In Ontario, children must attend school until they are 18 years old.

Elementary, or primary school, begins for children at age six, followed by secondary school for children 14 – 18 years old. In Guelph publically funded schools are operated by the Upper Grand District School Board or the Wellington Catholic District School Board. There is also a French school in Guelph, the École élémentaire L’Odyssée.

After secondary school, if they wish to continue their studies, students can attend college or university or take an apprenticeship program.

Guelph and Wellington also offer a range of learning opportunities for everyone and there are several adult education and training possibilities.

English as  a Second Language

To find out more about English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in Guelph and Wellington County, and see if you qualify for free English classes visit our ESL section. Informal Conversation classes are sometimes offered at the Library and Immigrant Services.

International Students

Guelph Wellington is home to Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and the University of Guelph, two renowned post-secondary institutions in Ontario.

Conestoga College is consistently ranked among the best colleges in Ontario and is a leading provider of career-focused education and training programs.

Study options at the University of Guelph are extensive. The University offers 85 majors in 12 degree programs with a rewarding, hands-on learning approach that will truly set the stage for an exceptional education.

For more information on how to study in Guelph see the International Students Section.