Rural education

Schools K - 12

Rural staffing

We staff our schools based on recommendations of the Staffing Allocation Advisory Committee and following a staffing allocation formula that is fair, easy to understand and sustainable.

  • A base number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTEs) is provided to all schools to meet service standards, regardless of how many students are enroled.
  • Additional staff are allocated to rural schools based on student enrolment and ages of students.

Rural schools base FTE allocations

 Allocation  K - 9/10 rural schools  K - 12 rural schools
 K4/K5 base  0.227  0.227
 Primary base plus Reading Recovery





 Intermediate base  0.227  0.227
 Secondary base  1.134  1.702
 Administrator base (principal and vice-principal)  0.200  0.200
 Counselor base  0.300  0.300
 Library base  0.100  0.100
 Learning Assistant base  0.500  0.500
 Total  3.407  3.983

In addition, rural schools get:

  • 1 FTE for every 17 Kindergarten students
  • 1 FTE for every 21 students in Grades 1 – 3
  • 1 FTE for every 23 students in Grades 4 – 7
  • 1 FTE for every 20 students in Grades 8 – 12

School principals, with input from their school councils, decide how to assign their FTEs to meet the requirements of the programs and courses they offer.

Additional allocations

In addition to the 0.2 FTE base allocation for an administrator (principal and vice-principal), schools receive an additional 1.0 FTE for every 200 students, or the proportional allocation.

  • For example, a school with 100 students would receive the 0.2 base administrator FTE plus a 0.5 FTE.

Schools receive a base allocation of 0.1 FTE for a librarian. They also receive an additional 1.0 FTE for every 500 students, or the proportional allocation.

  • For example, a school with 100 students would receive the 0.1 base FTE, plus a 0.2 FTE for a librarian.

Schools receive a base of 0.3 FTE plus 1.0 FTE for every 300 students for counselor positions.

  • For example, a school of 100 students would be allocated 0.63 FTE for a counselor.


Yukon schools support an inclusive model of education. In this model, paraprofessionals such as education assistants and remedial tutors are hired to support both individual students with special needs and larger groups of students to reach their potential.

The assignment of paraprofessional FTEs to schools is based on demonstrated needs. School administrators allocate paraprofessionals within their schools.

In the 2015-16 school year, 58.98 paraprofessional FTEs were allocated to rural schools.

Current staffing allocations in rural schools

This chart shows staffing allocations in rural schools in 2015-16, compared with schools in Whitehorse.

Data from Yukon schools 2015-16

   Rural   Whitehorse schools
 Number of schools  14  14
 Number of students [1]  1010  4076
 Educators[2] (FTE)  122.47  344.63
 Paraprofessionals[3] (FTE)  58.98   162 
 Aboriginal Language Teachers (FTE)  20.7   10.95
 Total educational staff [4] (FTE)  202.15  517.58
 Average number of students per educator   8.24   12 
 Average number of students per educational staff  5    8

[1] From October 2015 Enrolment Report. Does not include Individual Learning Centre or Aurora Virtual School.
[2]"Educators" includes classroom teachers, administrators, learning assistant teachers, librarians, counselors and Reading Recovery teachers.
[3]Includes education assistants and remedial tutors.
[4]"Educational staff" includes teachers, paraprofessionals and Aboriginal language teachers.