementary and secondary school education in MB

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Education in Manitoba

  1. Children from seven years old may start school.
  2. Public education is a responsibility of the province. It is a child’s right.
  3. Public schools do not charge tuition.
  4. Children can receive education through:
    • public schools
    • independent schools
    • homeschooling
  5. They have 13 grades: Kindergarten to Grade 12.
    • Early years – Kindergarten to Grade 4 – 5 to 10 years old
    • Middle years – Grade 5 to Grade 8 – 10 to 14 years
    • Senior years – Grade 9 to Grade 12 – 14 to 18 years

Four programs:

  1. English
  2. French Immersion
  3. Français
  4. Senior Years Technology Education Program (in English, French Immersion, and Français).

What does your child learn in school?

  1. Go to Manitoba.ca’s My Child in School, A Resource for Parents.
  2. Read the subjects taught and a description per grade level.
  3. You can compare English, Français, French Immersion, and Technology Education.

Types of schools

Public Schools

  1. Manitoba has high quality public school education.
  2. The Province of Manitoba, school divisions and districts fund public schools.

How to get your child into a public school

  1. Children go to school based on school districts. You will know this by your address.
  2. Go to the Manitoba School Divisions and District Contacts to know which district you belong.
  3. Or go to: Schools in Manitoba Search.
  4. Use the Find A School app if you are in Winnipeg.
  5. You may enroll your child in a school outside of your district.
  6. Talk to the school administrator. He will check your application.
  7. Enroll your child early. Schools may have early deadlines for accepting enrollees.

Independent Schools

  1. Independent schools are also called private schools.
  2. They can be funded and non-funded.
  3. Go to Independent Schools to know more.
  4. Or to Schools in Manitoba Search tool to look for Independent schools.


  1. Parents may choose to teach their children at home.
  2. Parents, guardians or another person they designate can provide instruction.
  3. This is not funded by the government. Parents pay for all costs for resources, activities (for example field trips) or tutorial services that may be required in their education plan.
  4. But they can get support from Regional Homeschooling Offices.
  5. Parents can provide:
    • Child-centered instruction
    • Christian-based curricula
    • Independent Study
  6. They can also make a program combining the options.
  7. Parents or guardians need to:
    • submit a Student Notification Form
    • get a confirmation of enrollment letter
    • submit a January and June Progress Report for each child every year
  8. Go to Manitoba Education to know more about homeschooling.
  9. Contact the Homeschooling Office, Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning at 204-945-8138 or homeschooling@gov.mb.ca.

How to enroll your child

Visit the school and talk to the administrator or principal to register your child. You will need to bring:

  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • Permanent Resident Card, Record of Landing (IMM1000) or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM5292)
  • Your child’s vaccination certificate

School transportation

  1. Your child may take the school bus if you live farther than 1.6 kilometres from the school.
  2. They may charge a fee. This depends on the space available and the student’s age.
  3. Students with special needs may take the school bus if they can’t walk safely to school.
  4. School divisions/districts must provide transportation for all students eligible for the service.
  5. The parent or guardian may receive payment if the school cannot provide.

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Community Resources

Read the Province of Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Schools – Planning Guide for 2021/2022 School year

Get the School Calendar dates to know the duration of a school year in Manitoba.

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