Québec’s education system includes preschool education (kindergarten), elementary and secondary school education (including general education and vocational training), college education (including pre-university and technical programs) and university education. School attendance is mandatory for all children between the ages of 6 and 16.
The public education system in Québec in nondenominational. It is established along language lines, French and English, depending on the language of instruction in the school.
Boys and girls attend school together at every level of education.
Québec also has a network of private institutions recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche. These institutions offer government-approved programs of study.