Posted by hannahs
on 26 Feb 2017
We are an Australian family planning to live in Montreal for 6-12 months in a couple of years time. Our children will be almost 6, just 8 and 10.5. Presently they can speak no French ( but maybe we could work on that here). I see that the international schools are expensive and we may only stay for 6 months so they might not even accept our children. Would they get accepted into a public school and how hard do you think it would be for them being at a french speaking public school? Does anyone know of any primary schools known to be better accommodating for non-French speaking children? Thanks, Hannah
Anonymous (not verified) on 10 Mar 2017
Thanks Meagan, we'll look into it further Hannah
Meagan on 28 Feb 2017
Hi Hannah,

I'm afraid you're out of luck there - public schools in Montreal will tend to teach in French. While there are some public English language schools, these are reserved for children whose parents are Canadian citizens (as you're moving to Canada, I assume you're not a citizen and will be there on some kind of visa).

Some young children may be able to cope with being taught in another language but it's very difficult to say what the upper limit for this is. Some kids will pick it up faster than others, and some may really struggle, especially if they've never spoken the language at all. My advice would be to start working on their French as soon as possible so that they can be somewhat prepared for the change. Another option is that, even if you'll only be there for a short time, it still may be less traumatic to put them in an international school. Expat families are often quite mobile in general, so I would think that some international schools might be willing to accommodate you in this regard, especially if you get in touch with them in advance.

For more info, you can have a look at our page on Education and Schools in Montreal. At the bottom of that page there is also a link to a list of international schools in Montreal.

Best of luck.

Meagan
Anonymous (not verified) on 30 Jun 2017
Hi Currently we are in USA and my daughters are going to 6th grade and 1st grade (2017-2018).As we are planning to move to canada (PR) in feb 2018 I would like to know whether they can continue in the same grade in canada. Thanks Raj