Register your child for school

  • Choose an educational program
  • Which school should your child attend?
  • Register your child for Kindergarten
  • Register your child for Grade 1 to 12
  1. Choose an educational program

    There may be specific entrance requirements and space may be limited.

  2. Which school should your child attend?

    Every Yukon school has a specific attendance area. A student's attendance area is determined by their home address. Students must attend school in their attendance area.

    You must register your child in their school attendance area. Do this, even if you are planning to register your child outside of their attendance area.

    How are attendance areas established?

    Attendance areas are set by ministerial order under Section 58 of the Education Act. The attendance area is your local neighbourhood or community.

    Exceptions

    Schools with special programs have a wider attendance area:

    • Catholic schools;
    • French immersion; and
    • French first language.

    Out-of-area attendance

    Students may apply to attend a school outside their attendance area. Before doing that, parents must register their child at a school in their attendance area.

    School attendance area

    Chief Zzeh Gittlit School

    Attendance area: Old Crow and area.

    Christ the King Elementary School

    Attendance areas of elementary schools south of Two Mile Hill:

    • Elijah Smith Elementary;
    • Golden Horn Elementary;
    • Grey Mountain Primary; and
    • Selkirk Elementary.

     

    Del Van Gorder School

    Attendance area: Faro and area.

    École Émilie-Tremblay / L'Académie Parhélie

    Attendance area: Yukon.

    École Whitehorse Elementary School

    Attendance area: Whitehorse area.

    Elijah Smith Elementary School

    Attendance area:

    • Arkell;
    • Canyon Crescent;
    • Copper Ridge;
    • Granger;
    • Hillcrest;
    • Ingram;
    • Lobird Trailer Park;
    • McCrae;
    • McIntyre;
    • McLean Lake;
    • Paddlewheel Village; and
    • Valleyview.

     

    Eliza Van Bibber School

    Attendance area: Pelly Crossing and area.

    F.H. Collins Secondary School

    Attendance area, English program:
    • Golden Horn Elementary;
    • Grey Mountain Primary; and
    • Selkirk Elementary.
    Attendance area, French Immersion:

    Whitehorse area.

    Ghùch Tlâ Community School

    Attendance area: Carcross and Tagish areas.

    Golden Horn Elementary School

    Attendance area:

    • Alaska Highway (sections of the highway south of McCrae);
    • Annie Lake Road;
    • Atlin Road;
    • Bear Creek;
    • Cowley Creek;
    • Golden Horn;
    • Jakes Corner;
    • Judas Creek;
    • Kettley's Canyon;
    • Marsh Lake;
    • Mary Lake;
    • Mt. Sima;
    • New Constabulary;
    • North McClintock;
    • Old Constabulary;
    • Pineridge;
    • Robinson;
    • South Klondike Highway;
    • South McClintock; and
    • Wolf Creek.

     

    Grey Mountain Primary School

    Attendance area: Riverdale.

    Hidden Valley Elementary School

    Attendance area:

    • Alaska Highway (sections of the highway north and west of Whitehorse);
    • Echo Valley;
    • Hidden Valley;
    • Lake Laberge;
    • MacPherson;
    • Mendenhall;
    • North Klondike Highway;
    • Old Alaska Highway;
    • Pilot Mountain; Scout Lake Road; and
    • Takhini Hot Springs Road.

     

    Holy Family Elementary School

    Attendance areas of elementary schools north of Two Mile Hill:

    • Hidden Valley;
    • Jack Hulland Elementary; and
    • Takhini Elementary.

     

    J.V. Clark School

    Attendance area:

    • Mayo;
    • Keno; and
    • Stewart Crossing and areas.

     

    Jack Hulland Elementary School

    Attendance area:

    • Alaska Highway (from McIntyre Creek to 1.6 kilometre before its intersection with the North Klondike Highway);
    • Crestview;
    • MacKenzie Trailer Park;
    • Porter Creek; and
    • Whistle Bend.

     

    Johnson Elementary School

    Attendance area: Watson Lake and area.

    Khàtìnas.àxh Community School

    Attendance area: Teslin and area.

    Kluane Lake School

    Attendance area:

    • Destruction Bay; and
    • Burwash Landing and areas.

     

    Nelnah Bessie John School

    Attendance area: Beaver Creek and area.

    Porter Creek Secondary School

    Attendance area:

    • Elijah Smith Elementary;
    • Hidden Valley Elementary;
    • Jack Hulland Elementary; and
    • Takhini Elementary schools.

     

    Robert Service School

    Attendance area: Dawson City and area.

    Ross River School

    Attendance area: Ross River and area.

    Selkirk Elementary School

    Attendance area, English program:
    • Downtown Whitehorse;
    • Marwell;
    • Riverdale; and
    • Wickstrom Road.
    Attendance area, French Immersion (Kindergarten to Grade 4):

    Whitehorse area.

    St. Elias Community School

    Attendance area: Haines Junction and area.

    Takhini Elementary School

    Attendance area:

    • Crow Street;
    • Fish Lake Road;
    • Kopper King Trailer Park;
    • Lobird;
    • Northland Trailer Park;
    • Swan Street;
    • Takhini;
    • Takhini Trailer Park;
    • Valleyview; and
    • the Yukon College Student Residence.

     

    Tantalus School

    Attendance area: Carmacks and area.

    Vanier Catholic Secondary School

    Attendance area: Whitehorse area.

    Watson Lake Secondary School

    Attendance area: Watson Lake and area.

  3. Register your child for Kindergarten

    Pre-registration for Whitehorse children starts the 2nd Monday in February at 9 a.m.

    Children must be 5 years old on or before December 31 to start Kindergarten.

    Most families choose to send their children to Kindergarten, but it is not required.

    Register your child in your attendance area

    1. Complete the online pre-registration form and submit. There is no paper form.
    2. Fill only 1 form per child.

    What to expect?

    • We will process all the pre-registration forms and inform you of the school your child is assigned to.
    • If your child is not assigned to your school of choice, we'll contact you to discuss options.
    • We assign children to schools on a 1st-come, 1st-served basis. We use a lottery system to assign children for French immersion.
    • The school will contact you to coordinate:
      • the remaining paperwork;
      • share orientation session information; and
      • important school dates.

    You'll also need to show your child's birth certificate or other proof of age.

    For Catholic schools

    Bring to your interview a completed Catholic school registration application.

    Register your child outside your attendance area

    The Department of Education may consider allowing a student to attend a school outside their attendance area to:

    • permit siblings to attend the same school; or
    • respond to a situation that affects a student':
      • education;
      • health; or
      • safety.

    Documented evidence must show that the change is necessary to meet the student’s needs.

    How to register

    1. Complete the pre-registration form and select the school in your attendance area.
    2. Complete the Out-of-area transfer application.
    3. Submit your completed form by following the instructions on the forms.

    Approval process

    The approval process is on a case-by-case basis.
    Approval is not guaranteed.

    Requirements once approved

    • The student will remain at the assigned school for at least 1 school year.
    • The student does not qualify for school bus transportation.

    Register your child in a community

    Most rural Yukon schools have 2 Kindergarten starting points. Children can start pre-kindergarten (K4) if they’re 4 years old or Kindergarten (K5) if they’re 5 years old on or before December 31 of that year.

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

    How to register

    Contact the school to register your child. The school will provide all the necessary forms. You’ll need your child’s birth certificate.

  4. Register your child for Grade 1 to 12

    According to Section 22 of the Education Act, Yukon children must:

    • attend school from the age of 6 years + 8 months (as of September 1) until at least age of 16; except
    • by special arrangement with the Department of Education.

    Register your child in your attendance area

    You must 1st register your child in your attendance area. Contact the school in your attendance area to do this.

    The school will provide all the necessary forms. You’ll need your child’s birth certificate or transcript.

    If the school does not have room for your child, we will help you find another option. Phone 867-667-5068 or publicschools@gov.yk.ca.

    Register your child outside your attendance area

    The Department of Education may consider allowing a student to attend a school outside their attendance area to:

    • permit siblings to attend the same school; or
    • respond to a situation that affects the student's:
      • education;
      • health; or
      • safety.

    Documented evidence must show that the change is necessary to meet the student’s needs.

    How to register

    1. You must register your child in your attendance area.
    2. Contact the school in your attendance area to register your child.
    3. Complete the Out-of-area transfer application.
    4. Submit you’re completed form by following the instructions on the forms.

    Approval process

    The approval process is on a case-by-case basis. Approval is not guaranteed.

    Requirements once approved

    • The student will remain at the assigned school for at least 1 school year.
    • The student does not qualify for school bus transportation.

Contact 

If you have questions about registering your child for school, email publicschools@gov.yk.ca or phone: 867-667-5127, toll-free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5127.