Elementary-Secondary Education Survey for Canada, the provinces and territories, 2012
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Just over 5 million students were enrolled in elementary and secondary public school programs in Canada during the 2011/2012 school year, down 0.4% from the previous year. Over the five-year period from 2007/2008 to 2011/2012, the number of young Canadians enrolled in an elementary or secondary public school decreased annually.
Second language programs
Nationally, regular second language program enrolments declined 7.2% over the five-year period. New Brunswick experienced the largest decrease (-28.8%). Among the provinces and territories, Alberta was the only province to post an increase (+1.9%).
On the other hand, enrolments in second language immersion programs increased in almost every province and territory (+14.6% nationally). New Brunswick experienced a decline equivalent to the national increase.
At the Canada level, enrolments in minority language programs decreased by 2.1% over the five-year period.
Public school graduates
Between 2010/2011 and 2011/2012, the number of students who obtained a secondary school diploma from a public institution fell 1.1% from 353,000 to 349,000 graduates. This was the second consecutive annual decline in the number of public school graduates at the national level.
Headcount enrolments in public elementary and secondary schools, Canada, provinces and territories, 2007/2008 to 2011/2012
Number of graduates in public schools, Canada, provinces and territories, 2007/2008 to 2011/2012
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