New Brunswick is a member of the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training (CAMET), established in 2004. CAMET comprises of the four Atlantic Provinces, their aim is to improve education in the Atlantic region by joint development of a wide variety of products and services.
New Brunswick education has the highest high school graduation rate in all of Canada. For education in New Brunswick, students are legally required to attend school between the ages of 6 and 16 years, although most students continue until they are at least 18 years to receive a high school graduation.
The provincially-funded public education system, Kindergarten to Grade 12, is offered through a dual system of English and French schools. Attendance at New Brunswick public schools is compulsory until the completion of high school or the age of 18. In addition, Early Childhood Services is now part of the Department’s mandate to create a continuum of learning from birth to high school graduation within a robust system with greater policy coherence and to focus on children from birth to age eight.
Most schools close down for the months of July and August as well as breaks at Christmas and Easter. There are a number of different types of schooling options available for New Brunswick education. The choices are Anglophone, Francophone, French Immersion and Private schools. Parents also have the option of home schooling their children. There are two languages of instruction available, English and French.
Transfer From Abroad
Students who are coming to complete their education in New Brunswick from a different school system should submit an official statement of previous standing, such as a report card, to the school they want to enroll in. You should also have the previous school records and transcripts, copies of course outlines and content.
After considering a number of factors including the students age, records and test results they will be placed in the appropriate grade. It will definitely be worth contacting any particular schools before you move to ensure you have everything you need. Even enquire about faxing documents to be sure they meet the requirements.
Post Secondary Education
There is a good variety of Post Secondary Education in New Brunswick with plenty of high quality institutes to choose from. There are four publicly funded Universities
which have seven campuses through out the Province and a Community College system with 11 campuses. There are also a number of private colleges and schools. New Brunswick education is bilingual and the post secondary institutes cater for this. The Universite de Moncton, is a French-language university, the largest out side of Quebec in North America. Five of the eleven community college campuses are designated as Francophone and the remaining six as Anglophone.
***4 public universities :
1. The University of New Brunswick.
As a nationally recognized university in an officially bilingual province, the University of New Brunswick has a long history of collaboration with international partners through welcoming international students. Signature programs: Medicinal Chemistry, Environment and Natural Resources, Law, Health Sciences, Marine Biology.
St. Thomas University is a small, mainly undergraduate university with a strong focus on the Bachelor of Arts. It also offers study programs in Education and Social Work. St. Thomas’ exclusive focus on the liberal arts, in addition to its explicit social justice mandate, make it unique within Canada.
located in the Town of Sackville, offers undergraduate programs in arts, science, commerce, fine arts and music.
While French is the language of instruction for most of its programs, the Université de Moncton is welcoming to non-Francophones who wish to become more fully bilingual while completing their studies. Signature programs: Law, Forestry, Education, Nutrition, Social Work, Business
It has six campuses in Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Woodstock, Miramichi and St. Andrews. NBCC offers everything from academic studies to mechanical engineering, from health care to construction trades to advanced technologies. Most NBCC programs involve 40 to 80 weeks of study, with co-op programs longer in duration.
a primarily francophone post-secondary institution that also offers some programs in English. It brings together five campuses located in Bathurst, Campbellton, Dieppe, Edmundston, and the Acadian Peninsula. Each campus provides high quality educational services and training and values the importance of a skilled, well-trained workforce that responds to changing job demands
located in Fredericton and offers educational programs, workshops and learning opportunities in the field of arts and applied arts. First established in 1938, the NBCCD is the only college in Canada that focuses entirely on fine crafts and design.
As with all of Canada, the Post Secondary education in New Brunswick is NOT free.
The Federal (Canada Student Loan, CSL) and Provincial governments provide loans to supplement, not replace, the financial resources you are expected to contribute. The New Brunswick Student Financial Services (SFS) is a scheme that provides financial assistance to eligible post secondary students. The amount of assistance you receive is based on financial need.
There are a number of different factors that will qualify you for a loan, but you must be a resident of New Brunswick, a Canadian citizen or Landed Immigrant, demonstrate you have financial need and you must be enrolled as a full time post secondary student in an approved program at a designated school.
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