District Overview

Our mission is to create a dynamic and inclusive learning community where all learners are supported in pursuing excellence, living their dreams and reaching their potential. This mission is supported by our core values and our belief in: successful performance; respect for diversity; engagement and mentoring; citizenship and social responsibility; connections and cooperation; and preparing for the future.

Sea to Sky School District No. 48 operates schools in the communities of Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Devine, Brackendale, and Garibaldi Highlands.

Regional Diversity

Our district contains three major population centers: Squamish (a dynamic city with a mix of businesses, post-secondary education institutions and light industry), Whistler (a world-class four-season resort that will host most of the alpine and sledding events at the 2010 Winter Olympics) and Pemberton (a quickly growing town 20 minutes from Whistler). Our district also serves three First Nations communities.

Specialty Programs

Our modern and progressive school system offers a full range of education programs and services. Specialty programs include French immersion, an international student program, a carpentry trades program, a culinary arts program, and web-conferencing. Through our outdoor education program in Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton secondary schools, students participate in hiking, skiing, snowboarding, golfing, rock climbing, mountain biking, windsurfing, ocean kayaking and camping.

Community Culture

Outdoor activities abound – from skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and eagle watching in the winter to mountain biking, rock climbing, river-rafting, golfing and more in the summer. The area is culturally diverse, with a significant First Nations population and a sizable Indo-Canadian population in Squamish.

Draw for Employees

As a district, we are committed to building a professional learning community based on the belief that when teachers learn, students succeed. Our employees also benefit from living in a spectacular environment – our district is home to beautiful scenery, friendly people, a multicultural population and tremendous opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Salary and Benefits

Teachers typically receive a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • medical, dental, and extended health plans;
  • group life insurance benefits;
  • teachers’ pension;
  • extended health benefits for dependents of deceased employees;
  • accidental disability insurance;
  • salary indemnity plan benefit;
  • supplemental employment benefits on maternity leave;
  • employee and family assistance programs.

Allowances

Teachers in positions with special responsibilities, e.g. department heads, teacher consultants, teacher coordinators, counsellors, psychologists, alternate school teachers, speech pathologists, may receive a financial allowance of $2,000-$4,000 annually.

Teachers working in remote and rural schools may also receive a recruitment allowance, and an annual retention allowance. Learn more about teacher salaries with the Salary Finder tool.

For specific details about Sea to Sky’s compensation, salary, and benefits, please refer to their collective agreement.

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