District Overview

“We are committed to quality learning experiences in a caring environment that promotes personal excellence, lifelong learning and responsible citizenship.”

It is our district’s goal to develop well-balanced citizens by promoting personal and social responsibility and respect within a safe and caring school community.

Regional Diversity

Residents within our district experience a small town environment, picturesque rural communities, moderate winters with minimal snow, and hot and sunny summers. Our landscape and climate enhance opportunities for outdoor activities such as camping/hiking, water and snow sports, golfing, biking, hunting and fishing. We offer the best of two worlds: quiet community living in close proximity to a number of urban centres.

Our district serves students in the communities of Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos, Cawston and Hedley.

Specialty Programs

In addition to conventional school programs, our district supports an adult learning centre (3 outlets), an outreach school (distributed learning), three early learning centres and one elementary hockey academy. Our district works closely with our Aboriginal community and has signed an enhancement agreement with all local Aboriginal communities and the Ministry of Education designed to improve academic achievement of our Aboriginal students.

Community Culture

Our area consists of culturally diverse rural communities in the Similkameen Valley (Hedley to Cawston) and the south Okanagan Valley (Okanagan Falls to the US border). Our local economy is based on fruit and ground crop farming, ranching, forestry, wineries and vineyards, light manufacturing and tourism.

Draw for Employees

Our staff enjoys a strong community spirit, both within and outside our schools. As a small district, each employee’s contribution to the learning community is significant. Experience an easygoing lifestyle with an abundance of natural beauty and recreational opportunities – come to the Okanagan Similkameen and see where your career takes you.

Salary and Benefits

Teachers typically receive a comprehensive benefits package including:

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