Education

Plan for school

Kindergarten

For Kindergarten in rural schools, visit your local school to register.

Kindergarten in Whitehorse

Pre-registration for the 2017/18 school year began on Monday, February 13, 2017

  • Fill out the Kindergarten pre-registration form to pre-register your child for Kindergarten
  • Children must be 5 years old on or before December 31, 2017, to be eligible for Kindergarten
  • Kindergarten is a full-day program

Kindergarten is not a required program in Yukon, but most families choose to start their children’s education there. On this page, you can learn about


French Immersion

Early French Immersion is offered at

  • École Whitehorse Elementary School in downtown Whitehorse and
  • Selkirk Elementary School in Riverdale

You can request either school as your program preference when you pre-register your child, but we cannot guarantee enrolment in that school.

If you wish to select a Kindergarten French Immersion program, you can read details about the process for Kindergarten French Immersion pre-registration .

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Catholic education

Two Catholic schools offer Kindergarten in Whitehorse:

  • Christ the King Elementary School in Riverdale
  • Holy Family Elementary School in Porter Creek

Catholic schools requare parents to fill out an additional admission package . Parents must also agree with the Mission Statement and Statement of Values and Beliefs of the Catholic Education Association of Yukon. Those statements are on the admission package.

We cannot guarantee that all families who request Catholic education will be accommodated every year. Children are required to attend whichever Catholic school is in their attendance area.

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Registration process


In Whitehorse, Kindergarten registration begins by completing an online pre-registration form. We use this form to assign children to schools.

The form asks for information about your child and allows you to specify the program preference for your child.

Before choosing a program, please read these notes carefully:

  • Attendance areas: Children are required to attend their attendance area school. For the regular English program, this is normally the school closest to where the child lives.
  • French Immersion: You can request École Whitehorse Elementary School or Selkirk Elementary School, but we cannot guarantee enrolment in that school.
  • Catholic education: If accepted by a Catholic school, the child will be assigned to the school closest to the child’s home.
  • Out of area: In exceptional circumstances only, students can apply to attend a school outside their attendance area. Parents must contact the Department of Education to apply for their child to attend an out-of-area school. Visit our Transfer Schools page for more information.
School assignment

Children are assigned to schools in the order in which pre-registration forms are received.

When we have processed all the pre-registration forms, we will tell you which school your child has been assigned to. Should your child not be assigned to the school you selected, we will contact you to discuss further options.

Completing the registration process

Once your child has been assigned to a school, the school will ask you to show a birth certificate or other proof of age for your child, and you will fill out some additional forms.

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School bus transportation

If you live more than 3.2 kilometres from your child’s assigned school, you can register for a school bus. Children who attend schools outside their attendance areas at their family’s request are not entitled to school bus transportation.

Parents whose children live more than 3.2 km from the nearest school bus stop may be eligible for a transportation subsidy to offset driving costs.

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Kindergarten in rural Yukon

There are two Kindergarten starting points in most rural Yukon schools:

  • Children can start K4 when they have reached 3 years + 8 months of age by September 1st of that school year. That is, they must be 4 years old on or before December 31.
  • Children can start K5 when they have reached 4 years + 8 months of age by September 1st of that school year. That is, they must be 5 years old on or before December 31.

Kindergarten may be a half- or full-day program, depending on the school. Some rural schools include Kindergarten in blended-grade classrooms.

Registration

Register your child for Kindergarten by visiting your local school and filling out the necessary forms. You will have to show a birth certificate or other proof of your child’s age.

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French First Language education

Yukon families who qualify for French First Language education under Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms may choose to enrol their children in École Émilie-Tremblay. To register, call the school at 867-667-8150.

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Public Schools Branch

Yukon Education
1000 Lewes Boulevard
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Phone: 867-667-5068
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 5068
Fax: 867-393-6339
Email: publicschools@gov.yk.ca

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