Am I old enough?
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For more information on education policies, check out the Department of Education:
Visit the office:
- Summerside: (902) 438-4130
- Charlottetown: (902) 368-4600
You can leave school after you turn 16. This is a serious decision and it may be in your best interest to complete grade 12. Employers usually require that you have a high school diploma. Colleges and universities usually require grade 12, unless you apply as a mature student.
If you are between 7 and 16, you must go to school unless you have already graduated from high school or have been excused because of an illness or other cause.
If you are between 6 and 20, you have the right to go to public school free of charge.
If you are under 16, you cannot go to a private training course during regular school hours. If the course is during off-school hours, you may attend.
The Department of Education of PEI does not provide credits or graduation certificates to students who have been home-schooled. Post-secondary institutions and employers determine whether the student’s documentation meets their requirements for admission or for employment.
If you return to the public school system after being home-schooled, the School Board will determine at what grade level you will be placed. You can take courses offered by a school board while being home-schooled.