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.

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. You can enroll your child in a school at another district if the program you like is not in your area. Apply early.

You can also enroll your child in a private school. Know more about the types of schools in MB. Read Elementary and Secondary School Education in MB.

Tips when looking for a 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 that you learn and 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

    Remember your child’s interests when looking for a school. Look for programs that will help them improve their talents. Interested in French Immersion? Consider your child’s age and capacity. It may be easier for younger children to learn a new language. Read Should my child be in the French Immersion Program? to know more.

  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 child. See if he is excited to go to school. Does he 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 you assign can deliver instruction. You will be responsible for getting the materials for your child. Learn more about homeschooling from Homeschooling, Manitoba Education and Training.

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

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

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