EducationEach September, children in Prince Edward Island (PEI) get excited about returning to school for another year. PEI schools are safe, and there are many activities for all children to enjoy. The beautiful, small province of PEI is a wonderful place to raise a family.
There are over 60 schools in PEI, and children often attend the same school as other children in their neighbourhood.
Every eligible child in PEI must attend kindergarten through Grade 12 (K to 12). The K to 12 school system is publicly funded, so residents don't have to pay extra fees for their child to receive a good education. All public schools in PEI teach the same curriculum; however, parents can choose to enroll their children in English, French, or English with French immersion, which has a blend of English and French classes.
Boys and girls attend the same school, and all students are encouraged to express their opinions and to study hard. Teachers are friendly and encourage parents to be involved in their child’s education.
Many students in PEI enjoy extra-curricular activities which are not a necessary part of school, but they are a great way to meet new friends and learn new skills. Extra-curricular activities vary at each school; however, many schools have musical bands, theatre, and sports teams for children to join. In senior grades, students can also take classes that will teach them special skills such as woodworking, art, multimedia, carpentry, mechanics, or cooking, depending on the school they attend. There are playgrounds and sports fields at most schools.
For more information on education in PEI:
- Child Care and Education (K to 12)
- Studying in PEI (Post Secondary)
- Guide to Schools from PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada
- Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
- Alternative Education
- Learning Language (English and/or French)
- English Language School Board
- French Language School Board/La Commission scolaire de langue française de Î.-P.-É.