Education and Early Childhood Development

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Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

K-12 System

2016-17

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  • 262 public schools
  • 2 school boards – English and Francophone
  • 66,323 students (decline of 477 students from 2015-16)
  • 6 private schools
  • 3 First Nations schools

Enrolment

  • Enrolment for 2016-17 is 66,323 (0.7% decline from 2015-16).
  • Enrolment is expected to decline at a very low rate for the next few years.

Figure 1: Actual and Projected Enrolments (2000-01 to 2019-20)


Table 2: Change in District/Region Enrolment

District/Region Enrolment Enrolment Percent Change
2016-17 2015-16
Labrador 3,632 3,680 -1.3%
Western 11,776 11,984 -1.7%
 Nova Central 15,372 15,595 -1.4%
Eastern 35,183 35,192 0.0%
Conseil Scolaire Francophone 360 349 3.2%
Province 66,323 66,800 -0.7%

Class Size Maximums:

Current class size maximums are:

  • K = 20
  • Grades 1-3 = 25
  • Grades 4-6 = 28
  • Grades 7-9 = 31

Average Class Size

Table 3: Provincial average class size for Grades K-9

Year Average Class Size
2007-08
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
19.5
18.9
18.3
18.2
17.9
18.1
18.1
18.2
18.7
2016-17 19.7

Table 4: Average class size by grade grouping and district (2010-11 to 2016-17)

Grades K-3

District/Region 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Labrador
Western
Nova Central
Eastern
Conseil scolaire francophone
15.8
15.5
16.3
17.7
11.8
15.6
14.9
15.7
17.6
10.8
15.5
14.9
15.5
17.8
10.5
15.2
15.1
15.9
18.0
12.3
15.6
14.7
16.1
18.3
11.1
16.8
15.6
16.4
18.5
11.9
17.6
16.1
16.3
19.1
11.6
Province 16.9 16.6 16.8 16.9 17.0 17.4 17.9
Grades 4-6  
District/Region 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Labrador
Western
Nova Central
Eastern
Conseil scolaire francophone
17.8
16.9
16.8
19.2
9.4
16.9
16.5
16.8
19.2
10.6
16.6
16.5
16.8
19.3
12.0
17.3
16.5
16.8
19.3
10.7
16.4
16.1
17.2
18.9
13.5
18.0
16.8
17.2
19.6
11.9
18.5
17.1
19.1
21.6
11.8
Province 18.2 18.0 18.2 18.1 17.9 18.5 20.0
Grades 7-9  
District/Region 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Labrador
Western
Nova Central
Eastern
Conseil scolaire francophone
18.1
18.4
17.6
21.5
11.8
17.9
18.0
17.7
20.9
9.3
17.9
18.1
17.7
20.9
11.0
17.0
17.4
17.7
21.2
9.1
17.1
18.2
18.2
21.2
10.0
17.4
18.8
18.8
22.0
7.9
20.2
19.5
19.3
23.4
9.1
Province 19.8 19.4 19.5 19.4 19.8 20.4 21.5
Grades K-9  
District/Region 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Labrador
Western
Nova Central
Eastern
Conseil scolaire francophone
17.4
17.0
17.0
19.2
10.8
16.9
16.5
16.8
19.0
10.5
16.9
16.5
16.8
19.2
11.0
16.5
16.4
16.8
19.3
11.2
16.5
16.3
17.2
19.3
11.8
17.4
17.1
17.5
19.8
11.6
18.6
17.6
18.2
21.0
11.6
Province 18.2 17.9 18.1 18.1 18.2 18.7 19.7

Table 5: Statistics over Time, 2005-06, 2010-11 and 2015-16

Indicator 2005-06 2010-11 2016-17 % Change
2005-06 to 2016-17
Schools
Enrolment (headcount)
Teachers
Pupil-Teacher Ratio
294
76,763
5,485
13.5
272
68,729
5,544
12.0
262
66,800
5,314
12.1
-10.9
-13.0
-3.1
-10.4

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