Hamilton – Schools & Education


Education for children and youth

The Hamilton area has more than 90 elementary schools and almost 20 high schools. Public education is provided free to all residents who meet age requirements. Both the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board offer full-time school programs from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Across the city, nearly 4, 000 students are enrolled in English as a second language programs – this is just one of many special services the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board provides to international students and families who are new to the city.

Information on the structure of schools, the classroom environment, parent participation adjusting to school, and more is available online. Information on Ontario’s education system in particular, including curriculum and special education, is available through the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Post-secondary Education

There are many option in Hamilton for training after completion of high school. McMaster University a highly regarded research university, is located in the west of Hamilton. Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology offers well-respected practical certificates, diplomas and post-graduate certificates.  Brock University has a teacher’s college campus in the east end of the city. You will also find College Boreal (southwestern Ontario’s only French applied arts college) Access Centre in Hamilton and Redeemer College in nearby Ancaster.

Post-secondary institutions have different language and entry requirements. Specific information can be found on each institution’s website.

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is available to support qualifying students. There are also opportunities for financial support available through individual institutions.