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Elementary–Secondary Education Survey for Canada, the provinces and territories, 2012/2013

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Released: 2014-11-21

Just over 5 million students were enrolled in elementary and secondary public school programs in Canada during the 2012/2013 school year, virtually unchanged from the previous year. From 2008/2009 to 2012/2013, the number of Canadian students enrolled in an elementary or secondary public school decreased annually, with a total reduction of 1.1% over the five-year period.

Second language programs

Nationally, regular second language program enrolments declined 1.3% in 2012/2013 from a year earlier. Alberta (+1.1%) was the lone province or territory to post an annual increase. Nationally, these programs saw a 6.1% decline in student numbers from 2008/2009 to 2012/2013. This decrease was seen in every province and territory, with Saskatchewan (-22.8%) posting the largest decline.

In turn, national enrolments in second language immersion programs increased 4.6% from 2011/2012 to 2012/2013. Nova Scotia (-0.5%) was the lone province or territory to post an annual decline in 2012/2013. Over the five-year period, national enrolments rose 17.4%. New Brunswick (-2.9%) was the lone province to record a decline.

At the Canada level, enrolments in minority language programs (+0.1%) were stable in 2012/2013 from a year earlier, but were down 1.3% from five-years earlier.

Public school graduates

Nationally, the number of students who obtained a secondary school diploma from a public institution increased 1.3% from 2011/2012 to 354,290 in 2012/2013. This increase follows two consecutive annual declines in public school graduate numbers.

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