City amenities and culture at the gateway to cottage country
114.6 km / < 2hrs from Toronto (SHOW MAP)

Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Primary and Secondary

Peterborough has an excellent public education system provided by the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, along with separate Catholic and French school boards. Combined, these boards operate 30 elementary and secondary schools in the city.

Residents who prefer private education for their children can choose between two reputable schools, Lakefield College, and Trinity College School in nearby Port Hope. Students with learning disabilities are served by the Arrowsmith School.

Peterborough is large enough city to support a range of additional schooling and tutoring options for learners of all ages and education levels. For example, there is a Montessori School, and Waldorf-inspired preschool programs are available. Additionally, the community provides numerous choices for private supplementary classes in dance, music, theatre, languages, and art.


Peterborough is home to Trent University and Fleming College.

Trent is one of Canada’s leading primarily-undergraduate educational institutions and boasts a student population of over 8,000 undergraduates and 350 postgraduates.

Fleming College offers over 100 full-time programs and a wide array of part-time and certificate programs to a population of 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students. Fleming is affiliated with several Ontario universities and is home to the expansive Kawarthas Skilled Trades Institute.

Learning English

Many young Ontario rheumatologists have family members that may not speak English as a first language who wish to relocate with them. Peterborough’s New Canadian’s Centre (NCC) facilitates a number of programs and workshops that teach English and offer opportunities to practice speaking in a supportive environment.