One of the benefits of immigrating to Canada is access to a free primary education system for all children.

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador offers free public education to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents less than 18 years of age. Parents of children are responsible for school supplies and any school uniforms.

Registration for elementary and secondary schools usually takes place several months prior to the school year. In order to register, an individual must contact the particular school their child wishes to attend and find out all the registration details. There are a number of different schooling options available in Newfoundland and Labrador educational system. A child may enter a public, English, French Immersion, Francophone or Private institution. Those parents that may want to home school can also have that option in this province.

The Town of Carbonear has schools for children in grades Kindergarten to Grade 12.   Most children start their schooling at the age of 5 in the province where they begin at Kindergarten level. In the kindergarten level, children attend 5 days of either morning or afternoon classes. As a child gets older, they will continue to attend elementary school grade 1 to Grade 6 (ages 6-12). High school is from Grade 7 – Grade 12 (ages 13-18). All elementary and secondary schools in the Town of Carbonear are under the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District.

Carbonear also has a post secondary school, which students can register to attend to pursue a variety of career options.  For more information, please see their website.

The Association for New Canadians has a useful guide for the Newfoundland & Labrador Educational System – which includes useful information such as if your child misses a school day or what happens on snow days.


Carbonear Academy – Grade K-8
88 Valley Road Carbonear, NL • A1Y 1A7 Telephone: (709) 596-0426. Facsimile: (709) 596-0428.

Carbonear Collegiate –
95 Valley Road Carbonear, NL • A1Y 1A7 Telephone: (709) 596-3911. Facsimile: (709) 596-0462

Post Secondary Institutions:

College of the North Atlantic Carbonear Campus –
4 Pike’s Lane Carbonear, NL A1Y 1A7 Tel: (709) 596-6139 Fax: (709) 596-2688