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The New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is dedicated to providing the best public education system possible, where all students have a chance to achieve their academic best and where parents are involved in their children's education.

Organization of the School System

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has responsibility for public education (kindergarten through Grade 12).

Since 1967, the provincial government has had sole responsibility for financing public schools and is committed to equal opportunity for all students. The Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development prescribes curriculum and establishes educational goals and standards.

Serving Canada's only officially bilingual province, New Brunswick's education system offers students the opportunity to learn in both French and English through two parallel but separate education systems. Each linguistic sector of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is responsible for its own curriculum and assessment.

The public education system has seven school districts -- three French and four English. District Education Councils (DECs), consisting of publicly and locally elected members, are responsible for establishing the direction and priorities for the school district and for making decisions as to how the districts and schools are operated.

Mission Statement for New Brunswick Schools

To have each student develop the attributes needed to be a lifelong learner, to achieve personal fulfillment and to contribute to a productive, just and democratic society.


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