Schools K - 12


Watch the January 23, 2017 news conference announcing changes to Yukon's school curriculum on Facebook, or read the news release.

Find on this page:

Changes to Yukon’s curriculum

Yukon schools follow the British Columbia curriculum. We develop some resources and adapt curriculum to make it Yukon-specific.

B.C. is redesigning its curriculum. Yukon will use the new B.C. curriculum and graduation program, with Yukon content and Yukon First Nations’ ways of knowing and doing in all grades.

Yukon will use the new B.C. curriculum, with additions and adjustments to reflect our Yukon context and Yukon First Nations’ ways of knowing and doing in all.

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Curriculum presentation and meetings 

Learn more at a presentation at one of the meetings below. We are still scheduling some meetings and will update this list each week.

If you missed the Whitehorse presentations, you can download the presentation document. You may also go to a School Council meeting where we will also present on the curriculum.

Download the presentation

Rural presentations

Beaver Creek, Nelnah Bessie John School

Old Crow, Chief Zzeh Gittlit School
Monday, June 5

Past presentations

Christ the King Elementary School on March 7

Del Van Gorder School, Faro, on April 5

École Émilie-Tremblay and Académie Parhélie on February 2

École Whitehorse Elementary on March 14

Elijah Smith Elementary on January 30

Eliza Van Bibber, Pelly Crossing, on April 25

F.H. Collins Secondary on January 24

Ghùch Tlâ Community School, Carcross, on March 1

Golden Horn Elementary School Council on April 10

Grey Mountain Primary School on April 4 

J.V. Clark, Mayo, on February 20

Kluane Lake School, Burwash Landing/Destruction Bay, on May 31

Porter Creek Secondary School on March 8

Robert Service School, Dawson City, on March 28

Ross River School on April 4

Selkirk Elementary on February 15

St. Elias Community School, Haines Junction, on March 6

Takhini Elementary on February 28

Tantalus School, Carmacks, on February 13

Teslin School, Teslin, on March 14

Vanier Catholic Secondary on February 20

Watson Lake Secondary School & Johnson Elementary School, Watson Lake, on March 13

More sessions are being scheduled. Check back for updates.

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B.C.’s curriculum

Find out more about what your child will learn in school at the B.C. Ministry of Education’s curriculum web page. The information is available in English and French. You can search the B.C. Curriculum by grade level and by subject to find out what students are expected to learn and demonstrate for each grade and class.

The curriculum includes:

  • Learning standards (the specific skills and content that students are expected to develop and know in that class
  • Foundations skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Core competencies (the general skills your child is developing)
  • Big ideas (the concepts and themes for that grade/subject)
  • Curricular competencies (the specific skills your child is developing in a grade or class)
  • Assessment and reporting information (Yukon is revising its guidelines)
  • Other resources (sample projects/units, Indigenous perspectives, etc.)

This diagram explains what you will find when you read the Kindergarten to Grade 9 curriculum and the draft Grades 10-12 curriculum on the B.C. curriculum website.

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Research about curriculum

These changes to the curriculum are based on research and good practices happening across Canada and all over the world. More and more places are taking a student-centered approach to learning and focusing on skills development.

Want to know more about curriculum research? B.C. has published a summary of curriculum and assessment references.

Highlights of the redesigned curriculum:

  • Continues to have high academic standards
  • Develops essential skills 
    • literacy (reading, writing, speaking)
    • numeracy (math, problem-solving)
    • communication
    • thinking
    • personal-social skills
  • Hands-on learning, finance and career education in all grades
  • Yukon content and Yukon First Nations’ ways of knowing and doing in all grades

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Timeline: when to expect these changes

The curriculum changes will be introduced over the next few years.


  • Staff prepare for changes next year
  • B.C. begins changes to provincial exams


  • Start of curriculum changes for Kindergarten to Grade 9 in September 2017
  • Students write Grade 4 and 7 YFSAs in fall 2017
  • New B.C. numeracy exam expected to be offered in January 2018


  • Start of curriculum changes for Grades 10-12 in September 2018
  • New B.C. literacy exam expected to be offered

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Report cards and assessments

Yukon students will do many of the same assessments of reading, writing and math skills, such as  Early Years Evaluation (EYE) and Boehm Test of Basic Concepts in Kindergarten; the Grades 4 and 7 Yukon Foundation Skills Assessments (YFSAs).

Each grade has performance standards. Students will continue to do assignments, projects, tests and exams to show their progress. They will still get marks and report cards.

Teachers will give students more ongoing feedback to help them and their parents to understand strengths and areas for improvement.

In high school, students still write exams. Some exams will be in class.

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Graduation requirements

Yukon high school diplomas and courses will continue to meet postsecondary entrance requirements.

Highlights of new graduation requirements:

  • The same courses and credits are required in order to graduate. How they are taught will look a bit different.
  • The five required B.C. Provincial Exams (BCPEs) based on specific courses are being replaced by two new required provincial exams, one for literacy and one for numeracy. These exams will be skills-based rather than course-based.

There will be an overlap period between the old graduation program and the new one. Check with your school if you have questions about how these changes apply to your student’s plans. 

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Share your feedback

We welcome your feedback on these changes as we move forward.

Connect and share feedback through your School Council, with the Yukon Department of Education at, or with the B.C. Ministry of Education at

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Projects and resources in schools

If you are interested in sharing a community project, presentation or resource material in a Yukon school, first read the Agencies in the Schools Policy and approval guidelines and application form .

Applications for Grades K to 9 

Applications for Grades 10 to 12 

Submit your application to or

Learning Support Services
Department of Education
1000 Lewes Boulevard
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

If you have questions about our policy or guidelines, or you need help filling out the form, call Lisa Keenan at 867-667-5609, or 1-800-661-0408 extension 5609, or email

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Yukon Education
1000 Lewes Boulevard
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6
Phone: 867-667-5609
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5609

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