Finding the right school for your child

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Most parents in Manitoba enroll their kids in public schools. They go to the school in their catchment area or school division/district. This is the school nearest your house (see list below in Community Resources).

There are four programs in public schools in Manitoba – English, French Immersion, Français or the Technology Education Program for Senior Years. Some programs are not offered in some districts so check with the school near you. You can enroll your child in a school in another district if the program you need is not in your area. Apply early so you are ensured of a slot.

You can choose to enroll your child in a private school. Know more about the types of schools in MB by reading: Elementary and Secondary School Education in MB.

Tips for finding a good school:

  1. Make a list

    Know your priorities.For example:

    • school programs (academic, sports, arts and extra-curricular activities)
    • cost/tuition
    • distance
    • transportation
    • others:special programs if your child is gifted, differently-abled or has special needs.
  2. Research

    Look for information about schools online. Talk to neighbours and friends. Write down all information then check them later. Talk to graduates of schools that you like. Talk to their parents if you can.

  3. Consider your child’s capacity and interest

    Look for good programs that will help them improve their talents. Interested in French Immersion? Consider their age and capacity. It can be easier for younger children to learn a new language. Read Should my child be in the French Immersion Program? to know more about it.

  4. Visit the school/s

    Arrive in Manitoba before before the school year starts. Visit schools and check their programs. Talk to teachers and administrators. See if it is a good environment for your child.

  5. Is your child happy in school?

    Talk to your kids. Are they excited to go to school or do they give excuses to stay at home? Talk to the teachers and attend Parent-Teacher meetings. Volunteer at the school when you have time. See how school employees work with students.

Have you considered homeschooling?

Is your child unhappy at school? Consider homeschooling. Parents, guardians or a person (for example a tutor) you assign can provide instruction. Learn more about homeschooling from Homeschooling, Manitoba Education and Training or read Thinking about homeschooling your child? Here’s what you need to know.

How to enroll your child

Go to the school. Talk to the administrator or principal to register your child. Bring the following:

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

Bring a friend who knows English if you can’t speak well. You can also ask for help from settlement provider organizations.

Article updated August 14, 2020.

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Community Resources

Find out your catchment area’s school from this list: Manitoba School Divisions and Districts Contacts or use Schools in Manitoba Search (K-12). Use the Find A School app if you’re in Winnipeg.

Contact your Settlement Worker in Schools for help if you have questions.

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