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Saskatoon Public Schools
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Student Life

The School Day

Elementary School 

  • Generally, the school day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. There are slight variations between schools.
  • Daily schedules of classes and activities differ from school to school.
  • Students in elementary schools have a classroom teacher who teaches them the majority of their subjects. They may have different teachers for instruction in some subject areas, most often in Arts Education and/or Physical Education.
  • Elementary schools do not have a cafeteria. Students may bring a lunch to school or go home for lunch. Teachers or designated supervisors are responsible for all students who remain on school property during the lunch hour. There is a fee of $100/year for elementary students to stay at school for lunch.

High School 

  • studentlife2.jpgGenerally, the school day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. There are slight variations between schools.
  • Daily schedules of classes and activities differ from school to school.
  • In high schools, students will have different teachers for instruction in different subject areas.
  • In most high schools, the academic year is divided into two semesters. Semester 1: September to January; Semester 2: February to June.  Final assessments are conducted at the end of each semester. In a semestered school, there may be as many as 5 or 6 classes per day taught in specific blocks of time. Blocks may range from 45 minutes to 75 minutes, depending on the school and its timetable structure.
  • All  high schools have a cafeteria or a servery. Student may purchase a lunch, bring a lunch to school, or go home for lunch. Teachers or designated supervisors are responsible for all students who remain on school property during the lunch hour. 

Extracurricular Activities

studentlife3.jpgThere are many exciting activities and opportunities where students can get involved outside of the classroom.  Participation in extracurricular activities is encouraged and provides a great environment for students to learn conversational English and make friends from Canada and around the world.

An extensive extracurricular program enables students to make new friends, develop their interests and learn new skills.  Activities may include: Model United Nations, outdoor education, fine and performing arts, technical club, publications/yearbook club, creative writing, community service, debate club, weightlifting/fitness, and more.

Students in grades 9-12 can participate in a variety of activities involving local and provincial competition. Athletics — including volleyball, golf, soccer, football, cross country, curling, basketball, wrestling, badminton, track and field, cheerleading, pom/dance — are organized by the Saskatoon Secondary Schools Athletic Directorate.

At the high school level, recreational athletics and games are usually offered during lunch hour.

Opportunities in Saskatoon

Off campus, there are ample opportunities for students to connect with other teens in the community including: Saskatoon Youth Symphony Orchestra, festivals, public recreation centres (aquatics, fitness, yoga, etc.), shopping, movies and live theatre, restaurants, concerts, professional and amateur sports, community programs and athletics, and more.

Graduation Requirements

  • In order to graduate from a high school in Saskatchewan, students must complete at least 24 credits (courses) from Grade 10 to grade 12.
  • Some of these are compulsory courses (like English and Social Sciences) and others are electives chosen by the student.
  • The Saskatchewan Ministry of Education may grant credit for classes completed in another country.
  • Students who meet this standard will take part in their school's graduation ceremonies, which take place in June.
  • Final marks for students are given by their high schools; provincial examinations are not normally used in urban schools in Saskatchewan. These final marks are accepted by all universities in Canada and the United States.

Diploma and Transcripts

  • Saskatchewan schools do not issue an official diploma to graduating students, although some may present students with a souvenir document as part of the graduation ceremony.
  • The official transcript (to be used for entrance to university) is issued by the provincial department of education called the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education.
  • Transcripts can be requested at the following website:

University Eligibility

  • Although students need only 24 credits to graduate from high school, they should be sure to check which courses are required to apply for a specific university and program of study.
  • Students may also be required to prove proficiency in English language through a standardized assessment tool.  These requirements vary for each institution so students should be sure to check the requirements for each university to which they will be applying.