In Saskatchewan, elementary schools have students from Prekindergarten (typically begins at age 3 or 4) and Kindergarten (typically begins at age 5) to Grade 8. Most secondary schools teach students from Grade 9 to 12. Students are placed in classrooms with peers that are of the same age.
The educational goals of newcomer students and their families are supported by the Government of Saskatchewan, educators, education partners and stakeholders.
School divisions oversee a group of schools, usually based on their location. Of the province's 27 school divisions:
- Eight are separate school divisions, providing faith-based education.
- Eighteen are classified as public school divisions, which do not provide faith-based education.
- One is a Francophone school division, which provides education to students whose first language is French.
Some students may choose to attend independent (private) schools. Registered independent schools provide an alternative to the provincially operated systems and give parents the opportunity to provide an education to their children that is aligned with their beliefs.
Students may also take part in a home-based education program instead of attending a provincially funded or registered independent school.
All funded schools in Saskatchewan are required to teach the provincial curricula which is developed by the province.
The Quick Reference Guide for Newcomers provides more information about types of schools, registration, language instruction and listed resources. This guide is also available in additional languages.
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