Education in Canada is divided into primary, secondary and post-secondary education. Within the provinces under the Ministry of Education, there are district school boards administering educational programs.

Education is compulsory up to the age of 16 in every province in Canada, except for Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick, where the compulsory age is 18, or as soon as a high school diploma has been achieved.


The general standard of state education in Canada is high, and both permanent residents and those on work permits can enroll their children in local schools for free.

Most Ontario schools offer instruction in English only, although there are also French immersion programs available. There are no private schools in Renfrew County - the closest are in Ottawa. For those wanting their children to continue education under the curriculum from their home country, there are international schools available in Toronto and Ottawa. Many international schools offer students the option of boarding.

Local Schools in Renfrew County
For information on local schools, click on the links to the school boards.
Renfrew County Catholic District School Board (RCCDSB) (613) 735-1031
Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) (613) 735-0151
Conseil des écoles catholiques de langue française du Centre Est 1-888-230-5131
Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) 1-888-332-3736

French Resources

Champlain, 303 James Street Pembroke, Ontario (613) 633-2607
Jeanne Lajoie High School French as a Second language
1257 Pembroke St West, Pembroke (613) 735-3948 ext. 42856
Francos Comté Renfrew
303 James Street Pembroke, Ontario (613) 585-3414
International Language Program

The RCDSB offers an after school international language program for elementary students. This is a free program for school age children from Kindergarten to Grade 8. The program runs after school for 2.5 hours per week. Program offerings, dates and times are based on sufficient registrants.

Special Education Links
For parents of students with exceptionalities

Adult Education
Continuing Education - Adult High Schools

The RCDSB supports four continuing education sites in Arnprior, Pembroke, Petawawa and Renfrew.

English as a Second Language

The Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) offers programs to assist newcomers to Canada. English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are offered with certified ESL instructors through Continuing and Community Education. The program locations vary depending on the community's needs. They have offered courses in Deep River, Pembroke and Petawawa. ESL programs are free and they have a continuous intake registration process.

Learning and Career Centre
(613) 687-5511 ext. 7368 / 7378
École des Adultes Le Carrefour (Learn French)
Ontario Learn A comprehensive list of online learning opportunities in North America

International schools

There are three international schools in Ottawa. All follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.
Academie de la Capitale International School
Elmwood Academy (all girls)
Ashbury College

The York School (TYS) Co-educational Ages: 4 to 18 Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Toronto French School (TFS)
Co-educational Ages: 2 to 18 Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Upper Canada College Boys only Ages: 5 to 18 Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
German International School Toronto Co-educational Ages: 3 to 18 Curriculum: German
Lycée Français de Toronto Co-educational Ages: 3 to 18 Curriculum: French
OAT (Ontario Academy of Technology) Co-educational Ages: 14 to 18 Curriculum: Ontario English Curriculum
Sunnybrook School Co-educational Ages: 4 to 12 Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

Universities and Colleges for post-secondary education

Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley Pembroke, Ontario (613) 735-4700
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College Barry’s Bay, Ontario (613) 735-4700
Willis College, Arnprior Arnprior, Ontario (613) 623-1114
Carleton University Ottawa
University of Ottawa Ottawa
La Cité collégiale Ottawa
Saint Paul University Ottawa
Nipissing University North Bay
Canadore College North Bay

Preschools: County of Renfrew Licenced Child Care Agencies

Chalk River
Chalk River Nursery School

Deep River
Deep River Nursery School & Child Care Centre

Mountain River Child Care Association

Kiddie Kollege Co-operative Nursery School South Side North & South Side Childcare Service
PMFRC-Private Home Child Care

Lil' Troopers North Day Care Centre
Lil' Troopers South Day Care Centre PMFRC - Our Lady of Sorrows
Kinder Connection Nursery School
PMFRC - School Based Program-Valour- K-12

Highview's Garden
Cathedral's Garden
Homemade Tales Licensed Family Home Child Care
Wise Owl Day Care

Child's Paradise Day Care Centre
Leaps & Bounds Renfrew

Leaps & Bounds Children's Centre Pineridge Children's Centre

Registering Your Child For School in Renfrew County

Required Documentation
  • Student Registration Form
  • Proof of address (driver's licence, utility bill) or proof of tenancy/ownership (Ontario Property Assessment Notice or lease agreement)
  • Proof of Student's Age (birth certificate, baptismal certificate, registration of birth card or passport)
  • Student's immunizations records (for Kindergarten registration only).
  • Immunization Questionnaire (this form must be printed and filled out in ink)
  • Student's immunization records. Students entering from outside Renfrew County should contact the Renfrew County and District Health Unit at (613) 735-8666 or visit their Pembroke office at 7 International Drive
  • Proof of custody where applicable (custody orders, court ordered Guardianship)
  • Immigration documents where applicable
  • School documents - recent report card or school leaving certificate (elementary and secondary only)
  • Transcript (for secondary school students)

Bring required documents (as specified above) to your school to finalize the registration process.