The Canadian school year for elementary and secondary students commences in early September and runs until late June. Breaks throughout the year occur from late-December to early January and in March. Public elementary and secondary education is paid for by the government. The standards in the Canadian public system are very high. Some people, however, still prefer to send their children to private schools, which require payment of tuition fees.
In Ontario, children aged six to eighteen are legally required to attend school. Elementary schools provide junior and senior kindergarten classes, and classes for grades1 through 8 for children aged six to thirteen. Some elementary schools only cover up to grade 5, after which children go to a middle school for grades 6 to 8. Secondary schools, which are also called high schools, offer grades 9 through 12 for students aged thirteen to eighteen.