In Ontario, the Education Act, along with other regulations and policies, set out the education rights of students, parents and guardians. These include the right to a public education.
- All young people have the right to an education.
- You have a right to attend school in the school board district where your parents live, but you don't have the right to choose a specific school.
- If you are living on your own, you have a right to attend school in the school board district where you live.
- It is illegal for a school to refuse to admit any child under 18 years of age because the child or the child's parent or guardian is in Canada without immigration status.
- You have the right to start school when you are 4 (or will be turning 4 between Sept 1st and Dec 31st of that school year) if your school board offers junior kindergarten.
- You have the right to start school when you are 5 (or will be turning 5 between Sept 1st and Dec 31st of that school year) if your school board offers kindergarten.
- You must attend school at age 6.
- If you are 16 or older you have the right to work during school hours.
- If your 17th birthday is between the first day of school and December 31st, you have the right to quit school at the end of that school year.
- If your 18th birthday is between January 1st and end of August, have the right to quit school on 18th birthday.
- You have the right to leave school if you have already graduated with a secondary school diploma.
- Decide if your legal problem relates to your right to attend school or to quit school.
- Read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more about your right to attend school or quit school.
- Follow the Steps for instructions on how to enforce your attendance rights.
- Review the Resources to find new and in-depth legal information about education issues.
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