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Educational Programming:  

The main curriculum that guides our educational activities is the Dene Kede Curriculum because of its unique focus on the Dene perspective of teaching and learning.  As well, we follow the other standard academic curricula mandated by the Northwest Territories Department of Education.

The student population is made up of Aboriginal children from Ndilo and Yellowknife.  Our process of selection for registering children is that preference is given to the children who are band members of Ndilo Yellowknives Dene First Nation.  As well, KDS teachers’ children are considered a priority in KDS’s enrolment. 

One of the main teachings that we follow from the Dene Kede Curriculum is the four Relationships of Respect that teach the children to respect:        

  1. The Self
  2. Others
  3. The Land, and
  4. The Spiritual World

Our School Rules are very straightforward and easy to follow.  There are four rules, like the four directions of the Land:

  1. Get to school on time everyday.
  2. Listen to your teacher.
  3. Do your school work.
  4. Be kind!

As well, the school hosts several cultural camps throughout the school year as follows: 


The School Day:

K’àlemì Dene School operates on a day schedule of activities:  Day 1 through to Day 6

School starts at 8:45 a.m. - as soon as the school bus brings the uptown children to the community of Ndilo.  Our day of learning ends at 3:20 p.m.


Kindergarten – Grade 12:

Morning Classes:                                8:45 am to 12:15 p.m.

Afternoon Classes:                             12:50 to 3:20 p.m.


Morning Recess:                                 10:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Morning Snack:                                   10:45 to 11:00 a.m.


Outdoor Lunch Recess:                      12:15 to 12:35 p.m.

Lunch Eating Time:                             12:35 to 12:50 p.m.


Afternoon Recess:                              Dependent on the teacher


KDS Food Program:

KDS offers a full meal program for our students.  As we now have a big, beautiful, fully stocked kitchen, we will have the following schedule of food available:


8:15 a.m.                                    Breakfast Program:  cereal, yogurt, milk, toast

10:30 a.m.                                  Snack Program:  fruit

12:35 to 12:50 p.m.                   Lunch Program as follows: