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We are leaders in learning, inspiring success for all students by reaching minds and touching hearts.

Together, we prepare students to become lifelong learners, achieving their full potential as confident, caring members of society.

As the largest public school board in Northern Ontario, Rainbow District School Board provides quality education in English and French Immersion from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Rainbow District School Board operates 30 elementary school buildings and 9 secondary school buildings in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin Island.

The Board also offers other programs – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program, Cecil Facer Secondary School, N’Swakamok Native Alternative School, Children’s Treatment Centre, O’Connor Park, Applied Behaviour Analysis program, Restart, Simulated Healthy Independent Living Opportunities (SHILO) program, Attendance Centre, Mishko-Ode-Wendam, Northern Support Initiative, Frank Flowers School, and Barrydowne College operating at Cambrian College.


  • Quality programs, caring teachers, and a nurturing environment make Rainbow Schools great places to learn.
  • The Board values Humility, Bravery, Honesty, Wisdom, Truth, Respect, Love, Resilience, Equity and Community. (Seven Grandfather Teachings)
  • Priorities for the Board include: Student Success and Achievement, Literacy and Numeracy, Truth and Reconciliation, Mental Health and Well-Being, Environmental Education and Sustainability and Equity and Inclusive Education.
  • The Board has an Education Service Agreement with 10 First Nations, offers Anishinaabemowin, and continues to implement its Truth and Reconciliation: A Commitment to Action Plan.
  • Arts, athletics and academics provide a well-rounded education, with opportunities for students to get active, develop talents, learn new skills, work with others, make friends and have fun.
  • Students use the latest technology to access relevant content, engage in interactive inquiries, dig deeper, imagine and create.
  • Students build 21st century skills and competencies - critical thinking and problem solving; innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship; self-directed learning; collaboration, communication and citizenship.
  • The Board’s Mental Health Strategic Plan fosters learning environments where young people become strong, healthy and vibrant individuals, without discrimination.
  • A high degree of parent involvement supports student achievement and well-being.
  • Four specialized programs are offered with transportation provided to students throughout Greater Sudbury – the Arts Education Program at Sudbury Secondary School, the Innovative Integrated Technology (InIT) Program at Lively District Secondary School, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School and the Science Technology Education Program (STEP) at Lockerby Composite School.
  • Students engage in experiential learning through Co-operative Education, Dual Credits, Specialist High Skills Majors and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, gaining hands-on skills while exploring careers.
  • In the 2021-2022 school year, 100% of Rainbow Schools were certified with EcoSchools Canada - reducing their carbon footprint and increasing sustainable practices.
  • Proud leaders in green technology, the Board opened new energy efficient schools in 2007, 2009 and 2014. A new Kindergarten to Grade 6 French Immersion school will open in New Sudbury in September 2023.