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2016-17 calendar for all Yukon schools

Find key dates in the school year on this page.

The school calendar is not the same for every Yukon school. For example, the first and last days of school may differ. Daily start and end times also vary. Parents should check with their children’s schools for the daily schedule and the dates of non-instructional days, parent-teacher interviews, sport tournaments, exams, and special events that may affect whether or not their children are in school for regular hours on a particular day.

British Columbia Provincial Exams

In the 2016-17 school year, B.C. will be phasing out provincial exams (BCPEs).

For Grades 10-11 courses, in-class assessments will replace the BCPEs. Please contact your school for more information on the exam schedule.

For Grade 12 courses, B.C. will offer provincial exams for Language Arts 12 and equivalents. Students will write British Columbia Provincial Exams (BCPEs) after the last day of regular classes. Visit the B.C. Ministry of Education’s website for the exam schedule.

Please visit the British Columbia Provincial Exams page to learn more about the changes to BCPEs.

Whitehorse English and French Immersion schools

First day Last day Christmas break Spring break

Aug 29, 2016, for Aurora Virtual School, Christ the King Elementary, Golden Horn Elementary, Holy Family Elementary, Selkirk Elementary and Whitehorse Elementary

August 30, 2016, for Elijah Smith Elementary, FH Collins Secondary, Grey Mountain Primary, Hidden Valley Elementary, Jack Hulland Elementary, Porter Creek Secondary, Takhini Elementary, Vanier Catholic Secondary

June 20, 2017, for students in all schools

EXCEPT for Golden Horn, Holy Family and Takhini Elementary students, whose last day is June 19, 2017.


Dec 19, 2016 to Jan 2, 2017 March 20 to 31, 2017

* “Last day” means the last day of regular classes.

Rural schools

Rural schools follow different school calendars than schools in Whitehorse, and among rural schools the calendar can vary. For example, the first and last days of the school year may differ from school to school, and some schools take a one-week, rather than a two-week, spring break. Parents should check with their children’s schools for important school dates.

French First Language

The French school board, Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon, sets the school calendar for École Émilie-Tremblay and Académie Parhélie.

First day Last day Christmas break Spring break
Aug 29, 2016 June 15, 2017 Dec 19, 2016 to Jan 2, 2017  March 20 to 31, 2017

School holidays in 2016-17

In addition to Christmas break, spring break, and six annual non-instructional days, all Yukon schools are closed on the following days in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Monday, September 5 - Labour Day
  • Monday, October 10 - Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday, November 11 - Remembrance Day
  • Friday, February 24 - Heritage Day
  • Friday, April 14 - Good Friday
  • Monday, April 17 - Easter Monday
  • Monday, May 22, Victoria Day

Length of school year

The school year is 186 days long. It includes:

o    180 instructional days (950 hours of instruction) for students
o    3 non-instructional days set by the school councils
o    3 professional development days for teachers set by the Department of Education

School Council Liaison

School Council Liaison
Phone: 867-667-8226
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 8226
Fax: 867-393-6339

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