Yukon has a dynamic education system with excellent resources for over 5000 students, kindergarten through grade 12, in 28 Yukon schools.
The Yukon has a dedicated and creative teaching staff and boasts one of the most favourable pupil-teacher ratios in Canada. ~ Teaching in Yukon
There are 14 public schools in the Yukon's capital and largest city, Whitehorse. They include:
- one K-12 Virtual School
- eight elementary schools
- two Catholic elementary schools
- two secondary schools
- one Catholic secondary school
- one K-12 French First Language school
There are another 14 public schools in the small rural communities outside Whitehorse. Most offer Kindergarten to grade 9, with several of the larger communities offering up to grade 12.
Students from communities where secondary grades are not offered may attend school in Whitehorse or another community.
Culture and Language
Approximately 30-33 per cent of the Yukon student population is of First Nations ancestry.
Instruction is English-based for the majority of students. French and Aboriginal languages are widely offered as second language instruction. French Immersion and French First Language education is offered in Whitehorse.
Curriculum, Programs and Services
The Yukon is a full partner in the Western and Northern Canadian Protocol (WNCP). This protocol supports the development of common curriculum frameworks for Western and Northern Canada. Within these frameworks, the British Columbia program of studies forms the basis of the Yukon curriculum. This curriculum is frequently adapted to reflect local needs and conditions.
The Department of Education values experiential approaches to curriculum delivery and places a particular emphasis on literacy and numeracy. The Yukon supports early intervention initiatives such as full-day kindergarten pilot projects, pre-kindergarten programming and Reading Recovery.
Yukon schools have an inclusive philosophy for the education of students with special needs. To support this philosophy, the Department of Education uses a non-categorical model for allocating special education resources.
Yukon Schools are among the most 'connected' in Canada.