Junior Kindergarten - Grade 12 Education

In the province of Ontario, public education starts at kindergarten (age four) to grade 12. In Ontario, four school systems are publicly funded: the French Public system, the French Catholic system, the English Public system and the English Catholic system. Parents have a choice to send their children to the Public or Catholic school in the area where they reside.

Quick Facts

  • In the Province of Ontario children are eligible to start junior kindergarten if they are 4 years old by December 31 of that school year.
  • Children in Ontario start full-time school in September of the year in which they are six years old. (French schools have full day for kindergarten, English is phasing it in.)
  • Generally elementary school serves children starting in kindergarten until grade 8, and high school (secondary school) serves youth from grades 9 to 12. This varies from location in the province, and even varies depending on the school your child is enrolled in. Check with your child's local school for more information; 
  • In Ontario provincial examinations start in grade 10
  • Ontario students must complete 40 hours of community service before graduating high school

Full Day Kindergarten

The following schools are currently offering full day kindergarten:

École Catholique Marguerite-Bourgeois - Francophone elementary school on Base Borden. It offers Day Care Services for kids starting at 18 months. Full French School from Junior Kindergarten to 6th grade.  

L’Académie La Pinède   - Francophone elementary school in Borden which serves children and youth from kindergarden to grade 6.

Angus Morrison Elementary School – English Public School in Angus, which serves children and youth from kindergarten to grade 8

Full-day kindergarten will be offered in local schools, as follows:

Pine River Elementary School          2013-2014 school year

School Districts

There are 4 school boards in Borden and the surrounding area:

French Catholic School Board

Conseil scolaire de district Catholique Centre-Sud

French Public School Board

Conseil scolaire Viamonde

English Public School Board

Simcoe County District School Board

English Catholic School Board

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

Additional schooling options include Private Schools, religious and secular, for a fee and home-schooling in Ontario. Go to to search for a listing of local private schools.

Effective the 2013-2014 school year, there will be no English schools located within Base Borden.

There is also a new English Public Secondary School (opened September 2011) for Base Borden and Angus residents, located in Angus, within walking distance to Base Borden:

Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School


Children's Education Management


Children's Education Management ensures that the educational needs of Canadian Armed Forces families are supported and that children's education is compatible with that which is provided without charge in Canada when posted outside of Canada. Programs and services are designed to mitigate potential negative impacts on schooling due to geographical moves.

Post-secondary Education

There are three colleges and a variety of career and learning centres located within a 50 kilometre radius from Borden. 

Georgian College


Located in Barrie, Georgian College is a highly recognized educational institute that offers over 100 programs and academic upgrading, apprenticeships, diploma programs, college degrees and university preparation and transfer programs.  They also have a living residence for students.

CTS Canadian Career College


A college offering many career orientated programs in the health sciences, business and law and justice field.

Collège Boréal 


Francophone college offering many courses and programs for students. Eight campuses throughout Ontario.

Barrie Learning Centre


A learning centre with the Adult and Continuing Education Department of the Simcoe County District School Board.  You can also take various credit courses to obtain your High School Diploma.

Everest College


Career Training College

For complete listings of post-secondary institutions in the area, Ontario and in Canada go to the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada website at

Ontario Private Career College Search Service – Service Ontario


Adult Education

There are a variety of programs that offer continuing education opportunities in the surrounding area. GED, adult and continuing courses are available at the organizations below. Check the listing below to find a program that best suits you. 

Simcoe County District School Board


Barrie Learning Centre 


Georgian College - Barrie, Ontario


Willis College 


Second Career Ontario


Second Career Ontario is a government program that helps pay for your education for a new career.  If you are an adult wishing to further your education for work, this may be of great use to you.

If you don't find the answer to your questions please send us your question.

This page was updated April 26, 2017