Public school systems, for both elementary and secondary schools, kindergarten to grade 12 are publicly funded. Students are required by law to stay in school until they are 18 years of age.
Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB)
At Thames Valley, their Vision is to sustain “A Caring, Learning Community” focused on improving student learning. Their primary responsibility is educational excellence and service to students. Thames Valley District School Board oversees all public elementary and secondary schools in Oxford County. Several of these schools also offer English as a Second Language (ESL) programs at the elementary, secondary, and adult levels.
London District Catholic School Board (LDCSB)
LDCSB operates all of the Catholic Elementary Schools in Oxford County, their motto: ‘Inspired by Christ. ‘Learning together. Serving together.’ Their primary responsibility is education through a faith based academic and social learning system. In addition, Continuing Education for adult learners is available.
Private Schools operate under their own admission system and often have tuition fees. They may offer different skill based, or faith based programs.
In elementary school, students learn literacy and numeracy skills, building a foundation for academic achievement and a lifetime of success. The focus in the elementary school early years is to build a foundation in key areas that will help unlock each student's potential. Elementary schooling goes from kindergarten to grade 8.
Secondary school follows elementary school and here students learn more advanced skills that prepare them for college, university and the workforce. Secondary school goes from grades 9 to 12 and some high schools may offer specialty programs in trades, art or horticulture.
Post-Secondary education follows the completion of your OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma). There are many options for studying at colleges (which are skills and trade based), or universities (which are generally more academic) in and around Oxford County. Many programs require certain classes having been taken in secondary school or certain grade levels for entry. All programs have a tuition fee, though many institutions offer scholarships or grants.
Post-Secondary within Oxford County
Within Oxford we have two Fanshawe College campus locations. At the Tillsonburg Centre and nearby Woodstock Campus, specialized programs are offered in the fields of business, computers, health care, manufacturing, horticulture and vocational assessment services. They also offer a number of part-time courses, including language classes.
These campuses offer:
- Academic upgrading
- Certificate and diploma programs
- Continuing education
- Apprenticeship opportunities
Post-Secondary outside Oxford County
Within two hours of driving, 18 different educational institutions on over 50 campuses can be reached; providing all levels of education from college degrees to graduate studies, in any field of study imaginable.