Learn about Yukon's school boards

  • Information about the Yukon's 2 school boards
  • Responsibilities of a school board
  • What is a school board trustee?
  • School board elections
  • Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon
  • First Nation School Board

  1. Information about the Yukon's 2 school boards

    In the Yukon, we have 2 school boards:

    • the Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon; and
    • the First Nation School Board.

     

    The Commission scolarie Francophone du Yukon oversees the following schools:

    • École Émilie-Tremblay, Whitehorse
    • Centre Scolarie Secondaire Communautaire Mercier (CSSC Mercier), Whitehorse
    • École Nomade (Kindergarten to Grade 12 home-school programming).

     

    The Yukon First Nation School Board oversees the following schools:

    • Chief Zzeh Gittlit School, Old Crow
    • Grey Mountain Primary School, Whitehorse
    • Johnson Elementary School, Watson Lake
    • Nelnah Bessie John School, Beaver Creek
    • Ross River School, Ross River
    • St. Elias Community School, Haines Junction
    • Takhini Elementary School, Whitehorse
    • Watson Lake Elementary School, Watson Lake

     

    The Yukon Education school authority oversees all other schools in the Yukon. These schools are not part of a board, and have school councils. 


  2. Responsibilities of a school board

    The Education Act outlines the authorities and responsibilities a school board carries out, including: 

    • operating the schools in its education area;
    • selecting staff, which includes:
      • principals and teachers;
      • managing hiring, dismissal, discipline, transfer, promotion and demotion; subject to the Act and any applicable collective agreement; 
    • reviewing, modifying and approving the school plan;
    • setting the calendars for schools they operate;
    • providing educational programs for students;
    • establishing policies for the operations of the schools under the umbrella of operation;
    • receiving and managing funds including funding they receive from the Department of Education;
    • assessing and evaluating the schools every 5 years;
    • providing reports to the Minister of Education;
    • creating a parent advisory group for a school;
    • arranging for the examination and investigation of student progress and the system of instruction.

  3. What is a school board trustee?

    School board trustees represent the public and advocate for public education within their communities and their schools. Their role is to oversee the planning and operation of the schools under their school board and ensure the schools reflect local priorities, values and expectations. School board trustees should understand their communities, challenges and needs. 

     

    Current CSFY school board trustees.

    Current First Nation School Board Interim Governance Committee members. 

     

    The Interim Governance Committee (IGC) was appointed in February 2022. The IGC will be in place until the school board trustee elections in November 2022.


  4. School board elections

    Every 3 years, Elections Yukon holds a general election for school board trustees. 

    The last general election was held on November 7, 2022. The next general election will be in the fall of 2025. Find out more information at ElectionsYukon.ca

    You must meet the following criteria to vote in the school board elections.  

    Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon:  

    • Canadian citizen;  
    • 18 years or older; 
    • Yukon resident for at least 3 months; and 
    • Meet the language criteria outlined by Elections Yukon.  

    First Nation School Board: 

    • Canadian citizen;  
    • 18 years or older;  
    • Yukon resident for at least 3 months; and  
    • Meet the Yukon First Nation criteria outlined by Elections Yukon.  

     

     


  5. Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon

    The Yukon Francophone School Board, la Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon (CSFY) manages French First Language programs.

    Contact: 

    For more information about French First Language programs, visit the Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon, call École Émilie-Tremblay or CSSC Mercier at 867-667-8150.

    Find out about other French second language programs in schools.


  6. First Nation School Board

    The Government of Yukon and Chiefs Committee on Education officially established the Yukon First Nation School Board on February 14, 2022.

    First Nation School Board schools continue to follow British Columbia’s curriculum. The school board will decide on teaching materials, resources and approaches to reflect Yukon First Nations ways of knowing, doing and being.

    Any Yukon student can attend a school under the First Nation School Board.

    Learn more about the Yukon First Nation School Board

    Contact 

    For questions, email ed@fnsb.ca or melissa.flynn@yukon.ca. Call 867-667-6962 extension 103 or 867-332-5290.