Cowichan Valley: School District 79

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Our mission is “to deliver learning opportunities that ensure the individual success of all students within a safe, caring and supportive environment.” We believe that this is best achieved through shared responsibility of the school, home and community.

Regional Diversity

The Cowichan Valley is a multicultural region with a proud First Nations heritage. Cowichan (Quw’utsun’) means ‘land warmed by the sun’ in the Coast Salish language. We are located on Vancouver Island midway between Nanaimo and Victoria and we have the warmest average temperatures in Canada. Spectacular scenery, lakes, mountains and ocean (as well as great outdoor recreation opportunities) await you.

Specialty Programs

Our district offers a variety of program choices, from preschool through to dual credit post-secondary. These include StrongStart centers, early learning programs, Aboriginal language and culture, French Immersion, self-paced secondary school, progressive integration of technology, comprehensive athletics and fine arts opportunities, and a variety of specialized trades programs.

Community Culture

The Cowichan Valley consists of many small and welcoming rural communities. Harrowsmith Country Life magazine has described our idyllic setting as the best spot for rural living in Canada. Art and music are tightly woven into the cultural fabric of the region, and residents’ pride in their community.

Draw for Employees

Cowichan Valley offers a serene, easy-going lifestyle amid magnificent forests, mountains, lakes, rivers and ocean inlets. Our surroundings, community and dedication to learning and living support individual and team success. Come share our aspirations to create caring, responsible and accomplished learners.

District Info
School District #79
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Quick Facts
Communities in the District 11
Elementary 18
Middle 3
High School 4
Alternative 6
Adult Education 2
French Immersion 2
Number of Students 8,600
Number of Employees 1,100

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