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Education / School


Children ages 7-16 are required by law to go to school in Manitoba.

Public Schools  www.esd.mb.ca

Education is free for citizens or Landed Immigrants (other than the cost of some supplies).
Arborg and Riverton schools belong to the Evergreen School Division. The head office is in Gimli.
Children who are 5 years old before December 31 can enroll in Kindergarten, which prepares them for Grade One. Kindergarten is a part-time program.

Bus pickup is available in all rural areas for children attending the public school system.

The school year is from September to June, with weeks off for Christmas and mid-spring. A calendar of other days off is provided by the school.
Children go to school Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Lunches for noon hour are not provided. You must send a bag lunch for your children. Children may go home for lunch if they live close to the school.

Register your children before they go to school. Bring immigration documents, birth certificates, vaccination certificates, and previous school records.

The schools provide special services such as English for new students. 

  • Arborg Early Middle School:  Kindergarten to Grade 8, 251 David Street, 376-5054     
  • Arborg Collegiate:  Grade 9 to 12, 461 St Peters Street, 376-2605 
  • Riverton Early Middle School:  Kindergarten to Grade 7, Main Street, 378-5145 
  • Riverton Collegiate Institute:  Grade 8 to 12, Thompson Drive, 378-5135

Most jobs and further education in Canada require a Grade 12 education. There are different programs in high school for students who will go to university, or those who want to take college or apprenticeship programs.

Students and parents should speak to a guidance counselor at the school to plan which subjects to study.

Private Schools

Private schools charge tuition fees which parents must pay if they want their children to attend. Curriculum used in private schools may vary.

  • I M F Elementary School  364-2328
  • Lake Center Mennonite School 364-2201
  • Mennville School  378-5576
  • Morweena Christian School  364-2466

Home Schooling        www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/schools/ind/home_sch.html

If you choose to home school your children, please contact the Home Schooling office at the address below. The office will be able to supply you with the Notification Package, and other information that you will need.

  • John Shaw, Home Schooling Liaison Officer, Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth, 1-866-550-4818, Email: homeschooling@gov.mb.ca

Other contacts for Home Schooling

Other Education Programs:


Friendly Folk Nursery School:

  • For children ages 2 to 6 years old 
  • From September to June
  • Contact Tanya Jonasson 376-5735
  • Located at Ardal-Geysir Lutheran Church, 301 River Road West, Arborg 

EAL:  English as an Additional Language classes for adults (over 18 years of age) are offered during the day or evening in Arborg, Okno and Riverton.  Phone IALA (Interlake Adult Learning Association) at 642-5759 for more details.

Adult Literacy classes for adults are provided. General help with writing, reading and mathematics is offered. You can get your GED (Grade 12 equivalent).  Phone IALA at 642-5759 for more details.

Family Literacy classes in Arborg are offered for families with children ages 0 to 6 years old. Focus is on reading, learning and fun for parent and child. Phone IALA at 642-5759 to find times and location.

Red River College (RRC) – Gimli Campus

The college offers program courses each year, such as Business Certificate, Teacher’s Aide or Health Care Aide. It also holds special interest courses.
Some classes are held in Arborg.
Distance education through mailed or on-line courses is also available.
Contact 642-5496 for information or look online at www.rrc.ca/gimli.