Yipirinya Today

Yipirinya School has been teaching two ways in Alice Springs since 1978.

Yipirinya is a community controlled independent school and is the only school of its type in Australia.

The school has a current enrolment of 302 students across both primary and secondary, of whom 100% speak a language other than English. Yipirinya School employs 90 staff of which 65% are Aboriginal.

The school works closely with the Department of Education Student Engagement, Territory Families, Tangentyere Council and the Youth Outreach Re-engagement Team (YORET) to ensure the best outcomes for students.

Yipirinya School Today

It is the only school of its kind in Australia that teaches four Aboriginal languages and English.

Central Arrernte



Western Aranda


Our School

Classes are taught in both traditional language and English at the same time, and every Thursday is Cultural Day where students learn on country.

Secondary classes are delivered in a flexible learning environment.

We celebrate student’s achievements at our fortnightly whole school assembly. Families are always very welcome to attend.

Yipirinya caterpillar

Family Day

We celebrate the end of each term with a Family Day

Family Days are about connection, culture and fun. Families and caregivers are recognised as important partners in each child’s education.

At Yipirinya these relationships are valued, built and strengthened as we know that strong relationships create a sense of belonging and safety.

Read more about how we nurture these relationships through our Family Liaison Team.

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