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Education in Northwest Territories

Guide your way to a seamless school transition when you relocate your CAF family to Northwest Territories. Start your school search as soon as you receive your posting notice. Prepare to register for school once your House Hunting Trip is complete.

Schools at a glance

Government funded schools for children 

        • English public schools (with French Immersion option)
        • Francophone public schools
        • Separate religious schools (Catholic)
        • Online school 
        • Home education 

Private schools are also an option.
The Northwest Territories follows the Alberta education program and include in each of the programs the Dene Kede and Inuuqatigiit curriculums.

Age groups

  • Kindergarten to Grade 6 – Elementary School 
  • Grades 7 to 9 – Junior High School 
  • Grades 10 to 12 – High School 

Grade groupings within schools vary from community to community.

Special Education Support

NWT offers an inclusive education environment. Special education resources are provided at the board level. When a student arrives at a new school some transition time and planning will be required, however, the child will be provided with the NWT program type that most closely aligns with their previous programming.

Ease your transition from another province or school board by having the right documentation on hand.

  • Have professional assessments/diagnoses documentation ready
  • Include information on how the diagnosis directly affects your child’s learning
  • Provide your child’s existing Individual Education Plan (IEP), Individual Program Plan (IPP), or Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
  • Share past report cards and samples of school work

See the School Transition Portfolio in the MFS Education Resource Guide for more helpful information.

High School Graduation Requirements 

Secondary School in NWT includes grade 10, 11 and 12, made up of credit courses, which include career education courses and provincial exams in select grade 12 courses. These Diploma exams are developed in Alberta and make up 30% of the student’s grade in the course.

Read about the high school graduation requirements in NWT depending on your stream.

Virtual Learning Supports

Discover more learning supports in the MFS Education Resource Guide.

FAQs about schools in Northwest Territories