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Kindergarten and grades 1-12 in Edmonton are provided by three publicly funded school boards (districts).

The largest one is Edmonton Public Schools, which operates 195 schools. It is one of the few Alberta jurisdictions that require all students to study a second language for six years – between Grade 4 and 9. It offers bilingual programs in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Hebrew, Spanish and Ukrainian. It also offers courses in Cree, French, Japanese, Punjabi and American Sign Language. Information about registration, student transportation, schools and programs can be found in the Edmonton Public Schools Quick Guide.

The Edmonton Catholic School District operates 84 schools. To children of immigrants and to international students it offers ESL (English as a Second Language) programs as well as bilingual programs – French, Polish, Spanish and Ukrainian.  Students involved in the bilingual programs receive 50% of their instruction in the chosen language in kindergarten or Grade One and 35% at the secondary level.  The Edmonton Catholic School District also offers French Immersion Programs and French as a Second Language courses. For information on the registration process, click here.

The Greater North Central Francophone Education Region No.2 is the largest French language school board in Alberta.

Edmonton has highly respected universities, technical institutes and colleges. The University of Alberta / (known colloquially as U of A) is the largest research institution in the province.  Its more than 38,000 students are enrolled in over 200 undergraduate and 170 graduate programs. Other universities in Edmonton are Athabasca University, Taylor University College and Seminary, Concordia University College of Alberta, The King’s University College and the Edmonton campus of the University of Lethbridge. The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) / offers more than 200 credit programs. Other post-secondary institutions include NorQuest College and Yellowhead Tribal College.