Oakville has many schools to choose from in the public, catholic or private sector. Many are prestigious schools that attract students from other parts of Canada and the world. With our wonderful setting near Lake Ontario and our safe communities, Oakville is a great place to grow up.
In Ontario, kids go to elementary school for grades 1-8, and high school for grades 9-12. Last year, the introduction of full day kindergarten was introduced into Ontario schools. There are also many fine pre-schools available in our town that are private pay, where kids can begin as soon as they are potty trained – usually age 2.5 to 3 years old. Studies show that kids that get an early start on education are more likely to go on to postsecondary education and do better in school. Several schools offer French immersion programs as well.
With Oakville’s growth in recent years, 11 new schools have already been built, are under construction or are in planning and development stages. Several other schools have undergone additions and renovations, but many are still stuck with portables to accommodate excess capacity.
Oakville is also home to Sheridan College, a well regarded school with many programs in computer animation, the arts and business. The College generates income for the city with the jobs it creates, the student housing and the services that are generated from its Trafalgar Road campus.
Schools are overseen by the provincial government and recent international assessments show that Ontario has one of the leading education systems in the world. Ontario’s post-secondary education rate is the highest in the western world. Our universities are also ranked among the best in the world.
Raising well educated kids makes for good community and a bright economic future. The choice and quality of the schools in Oakville also help protect our home values. In an upcoming blog, we will look at how many of the Oakville schools rank.