In Canada, the school year for children runs from September to June. There is a two-week break in December and a two-week break in March. Children can enter kindergarten as young as age 4.
The Vancouver School Board operates the public elementary and secondary schools in Vancouver. Suburbs of Vancouver have their own school boards.
International student information
If your study permit is valid for at least 1 year, and you are enrolled at a publicly funded institution such as UBC, your minor children, aged 18 years of age or younger, are eligible to attend elementary and secondary school as if they were Canadian residents. They will not be required to pay international student fees.
You should begin the enrolment process for your children as early as possible after your arrival. If you reside in Vancouver, see the Vancouver School Board website for more information.
English classes for children
Many schools offer ESL classes for their students as part of the regular curriculum. For information about these programs, contact the Immigrant Services Society of BC by phone at 604 684 2561 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.