School and Grade Placement

If you are making your own accommodation arrangements, school placement is based on the address where the student is going to live on PEI. Proof of address is required before the student is enrolled in a school.

Your Education Experience

All parents want their children to attend the best school in a new place, but in PEI, this isn’t a concern because all schools are equally as good. All schools in our public school system are safe, inclusive, and follow the same curriculum.

All schools in our public school system are safe, inclusive, and follow the same curriculum. There are 62 public schools across the Island for children, from kindergarten through grade twelve - six of those are French, and 29 offer a combination of English and French-immersion. The school year in Prince Edward Island goes from early September through late June, with students enjoying a summer break when the weather is at its best, in July and August.

For more information on PEI curriculum, please visit https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/programs-of-study

School Placement

International students are placed in schools where there is space and program availability and for those using Study Abroad Canada, homestay availability. You may request three schools in the application, and we will make every attempt to accommodate your request. However, the Prince Edward Island International Student Program (PEIISP) has the right to make the final placement decision.

Grade Placement

Grade placement is generally determined by age. Final placement is determined by the PEIISP office. For high school students, the school transcript is important to determine course selection. The Public Schools Branch will evaluate your transcripts and, if the courses you completed are equivalent to high school courses here, you will be granted credit for those that are required for a PEI Senior High School Graduation Certificate.

PEI High Schools

All high schools in the Province of PEI follow the mandated provincial curriculum under which the expectations and teaching components are clearly defined. Compulsory courses in Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and English are offered at each grade level. While every school teaches the same curriculum and is accountable to the same standards, some schools may offer different elective courses depending on their school population. These elective courses comprise arts, technology, humanities and social science courses. Every high school on PEI has seen students graduate from Grade 12 and go to world ranked universities. We do not rank our schools and school registration is based on the zone in which your child will live while on PEI.  

All PEI high schools operate on a two-semester system; September to January and February to June. Students take four courses per semester and with each day consisting of four 76-minute periods and 60 minutes for lunch. Typically, classes begin at 9 am and end at 3:15 pm.

School Calendar

Full English Language Learner support is provided for international students at no additional charge. We have one of the most comprehensive English as an Additional Language (EAL) programs in Canada. Support services for EAL/FAL learners in K-9 are primarily in the form of Itinerant teacher support focusing on language acquisition in either a small group or one-to-one situation. In grades 10-12, EAL learners are often recommended to register for the EAL curriculum courses.

Please visit our school calendar for more information.

 A map of the high schools in PEI

Extra-Curricular Activities

International students are encouraged to get involved in extra-curricular activities. This is a great way to meet Canadian friends. Extracurricular options include something for everyone. Schools offer a variety of competitive and recreational athletics, healthy living, theatre, visual arts, music, technology, outdoor pursuits, leadership, and community and social engagement.

In addition, the PEIISP offers regular social events that incorporate recreational and cultural activities! An excellent way to meet other international students and experience PEI.

Accommodation Self-Placement

If you are making your own accommodation arrangements, school placement is based on the address where the student is going to live on PEI. Proof of address is required before the student is enrolled in a school.

Published date: 
September 9, 2022
Education and Lifelong Learning

General Inquiries

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
Holman Centre
Suite 101, 250 Water Street
Summerside, PE C1N 1B6

Phone: 902-438-4130
Fax: 902-438-4062

DeptELL@gov.pe.ca