Young children walking onto a school bus

Elementary and secondary education is free for all in Ontario, and mandatory for children under 18 years of age. Parents in Chatham-Kent may enroll their children in Public, Catholic or Private schools, and can also choose from French or English language programs.

Local School Boards:


Lambton-Kent District School Board provides educational services in 30 elementary and secondary schools, as well as programs such as Best Start (Daycare), Full Day Kindergarten, International Study and French Immersion.

Catholic School Boards:

  • St. Clair Catholic District Board provides faith-based education in 15 elementary and secondary schools. The curriculum reflects Catholic values and some schools have religious requirements for enrollment. Programs offered include Best Start (Day Care), French Immersion, Blended E-Learning, and Co-op.
  • Conseil scolaire catholique Providence is a French-language Catholic school board that provides education to Chatham-Kent students at five elementary and secondary schools. Programs include full-time Junior and Senior Kindergarten, Best Start (daycare services), International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, and Hockey Canada Skills Academy.
  • Private Schools:

    • Chatham Christian Schools provide a Christian education for elementary and secondary school students, allowing students to reach their full academic potential while serving the community.
    • Darul Uloom Canada is a private boarding school that provides religious and secular education for students in an Islamic environment.
    • Eben-Ezer Christian School provides elementary school education as part of the Canadian Reformed School Society, guiding children to commit their hearts to Jesus Christ.
    • Edward International Academy is a Grade 9 to Grade 12 Boarding High School aimed at anyone who wants to study in Canada, and possibly apply for Canadian and U.S. Universities after their graduation.
    • Montessori School in Chatham provides toddler education for children ages 16 months to 2.5-years-old, and a Casa Program for children ages 2.5 to 6-years-old.
    • Wallaceburg Christian School provides elementary school education through quality, Bible-based, Christian curriculum to help children develop their body, mind and soul.

    Home School

    As another alternative to public education, parents may choose to educate their children at home. More information and resources for parents are available at

    School Bus Information will provide you with information concerning your child's bus schedule and stop locator. The information is based on your child's student number and school. You can also ask your child's school for information.

    Follow the link for school bus cancellations due to bad weather or listen to 94.3 FM on the radio.