Education

From pre-school to postgraduate, the Saskatoon region offers plenty of choice when it comes to learning and development.

Our school systems provide a welcoming, nurturing environment in which students can learn and thrive.

Children have the opportunity to learn in either English or French, and there are programs in place to support students who are learning English as an additional language.

A quality education is accessible to all students – our public schools are free of charge. After high school, loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to ensure that higher education is affordable and attainable for everyone.

Child Care and Pre-schools

Investing in early learning for your child is vital as young children learn at a remarkable rate. Finding a healthy, safe and stimulating environment for your child before they enter a classroom is possible in Saskatoon and there are many resources available to help you.

Saskatchewan’s Early Learning and Child Care Program is a great place to start. You’ll find licensed child care and preschool locations, questions to ask and whether you are eligible for a subsidy.

Elementary and High Schools

The province of Saskatchewan operates three schools systems – English public, English Catholic and the Conseil des écoles fransaskoises, a French-language school system. All three school systems are represented in the City of Saskatoon; all are publicly funded, free of charge and provide free school bus services.

The public and Catholic school boards offer an English curriculum and some of their schools offer French immersion programs. Conversely, within the French-language schools run by the Conseil des écoles fransaskoises, students learn in French (with the exception of English class) and live the language and culture as well. There are two such francophone schools in Saskatoon.

All three school systems have an open-boundary policy – meaning you can enrol your child in the school of your choice regardless of location, as long as there is room available. However, school bus service may not be available to schools outside your neighbourhood.

Most Saskatoon neighbourhoods will have a local elementary and high school; however, some of the newer neighbourhoods (such as Hampton Village and Stonebridge) do not. If a neighbourhood school is important to you, make sure you check before deciding where to live. Students without a neighbourhood school are provided with bus service to designated schools nearby.

Newcomer Services

The public school board operates a newcomer student centre for students and their families who are new the Saskatoon public school system and who do not speak English as their first language, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. The Conseil des écoles fransaskoises has a partnership with several community organizations to provide a similar service to newcomers.

Related links

Saskatoon Public Schools

Saskatoon Public Schools – map of school locations

Saskatoon Public Schools – Newcomer Information Centre brochure (in 14 languages)

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools – map of school locations

Conseil des écoles fransaskoises (Français)

Conseil des écoles fransaskoises (English)

Private Schools

If you wish to enrol your child in a private school, Saskatoon has several to choose from. Private schools are not funded by the government. They are funded in whole or in part by charging students tuition. Below is a list of private schools in and around Saskatoon. Please refer to their websites for further information.

Saskatoon

Allegro Montessori School

Brilliant Star Montessori School

Christian Centre Academy

Maria Montessori School

Prairie Christian Academy

Saskatoon Misbah School

Outside Saskatoon

Praxis International Institute

Rosthern Junior College

Post Secondary Schools

Whether you’re looking to advance in your career by learning new skills, or your child is looking at college or university, Saskatoon offers plenty of options. With a number of post-secondary schools, the learning opportunities are endless.

The government offers a student financial assistance program, and there are scholarship opportunities available in many fields of study.

University of Saskatchewan

Founded in 1907, the University of Saskatchewan offers programs in over 100 areas of study. Over 21,000 students are enrolled in the university’s undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and non-degree programs. With over 4,000 full time staff, it’s Saskatoon’s second largest employer.

The beautiful campus features striking stone-clad buildings and encompasses 147 hectares of land on the South Saskatchewan River. It is the only university in Canada to house all five health science colleges and a major teaching hospital.

The University has several affiliated theological colleges – meaning they are recognized as carrying on work at the university level.

Colleges

Academy of Learning College

The Academy of Learning College is a national career training centre. The college allows students to start any time of the year and set their own schedule while receiving one-on-one attention. Programs include accounting, office administration, hospitality, health care, information technology, language training, home inspection, customer service and web design.

Gabriel Dumont College

Gabriel Dumont College (GDC) delivers the first two years of a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree through the University of Saskatchewan. GDC provides an academic, cultural and social environment that encourages learning and academic excellence among its students while at the same time stressing the high value of Métis culture.

Horizon College and Seminary

Horizon College and Seminary prepares students for Christian life and ministry, whether that ministry is volunteer or professional.

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies provides applied skills training for careers in a variety of areas including business administration, information technology, community and health studies, basic adult education, professional development, aircraft maintenance and trades and industrial training.

Saskatoon Business College

Since its founding in 1907, the Saskatoon Business College (SBC) has provided a strong foundation of business education for Saskatchewan students. In addition to clerical, business, health care and computer programs, the college now offers a corporate training division.

Saskatoon Theological Union

The Saskatoon Theological Union (STU) is an association of three theological education colleges: the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad (Anglican Church of Canada), Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada) and St. Andrew’s College (United Church of Canada). All three colleges are affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan.

SIAST

The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) is Saskatchewan’s primary public institution for post-secondary technical education and skills training, recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise and innovation. Through program and course registrations, SIAST serves almost 26,000 distinct students with programs that touch every sector of the economy.

St. Thomas More College

St. Thomas More College is a Catholic undergraduate liberal arts college that is federated with the University of Saskatchewan. Although the college maintains its own admissions and receive their own provincial grants, students at any U of S college may take courses at St. Thomas More for credit.

Western Academy Broadcasting College

Western Academy Broadcasting College offers an intensive course in broadcasting, taught by experienced Canadian broadcasters. Instruction focuses primarily on developing on-the-air talent with the objective of accenting each student’s personality and ability.

 

English as a second language (ESL)

The Saskatoon Open Door Society provides English language training to give new Canadians the language skills they need to communicate effectively.

The Saskatchewan government provides a list of institutions that offer courses in English as a second language.

Saskatchewan’s school systems provide English as a second language support programs to students who require it. Within the school systems it is referred to as English as an additional language (EAL).

Saskatoon Public Library

The Saskatoon Public Library has eight branches throughout the city. With their One Province, One Library Card initiative, library users have access to over 4.3 million items at over 300 branches across the province. The branches also offer a variety of exciting programs and events for children, families and adults.

Library cards are free to residents of Saskatchewan. With your library card you’ll have access to books (including print, audio and e-books), magazines, newspapers, music CDs, DVDs and video games.