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Elementary-Secondary Education Survey for Canada, the provinces and territories, 2012

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Released: 2013-12-04

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.

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