Kids in rural areas of Yukon aren't faring as well in the classroom as their urban counterparts. Yukon Achievement Test results released last month showed most kids in the territory lag behind students in Alberta. On Tuesday the Department of Education released more information on individual Yukon schools.

Students in grades 3, 6 and 9 wrote the Alberta-based exams last spring in math and language arts.

Children in Whitehorse schools like Golden Horn and Hidden Valley fared better than Alberta students in Grade 3 math , scoring 85 per cent and 84 per cent respectively, compared to 74 per cent in Alberta. They also beat their Alberta counterparts at Grade 3 English testing.

The highest test scores were for the controversial Grey Mountain school in Whitehorse, where students at the small primary school averaged 90 per cent in Grade 3 math.

The last territorial government was defeated partially because of its pledge to rebuild that school.

Test Scores
The average test scores of Grade 6 students in Yukon for math tests taken in spring 2002:
Alberta 71.3%
Christ the King 68.3%
Elijah Smith 51.9%
Golden Horn 70%
Hidden Valley 54.3%
Holy Family 65.2%
Jack Hulland 56.1%
Selkirk 62.2%
Takhini 54.8%
Whitehorse Elementary 40.4%
Watson Lake 47.8%
Dawson 48.1%
Haines Junction 43.5%
Carmacks 26.1%

Note: Results from eight rural schools were not listed to protect children's privacy, school officials say.
While Whitehorse schools top the territorial scores, the test results are quite different for rural schools.

Some of the poorest scores were in Grade 6 mathematics. Children in Carmacks only scored an average of 26 per cent in the subject, and students also failed the subject in Watson Lake, Dawson City, and Haines Junction. The highest rural score released was 48.1 per cent, at Dawson City's Robert Service Elementary.

Numbers were generally higher for English language tests, though rural students again lagged behind their Whitehorse counterparts. Most city schools scored in the 60 per cent range in Grade 6 English tests, while rural schools were in the low 50s. Carmacks school was the lowest again, at 42.5 per cent in the subject.

There are some bright spots. In Watson Lake, Grade 3 students performed above the Yukon average in math. And students at Robert Service high school in Dawson City held their own in Grade 9 math scores, with just under 61 per cent, only seven per cent below Alberta levels.

The numbers may be even lower in smaller communities, but education officials won't release results in eight Yukon schools, in places like Old Crow or Ross River.

Superintendent Colin Kelley says he's not trying to hide anything. "We wanted to protect the identity of students," he says.

Kelley says parents should ask the principal at the local school for their own children's test results.

The superintendent says whole communities need to embrace education, in order for Yukon kids to succeed in school.