District Overview

Our Mission:

To educate students in a safe, inspirational learning environment where every student develops the knowledge and skills to be a lifelong learner and a healthy, productive member of our global society.

Our Overarching Goal:

Each Central Okanagan School District student (K-12) will provide evidence of being a learner, thinker, innovator, collaborator and contributor.

School District No. 23 is a progressive leader in education, which sets the standard for educational excellence and ensures that every student has opportunities to succeed.

Our School District:

  • is the 5th largest school district in B.C.
  • is a growing district
  • has 42 schools with 22,000 full time students
  • has the largest selection of Advanced Placements outside of the Vancouver area

Our Schools:

  • are located in modern, spacious buildings
  • are well equipped with laptops and internet connections
  • have up to date teaching materials and resources
  • have well equipped recreational facilities

We are a district that demonstrates student achievement in literacy and numeracy above provincial and national averages, resulting in a Six-Year Graduation rate of 85.6% (compared to a Provincial average of 83.6%).

Regional Diversity

The Central Okanagan is a thriving rural and urban region that boasts a population of 180,000 people. Our district has a strong working relationship with local Aboriginal communities and is focused on improving Aboriginal student achievement.

Our district is committed to continuing to improve Aboriginal student achievement and raising the graduation rate for our Aboriginal students (currently 66%, compared to the provincial average of 59%).

Specialty Programs

As an educational leader in BC, we support a variety of initiatives for student achievement and success. Our 2013 annual budget of $189.6 million supports all educational programs, including:

  • Early Learning Partnerships
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Aboriginal Education
  • Dual Track French Immersion
  • Golf, Sailing, Soccer and Hockey Academies;
  • Specialized courses in graphic design, mechanics, photography, television and radio broadcasting, film editing, computer animation;
  • Career Life Programs (Dual Credit Programs, Secondary School Apprentices, Culinary Arts, Carpentry, Hairdressing);
  • Formalized partnerships with Universities, Colleges and Trade Schools.

We welcome students from many countries to our community through our International Education Program.

International Education students, coming from all over the world, participated in a 2 day student orientation that introduced them to the beautiful Okanagan, creating many opportunities to bond with each other and learn about Canadian culture.

Community Culture

Kelowna’s downtown Cultural District is home to artists and performers, offering a variety of activities and experiences for residents and visitors including a community theatre, the Kelowna Art Gallery, Rotary Centre for the Arts, eclectic private galleries, and four museums.

Sparkling Okanagan Lake, hillsides of fruit tree blossoms, world-class wineries and bustling farm markets attract visitors from around the world. Sandy beaches and unbeatable skiing, golfing, sailing, camping, fishing, and hiking all make the Central Okanagan a desirable destination for tourists and future citizens.

Draw for Employees

The Central Okanagan is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations AND it’s a great place to work!

We are one of the largest employers in the region. Our employees benefit from unique opportunities offered through the Learning Centre, and our Health Promoting Schools Initiative encourages healthy living for all members of the school community. We support the teacher education programs offered through UBC-Okanagan, UVic and SFU.

We are ranked as one of the best locations to live in Canada, offering:

  • beautiful homes and scenic communities;
  • excellent year round recreation including golfing, hiking, fishing, kayaking, sailing, biking, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding;
  • lakes, rivers, mountains, orchards, parks and forests — all just minutes away;
  • ski resorts, golf courses, lakefront resorts and beaches — all located in the Central Okanagan.

The small city that offers the world!

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.


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 Central Okanagan’s compensation, salary, and benefits, please refer to their collective agreement.

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