Ontario has publicly funded school systems throughout the province. Elementary schools provide junior kindergarten and kindergarten programs (for children aged 4 and 5) and programs for grades 1 through 8 (for children from 6-13).
Secondary schools offer programs from grade 9 through to grade 12. All children between the ages of six and 18 must attend school.
If you are seeking a school for your child to attend in the Smiths Falls area, there are a variety of options from public to Catholic to private. Contact the local school boards for further information.
There are four elementary schools in Smiths Falls. The Smiths Falls area is also home to a private school and French language school.
(Kindergarten to Grade 8, Early French Immersion, Core French and Middle French Immersion)
11 Ross St.
Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 4V7
Duncan J. Schoular School
(Kindergarten to Grade 8, French Immersion)
41 McGill St.
Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 3M9
St. Francis de Sales Catholic School
(Grades JK to 6, Core and 1-8 French Immersion)
4 Ross St.
Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 4L5
For those seeking a private school education for their children, Calvary Christian Academy is located approximately 10 minutes from Smiths Falls at Franktown. The school has classes in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8.
Website: Calvary Christian Academy
(Kindergarten to Grade 8)
L’école élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys is located a few minutes from Smiths Falls in the beautiful historic village of Merrickville and offers a French education from Kindergarten to Grade 8 with a low student/teacher ratio. Our enthusiastic and committed staff is focused on academic, social and spiritual skills, that our students will carry throughout their life. Graduates of Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys acquire the bilingual tools needed to reach their goals.
As with elementary school, those moving to Smiths Falls have various options to choose from in selecting a school for their high school aged children.
Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute
Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) is continuing its long history of academic and athletic excellence in its new modern facility constructed in 2005. The school’s approximately 800 students are offered a wide range of academic courses, as well as an Extended French program. There’s even a photography lab at the school. For those wanting to explore their career options in grade 11 or 12, more than 100 students are involved in the co-operative education program. Through the program, students get on the job experience in their area of interest, whether it be the skilled trades or another college or university-related field. Students with an interest in the culinary arts can also earn career-related credits towards a high school diploma through the Specialist High Skills Major Program in Hospitality. To round out the educational experience at SFDCI, there is a variety of co-curricular sports and clubs.
Address: 299 Percy St.
Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 5M2
St. Luke Catholic High School (7-12, English Only.)
St. Luke Catholic High School has several unique programs to suit many kinds of learners. The Grade 7 and 8 foundations program is geared primarily to students with a learning disability so they can reach their full potential. The Grade 9 program is a transition program from Grade 8 to St. Luke’s Grade 10-12 school to work or college program. The Grade 10-12 program features an alternate day co-op program. Students attend a work placement every other day, which is linked directly to their studies here at the school. All of the students benefit from real hands on educational experience which includes but is not limited to: wood shop and construction, welding, small engines, cooking, catering and hospitality, hairdressing and barbering, sewing and a full range of technology to assist students in their learning. The students lead many social justice initiatives, including Third Hand Clothing (check it out on Facebook), a garden project where the school partners with the Salvation Army to provide fresh produce to families in need, a Night on the Street to raise awareness around homelessness, and a partnership with Broadview Nursing Home and Retirement Centre, to name a few. St. Luke’s students regularly engage in project based learning. Students pick a topic or area they are passionate about and further their learning under the direction of their teachers. There is much more going on and many other exciting projects in the works.
Address: 5 Catherine St.
Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 3Z9
St. John Catholic High School
St. John Catholic High School (SJCHS) is a grade 7-12 school. It is a regional high school that draws students from the surrounding areas around Smiths Falls, Lanark, Westport and Perth. SJCHS is a state of the art facility that provides students with an optimal learning environment. The high school has a reputation for putting forth strong academic and extracurricular programs. The students continue to win numerous university and college scholarships, while the athletic team and arts program continue to capture many county championships and awards. As well, SJCHS offers a Specialist High Skills Major program focusing on health and wellness. As a Catholic community, St. John prides itself in working with its parishes to help others who may be in need locally and globally.
Address: 2066 Scotch Line Rd.
Perth, Ontario K7H 3C5
Adult & Continuing Education
After opening our doors in 1866, Willis College quickly gained a reputation as a high-quality provider of adult educational training. Initially specializing in secretarial and business courses, we have, over time, expanded our curriculum to include a range of medical and technology programs as well, and we continue to lead and adapt in the field of employability skills training, maintaining our reputation of excellence for over 150 years.
At Willis College, students can choose from a number of business programs in marketing, payroll, human resources, office administration, accounting and business management; medical programs to become personal support workers, medical administrators, and addiction and community service workers; and technology programs in network security, cybersecurity analysis, and mobile software development.
Many of our programs include a co-op placement to prepare students with hands-on experience in their chosen industry. Regardless of their program, however, Willis College students can get support preparing for the job market and connecting with their dream career through valuable one-on-one training with the Willis College Career Services team.
Our college also maintains a strong network of relationships with a number of leading organizations, corporations and national and international government agencies, in order to bring the best possible skills training and opportunities to students. These include the Ontario Ministry of Labour, the Department of National Defence, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Microsoft IT Academy, and many more.
Website: Willis College
T.R. Leger School of Adult Alternative & Continuing Education
T.R. Leger School of Adult, Alternative & Continuing Education is part of the Upper Canada District School Board. It offers flexible scheduling and programming for adolescents and adults of all ages at their comfortable and accessible location, 10 Ontario Street, Smiths Falls. Phone 613 283-5418 / fax 613 283-5224
At T.R. Leger learners can:
- Earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma
- Train to become a Personal Support Worker
- Upgrade literacy skills
- Prepare for college, apprenticeship, or university
- Explore career options
- Learn English as a Second Language
- Connect with Settlement Outreach Workers
- Participate in “hands-on” learning experiences — food preparation, woodworking, physical fitness, Cooperative Education (on-the-job work experience).
10 Ontario Street
Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 4K7
Website: T.R. Leger School
Algonquin College Perth Campus
7 Craig St.
Perth, ON, K7H 1Y7
Website: Perth Campus