Questions about Canadian schools

<p>Hello everyone, I'm just curious about some things...</p>

<p>1) Do most Canadian kids HAVE to enroll in a certain grade if they're born in a particular year? I notice that many Asian kids in the U.S. are a year early, whereas many of them in Canada are not a year early (small sample sizes, but nonetheless interesting).</p>

<p>2) Is it much harder to homeschool in Canada than it is in the U.S.?</p>

<p>Thanks! =)</p>

<p>I'm not sure about the HAVE to enroll part but I am certain of one thing:
If you are born after the cut-off date of when school starts (first week of September) then you are eligible to be placed a year below your birth year. </p>

<p>For example, I'm an '88 born. When I moved to Canada, my elementary school gave us an option of either going into grade 3 or 4.</p>

<p>Most of the Canadians I know my age are in the same grade as me. However, I know a few who are a year younger and are in the same grade. It's much more common in Canada for kids to skip a grade, at least with the people I know.</p>

<p>Actually, when I lived in Canada, they were a lot more lenient on skipping grades than in the US. I could've gone into 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade, at 1st grade age.</p>

<p>1) Depends. As others have said, it is pretty easy for someone to skip a grade (in elementary school anyways). Also, what grade you are "supposed to be in" depends on your birthday. A lot of people born between december and february are either a year younger or older than everyone else.</p>

<p>2) I'm not entirely sure, but I think that it's pretty easy to be homeschooled in Canada. In my city, I know a lot of people from the music programs I've been in who were homeschooled. One of my friends was homeschooled for about a year in junior high as well, so I assume it's not that hard to switch in and out of the system. There's actually a school in my district that has an independant learning program where classes are all online, but they still go to school to have somewhere to work and access to teachers and materials. They set up their own schedules, and most of them are heavily involved in music or sports.</p>