The Jean Marie Joseph School is a Band operated school which is not affiliated with any School District. Built in 1994 the school is the center of the community where all workshops, meetings, seminars and most community events take place.
The school offers instruction to approximately 20 pupils from kindergarten to grade 9 using the BC Schools Curriculum as a guideline with modifications for our special needs pupils. Our pupils are divided into 3 classes, primary, intermediate and secondary so that individualized instruction is possible.
For children under 6, there is a Head Start Program with approximately 8 children attending on a regular basis.
The Yekooche school has a computer room with 12 computers that are connected to the Internet. Each class has scheduled time in the computer room.
One of our most important school programs is our cultural program which employs a Carrier language teacher offering formal instruction to each class on a daily basis. We are currently working on transitioning to a fully integrated Carrier School.
Due to the isolation of our village and the lack of educational opportunities we have endeavored to broaden our student's experiences through the use of field trips and guest speakers. These have included visits from the D.A.R.E. program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and tours of a pulp mill, forestry greenhouse and Exploration Place in Prince George as well as trips to Rockness Ranch and Camp Living Water.
The Yekooche Learning Centre has 13 computers that provide internet access time and computer instruction for youth and adults that includes computer graphics, music production, web design, as well as Microsoft Office. Distance education is also available through a partnership with Royal Roads University and Ebus Academy.
In September 2004 Yekooche implemented a community recreation program which has been very successful.
Future plans are to build a new recreation facility in the village. This will provide our youth and other members of the community with more opportunity to enjoy physical activities and promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.