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The School Day

Elementary school


  • The elementary school day usually begins at 9:00 and ends at 3:30, from Monday to Friday. There will be slight variations between schools.
  •  In elementary schools, students usually have one teacher assigned to their classroom for the year.
  •  There are supervised recess breaks in the morning and afternoon. On extremely cold days, students may stay indoors during recess/noon.
  •  Students are required to bring lunch to school or to go home for lunch if they live nearby. Most elementary schools do not have a cafeteria.
  •  Students should remain at school during the school day, unless they have written permission from a parent to leave (for a valid reason).
  •  Students are expected to leave the school at the end of the school day unless they have a valid reason and permission to remain in the school. Some schools provide supervised activities before or after the school day. There may be a fee for these programs.


High school


  • Generally, the school day begins at 8:30 and ends at 3:30, from Monday to Friday. There may be slight variations between schools.
  •  Daily schedules of classes and activities differ from school to school.
  •  In high schools, students have several teachers for instruction in subject areas.
  •  In some high schools, the academic year is divided into two semesters. Semester 1: late August to January; Semester 2: February to June. Final exams are written at the end of each semester. In a semestered school, there may be as many as 5 or 6 classes per day taught in specific blocks of time. Blocks may range from 45 minutes to 75 minutes, depending on the school and its timetable structure.
  •  Some high schools have a cafeteria. Students may purchase lunch, bring lunch to school, or go home for lunch. Teachers or designated supervisors are responsible for all students who remain on school property during the lunch hour.